1994 Pontiac Grand Am Reviews - Page 8 of 24

1994 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2-Door Coupe V6 from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission V6 Don't Know
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles

Summary:

Comfortable, with a good fuel economy, but more money went into repairing than buying the car. : (

Faults:

Passenger window motor died, and had to be replaced.

Transmission gave out, and had to be replaced.

Converter overheated beyond recognition, and had to be replaced.

Muffler blew open, and had to be repaired.

Spark plugs had to be replaced, along with cover.

Bad alternator, had to be replaced.

Car has problems starting, doesn't want to run more than half an hour at a time, leaving relatives stranded on highways and roads.

ABS goes out and the brakes fail.

General Comments:

I got the Pontiac Grand Am because I was blown away by the car's beauty, honestly. It had an impressive fuel economy for a V6 engine, so that added to my interest in it. However, if I knew how much work would later be placed into the vehicle, I would have never even glanced in its direction. It is a wormhole for money. It is unreliable, uncomfortable for short drivers, and has cost more to repair than what went into buying the car itself. It was not worth the purchase at all, and I would never consider it an investment.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th November, 2004

1994 Pontiac Grand Am SE Quad4 OHC from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Quad4 OHC Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired98684 kilometres
Most recent distance102300 kilometres
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

If you find one for a good price then buy it, they make great beaters

Faults:

Before I purchased the car the previous owner had replaced/repaired:

Ball-joints.

Brakes.

Redone the wiring for the lights (signals, 4-ways and headlights/tail lights)

4000 kilometers later:

Brakes need to be replaced (rotors, calipers and pads)

The wiring for the lights need to be redone again.

The front struts are gone.

The even-gear synchros are shot.

General Comments:

In general this is an average car for the average person with above average salary.

I'm used to modified Spoon engines and a stock GM 4-banger just doesn't cut it for me (this car is the slowest thing I've ever owned).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th October, 2004

1994 Pontiac Grand Am GT 3.1 SFI V6 (3.1L) from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.1 SFI V6 (3.1L) Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired105000 miles
Most recent distance107000 miles

Summary:

Great little speedster!

Faults:

Driver's and passenger side window controls have malfunctioned and no longer work.

Battery died at 107,000. Believe the last time the battery was changed was at 85,000.

General Comments:

Grand AM GT, it just sounds mean with the name! But with this car, it also has the power and reliability to back up such a great name. I've owned the car for approximately 5 months and so far no problems. I have all the service records from the previous owner and they had also experienced no serious problems with the vehicle (with the exception of the brakes, which had to be replaced).

Even with the most harshest of punishments, this car has been very resilient and bounced up to the challenge. From racing, to autocross, this car has followed me through thick and thin and has really shone brightly.

The only thing you have to watch out for with this car is the ride. Bumps are taken hard and the car does not seem to like them.

Another thing to watch out for is with the GT Ground Effects, they may scrape against sidewalks when parking, so be sure to watch out! :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th August, 2004

1994 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2.3 SOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.3 SOHC Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance124000 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

Sporty AND economical? Yes!!

Faults:

Replaced front right wheel bearing assembly at 88000mi.

Alternator, belt, and battery replaced at 118000. (Car sat for a year)

Ignition module, spark plugs, coil housing, and fuel injectors replaced due to a miss in #4 cylinder. (Still got a speeding ticket on 3 cylinders!!)

Rattle in rear of car (needs exhaust redone).

Seat bottoms are broken down.

Multiple paint chips.

Needs new axle seals in trans.

Cassette player worn out.

I finally had to recharge the AC.

General Comments:

This has been a great car and I will be keeping it for 6 more years and give it to my daughter for her first car since she helps me work on it.

The power feels the same as day one.

I have used Mobil 1 5w30 since first oil change at 1000mi.

I use a K&N air filter.

The coolant is original and still tests OK.

I put in a larger front anti-sway bar and now it steers like a go cart. Lots of fun! I highly recommend it!

Just completed Chicago to Kansas City round trip and averaged 30MPG.

Overall, this car has been fun, reliable, sporty, comfortable, economical, and an absolute joy to own with low and easy maintenance that I have done myself.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th August, 2004

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 85 reviews