1997 Pontiac Grand Am GT V6 from North America


It looks good..


Both mirrors broke off. The passenger side mirror is faded by the sunlight.

Reflector on driver door has broken twice.

The plastic molding on the driver seat belt broke off.

Carpet on passenger started wearing badly after first year - and I don't have that many passengers.

Replaced battery @ 50K miles.

Third set of Goodyear Eagle tires.

Third break rotor set - first set warped badly within first 10K miles and were replaced under warranty.

Fog lamps burned out twice in first 10K miles.

Driver side window motor replaced @ 50K miles. Now the window doesn't shut correctly and the door rattles. (And the dealership broke the mounting for the tweeter while removing the door panel to replace the motor!)

The signal lamps are incredibly difficult to replace.

General Comments:

Car still gets around 29 MPG on the highway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th February, 2003

1997 Pontiac Grand Am GT 2.4 from North America




I have had the waterpump replaced once.

Have replaced both mirrors once due to paint peel.

I have had the blower motor for the ac and heat replaced.

All that was before the 36000 mile warranty ran out. Afterwards I have replaced...

The alternator twice.

A-arm bushing wore out.

The rotors five times due to warping, of course there are no turnings of these particular rotors due to thinness.

I recently started having coolant leaking from the plastic outlet connector on the block where the radiator hose connects.

The radio knob that controls the volume is not sure of up or down.

And the current problem to date is a misfiring problem with the cylinders.

I have replaced the coils, coil covers, boots and spark plugs. Also the ECM, and main computer to try and solve the problem. I replaced the fuel pump and finally had to take it to a Pontiac dealer who have had the car for two weeks.

General Comments:

Up until my most recent problem with misfiring of the cylinders, I have performed all maintenance on the vehicle, so my cost was relatively cheap. But I would not buy another Pontiac if it were the last choice of car left. This car is problematic and the quad 4 engine was an engineer inbreed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd February, 2003

10th Mar 2003, 23:45

I was just wondering what is the price on a new set of mirrors for the grand am gt?

2nd Jul 2003, 12:34

I also have a 1997 Grand Am SE - bought used in 1998 with 23,00 miles on it, had it for a month and the cylinder mis-firing started. It's now 2003 and the problem is still there, I have had the car into Pontiac dealerships every time - so far to date my car has had 6 full tuneups, the fuel pump replaced, the O2 sensor replaced, ECM replaced and a few other test experiments to try and fix the problem. The mechanic at the dealership said after it being brought back for the 8th time that "he has no idea what is wrong with the car, nothing shows up on the computers - we can try and replace things one by one and see if the problem goes away, but of course your warranty won't cover those parts" The last and final problem, the timing and water pump went and so far the damage is a $1500. NEVER will I buy another Pontiac Grand Am (even though I loved my car_, I would be afraid of the same problems and of course Pontiac's motto is "WE CARE" -- yeah right I tried talking to the corporate headquarters and the beginning and they didn't want to hear anything.. The cylinder problem had never been fixed after 4 yrs and 111,000 miles...

1997 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2.4 liter from North America


A speedy yet practical car


On rare occasion, the car acts as though it is going to stall and then corrects itself. On occasion it will actually stall, but starts right up with no problems right away.

The manual window is broken (off track).

The alternator and battery were just replaced for the first time.

Just recently, as the vehicle goes into overdrive (typically on a hill), it makes a grinding noise.

At 130,000 miles, the car needed both lower control arms.

At 112,000 miles, the water pump was replaced.

General Comments:

This car has given me many miles of easy driving.

Lately, it has started to require more serious maintenance.

This car has so much pick-up, it acts like a V6.

The motor is so quiet, it sounds like it did the day I bought it.

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

Review Date: 28th January, 2003