1988 Pontiac Grand Am Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1988 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2.3 Quad4 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.3 Quad4 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 miles
Most recent distance175000 miles
Previous carDodge Dart

Summary:

An excellent older car that holds up with only a few minor repairs

Faults:

When I bought the car it had a problem with the idle dropping badly.

I replaced the ignition coils, coil housing, and ECU to try and fix the problem. None of these worked. Turns out it was just a bad spark plug.

Replaced heater core right after buying car.

Radiator had small hole.

Alternator went out (because of my stereo)

Starter was replaced yesterday just because it was old.

General Comments:

I love this car! I bought the car for only $40 from a friend. That's right I actually said $40.

When I bought the car it had the idle problem as listed above.

After all the money I put into it, the only thing that was wrong was a bad spark plug.

The car has a nice, low stance and good sway bars that give it very good handling.

The car gets pretty good gas mileage for the era of car. (about 32)

The bad part about the car is the strange ignition system. Instead of a cap and plug wires, it has an internal ignition system that is hard to figure out and work on.

Besides being hard to work on, the ignition system gives a good, hot spark and I have read that good for about 350 hp.

I had to have a new alternator intsalled because my stereo is so big that I blew the diodes.

I had the alternator upgraded to 150 amps.

I just had to have the starter replaced because it was old and was starting become unreliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 2002

1988 Pontiac Grand Am 2.5 Tech 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.5 Tech 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired14 miles
Most recent distance114595 miles

Summary:

A very reliable car!

Faults:

Amazingly nothing has gone wrong with this car (knock on wood). It's still running as if we just bought it. The only thing is the paint has faded (due to repainting after an accident) and there is rust that comes back after repairing several times.

General Comments:

Overall I think this a very well made car. After having this car for 13 years and seeing everything it's gone through, and knowing it will still start up makes me proud to own it. I feel it's more reliable then some new cars today.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th May, 2001

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 11 reviews