It's funny to see how so many people seem to be having the same problems.
My husband bought our 99 Pontiac Grand Am last year from a co-worker who sold it to us for $1500.00. I guess for the price we paid we couldn't complain. We knew going into it we were going to be spending some money.
We got it a tune up, and we needed 4 new tires, because the size that was on there was too big, and they were rubbing into the strut.
Everything seemed to be OK, and a couple months later we took it in for an oil change and found out there were 2 leaks. $800 later we got our car back.
Brings us to about a month ago; we had another oil change, new front brakes and caliper pin?, serpentine belt and pulley. As soon as I left the shop, the car was still making a weird noise. Came to find out it needed a new power steering hose and pump. Now the car is still leaking power steering, and after having it in the shop today, it needs a new rack. Yay me! I am hoping after we fix this the problems will calm down.
I love the look and drive of the car, but it's really putting a dent in our bank account.
I have the same radio issues with the volume and the crazy symbols in the warmer weather.
My mechanic says Grand Am's are normally good cars, maybe it's just 99, maybe they were slacking off, who knows? Hope this helps someone else out!