1999 Pontiac Grand Am GT 3.1L V6 from North America

Summary:

I give the car in ratings an A

Faults:

I have a 99 Grand A GT With about 126,000. I Have had problems with it like the intake manifold gasket which everyone tells me its very common for these cars, The wheel bearings, Coolant shooting out of the reservoir for no apparent reason. That's about it for problems "Nock on wood".

General Comments:

Well over all with the car the car has been great to me. Intake manifold Gasket jobs are not cheap. I Paid $400 for mine not too shabby in price. Dealers will charge you a lot more. Your better off just calling around to get prices. I'm looking for some recalls on the grand am so if anyone has some please let all of us Grand Am Owners know...Thanks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd January, 2006

1999 Pontiac Grand Am GT 3.4L V6 from North America

Summary:

Very nice car, great performer

Faults:

Slow leak in rear right tire.

Window regulator needed replacement.

Had to replace BCM.

Small leak in trunk during heavy rain.

General Comments:

I bought this car earlier this year for a commuter vehicle for school. Prior to this I mainly drove a 98 GMC K1500 which was a gas hog. I used to pay $45+ a week to commute, now I only pay $20.

The car-fax I got when buying the car showed that the previous owner maintained it pretty well. They had GM do oil changes every 3k miles, a complete tune-up, brake and tire replacement when needed, etc etc.

The only part that I had to replace due due to GM is the window regulator in the passenger side window.

The BCM needed replacement due to user error; when changing a bulb it wasn't seated right and caused a short which fried the module. Dumb mistake on my part.

I suspect that the water pump may need replacement as I lose coolant slowly. But in my opinion its just one of those routine parts as I've had to change in several cars as they reach 100k miles.

Aside from these minor problems, I'd have to say that this car is great. I didn't think it would perform as well as it does.

The car is very quick. Highway passes are almost too easy, and when I first had the car I found that the tires spun pretty easily off the line.

The thing handles like a dream. The steering is very responsive, and the suspension does a good job keeping the body roll at a minimum on hard turns. It could be a little tighter though, but that's just my preference. If it had a strut tower bar and a little firmer spring setup it would be perfect.

One grip I've had is why GM didn't offer these cars in a manual transmission. The auto shifts very nicely, it has a nice bite to it, but I think this car would be that much more enjoyable with a 5 speed.

The fit of the car is perfect. I am 6'-4" and I fit fine in it. All the controls are laid out nicely. You don't have to reach far to do anything.

I'd recommend this car for anyone that wants an inexpensive, performing car that's also low on insurance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th December, 2005

1999 Pontiac Grand Am SE from North America

Summary:

A piece of junk. Pontiac needs to take care of these piece of junk cars

Faults:

Brakes, pads, calipers, window motors, heads cracked, valve cover gasket, head gasket, water leak, alternator replaced, water pump replaced, molding around windows coming loose, continuing problems, too many to list.

General Comments:

This car is nothing, but a problem. I had to have the rotors, calipers and brake pads replaced at 4,000 miles because of noise in front and vibration. The dealer replaced them 4 more times after that under warranty. I learned not to use a impact wrench when replacing the tires torque the lug nuts down. I had to replace the alternator after driving at night and the car quit on me. I have had to replace the water pump. I had a radiator leak and had to replace the valve cover gasket. 8,000 miles after replacing valve cover gasket car started leaking again, had to replace head gasket and valve cover gasket. Heads had to be machined. Heads now have a crack in them, going to have to replace heads. Had to replace front drive side window regulator and now the right passenger side window motor is bad. I can't find a regulator for it anywhere everyone is out of stock. Must be a real problem.

I am going to buy a New Honda Next Year. Would never buy a Grand Am again. Horrible car, has been a real nightmare.

M Lents

Blue Ridge, GA.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd December, 2005