1989 Pontiac Grand Am Reviews - Page 2 of 6

1989 Pontiac Grand Am LE 2.5 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.5 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired119000 miles
Most recent distance175000 miles
Previous carHyundai Excel

Summary:

Caddy without the sizable debt

Faults:

Starter around 155,000 $90+labor.

Water pump at bout 160,000 miles $100+labor.

Main belt around 162,000 $9.

Transmission solenoid around 165,000 $63+labor.

I did maintenance on all of my vehicles which is why I added labor to the part costs.

General Comments:

This car came from a older more mature gentleman. I have had no more than routine wear and tear repairs considering the mileage and the age.

The handle of this car is like "breathing" it simply comes natural. Something I noticed with other cars was the power steering was "to easy" not with this one.

The comfort is very nice, something like a Caddy, or this might be from only having smaller economy cars previously.

Conclusion is a very affordable luxury vehicle that will stand up if you don't treat it like a "Indy race car".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th February, 2004

1989 Pontiac Grand Am LE 2.3 QUAD 4 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.3 QUAD 4 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance238000 miles
Previous carChrysler also a 86 Grand AM

Summary:

A four banger sleeper that can still carry mama to church

Faults:

The cars has required three sets of seats (Junk Yard) and when it was two days old needed a new ECM. the Coil Pack and ECM has to be replaced approx every 60,000 miles (Junk Yard) I think that the coil pack overheats and damages the quad driver in the ECM. and the paint has faded.

General Comments:

Bang for the buck car is quick and agile, The QUAD 4 is built just like a motorcycle engine. High reeving and powerful while giving great mileage. They should of made a turbo version.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd December, 2003

1989 Pontiac Grand Am LE 2.5 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired82000 miles
Most recent distance84000 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

Great car

Faults:

I have had this car for three months and the only real problem is the brakes.

The heater core is getting ready to go out.

But other than that this car is great, I haven't had any major problems.

The paint is the original paint and it is flawless.

Interior is almost perfect, there is a little whole in the carpet.

General Comments:

Over all this has been a great car for me, it was worth the $300 I paid for it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th October, 2003

1989 Pontiac Grand Am LE 4 cylinder, 2.5 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder, 2.5 liter Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired17000 miles
Most recent distance234000 miles
Previous carn/a n/a

Summary:

Excellent, economic, long lasting, dependable

Faults:

Actually, this is a good review.

My car still has its original engine, transmission, stereo.

I've replaced the alternator twice and the valve cover gasket in the engine to stop oil leaks. I've put on new distributor wires. And the muffler fell off about 75,000 miles ago.

But all parts were inexpensive and easy to replace.

General Comments:

I have put some hard miles on this car. It has plenty of highway miles as well as off road miles. I've taken it into minor mud fields, put it in reverse and spun mud up all over it MANY TIMES.

Yet she still starts every morning and gets me from point A to point B. She's still as quick as the day I bought her and shows no sign of stopping.

I'll buy Pontiac again. 234,000 miles can't be wrong.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th June, 2003

1989 Pontiac Grand Am LE 2.5 Litre from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5 Litre Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired238000 kilometres
Most recent distance241000 kilometres

Summary:

Comfortable, powerful, cheap, but not so reliable

Faults:

Replaced heater core twice... but looks like it had already been replaced before. I hate having puddles of antifreeze in the backseat.

Transmission pan was very loose, which caused me to lose all my transmission fluid, but easily fixed.

Water pump just went, and the car seems to heat up very quickly. Timing belt needs to be replaced.

General Comments:

Grand Am is a strong runner!

Good power to weight ratio, climbs hills with ease.

Seats are comfortable, but hurt your backside after long periods of time.

Stereo is great!! Bass is excellent!

Very sturdy car. I got into an accident and it held up great.

Not too slow. Can beat most cars on freeway. (its not the car its the driver ;) )

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th March, 2003

13th Jul 2003, 15:59

As far as I know the 1989 Grand Am used a timing gear not a timing belt and, according to most Internet sources this is far more effective and longer lasting, if noisier than a using a chain.

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 24 reviews