1998 Pontiac Grand Am Reviews - Page 13 of 13

1998 Pontiac Grand Am SE1 3.1 SFI from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 3.1 SFI Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 kilometres
Most recent distance85000 kilometres
Previous carBuick LeSabre

Summary:

Great car to have if you want power, comfort, and practicality

Faults:

Factory tires went bald early.

Brake pads wear fast, but solved by installing higher end rotors and pads.

Bent rims (x2).

Currently burning too much gas.

General Comments:

The car is very fun to drive.

Has great power off the line and with a few modifications the car will even take out a GT (air filter system, fuel system, tires, and ignition).

Only complaint is the wind noise at high speed (but installing a good stereo system covers it all up).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th December, 2000

1998 Pontiac Grand Am SE 4 cyl from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 4 cyl Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance43000 miles
Previous carToyota Tercel

Summary:

Looks nice, unreliable

Faults:

Water pump.

Thermostat.

Serious electrical problems after the warranty expired $$$.

Alternator.

Also I have replaced the brakes every 13,000 miles.

General Comments:

Coming from a Toyota, I expected reliability. This Grand Am is not only unreliable, it has broken down places leaving me stranded on highways. The electrical problems started one month after my warranty expired. I pay to have it fixed, and something else goes wrong. I recommend that any other Grand Am owners with electrical problems call the Pontiac number in the back of your owners manual. Tell them you want your problem on file. Ask for your case number. This car is a potential fire hazard.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th October, 2000

1998 Pontiac Grand Am SE 3.4 Litre - 170hp SFI from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 3.4 Litre - 170hp SFI Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance40000 miles
Previous carPlymouth Colt

Summary:

Fast car - 0-60 in 5.7 with NOS and performance tires

Faults:

Brake pads went at 32,000.

Rotors seem to be a little warped, but do not seem to affect braking in a negative way, just a slight pulsation.

Mist came out of air vents when the A/C was on. Adding more antifreeze solves this problem.

General Comments:

Pontiac 6 cylindar cars have a 60 degree engine design which has WEAK pistons. If you add a nitrous oxide system, I recommend that you first upgrade your pistons.

MikeArk@aol.com

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

Review Date: 8th October, 2000

1998 Pontiac Grand Am GT 3.1 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 3.1 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired20500 miles
Most recent distance27000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier Z24

Faults:

The shift knob started coming off and wouldn't allow you to shift unless you pushed it back down.

General Comments:

The car is a very good looking car. It also rides pretty decent for a sports car. I was not satisfied with the take off power of the 3.1 compared to my previous car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th August, 2000

1998 Pontiac Grand Am SE1 2.4L 4-cyl gasoline from North America

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 2.4L 4-cyl gasoline
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10

Faults:

None So Far.

General Comments:

Redesigned from the ground-up: stronger unibody, better suspension, more standard equipment, etc. Sharp new looks inside and out. (Have you seen the dashboard?) Pontiac's beefed-up four-cylinder is a fun little engine and surprisingly quick. Be forewarned - improvements come at a cost, averaging about $1,000-$2,000 more.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th June, 1998

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 50 reviews