1996 Pontiac Grand Am SE 3.1 V6 from North America


This car is o.k


My alternator went out at 130,000 miles.

Both window motors on the passenger side went dead.

I bought a new water pump at 140,000 miles.

My check engine light would never go off even though it was taken to the dealership several times.

I bought a new throttle position sensor at 150,000 miles.

General Comments:

This car has great performance, but it costs to keep up with the maintenance.

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

Review Date: 10th February, 2005

1996 Pontiac Grand Am GT 3.1 6 cylinder from North America


I love this car!!!


I got this car around June of 2004 and since I got it I've only had one problem and I drive a lot. This car has a very good paint job. The water pump blew at about 80,000 miles. This costs about 1,000 dollars. The transmission fluid pan is leaking. Pontiac said that costs around maybe 300 dollars.

General Comments:

This car is very fast. It has very good acceleration and a lot of horsepower. It handles very good too. But don't try to push it too fast in the snow because I guarantee you'll end up in a ditch. The cabin is very comfortable for a sports car and it sits low like a corvette.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st February, 2005

28th May 2005, 23:26

Its me the one that owns this car, it is still running just like new... it has 90,070 miles on it now! I just got new tires and an alignment done, nothing bad at all to report. But I plan on trading this car in for a 2005 Pontiac GrandPrix GT soon.

22nd Dec 2005, 00:21

The water pump for a 3100 series V6 GM engine is only 30-50 dollars, and takes less than an hour to install, refill the coolant and bleed air out of the cooling system, if you are quoted $1000 to fix this, you are being ripped off!

1996 Pontiac Grand Am SE Quad 4 from North America


A complete nightmare


CV joint and front axle broke

Heater core let go

Fuel pump died

Fuel injector lines had to be replaced

Both ball joints wore out

Check engine light is always on

Tie-rods and stabilizer bars were broken

Has a small coolant leak.

General Comments:

I have owned 14 cars over the last 25 years. This car is the worse one ever, by far

I bought it used, and the money I've spent on it, I could have made payment on a brand new car. Besides all the repairs and money I've spent on it, there are other problems around the corner. It clunks if I step hard on gas, which is either a motor mount or drive shaft problem. I hope it lasts 4 more months so I can trade it in.I should have read this site before I purchased vehicle

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th December, 2004

30th Dec 2004, 14:15

Yes, but it had 119,000 miles when you bought it.

24th Mar 2007, 14:30

I own a '96 Grand Am se 2.4L auto, I love my car more than life itself. I also bought mine used and it had well over 200.000 kms on it. The only thing wrong with it, was the bearings. Unfortunately, we had a misshap in the winter, and my passenger side axle is busted. Not to expensive to fix, but I will not sell it to buy another car. I had taken it in to the dealership and other shops for estimates, and they all agree, my motor and transmission is as good as when it was first made. I hope you can solve your problems, but I believe it all comes down to buyer beware, look into the background of the vehicle, and if you think there may be a problem with it, then there is. My car was first a rental car, then a friend bought it, she took great care of it. I have every paper for it, right back to the dealership it was first sent to. I paid $1200. for my baby, the month after my friend made her last payment equaling over $30,000. Again, it goes back to buy what you know has been looked after.