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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
49,688 miles

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2001 Pontiac Bonneville windows / windshield problems

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2001 Pontiac Bonneville Owner Comments

problem #9

Oct 082008

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,767 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Bonneville. The contact noticed coolant leaking underneath the engine compartment. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they replaced the intake gasket, valve cover gasket, oil pan, and several piping components at the cost of $1,400. The repairs were made at the contact's expense; however, the vehicle continued to leak coolant. The dealer stated that the contact should not be concerned. The contact later took the vehicle to a different dealer and they found that a coolant elbow pipe had been knocked out of place, which caused the leak. The necessary repairs were made to the vehicle for the second time at the cost of $10, due to the failure of the initial dealer. The failure mileage was 93,767 and current mileage was less than 105,000. Updated 07/08/09 the front passenger electric window motor failed and needs to be replaced for a second time. Updated 07/08/09.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #8

May 092008


  • 88,526 miles
All windows except drivers stopped working, all door locks except drivers stopped working. Car was stored for part of winter. I put in a new battery and now I have no climate control. Drivers side is hot, pass is cold. Pass heated seat does not work at all. Sun roof just broke! steering is making lots of noise, transmission seems to be slipping. Wtf why no recall. How can you purchase a car for 35,000 & it is "!@#$% before it hits 100,000? my Ford has 196,000 no problem, my Honda has 235,000 barely a problem. I have owned 4 Pontiac and now im paying thousands to fix the piece of ?!@#$%! why in the ?!@#$% do my windows not work!! all of them in one day? no door locks, at all? same day! now with a new battery, I have 90 deg air on the drivers side & 60 deg air on the passenger side. You try to drive this piece of ?!@#$%!! now my back passenger side window just fell down!! I have to use a magic marker to pry & hold it up!! we need a major recall on these faulty vehicles. Im a Pontiac fan, but ill never buy another one if you cant try and fix this ?!@#$%. my car looks like new but works like it was built by a bunch of idiots!! I am embarrassed to drive this car. It looks better than most 525 B-mirs but I have to tell all my friends that I have no door locks, no air, no windows or anything. Nothing like sitting inside a 135 degree leather bound flagship sweating your ?!@#$% off!! by the time I get to work im a big ball of sweat!! please stand behind your product. Im seriously looking to spend some of my money to promote a campaign to do nothing but talk ?!@#$%about your products. Get on line for a minute and see how many Bonneville owners are really having a hard time with the issues I have listed above! there are thousands!! time for a recall! don't U think? get your "!@#$% straight GM! my family works for you! we buy you please help!

- Wyoming, MI, USA

problem #7

Jul 092007

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
On my 2001 Bonneville 3 of my 4 windows have dropped at different times and now need service so I can take the tape off of them. I have seen more than a numerous amount of complaints about this problem online and seen a frequent number of Bonneville with tape on them in my town.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #6

Jun 062005

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Both rear windows on my Pontiac Bonneville fell down for no apparent reason. The first about a year ago and the second this fall. We have no children so no one ever used the rear windows. I wired them up temporarily. I live in a cold climate. If this were to happen to the front windows during the winter while on a long trip we could freeze to death. We have read of other failures of windows with Bonneville, I feel this is a defect which the manufacturer should be held accountable for.

- Roosevelt, UT, USA

problem #5

Jul 122006

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Both rear windows have fallen down (at separate times) without operation by driver/passenger. Approximate cost of regulator/installation for repair = $350-400 each. First incident (rear passenger side) occurred, and I taped up window pending repairs. Tape came loose, and window fell down again during rainstorm. I was alone in car, and had to try to find location on highway to attempt to get window back up. Safety issue with being on shoulder of highway during torrential rainfall. Window is still taped because once the second window fell, cost became too prohibitive to fix at this time. Second incident (rear driver side) occurred approximately 2-3 weeks after first incident. Granddaughters were in rear seat, (window locks were on because 1st window had already fallen), granddaughter gave small scream of fright when window fell, surprising my husband (driver), causing him to jerk wheel in traffic because her scream caught him off-guard and he didn't know what had happened. Second window is still taped. Safety issues with children in rear seat and window down, with no way of putting it back up at that time; plus, the unexpected fright to driver.

- Sikeston, MO, USA

problem #4

Jul 012005

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles
Rear window regulators have both failed, allowing the rear windows to drop and cannot be raised. The only way to fix the problem is to replace the regulators ($350 each). Both passenger and driver side regulators have failed. This is a well know (both by owners and by GM) problem on Pontiac Bonneville. This is a safety issue, since the rear windows do not raise, they pose a risk to passengers in the rear (especially children), who can be hit by debris entering the windows, cold air in the winter, or children putting arms or head out and being injured.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #3

Jun 252005

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles


The consumer was driving home from work and the back driver's side window fell down in it's window slot halfway without any indication. The driver heard air and wind coming into vehicle and discovered that the power window had opened halfway by itself. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer who replaced the window regulator which failed. Afterwards, the front driver's side power window has failed and the window will not go up by itself without manually helping to maneuver it back up. There is a grinding noise. The second failure has not been repaired or taken back to the dealer as of yet.

- Lilesville, NC, USA

problem #2

Jan 202005

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,900 miles
I have had repeated trouble with my 2001 Bonneville, ,have had 3 window motors go out, ,,3 batteries go bad, ,,air compressor go bak, ,,moon roof worked on 3 times, ,,3rd time, ,,had 3 inches of water in floor, ,,,,the problem now is the steering, ,,you turn wheel, ,it makes popping, clucking noise, ,& feels like the front end is going to fall off.. the dealer said all it needed was grease, ,which they did last year, ,,now its doing it again, ,& now they say its a steering shaft problem...I have been waiting for over 3 weeks for the part to come in, ,,repeated calls, ,& I am told they have no idea when the part will come in, ,,they said drive it, ,,it won't fall out"???? they also said the reason for the delay is its a country wide back log???" what does that mead, ,,,I am afraid to drive this car...& GM service does not know either...

- Springfield, TN, USA

problem #1

Aug 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
My major complaint now is I have a 2001 Bonneville with a little over 24,000 miles on it. The hood is rusting from the inside out and has blistered up the original factory paint on the leading edge. The dealer is talking about repair with no guarantees. Since the problem is obviously an inherent defect with either the steel or the preparation I fear it will continue to happen. My feeling is I should receive, at a minimum, a lifetime guarantee/warranty and preferably a new hood.

- Jacksonville Beach, FL, USA

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