1989 Pontiac Grand Am LE from North America
Wonderful starter car for a single girl on the run
A month after I bought this car, the engine literally blew up. I'm not exactly sure what went wrong with it, but it had something to do with the rod blowing out of the overhead cam. (You can tell I don't know much about cars). I had the engine replaced with a similar one from another kind of car. I had very few problems after that. The repair cost me about $800.00.
I had been having problems with some paint flaws as well. Some rust started to show up on the bottom half of the doors. However, I owe that up to nasty Pennsylvania weather. Also, tiny minute scratches were all over the hood when I bought it, and the paint got really ugly after I tried to wax it three years later. I had to get the hood repainted.
Other than that, there have been no problems with the car.
I loved my little Grand Am! However, since I am traveling a lot due to college, my parents insisted that I take their old Cavalier instead. I wasn't too happy about that since my Grand Am was my first love. I want to buy a Sunfire after I graduate. I like them better aesthetically than the new Grand Ams. I think that I would always stick with a Pontiac.
This car is a lovely, reliable little thing. I ran it very hard over five years, and it never gave out on me, other than the engine incident.
It handles so nicely, and I've avoided many accidents because of this. I got the speed on it up to 100 mph once just to see how fast it would go. I consider that to be pretty good for an older car. However, over the years it has lost its torque. It needs a little coaxing to get going.
If I were rich, I would completely restore this baby. I think that the original owner may have special ordered it, because I have never seen one exactly like it on the road. It is special, and I hope the next owner will love it like I did.
I am going to miss my baby.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th September, 2002