Pontiac Grand Am Review from Switzerland

1996 Pontiac Grand Am SE 3.1 gazoline

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.1 gazoline Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance171000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Legend


A mixed bag of mechanical problems


Dashboard light went off and nobody was ever able to repair it... even the official agent.

Front brake disks had to be changed every 20'000 km.

Head gasket blew at 120'000 km and again at 170'000 km

Lost front left wheel on highway at 150'000 km (broken bolts)

Had to change alternator at 125'000 km.

General Comments:

This car is rather nice to drive on good roads, with enough power and a decent handling.

On Switzerland's narrow mountain roads, it is another story. This car hates bad roads (jumps and bangs) and the engine overheats quite fast (in summer).

On the positive side one can mention a reasonable fuel consumption.

On the other side I would say that this was the less reliable car I had in all my life.

I sold it for 300 U$ to a car exporter who intend to bring it to Irak. A good place for this piece of junk!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th July, 2004

Average review marks: 5.4 / 10, based on 1 review