1998 Pontiac Grand Am Reviews - Page 7 of 13

1998 Pontiac Grand Am SE 3.1L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.1L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired58000 miles
Most recent distance68585 miles

Summary:

A good cheap college car

Faults:

My check engine light comes on and off at will.

General Comments:

This car is somewhat quick and handles fine. It seems to need to have a checkup done annually to ensure good quality driving. I think that being a middle sized car that when things start going wrong its going to all happen in a madder of time and I'm waiting for it. Treat them nice and there do the same for you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th February, 2004

1998 Pontiac Grand Am GT 2.4 cylinder, V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.4 cylinder, V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired13 miles
Most recent distance87000 miles
Previous carPontiac Firebird

Summary:

I love it!

Faults:

So far, I've had to replace the motor in the driver's side window twice, and the motor in the passenger side window once.

The display reads a little erratic sometimes (usually when it's hot outside), but the radio works fine. I've taken it to get looked at twice, but they couldn't find anything wrong.

I replaced the alternator when the car was about 3 years old. Haven't had any problems since.

When the A/C is on high, the battery light comes on. A technician said the alternator and battery were fine, they didn't know why it was doing this.

The paint on the spoiler has faded. The paint on the rest of the car is perfect.

General Comments:

Overall, I love my car. It's made many trips from Virginia to Florida with no problems. The only real annoyance is replacing the motors for the windows.

This car handles well and is fun to drive. The seats are very comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th February, 2004

13th Feb 2006, 21:29

How much did it cost for you to replace the window motor? I need to replace the driver side rear window motor.

1998 Pontiac Grand Am GT from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.4 / 10
Distance when acquired22000 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

This car is nothing but trouble

Faults:

The power windows on both windows have broke twice.

The RP M's run at 3 at all times. So basically the engine is running at a high speed even when I am in park, and it accelerates by itself.

I have to put both feet on the brake in order to stop.

It makes very weird sounds at all times.

General Comments:

It's a cute car. Nice on the inside and outside.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th January, 2004

3rd Mar 2004, 18:07

I own a 1998 Pontiac Grand Am. Everything was OK until after four years then everything fell apart. The brakes stopped working so I had them fixed and it cost me $430.00; then the system had to be flushed out or something another $137.00; then it needed a water pump it cost me $435.00 at first, but two days later the car died on my way to work. I was told that it needed a timing belt and a gear replaced which cost me another $309.00 on parts (free labor). Overall, I spent $1,311.00 in the last three months to have the car repaired. Because of what I went through, I definitely do not recommend this car to anyone. Sorry!!!

1998 Pontiac Grand Am GT 3.4 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.4 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired14 miles
Most recent distance81000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

A poor effort at a gorgeous car

Faults:

Alternator bad at 21000 miles. Brakes replaced at 21000, rotors warped. CD player wouldn't load at 21000. Cassette player continually reversed sides at 21000. Warning lights blinking on and off continuously. Leak in floorboard that couldn't be located. Rotors warped again three weeks after repair. Transmission replaced at 33000 miles. Brakes again at 33000. Save the transmission, all defects continued to crop up throughout our ownership of this vehicle. Power windows and sunroof worked intermittently.

General Comments:

As pretty as this car is, and as good as it is when it works, it is junk. The seats are great and the stereo is fabulous, except for the fact that the display on it is blank so that you can't tell which station or track you are listening to. The same problems were repeatedly repaired, and repeatedly showed back up. 81000 miles now and you still can't go through the drive through and grab a burger because neither of the windows will roll down!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th September, 2003

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