Steering May Develop Clunk Noise From Upper Intermediate Steering Shaft on Pontiac Bonneville

The steering may develop a clunk type noise from the upper intermediate steering shaft.  Our technicians tell us that you should check with you local GM dealer to find out what the latest repair is for this condition.

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Average mileage: 121,824 (46,000–219,215)
6 model years affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2005
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2000 Pontiac Bonneville 200,000 mi,
I have a 2000 SLE Boneville and my steering has the clunking noise. I came across a new steering shaft made by Dorman PN# 425154 that is supposed to eliminate this problem. Dorman re-engineered the shaft to eliminate the clunking and or binding in the steering column. Rockauto auto parts online sell them for about $85.00. Autozone and Oreilly's sell them for about $109.00 give or take a couple of bucks. Haven't bought my new shaft yet, when I do I'll repost the results.
2003 Pontiac Bonneville 70,000 mi,
I have owned a 2000 and 2003 Boneville SSei. They both have this problem. All it requires is to have the knuckle greased. When it starts making noise again add more grease.
2003 Pontiac Bonneville 110,000 mi,
Clunk isn't loud nor does it affect the driving of my car. Had it fixed at the dealership with a kit GM has for this issue. Lasted a few years, in need of another fix at 170,000 miles. I love this car even with it's clunky steering shaft!!
2002 Pontiac Bonneville 171,000 mi,
clunking noise coming from front end
2003 Pontiac Bonneville 127,000 mi,
clunking noise in steering shaft
I have had three Bonneville SSEI. The first was a 1994. I loved this car, no manifold leak, no clunk in steering, no problems. Then I bought a 2000 Bonneville. They replaced my rack an pinion twice, the steering shaft twice. Then I bought a 2003 Bonneville. At about 30,000 miles the clunk started in the steering. I replaced the steering shaft and it wasn't long til it was back. My mechanic said, just put up with it. We can keep replacing, and it will continue to happen. It doesn't hurt anything, it just annoys you.
2000 Pontiac Bonneville 150,000 mi,
SAME AS ABOVE
steering clung noise when turning the wheel mostly when backing up from out of park into reverse
Clunking sound from steering wheel. This happened a number of years ago. 11/2005 had the dealer replace the Intermediate steering shaft. Now this problem has regenerated . Well, I guess it lasted for 9 years.
2000 Pontiac Bonneville 219,215 mi,
Had front end work done...after spending approximately $1600 on it alone, the mechanic warned me as I drove off that there is a clunk noise he can't fix. The only suggestion he had was for me to deal with it!
2004 Pontiac Bonneville 90,000 mi,
when you turn the steering wheel it makes a clunking noise.
2000 Pontiac Bonneville 62,500 mi,
Somewhat of a clicking noise and feeling in the steering wheel (kind of like two gears slipping over each other). I have had it repaired 2xs. The dealership has charged me 50% of the cost both times (the vehicle was still under warranty). The dealership stated it is a wear & tear issue. First time they greased the intermittent shaft, the second they stated they replaced the shaft. Both times the problem returned with-in 6 months. In 40 years I have never had this problem in any-other vehicle, nor, have I ever heard of such a problem. Many other Bonneville owners have this same dilemma. GM/Pontiac should stand behind their mistakes. I have spoke with the dealership for the additional third repair, it would be 100% my expense, somewhere around $400+. A non dealership quoted me $248. An embarrassing and annoying problem.
2005 Pontiac Bonneville 82,000 mi,
Problems similar to those above. $400 repair bill. Soon after air bag warning light stays on. Susspect the broke the clock spring when repairing the intermediate shaft.
2001 Pontiac Bonneville 120,000 mi,
makes knock noise when start to turn
2002 Pontiac Bonneville 46,000 mi,
Just deal with it. To many other bills to pay to be able to fix it.
2005 Pontiac Bonneville 80,000 mi,
cluncking sound when turning in steering column. 1st time was under warranty. 2nd time it wasn't. I took it back in to a dealer repair shop and was told, "oh yea, what we were doing to fix that didn't work so we tried something else, but that didn't work either. So if you have under 60,000 on it we'll go ahead and replace it with part # 4. Of course I was over 60,000
2003 Pontiac Bonneville 125,000 mi,
Have had the steering shaft replaced twice. Still makes noise. Seems to me GM should be forced to fix this.