1993 Pontiac Grand Am Reviews - Page 6 of 19

1993 Pontiac Grand Am SE V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired109000 kilometres
Most recent distance138000 kilometres

Summary:

A good first car

Faults:

Leaking glove compartment

Engine mounts broke at 138,000

Cooling fan broke at 136,000

Unexplainable stalling problem

Crankshaft position sensor failed at 137,000

Trunk not aligned properly

Front end squeal in colder weather

Gas tank leak at 130,000

Gas line leak at 128,000.

General Comments:

This is a great car to drive because it has great acceleration.

You have to deal with the many problems though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th July, 2004

21st Jun 2005, 14:36

Your Unexplainable stalling problem is cause by a torte converter. Or something like that $150 and never stopped me again.

1993 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2.3L Vin Code 3 from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.3L Vin Code 3 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired131307 miles
Most recent distance131388 miles
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

Despite the little "bugs", it is holding promise

Faults:

This car was given to me by a friend that no longer wanted to pay for repairs. The problem was a cracked head and blown head gasket.

In 3 boxes, were all the parts to put the top end back together. Keep in mind now I still had to hunt for a head that was still usable. After a 2 week search, a head was found and was certified as being a good part.

The car was then reassembled. I was very pleased with how smooth the engine ran.

I drove it on real short trips less than 10 miles at a time to make sure all the "bugs" were worked out and was ready to be put to good use.

The problems then started. On a family cruise in the Grand Am, the overdrive seemed to not disengage, the car violently shook and died while trying to come to a complete stop. After a few attempts to get rolling again, I was able drive the rest of the way home.

At every stop that I had to make the car would keep doing the same exact thing. Limping home was no fun.

The following day came and it was time to work on the Grand Am once again. This time the Grand Am would no start. Frustration and borderline anger was showing it's ugly head. The best thing I did that day was walk away. The next day, the trouble maker was found, turns out that the problem was within my shifter. I know how to get it to start, but cannot pinpoint the actual source.

Oh yeah, I forgot to also mention that the front motor mount seems to be bad. there is a terrible noise when shifting in reverse that sounds like marbles are under the hood. You can push against the mount and the noise goes away, let it go and here comes the marbles again. I think that when all the bugs get worked out this will be a fine car and hope it lasts as long as my 1992 Ford Explorer has, that has 332,500 miles on it and still goes everyday.

General Comments:

This car for its age was very well kept.

The interior looks like brand new.

The seating is more than comfortable and I imagine it would be comfortable on a long trip.

The overall ride that it gives is underrated. Comparable to luxury.

Low interior noise.

Great braking response.

User friendly cockpit.

Rather easy to work on. (for me anyway)

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

Review Date: 28th June, 2004

11th Apr 2005, 15:17

I don't even know if you'll even get this. Just curious, were you ever able to figure out why your car would violently shake and die? Did it happen often after that?

I've spent close to $1000 trying to figure out what is wrong with my '93 Grand Am for doing the same exact thing and no mechanic can figure it out! It happens for me if I go over 40mph.

26th Apr 2005, 09:56

MY 93 SE does the same thing, shakes cuts off and to me feels like the transmission was gonna drop out every time I tried to put in in reverse and restart took a while. I noticed in one of the comments that someone said the oxygen sensor was a cut off problem.

8th Jul 2005, 14:24

I had shudder problem with my 93 se, the transmission torque converter is the problem. Should be able to have fixed at a good trans shop for $150 -$200.

18th Jan 2009, 11:08

I have a 1993 Pontiac Grand Am SE (2.3L DOHC Quad 4 HO) with the same problem. When the car is brought to a stop it shutters and then stalls. This is caused by the TCC lockup not releasing.

When you're in D1 or D2, your drive from the engine is transferred to the wheels through the torque converter. In these gears, there are finned plates turning in transmission fluid that are used to transfer power from the plate attached to the engine, through the fluid to the plate that goes to the wheels.

When you are in third gear, there is a lockup device that connects these plate together no longer, allowing the slippage of these plates through the fluid. This is so you get good gas mileage and no overheating of the transmission fluid. If this lockup does not release when you come to a stop, you will stall the engine. Thus the shudder. If someone came along and lifted the front of your car before it came to a complete stop, this stall would not happen. (LOL) Obviously this is not practical. So it's best to get it fixed.

The part is not that expensive, but the labor can be depending on where you take it. Hope this helps.

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