1997 Pontiac Grand Am 3.1L from North America
This car is a definite piece of crap!!!
Replace Alternator twice
Replace Window Motors four times
Replaced Head Gaskets twice
Replaced Window Switches
Replace Outside Mirror
Replace Fuel Pump
Replaced Fuel Injectors Twice
Replaced Rotors Six times
Replace Brakes Six times.
My problems started about a year ago. It started with the radiator. As soon as that was fixed and out of the way it seemed to me that everything went down hill from there. I have spent at least $3000.00 on this car so it would run. This car is not even worth a $1000.00.
I will never own a Pontiac again in my life.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 21st March, 2006
22nd Mar 2006, 19:38
Well I can answer that question for you. Most people don't bother to do the research on the vehicles they buy. Instead they either go with a name they trust, Toyota for example, buy what’s on sale, or just buy what catches their eye.
As a staunch believer in researching any vehicle in Consumer Reports, I can tell you that this little step has saved we a world of trouble. It is the #1 piece of advice I give to anyone that even mentions to me that they're looking to buy a new vehicle.
Incidentally, I was also the "proud" owner of a Pontiac Grand Am, a 1996 POS actually. It's the reason I now preach Consumer Reports and websites like this one to anyone that will listen.
25th Mar 2006, 18:33
Consumer Reports should stick with what they know: rating toasters and coffee makers. Have you read their latest ratings? It's pathetic. Unless they car is Japanese, they won't even give it the time of day. Don't reply saying that this is an obvious sign of Japanese superiority, The difference in quality/reliabilty of new cars is almost statistically insignificant. The ratings are totally subjective and could include such issues as difficulty in using radio controls and dislike of HVAC system. Consumer reports measures problems per 100 vehicles. That way when Lexus scores say an 82 and Chevy rates 110, the later rating sounds so much scarier. When you break it down per vehicle what is the difference between.82 problems and 1.1 problems per new vehicle? Consumer Reports is a joke. I wouldn't believe anything that comes from their pages.
18th Oct 2006, 16:44
Consumer Reports is a bunch of poop. I've owned nothing, but General Motors vehicles, the same ones Consumers tells you to run away from screaming. Each and every one has treated me well, as I did it. I have yet to turn one in with less than 225,000 miles and I drove, not towed, it to the dealer for the trade in. My '97 Grand Am is at 140K and running strong.