1997 Pontiac Grand Am GT 3.1L V6 from North America
A high-maintenance vehicle
Over the past five years that I have owned this vehicle, I have had to replace the rotors every six months. I had to turn the rotors each time between replacing them. They are currently warped as I am writing this. Absolutely ridiculous.
In 2000, I had to have the evaporator replaced (Air Conditioning). The cost was close to $1000.
The alternator has given out once, which is understandable, but it is also not a cheap replacement.
Recently, the engine coolant system started to leak. Two weeks ago, I had to have the head gasket replaced ($320), and I had to have the water pump replaced today ($235).
I have also had to replace the driver's side window motor once ($300).
Current problems not fixed yet:
-Squeak at the bottom of the steering column
-Paint chipping from side mirrors
-Radio volume knob doesn't know the difference between increase and decrease.
Do not get me wrong. I absolutely love my 1997 Grand AM GT, but the maintenance is unbelievable. I have had it since I was 16 years old. I am very lucky that I bought an extended warranty that is soon to run out at 60,000 miles. It has been well worth the $750.
Even though I love my Grand AM, I am not willing to put up with all of the repairs after I graduate from college. So I will be looking to buy a car that doesn't pose this many maintenance issues.
If you ever decide to buy a 1997 Grand AM, I would only ask you to ask yourself one question: Do you have enough money to keep it running?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th May, 2002
10th Dec 2002, 15:24
I've had my grand am gt for 3 days and I love it! no problems what so ever! It has 50000 miles on it and looks like it just came out of the factory! I'm looking forward to buying a new one when I get out of college in 4 years. this car is a big step up from a 94 ford probe. I know you all will agree.