1997 Pontiac Grand Am from North America


Good car if you have the money and time to put into all the repairs


I have had coolant leaks since day one.

Had to replace battery and altenator after three months.

Have replaced head gasket (350.00)

Re-welded motor mounts

Replaced front tires twice.

Replaced brakes twice.

Replaced the intake gasket.

Getting ready to replace the entire head.

Replaced water pump.

All of these replaced in less than a year.

General Comments:

I loved my car however I am getting ready to have my first baby it is just getting too costly to fix. I am hoping that replacing the entire head will do the job.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th August, 2007

1997 Pontiac Grand Am SE 4 cylinder from North America


Nice and a great family car


The electric window motor in my passenger front window and the back left window has gone out.

A crack in the radiator.

I had to replace the whole a/c.

Carpet on the floor is worn badly.

The side mirror throttle is broken.

The display light on the radio is almost out.

General Comments:

I really like the car its just I am having problems trying to fix it.

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

Review Date: 22nd August, 2007

1997 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2.4L from North America


This car is solidly reliable!! 190,000+ miles strong!


The first thing to fail was the alternator. That was about 3 years ago and has not been a problem since.

I have replaced the brakes twice in the front since I bought it (about to again) and once in the rear.

The only time it was in the shop for a repair was for the front hub bearing replacement at 75k.

The air conditioning has leaked out and is still not functioning properly.

The backlighting of the climate control system is not working. I probably had a wire messed up when the radio got stolen.

The heater core started to develop a crack in the supply line. Whatever idiot thought plastic works well in hot places was definitely wrong.

General Comments:

The car has been very reliable. I've only been stranded three times and that was twice alternator related and once a bad tank of gas. It is the car I have been using since high school and has served me well through college.

It is a 2.4L DOHC 4 cylinder. You will note this car has over 190,000 miles on it. This is the same engine as it was built with. Same transmission. Same, well you get the picture. This car, under my ownership, has not had a major repair. This car contradicts most of what any Consumer's Report has said about 97 Grand Ams. I guess I got lucky?

The engine has been maintained with synthetic 5W30 since it had 60k on it. The engine still runs like it is 60k, no joke. The transmission shifts solidly.

The car averages about 27MPG, mixed usage. If you are miserly or full freeway, it will get over 30MPG. Best I got was 34MPG driving through a Michigan blizzard.

The interior is doing fine. I seldom have more than one passenger. I use floor mats so the carpet is in great condition yet. No hanging ceilings or missing carpet. The paint is starting to feel its age, but is in excellent shape compared too many other 96-98 GA's I've seen.

I will miss this car when it finally does give up the ghost, but that'll be awhile. This car prefers to be run.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd July, 2007

16th Feb 2009, 01:09

Wow, I only got a peak max of 26 mpg's and I have had to send mine to the shop for serious repairs 7 times, and I have only put 10 k on it, but I am the 3rd owner.

16th Feb 2009, 12:04

I love this review. My 2001 Grand Am SE-1 "quad 4" has been one of the best cars we ever owned. It is far better than any of the three imports we owned. I've been out exactly $10 in repairs in 8 years (for a light bulb). I added a cold-air induction system and it boosted the power very noticeably. I drive mine fast and aggressively, but if I go on a trip on the interstate and set the cruise on 65-70mph I can easily get over 32mpg with it. Average would be 15-27 overall. Since it is so easy to add cold-air induction to these engines, I recommend it. The increase in power with the quad 4 was more than it was when I added a system to my new 4.0 Mustang.

22nd Jul 2009, 17:34

Well I can't agree with you on this. I own a 1998 Pontiac Grand Am GT with the 2.4 Twin Cam engine, and believe me I kept this car up. I did everything in the book and at 126,000 the cam shaft in the engine failed. I have never been so disgusted with a car. I have done everything to keep this car in great shape and look what happens.