1998 Pontiac Grand Am Reviews - Page 8 of 13

1998 Pontiac Grand Am GT 2.2 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired44 miles
Most recent distance46000 miles
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

If they want us to buy American, then they need to make more reliable American cars

Faults:

Anything that could go wrong with this car has gone wrong. The engine is very noisy, the car jerks every time I put it in reverse, but the dealership insists nothing is wrong with it. The sunroof constantly jams, the power windows seem to have a mind of their own, cruise control no longer works, the car just shut off one day as I was driving down a very busy road. I had it towed to the dealership and they told me I had a bad battery. The oil light comes on at random and the dealer says they can't find anything wrong.

General Comments:

This is a very nice looking car and it accelerates nicely, but for what I payed for it, this is totally unaccpetable.

Dealer service is lousy and the mechanics are incompetent.

I will never buy another Pontiac or General Motors product ever again and probably never another American car for that matter.

AS of today, the nightmares I have had with this lemon are over. I traded in for a 2003 Toyota Celica. I couldnt get my things out of that car fast enough.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd September, 2003

30th Mar 2004, 18:09

I have a 1989 Pontiac Grand Prix with 250,639 miles on it. Yes, a quarter of a million miles! Never a major repair! GM obviously makes a superb, reliable vehicle. I love the Pontiac Grand Prix. So you keep supporting foreign markets, but keep your mouth shut when you find your self below your earning potential, or even better, when you lose your job.

1998 Pontiac Grand Am SE V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired44000 miles
Most recent distance60593 miles
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

Worthless, Unreliable, and Poorly Built

Faults:

Terrible experience with my first "real" car... Horrible suspension and front end!!

45,000 - Steering Rack replaced

45,000 - Hub replaced

50,000 - Power steering pump replaced

50,000 - Water pump replaced

60,000 - Need rotors replaced

60,000 - Need struts and strut mounts.

I purchased the car in 2002 with some money I received from my college graduation. I was really excited to get what seemed to be a good car from the dealership as I was in desperate need of a reliable car. My '87 Maxima just wasn't cutting it anymore... After test driving it, I was pretty impressed. Initially I didn't like the outside appearance, but since it drove well and was within my price range, I decided to go ahead and purchase it anyway... WHAT A MISTAKE!!

The total price was 12,500 with a 3 year / 36,000 warranty. After driving the car around for a few days I had already noticed a few problems, so I brought it right back to the dealership. One issue was that the volume of the radio kept going up and down. Another was the noises that were coming from the front end. They took the car in, but could not find anything wrong. I hadn't noticed it the time I purchased the vehicle, but both of the front windows were scratched due to the power windows, but they refused to replace it for free because it was a used car. My first trip to service went fairly well and I was satisfied.

Several times over the first few months, I brought the car into be serviced due to the loud noises I heard when traveling over any bumps in the road. After a few visits, they replaced the steering rack and hub.

A few months later, I was back at the dealership as the front end noise persisted. They tweaked a few things and made sure everything was lubricated and said everything was fine. I also brought the car in because my "Low Coolant" light was on. They said that there was not a leak and that they just needed to add coolant. Surprise, surprise. A few days later, the light came on again and the coolant was basically empty. I brought it back and they found a leak in the hose. They also ended up replacing the water pump, power steering pump, and a few other things.

That was basically one of my last visits to the dealership for repairs. A few weeks ago a squealing noise started coming from the front end and the car had A LOT of vibration when traveling at speeds over 70 MPH. This time they said I needed to have the struts and strut mounts replaced. They also recommended having the tires balanced and rotated and said I needed new rotors and new tires. I wasn't about to spend $2000 on this LEMON, so I just told them to give me the car back.

I went to a few dealerships in search of a new car, and a few weeks later, I found a 2001 Jetta. In August 2002, I paid 11,000 for the Grand Am (without the warranty), but when I went to trade it in with 60,000 miles, I got a whopping $4000!!! The car managed to depreciate $7000 in the course of 1 year!! Hopefully the Jetta will treat me well and won't spend most of it's time back at the dealership.

General Comments:

Good performance, but I will never buy a POS Pontiac again!!! I was thoroughly disappointed in the reliability of the car. Every time I turned around something else went wrong with the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th September, 2003

12th Jan 2004, 07:46

Just a comment on the resale: I agree that Grand Ams generally don't hold their value too well, but it isn't fair to compare the full dealer retail you paid to the trade-in that some other dealer was willing to give you.

3rd Jun 2008, 22:56

I agree, and another thing, you bought a Jetta??? Good luck with that man.

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