|Large car; Built in USA|
|Good condition price range: $2,500 – $7,500*|
2000 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi
2000 Pontiac Bonneville SE
2000 Pontiac Bonneville interior
2000 Pontiac Bonneville SEi
2001 Pontiac Bonneville
Volume leader is the SE, which is a fine value. Supercharged power in the SSEi is satisfying, but at a far higher price–though Bonnevilles have not held their value especially well. Besides, a lot of cars on its level are more refined and promise more verve.
Pontiac redesigned its front-drive full-size sedan for 2000, again similar to the Buick LeSabre, with fresh styling but carryover powertrains. Wheelbase and overall length increased by nearly two inches, but head room shrunk slightly and interior leg room was unchanged.
Side-impact airbags for front seats were newly standard. GM’s StabiliTrak antiskid system was installed in the top-line SSEi model, designed to selectively brake the front wheels to counteract skids in turns. The lineup also included SE and midrange SLE sedans. All Bonnevilles had standard front bucket seats, but the SE offers an optional bench for 6-passenger capacity. Only a 3.8-liter V6 was available, as before, in two ratings. For SE and SLE models, the V6 produced 205 horsepower. In the SSEi, a supercharged version delivered 240 bhp. Both engines were hooked to a four-speed automatic transmission. Traction control was standard on the SSEi and optional on others. Antilock all-disc brakes replaced the previous disc/drum setup, and a tire-inflation monitor became standard. GM’s EyeCue head-up display, which projects primary instrument readings onto the windshield, was standard in the SSEi.
After a season’s absence, GM’s OnStar assistance system became available again in Bonnevilles–standard for the SLE and SSEi, or an option for the SE. The SE sedan gained a tire-pressure monitor, and the SLE added standard traction control. Heated seats now were optional in all Bonnevilles.
SE models got minor styling alterations for 2002. A CD player replaced a cassette as standard on the SE, and SLE/SSEi got revised alloy wheels.
Front bucket seats were revised for ’03. Side airbags became an option on all but the SSEi. XM Satellite radio was a new line-wide option.
In order to make room for a new V8 later in the year, Pontiac’s loses its supercharged V6 for 2004. Added midyear was a 275 hp 4.6-liter V8 available on the new GXP.
Pontiac will drop its largest sedans after 2005, which carry on with few changes. The main news for ’05 is that the SLE looks more like the GXP by virtue of revised nose and tail styling and a new lower-bodyside treatment.