1987 Pontiac Grand Am SE 3.0 V6 from North America


The little Pontiac that won't quit


The coil pack went.

The right side steering rack mounting bracket broke.

The transmission was rebuilt at 105,000 miles.

The left front fender rotted badly and had to be replaced.

The timing chain was replaced as a preventive measure.

People complain about power windows, the roll up windows in this car were a nightmare. The driver side window was the worst. The regulator was replaced twice and the window was still hard to crank up. I put in a handle from a Ford van because it was longer and gave me better leverage.

General Comments:

This was a great commuter car. It had great fuel economy and was pretty quick too. Comfort wasn't a strong point, but it's a Grand Am, not a Grand Marquis. I sold it to a friend who is still using it with no problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2002

7th May 2002, 07:33

I have a 1987 grand am and it is my first car I love it it is fast and reliable, but it is starting to rust a little bit around the wheel wells.

18th Nov 2002, 17:06

My name is Roger Clark and I bought a 1987 Pontiac Grand Am base model new and I love it - best car ever made and I drive it hard all the time. I also have a 1988 Pontiac Grand Am. The cars are very reliable. The Grand Am is the only car I would ever own. I would buy a new Grand Am without hesitation.

3rd Jun 2003, 12:56

My name is Mike and I own a 1987 Pontiac Grand Am

I have taken the car and completely redone the entire thing we painted the body, redid the entire carpet inside, put in brand new seats from a 1988 grand am, great reliable car that I am very proud to have bought.

1987 Pontiac Grand Am 3.0 V6 from North America


A fast chunk of metal - cheap, too


This is the family loaner, so an array of things have gone wrong due to the fact that we keep passing the car around everyone in my family when it's needed.

However, the engine has not needed a rebuild and maintenance for this car has been largely neglected over the years, however, the darn thing keeps running every day like nothing.

Recently replaced motor mounts at 170000 miles. Also replaced parts in front end steering array. Minor leaks of tranny fluid and oil, but nothing else.

General Comments:

As I personally dislike GM for several reasons, this little car was perhaps the best one GM built in terms of maintenance costs and reliability.

I would recommend it to anyone as a first car (it's pretty solid and safe).

Makes a great economy sports car, hellishly fast too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd March, 2002

8th Aug 2005, 01:55

...are you kidding? I have an 87 Grand Am, and I don't think it's very fast... how fast do you mean? It is quite a funny looking granny car that never quits though, and I got a really good deal on mine, so I'm happy never the less, even though it doesn't really display my personality...at all

12th Oct 2005, 22:54

I have had my '87 Grand Am for about 10 years now. It has been the best car I have ever owned. The engine is a Turbo 3.0 liter. Very fast, when I need it to be. Have kept up with general maintenance, oil changes, etc., as one would with any car. When I keep it well maintained, it treats me well. Fabulous car!