1999 Pontiac Grand Am 2.4 Twin Cam from North America




Rotors blew at 77,500 miles. Calipers blew at 77,500 miles. Sensors fried at 77,500 miles. Brake pads burned up at 77,500 miles. All fixed and replaced by me. ($583.81) At 77,520 miles front brake pads replaced again. (Free) At 78,200 miles clunking noise began on the rear end resulting in both cylinders having to be replaced by me ($319.53). Replaced all lights after a short blew out my panel. Replaced by me ($25.50) Now currently at 78,300 miles clunking still resumes in rear end and rattles now as well. Any suggestions? Contact me at liljon71685@yahoo.com

General Comments:

This car is very quick for a little 4 cylinder engine. When running properly it is a very nice car. I would not suggest buying this car to anyone who can't afford maintenance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd May, 2005

29th Apr 2007, 14:57

My suggestion: buy Accord or Camry; Altima, too. You also get more space, since recent models are true family sedans as comparing to compact G Am. Then you would be class above of notorious Pontiac for size and two classes above in quality.

Good deal, isn't it?

1999 Pontiac Grand Am GT 3.4L V6 from North America


I love the looks, love to drive it, wish it was a more reliable car


I have had my 1999 Grand Am GT for a little over 6 years now, but have only just hit 45,000 miles. Many things are starting to fail, although after searching the web I'm starting to feel lucky compared to some other poor souls.

I too have the foul noises coming from one of the front wheels. Likely the wheel bearings so often mentioned.

I too am experiencing a pretty major coolant leak - no doubt the lower intake manifold gasket so often cited.

Below are some failures I haven't read about elsewhere:

In addition, the leather upholstery on the tops of the door panels has lifted on three of four doors. Fixed this one myself.

The air controls no longer will redirect the air to different parts of the car, it is stuck at the head-level ducts, very annoying, but I'm living with it.

My volume knob mysteriously started working backward one day. Weird.

General Comments:

I will be taking the vehicle along with printouts of the pages of complaints from the other poor souls that owned this vehicle to my dealer. He will either fix it or lose me forever.

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

Review Date: 21st March, 2005

26th Jul 2005, 00:20

Mine is a 1998 is that intake manifold gasket bad too?

1999 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2.4L Twin Cam/Quad 4 from North America


The 2.4L quad 4 needs to be recalled


2.4L twin cam (Quad 4) recall - complaint info can be found/filed at:




After replacing water pump, alternator, head gaskets, intake manifolds, crank/connecting rod bearings, and many other parts... I, along with thousands of others, are trying to force a recall/warranty extension on '98-01 2.4L like GM did with the '91-97 version.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th March, 2005

26th Feb 2006, 18:07

I am also an owner of a Quad 4 from GM. I have not owned the car for more than 1 year. I bought it for my son for his first car and ended up driving it myself because it has been extremely hard to deal with. It began getting hot in September of 2005. It was then that I began a process of trying to figure out what was causing the problem and ended up with an estimate of $2300 to repair it. I declined the repairs because this car is just not worth it. GM needs to recall the engine in this car!!!

19th Mar 2012, 17:00

I agree. This car is a lemon.

1999 Pontiac Grand Am SE 4 dr 2.4L twin cam sucks from North America


2.4L twin cam ('98-01) should be recalled


2.4L Twin cam is a piece of crap engine.

First, the brakes went out at 32k miles.

Then it's recalled 3 times, for a dangerous console, steering wheels that fall off, and in 2004 for faulty turn signals.

The alternator replaced at 61k miles.

The water pump goes out at 73k miles.

Now, at 94K softly driven (wife's car) miles, when serviced every 3k, the engine needs replaced...

Mechanic said not worth rebuilding, as cams are shot, tension coils are fried...

Was told by several mechanics Pontiac 2.4L from 98-01 are notorious for engine failure. Most keep rebuilds in stock there's such a demand for them.

General Comments:

2.4L twin cam ('98-01) should be recalled by Pontiac, along with the alternators.

If you have one, get rid of it now before it's too late.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th March, 2005