1994 Pontiac Grand Am SE 4 cylinder. from North America


The 1994 Grand Am SE is definitely a success!


My head gasket blew at 90,000 miles.

Fog lights often go out.

Driver side window came off tracks.

A few squeaks in the car starting around 85,000 miles.

General Comments:

Not much has done wrong with this car, that could go wrong.

I love my Grand Am, and I'll tell my kids how swell it was when I got it.

It is a dependable car, and has went through thick and thin the 25,000 miles that I've had it. Long trips, and lots of short ones didn't slow me down a bit.

I love the sporty look and the nice little power that comes with the package.

The things that have gone wrong with my car are common in many other also, so I don't blame it for the way it is aging.

I can't imagine having a more fun, fast, dependable little car ever. It was just a delight to drive every time I got in it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st March, 2005

1994 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2.3 single overhead cam from North America


A bolt of lightning with one powerful punch and that's it


At about 142,000 miles the alternator went bad and the coils that run the automatic distributor began to go. Now, at about 145,790 the transmission is slipping and the linkage needs to be replaced before I can't drive the car. The car also is slowly getting worse on gas mileage.

General Comments:

This is a good first driver car, but that's about all.

Don't expect to save money with this car your better off racing than driving normally because the power it packs with such a small engine.

I enjoy the handling and power, but not in the snow.

Curves are no problem at all so far I have taken one at about 65 to 75 miles per hour without fish tailing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd March, 2005

1994 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2.3L from North America


I love my little car!!


The power steering belt has needed to be tightened twice.

The Oxygen Sensor needed to be replaced.

There was a hole One of the tubes going to the engine. (i don't know much about cars.)

General Comments:

The car takes turns VERY well.

It accelerates quickly.

It's very good on gas.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2005

1994 Pontiac Grand Am SE 3.1 V6 from North America


The Grand Am is a very unreliable vehicle


ECM Prom Error at 106,000 miles.

Electrical problems off an on from 106,000 miles to present.

Shocks/Struts at 110,000 miles.

Transmission slippage around 111,000 miles.

Water pump at 125,000.

Now at 127,000 miles the car is literally drinking anti-freeze with no leaks in the coolant system.

General Comments:

I purchased my Grand Am in May 2004. Immediately after I drove it off the lot I began to have problems. When I was driving down the highway I noticed the 'Service Engine Soon' idiot light came on. I immediately brought it to my mechanic. We hooked it up-to the diagnostic computer. At the top of a very long list of problems was an ECM Prom Error. After that I had the car inspected and tested. As expected, the car failed. I returned to the dealer. They said they would fix any problem that 'their mechanic finds'. That meant just a valve. Now it seems that when I fix one thing, another part needs to be fixed or replaced. I have started to look for a new vehicle.

On the upside however, the car handles rather well. There is plenty of power in the engine. Too much power in slick conditions.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th January, 2005

7th Jan 2005, 18:53

I had an 18 year old car before this one and had absolutely no problems with it.

2nd Feb 2005, 12:00

Seven years ago, I bought a 1994 Grand Am, 2 door, manual 5 speed transmission. I have been satisfied with the performance of this car until last year, when I was told that the head gasket needed to be replaced. That was a $1500 charge I wasn't prepared to put into the car. For the seven years I drove the car, I never had to replace the timing belt, the clutch or any of the other major things. I did have to do some repair work, but nothing really major, water pump, gas pump, things that normally go wrong on a car. the windows, however, on this car are off track, and although I paid twice to have the one on the driver's side fixed, when it gets really cold outside, it breaks again if you try to roll it down against its very strong will.

All in all, if I found another grand am manual transmission that was affordable, I'd buy it.