1993 Pontiac Grand Am Reviews - Page 4 of 19

1993 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2.3 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.3 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired121000 miles
Most recent distance161000 miles
Previous carFord Cougar

Summary:

Quick reliable transportation

Faults:

Head gasket blew at 121,000.

Water pump at 121,000.

Upper and lower motor mount at 121,000.

Front brakes at 130,000.

Paint chipping off on trunk and fenders.

Replaced stereo with CD player due to tape deck eating tapes and speakers not working.

General Comments:

The car handles great and has the extra power for acceleration when needed.

Interior is somewhat plain, but spacious, and seats are nice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st May, 2005

1993 Pontiac Grand Am GT 3.3 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.3 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 miles
Most recent distance158000 miles

Summary:

I love this car. Extremely Reliable

Faults:

Oil changed religiously every 3,000 miles.

Idle speed motor at 36,000 miles.

Alternator at 63,000 miles again at 121,000.

Thermostat about 3 times in 9 years.

Torque Converter lock-up switch replaced at 88,000 miles.

Transmission replaced after 9 years at 128,000 miles.

Rear shocks and rear wheel bearings replaced after 10 years at 148,000.

Mufflers and Tailpipes replaced after 11 years at 150,000.

Air conditioning stopped working after 8 years. (Never Repaired).

General Comments:

This car is still my daily commuter (as long as it is not too hot outside) and it has done a phenomenal job.

The suspension of the GT is a little too tight for my preference, most small bumps in the road jar the entire car. While not hazardous in any way, the whole car jarring for little bumps and potholes does get old very fast.

The 3.3L is an extremely reliable engine I have had no engine related expenses with this car. The engine has good low end torque, but lacks high end horsepower of today DOHC engines.

Unfortunately, Pontiac mated a 3 speed automatic transmission with this engine, which robs the car of the ability to really move.

For many years, I used this car while employed as a service technician, driving to my customers location with 600 lbs. of parts and tools in the trunk. I lived in the Chicago area, and had to make regular trips to rural Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, and Michigan to service customers, I am happy to report that this car never left me stranded on the side of the road.

Till this day I still love the styling of the early 90's Grand Am's. It is a very clean look that is distinctly Pontiac.

This was the first car I bought out of college, I paid $10,000 when I bought it in 1996 with 32,000 miles. I have since gotten married, started a new career, bought a house, put my wife through college, and nine years later my Grand Am has yet to let me down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th April, 2005

1993 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2.0 DOHC from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance166698 miles
Previous carPontiac Sunbird

Summary:

Junk Car

Faults:

Fuel Pump has been replaced 2 in 2 years.

Fuel Filter has to be replaced once every 6 months.

Tilt wheel latch has broke and steering wheel moves up and down freely.

Cannot run air conditioning because the car stalls and dies.

Car does not do well when there is more than 2 people in the car.

Had to replace ABS system due to faulty brakes.

Car stalls out when it is cold.

Have to put car in neutral when sitting at a red light.

Engine Coils had to be replaced because they burned out.

Ignition Housing and Ignition Casing had to be replaced.

General Comments:

This car is a really good car when it decides to run. I really like the car, it's a very stylish and young looking car. But it just seems the more money we put into the car the more that tears up on it.

Within the past 7 months I have had to have the car towed either home or to the mechanic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th April, 2005

15th May 2006, 00:23

I can definitely feel your pain about the brakes. I have to get something on the brakes fixed every six months. Right now I have a bent brake disc. Not fun!

1993 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2.4 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.4 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Previous carPontiac Grand Am

Summary:

Very nice car and very comfortable to drive

Faults:

Everythings fine other than when you drive it for alittle while and go to come to a stop the engine starts bucking like it's starving for fuel. And then it will stall, it will start right back up, but then if you go to put it into gear, it will jjust keep stalling for awhile. after several attempts at restarting it. it will go, once you put it into gear. What will make it do that?

General Comments:

Other than that I'm very pleased with everything else about the car.

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

Review Date: 2nd December, 2004

9th Jan 2005, 08:40

I have the same car and mine did the same thing until the head gasket blew. So your best bet is go to a dealer and have them do a compression check. This kind of thing is better off finding it now other than when your driving down the road.

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