1993 Pontiac Grand Am Reviews - Page 2 of 19

1993 Pontiac Grand Am SE 3.3L from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.3L Automatic
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance91000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

I am happy to own this car

Faults:

I just bought this car knowing it needed a heater core, i noticed in many other adds that it is a common problem, and I have heard from a few people saying it is a pain to replace, but I'm not shure. I would like to know the procedure in installing a new heater core or if it is a difficult project.

Thanks.

General Comments:

Very powerful 3.3L v6.

Comfortable, and roomy.

Very good shape.

90,000 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th October, 2006

1993 Pontiac Grand Am 4 from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 4 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired63 miles
Most recent distance171653 miles
Previous carPlymouth Sundance

Summary:

Great overall car

Faults:

At about 48,000 mikes the head blew. Other than that nothing, but the normal wear and tear. G.M. did fix the head even though it was out of warranty.

General Comments:

Great running car, Runs now as good as the day I bought it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th September, 2006

1993 Pontiac Grand Am GT Sports Coupe 3.3 V6 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.3 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance120500 miles
Previous carBuick Century

Summary:

Great car if you treat it well

Faults:

I got the car in 2005, from a previous owner. I test drove it and it ran great. Then I gave it to my son to drive and he tortured it.

A few months ago while I was driving, some smoke came out of the hood. It turned out to be the power steering oil leaking.

I found a hole in the rusty power steering hose, so I replaced it.

Now the oil is leaking every time I drive it. I think it is the actual power steering pump itself.

I would be grateful for any suggestions to my problem.

General Comments:

It a very good looking vehicle. I am thinking of lowering the suspension and putting a spoiler to give it a more sporty look.

It's a little dry, potholes feel like earthquakes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th May, 2006

31st May 2006, 18:26

I had the same car with the 3.3 Engine in it. Had the same problem when the power steering hose went, the oil pretty much got all over the back exhaust manifold behind the engine. After getting the hose repaired, still noticed a little bit of smoke still coming out. I opened the hood to see that it was coming from the back of the engine where the exhaust was. I decided to steam wash the engine pretty good because I figured that washing out the oil would solve it. After words, letting the engine sit and dry, started it up, steam starting coming out from the evaporating water. After a while, drove it and the smoke stopped, so it was pretty much the power steering fluid sitting on the back of the engine, etc. Recommend probably washing your engine and cover your battery and air filter intake.

2nd Mar 2007, 15:38

This car is HOT & SMOKIN! Had the same thing happen to my 93 Grand AM, but do not own it anymore because I was getting sick of racing and winning all the time. Any oil that settles over the back manifold will make it smoke for a while. The last comment is very true, you really have to steam wash under the hood and then let it dry for a while... you will still noticed some smoke afterwards, but after driving the vehicle, should go away. Again, this car is HOT!!!

1993 Pontiac Grand Am SE 3.3 V6 160hp-185trq from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.3 V6 160hp-185trq Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles

Summary:

Very Reliable and a blast to drive!!!

Faults:

TCC Solenoid at around 80,000.

All heater core and radiator hoses replaced at 140,000.

Alternator at around 100,000.

Oil Pressure Sending Unit around 120,000.

General Comments:

I love my car, she has never left me stranded. The 3300 V6 is strong and has good power in all the right places. The three speed tranny doesn't do the engine justice.

Changed oil every 3000, changed the tranny fluid every 40-50k. Still has the original water pump and transmission at 150,000!!! A terrific car that I would recommend to anyone!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th May, 2006

1993 Pontiac Grand Am from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired3 miles
Most recent distance211000 miles

Summary:

The car has been very reliable and economical to drive

Faults:

Not much. Other than the parts that normally wear out (tires, wiper blades, brake shoes, mufflers, belts, etc.), I have had to have very little work done on the car. I recently replaced the fuel pump, but only because I routinely ran the gas tank almost dry, to see how many miles I could get per tankful of gas.

General Comments:

The car has been very reliable and gets surprisingly good gas mileage. I've kept a gas mileage log since I bought the car. Over the first 200,000 miles, I have averaged about 35 mpg. I get nearly 40 mpg on long summer highway trips, and if I get below 30 mpg, even in the winter, I think something must be wrong. The mileage for 2005 is just as good as the mileage for 1993, no change over the years. I can't understand why an off-the-lot, run-of-the-mill 1993 car can get better gas mileage than almost any car marketed today, except for the hybrids.

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

Review Date: 10th May, 2006

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 68 reviews