1988 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2.3 Quad 4 from North America
Bargain of the century
The head gasket failed at 24,500 miles leaving me stranded, but dealer picked me and the car up within 1 hour. The repair was covered under warranty.
Transmission had a slow drive engagement at 31,750 miles. The dealer completely rebuilt transmission and repair cost completely covered under warranty.
I replaced the automatic serpentine belt tensioner at 95,000 miles.
The only repair after the warranty period was the belt tensioner. This car was the most inexpensive vehicle I have ever owned. My only cost other than belt repair was general maintenance, i.e. oil changes, brakes, tuneup etc.
The car was very economical with average highway mileage of 32-34. Very comfortable car in town and on trips.
This car was the only car in my apartment complex that started the morning it was -31. Absolutely incredible.
Paint and interior still looked almost new, showing little to no wear when I sold the car.
The Quad 4 engine is seriously quick, economical and responsive.
The engine never required oil additions between changes. It dipstick still showed full when due for a oil change.
This car set the standard and my 1995 Grand Am and 2001 Grand Am are proving to be just as inexpensive and reliable to operate.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th February, 2004