1992 Pontiac Grand Am SE from North America


A good first car


Replaced the front brake pads in 2001 and again in 2003.

Replaced serpentine belt and tensioner assembly.

Replaced battery.

Replaced ball joints.

Replaced the starter.

Replaced the muffler.

Automatic door locks stopped working in 2002.

This car is somewhat loud, especially when accelerating.

General Comments:

For as many miles as this car has, it's had few problems and runs well.

Seats are very comfortable!

It handles great.

For being a 1992 and having all original speakers, the system is great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 4th June, 2004

1992 Pontiac Grand Am 2.3L from North America


Very reliable, but can be costly if not taken care of


Head Gasket blew while still under warranty.

Tensioner at 90,000 miles.

Water pump is going now.

Needed new serpentine belt at 85,000 miles.

General Comments:

The bucket seats in front are very comfortable.

This car has very good handling.

Good acceleration most of the time, but it can ride pretty rough sometimes.

This was my first car, and I love it. I'm afraid for the future of it. I wish that I could just put another motor in the same frame.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st April, 2004

1992 Pontiac Grand Am SE 3.3 from North America


Please read if you're interested in purchasing a Grand Am


Mass air flow sensor not working.

Throttle position sensor not working.

Oxygen sensor not working.

Heater core leaking.

Head gasket leaking.

Radiator replaced three times.

Radiator leaking from plastic tank.

Thermostat housing leaking.

Radiator fan stopped working.

Coolant temperature sensor was faulty.

Problems with the torque converter.

Catalytic converter clogged.

Gasoline smells of oil.

Black smoke from exhaust.

Ignition switch replaced.

Coil pack replaced twice.

Ignition module replaced.

Alternator replaced twice.

Starter replaced once.

Battery replaced three times.

Water pump bearing seized.

Power steering lines blew.

Front passenger brake line blew.

Rear defrost not working.

Front brake calipers seized.

Wheel cylinders leaking brake fluid.

Anti-lock brake system stopped working.

ABS light comes on frequently.

Speed sensor faulty.

Stabilizer links broke.

Cruise control stopped working.

Windshield washer pump stopped working.

Muffler developed large holes.

Power window regulators bent/broke.

Power windows work when they want to.

Wipers work when they want to.

Power door locks stopped working.

Passenger seat adjuster not working.

Hood cable snapped.

Gas cover cable snapped.

Trunk is constantly filling with water.

Horn stopped working.

Cassette player will not eject tapes.

Cassette player works when it wants to.

Oil light comes on from time to time.

Service engine soon light burnt out.

Motor mounts have worn out.

Front windshield replaced.

Rust on the usual Grand Am locations.

Factory paint chips off frequently.

General Comments:

Believe it or not, I have indeed encountered all of these problems mentioned above in the four years that I have owned this car.

Parts for this car are generally affordable and easy to locate, but I would not say that this car is very reliable.

This 3.3L engine has a lot of power when it's running well and the handling is decent. I have seen these engines with over 400,000 kilometers on them and they are still running well.

The seats in this car are extremely comfortable as they are not too stiff.

I will never buy another General Motors or North American vehicle again and I would strongly discourage others from making the mistake that I have.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th December, 2003

15th Mar 2005, 09:12

Well, sounds like you weren't very nice to this car. I believe that the trouble is that the car is not new. You've got a car with over 200'000 km, buit 12 years ago and you're complainging that it breaks down. I have the exact same car. 174000 km. A bit of rust above the rear fenders and on the trunk. I have replaced the water pump and had troubles with the power windows. other than that this car is PERFECT. For a twelve year old car I think it's doing OK! Don't you? Oh, and you do realize you have to service, and maintain your car regularly right? Just checking!

Rob in Canada.