1999 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP 3.8L supercharged
Bought this car as my first car in Ontario (talk about 450 insurance a month, under 25 years of age) with 180k (now at 270k). It cost me $2000, it was broken down but still could run (drove it home).
When I originally got it, the car had a blown intake gasket (was told it was the head gasket because lots of oil was being shot into the coolant rev, but no coolant in the oil?), blown valve cover gaskets (front and back were leaking), plastic coolant elbow was leaking, radiator hoses were deteriorating (upper and lower), water pump was leaking, blower coupler, etc. The car was left for dead.
Started fixing her up with a friend; new spark plugs and wires, transmission oil, supercharger coupler, oil and gasket, engine oil and filter, valve cover gaskets, intake gasket, water pump. Spent around 500 for all of it by doing the work.
After all that, the car ran like new. For a coupe it has a very roomy interior. I got 23 MPG city and 30 MPG on the highway out of it on 91 octane. The car came with the usual stuff - leather, sunroof, Bose, HUD, etc. It came with special edition Pontiac racing floor mats. Haven't had any problems yet after around 100k of driving.
It is pretty damn fast for a 99, with just an intake and down pipe, and has beaten many brand new cars that would cost me 10-20x more. I'm going to run this car for another year or two, it still has original brake lines, which I haven't bothered to do (15 year old car LOL). For the price I can't complain. I would recommend Pontiacs only to people who know how to service and work on them.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th February, 2013