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NHTSA — Steering Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,286 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Pontiac Bonneville steering problems

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2003 Pontiac Bonneville Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 292011

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • 182,000 miles


When I kicked it down. My service light stared to blink. Noise in my steering wheel and front of car.

- Peru, IN, USA

problem #6

Aug 082009


  • 57,000 miles
2003 Pontiac Bonneville SSEI when turning the steering wheel, left or right from a stopping position a loud clunking noise appears. It is felt through the steering wheel and column. While driving the noise happens rarely. I have read numerous accounts of this but no recall as of yet. I am worried this is a safety concern while driving on the highways at high speeds especially. Is something loose and/or getting rubbed to cause damage and loss of steering in the future" GM dealer defect"

- Culloden, WV, USA

problem #5

May 012008


  • 80,000 miles
At about 80,000 miles the steering column began making clunking noises when the steering wheel was turned regardless of which direction. The noise/vibration is continuous and very annoying.

- Saint Michael, MN, USA

problem #4

Jun 012006


  • 30,000 miles


Clunking noise when turning and can be felt in the steering wheel, was told by the dealer it is a known problem with the 2003 Bonneville SSEI and there is no correction. Also service stability system keeps coming up on the screen.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 012008

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Bonneville. While driving 15 mph or turning the vehicle left or right, the contact heard a clunking sound coming from the steering column. He can also felt the steering wheel vibrate once the noise began. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic, who stated that other consumers with the same type of vehicle experienced identical failures in the past. The contact believes that a recall should be issued because it appears to be a manufacturer defect. The failure has been occurring for quite some time. The vehicle has not yet been repaired. The current and failure mileages were 35,000. Updated 05/15/09 updated 05/18/09.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #2

Mar 062007

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
Steering knuckle U-joint was clunking. The dealership replaced and I paid $275. One year later, it started clunking again on turns - dealership added in grease kit at no charge. One year later, steering starts clunking again and they say it is not covered under warranty. Why is this thing designed to last only one year" the dealership says it is not a safety hazard, but if the steering is clunking like something is loose, how do I know it is safe"

- Paw Paw, MI, USA

problem #1

Jul 252006

(reported on)


  • miles
2003 Bonneville made a clunking noise in the steering. Mechanic replaced the intermediate steering shaft. Problem has recurred. The consumer was informed it was a normal fix, that will continue to occur.

- Waukesha, WI, USA

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