1993 Pontiac Grand Am Reviews - Page 9 of 19

1993 Pontiac Grand Am SE 3.3 V6 from Puerto Rico

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.3 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired300 miles
Most recent distance279813 miles

Summary:

Reliable Pontiac Grand AM SE

Faults:

Mainly replaced brakes, suspension, thermostat, radiator, tires, change coolant twice a year, change transmission fluid every 30K miles, change oil every 3,000 miles, change brake fluid every 75,000 miles, change power steering pump at every 80,000 miles, changed alternator, starter, maintain it by spraying CARB Cleaner spray into the manifold intake suction to clean out manifold, (stop hesitation, add gasoline cleaners into the gas tank every 2000 miles, keeps injectors clean and fuel filter. Wax it every week. Still running at 279K because since I first got the car, I did my own maintenance and all this pays off. I am not lazy because my car is not lazy neither, but if I become lazy, my car then becomes lazy and has a heart attack.

General Comments:

This car since I first got, it has really been there for me when I need to start, and accelerate , and stop. This does well in cornering and at high speeds. It has really COLD A/C, and real smooth riding. I have added new seats and carpet and smells like new. The engine is very strong still & transmission, and very quiet, though not quiet when I first got it, but still quieter then those that have like 100K, like my brother's Pontiac.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 2003

1993 Pontiac Grand Am SE 3.3 from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.3 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles
Previous carNissan Stanza

Summary:

Decent car for single guy or married couple

Faults:

45000 miles torque converter lock-up solenoid went. spent about $25 for new solenoid... and while I had the pan off I changed AT fluid and filter.

Blower motor for AC/Heat doesn't blow hard... tore apart dash and check vacuum lines and vac controlled door. Still not blowing hard, I think the vent came off near fire wall in blower motor housing.

Drivers side window regulator broke, of course they were riveted and not bolted. Cost me $400. at dealer.

Power steering pump making a rattle/knocking sound, bearings worn. Took one from a bone yard for $30.

Oil pressure sensor blinks on and off, working fine, but need to replace.

General Comments:

Even though the car was neglected for years it still looks OK and actually runs strong and rides nice.

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

Review Date: 27th August, 2003

1993 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2.3L QUAD FOUR from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.3L QUAD FOUR Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance172000 miles
Previous carHonda CRX

Summary:

The fastest car I've ever driven, sorry my bros Celica, you slow!

Faults:

The entire time I have had this car I have street raced it, until I moved.

I purchased the car in 1998 for $4000 at an auction. I planned to spend near $8000, so I had extra money to put into this car. During the first two years I spiced it up, even though the work I did it didn't really need. I rebuilt the engine, making modifications too long to list, but to give you an idea some of the things I did were: tweak the cam, replace the head with a more performance head, tweaked the valves and REPLACED THE COMPUTER, a major problem with GM. Because I had heard of frequent issues with certain parts I replaced the bearings (all 4), suspension, brakes, brake pads, brake calipers, and installed a more powerful alternater/battery setup for the stereo.

Then in 2000 it happened, an oil spot in the driveway. It turns out I over-torqued the valve cover/crank case bolts causing a pressure/heat related problem. From December 2000 until October 2002 the car leaked about a quart every 1000 miles or so. The less it was turned on and off the less oil would seep out of the top of the engine.

I am in the Army and I was away from my baby for a while and decided to really open her up going south on I-95 in Georgia. I don't know how fast I was going the new computer removed the governor and the speedometer stops at 120 mph, but anyway the car developed a vibrating in the rear of the car. The next day I had two flat rear tires that looked like, I don't know, the semi tires you see on interstates, but wrapped around my rims all warped with the cords sticking out. I don't know if that vibration caused three of the bolts to break from the valve cover/crank case or if it was the strain on the engine, but some cars got sprinkled with oil because it had none... at all.

So now it sits in South Carolina at the in laws, mostly because my wife thinks I'll kill myself in it, and I live now in New Mexico. But this Christmas it's on Savanna, I've saved up the money needed to repair it, and I'm getting my baby back.

One last thing: NOW THIS IS DRIVING EXCITEMENT was the perfect catch phrase for Pontiac. They so need to go back. I wouldn't just buy another car from this manufacturer; I did buy a new 2002 Grand Am for my wife and she loves it. I only like it...it's an automatic for crying out loud, come on now.

General Comments:

Like it, love it, can't wait to get back to it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th August, 2003

13th Jan 2005, 08:31

I will never stop loving this car!!!

When I fist got this car it had a whole crap load of problems because of the previos owner. Broken door, bad tires, over heating, and others. But with a little help from mechanics in the family its running awsome! I have found if you take care of this car by getting routine oil changes and the other stuff. It will be running awsome for a long time. I have to agree this car looks awsome and is great on the gas which is a huge help now.

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