1992 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2.3 OHC from North America


An excellent, easy to maintain car for the do-it-yourself owner


The most expensive was that the cylinder head cracked at 130000 miles which was 30000 miles past what GM would replace it at. The cracked cylinder head was a manufacturing defect.

A check engine light on occasions where the cooling fan would also run. This normally occurred at start-up and after a few minutes of operating, the fan would cut off and the check engine light would go off. A check of computer codes displayed reference to the knock sensor. By unplugging the temp. sensor on the intake manifold, the same condition could be duplicated. Technician suggested, if it doesn't effect how the car runs, then leave it alone.

General Comments:

Overall, this car has paid for itself several times over. I can't bring myself to get rid of it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st December, 2003

1992 Pontiac Grand Am SE 3.3 from North America


An Indestructible car that has many minor flaws


Things that have gone wrong, Rad, Water pump, power window (driver side) passenger seat, Rust in the usual 1992 Grand am Places, shocks/struts and muffler (when I moved to Texas the State made me change my muffler) also I had no passenger seat for 3 years after It broke.

General Comments:

This car was indestructable... It has hit by 2 drunk drivers and handled the accidents fine... It RAN AND RAN AND RAN.. it ran through the Canadian Winters in Toronto, The Texas Summers in Corpus Christi and still kept chugging.. Through snow deeper then 4 feet and water up to the Doors (even seeping in during some flooding) the car NEVER stalled and kept on going!... If you change the oil in that 3.3 engine the thing won't die... Even on the last week I had the car before I sold it.. I took it out to the beach and Hammered it... The car took off just like it did 6 years previous... GREAT Engine however... The rest of the car leaves something to be desired.. Either way I am on my Second Grand am Now.. 2003 GT we'll see how that goes! If you want a car that will get you from A - B with reliability! the 1992 3.3 engine! Will go forever!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th September, 2003

1992 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2.3L Quad OHC from North America


If you treat it well, it will return the favor


All occurrences were near 100,000 miles:

Ignition module went out.

Replaced shocks and struts.

Starter went out.

Exhaust pipe rattles.

Needs to be warmed up a few minutes.

Inside dash panels and inside door panels creak and vibrate when driving.

Driver side outside door panel clips broke off.

Trunk switch does not work.

Serpentine belt was replaced.

Tires replaced.

Front right motor mount has gone bad.

General Comments:

All of those things mentioned as went wrong with the car were just because of "wear and tear." It is only at about 100,000 miles and with car check-ups and regular oil changes you can't go wrong.

Comfortable seats and a little get up and go, you just can't lose with this car.

Gas mileage is great.

Stock radio is very nice.

Air conditioner and heater work fine and so does the defroster.

Paint is holding up very well for a GM car.

The car does not over heat at all and nothing leaks.

The car isn't very fast. After 60 mph it slowly climbs the ladder. But hey it is only 4 cylinders, what do you expect?

It can eat civic hatchbacks alive.

This is a great all around car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st September, 2003

1992 Pontiac Grand Am SE 3.3 gasoline from North America


A great performer for little money!


You have to know that I paid $650.00 for this car, so somethings are gonna go out.

The Instrument Cluster Panel is going out. The oil, check gauges, and service engine soon light keep coming off and on because of that.

The radiator went about two weeks after I got it, due to poor preventive maintenance.

The windows are off track on both sides, sometimes they work just fine, then they stop in the middle of going up or down.

Found out after I bought the car that it had been totaled.

Recently the rear wheel cylinders and the rear brake hose went bye bye - easy fix, $30.00 for it all. Plus my dad's a mechanic so that's free.

General Comments:

Great to drive around town.

Very comfortable seats and being 6'1, the interior is very roomy.

Has lots of power from the 3.3 liter V6, which is the only motor I would buy in an older Grand Am.

It has great get up and go. I never have to wait to get on the high way. She flexes her muscles from time to time on the rice burners. I don't like to drive her like that, but sometimes you have to show who's boss.

A great car for the life she's had before I got her.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th August, 2003

29th Jul 2004, 22:13

I agree Grand Am's do have some guts, but you will never beat my rice burner.