1996 Pontiac Grand Am SE 4.0 from North America
Too high maintenance
I own a 96 Pontiac Grand Am SE, 4 cylinder and it has 81,000 miles on it right now. I have had to replace numerous parts on my car since I became the owner two years ago, including constant brake problems. Luckily my husband has been able to locate and fix most of these problems. The most annoying problems are the ones that no one can seem to fix. For example, I have a grinding noise whenever I make a right turn and the brakes pulsate when I come to a stop or slow down. Also, when I'm backing up it makes a clunking noise when I stop to put it in drive. And I've noticed that the car will bang into drive or reverse if I try to put it in gear right away, without letting it run for a second or two after starting it up. I have also had problems with my radio. The volume knob doesn't work properly and the CD player stopped working all together.
If anyone has experienced any of these problems and has successfully fixed them, please let me know what is wrong with my car. I'm afraid to wait till it brakes and leaves me stranded in order to find out what is wrong with it.
Frustrated Pontiac owner.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 17th October, 2003
3rd Mar 2004, 10:58
The transmission problem, jerking forward or back if you put it into gear without letting it run for a moment, is common. Unfortunately so is the volume knob problem.
I owned a 96 Grand Am SE and had the same problems. The sorry part is that these are design flaws with the vehicle and can't be fixed. Also the longer I owned the car the more stuff started to go, coil packs, A/C went twice, key sticking in ignition.
There is only one fix for these cars, trade them in!
8th Apr 2005, 10:16
I had a grinding whining noise when I would take right turns. It ended up being the wheel hub, which I was told is quite common in Grand Am's to go out. The part is around $50-$90. It's the labor that gets you. I called around and found a deal $120.00 labor and brand new part. The other service stations wanted to charge me $400.
15th Feb 2006, 12:48
The reason why you have a jerk when you switch gears from reverse to drive or vise versa is because you have a broken motor mount. They are about 60 $ dollars new, and you can have someone fix it for free. It is right on top, on the left side of your engine. I have the same problem, it won't hurt anything.