1997 Pontiac Grand Am Reviews - Page 15 of 41

1997 Pontiac Grand Am GT 3.1L V6 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.1L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance164000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Great economical and dependable automobile

Faults:

Dash Lights went out.

Rattle in passenger door.

Catalytic Converter.

General Comments:

I bought this car from the original owner who assured me they have had no problems. I drive over 200 miles a day as a courier and really love the gas mileage and comfort.

The only problems I have had are normal wear and tear for a car this age.

Both myself and the original owner are middle aged people who do not hot rod or abuse the car.

Other comments that list several faults are usually from people that drive the vehicles hard and fast. These cars were not made to race or to abuse.

I feel that if you take proper care of these cars, and maintain them well that they could last for quite some time. I have no problems what so ever.

The previous owner maintained the car per manufacture recommendations and the dealer did most of the repairs.

I have always used the dealer for any maintenance and repairs to my vehicle, and adhere to all manufacture recommendations for maintenance.

I feel that if you drive a car carefully and maintain a vehicle like it should be maintained, then you will get the miles out of them that you should.

I will certainly buy another of these automobiles as soon as this one wears out, but with the way it is running and performing now, I don't feel that I should have to replace it anytime soon. I expect to get 200000+ miles out of this vehicle with no problems.

Take care of your Pontiac, and it will take care of you. My car has never been a problem and has never left me stranded. This has been as reliable an automobile as my Honda which had 385000 miles on it when I traded.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th June, 2005

1997 Pontiac Grand Am GT 4 cylinger from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4 cylinger Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
0.0 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Am

Summary:

This car is terrible.

Faults:

Replaced power window motors seven times.

Replaced alternator four times.

New breaks in 2000/

Interior was not comfertable.

Door panels started to fall apart.

Fog light fuses blew more than once.

Engine blew up on June, 9th 2005.

General Comments:

The car has a lot of pick-up.

I got very tired of replacing parts three or four times.

I would never ever recommend this car and will never buy another one.

Cost me more fixing everything than it did to buy the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th June, 2005

1997 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2.4L 4 cylinder 150 hp from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.4L 4 cylinder 150 hp Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired41000 miles
Most recent distance53000 miles

Summary:

A great first car

General Comments:

This car has a good engine, but some really stupid things have gone wrong with it. For instance, the knobs for the heater and AC has fallen off. The key hole for the trunk has fallen out. This car was just manufactured cheaply.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th May, 2005

1997 Pontiac Grand Am SE 4.0 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.0 Don't Know
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance150017 miles

Summary:

Good car, great mileage!

Faults:

Shortly after purchase, water pump went out. 78,000 miles. Would have been expensive if Hubby couldn't fix it.

It enjoys eating alternators. Bought one from Napa with lifetime warranty, have gone through 4 so far.

Window motors went out at 125,000 miles, which is to be expected with 3 little kids.

General Comments:

Gas mileage is great! 44 MPG on the highway!

Always starts no matter the weather.

Seats were really comfortable until the last 10,000 miles, simply wearing out.

It's been a great car, but it gets too small when the kids hit near 6' tall!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th May, 2005

24th May 2005, 13:21

Hi, I too have experienced the malfunctioning of the power window motors. If you need some guidance in replacing the motors, let me know. I just replaced both of mine. burns0247@yahoo.com.

1997 Pontiac Grand Am SE 3.1 189 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.1 189 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired46000 miles
Most recent distance108000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Beretta

Summary:

I must have gotten a good one

Faults:

Replaced passenger power window motor at about 75000 miles and the driver side motor last week, at 108000 miles. burns0247@yahoo.com if you need help doing this, as it seems to be a common problem. The dealer was going to charge me $325 each to replace. I bought the motors for $40 each and did it myself.

I previously reported that I was getting water inside, well it continues and I still don't know where it's coming from. I drilled some drain holes in front and behind the front seats, but it still collects if front of the front seats even with the drain holes.

The horn still is in-op.

I think I have a bad CV joint on the driver's side, it's clicking like crazy.

General Comments:

I have had this car for 4 years now and it has yet to let me down. Sure, it's had a few problems, but nothing like these other owners are saying. I've replaced a couple parts here and there, but have not had all the engine problems that I'm hearing about. The water pump and alternator are holding up just fine even though they seem to be chronic problems for other people.

The seats could be a little more supportive on the thighs.

The AC is still pumping cold air after 8 years of use and never being charged.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th May, 2005

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 134 reviews