Report: Steering May Develop Clunk Noise From Upper Intermediate Steering Shaft
Pontiac Bonneville Problem
Average Mileage: 100,208 mi (46,000 mi - 150,000 mi)
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.
Visitor, 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!!
Visitor, 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.
Visitor, 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.
Visitor, 2003 Pontiac Bonneville, 127,000 mi
clunking noise in steering shaft
Visitor, 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.
Visitor, 2001 Pontiac Bonneville, 120,000 mi
makes knock noise when start to turn
Visitor, 2002 Pontiac Bonneville, 46,000 mi
Just deal with it. To many other bills to pay to be able to fix it.
Visitor, 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
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.
Visitor, 2000 Pontiac Bonneville, 150,000 mi
SAME AS ABOVE