NHTSA — Other Problems


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1998 Pontiac Bonneville miscellaneous problems

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1998 Pontiac Bonneville Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 152005


  • miles


There is an armrest in the middle of the front seat of our car. It is intended to be the back support of the front center passenger seat. In conjunction with the seat belt, are to provide a safe ride for the middle passenger in the front seat of our car. A passenger in our car sitting in this position had the armrest break. This was under normal use. The car was not involved in an accident. The passenger was not very big. We hardly ever use this position as a seat. The armrest broke and projected into the rear seat compartment. The passenger in the middle of the front seat was thrust backward. In the event of an automobile accident / collision, both passengers in the middle of the front and back seats would be severely injured. The person in the back seat would be injured by hitting the head of the person in the front seat thrust back in the rear seating area or by hitting the arm rest that protrudes into the rear seating area. The person in the front seat would be thrust back toward the rear seating compartment with no back support. I spoke to my local dealer and was told this was not their problem to fix or rectify. I spoke to GMC and received a similar response GMC case no. 1-383907053, 12/28 (29)/2005 telephone number 866-932-4368 ext 35624, jessica paget the support materials for the armrest are obviously inadequate. This is a defect and a safety issue. This needs to be addressed, if not for this series of automobile, then for future automobiles using this method of construction. This armrest, when raised, should be a structure as strong as the adjoining seats. Or, the armrest should be eliminated and the seats extended to fill the space. If not, the armrest should be eliminated as a passenger seating position. This would include removing the seat belt which promotes it's use as a passenger seat. The vehicle should then not be promoted as having seating for six passengers.

- Allison Park, PA, USA

problem #1

Jul 082005

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
The head gasket sprung a leak of antifreeze that broke a rod inside the block and the engine has to be replaced. We also had a the upper pelenium break on it as well. It is a 1998 Pontiac Bonneville SE 3800 V6. We have to get a ride back to Minnesota and my car is in nd.

- Glencoe, MN, USA

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