1999 Pontiac Grand Am SE2 6 cylinder from North America


Poor quality


Brake Light stayed on due to button under pedal sticking out of the showroom, covered under warranty.

Terrible vibration at 45 mph+ led to replacing all 4 tires at 8000 miles under warranty.

Air conditioning fan at low speed (1,2) went out and was replaced under warranty.

Cassette tape unit failed at 12000 miles and was replaced under warranty.

Rotors turned at 35000 miles, covered under warranty.

Driver's side mirror separated and almost fell off at 40000 miles, reglued by owner.

Battery failed at 3.5 years, cost $100 to replace.

Radio/Stereo display was flaky, showing correct data then blacking out or showing gibberish, never repaired.

Alternator went out at 63000 miles, repaired costing $650.

Even after the tires were replaced, the car had a pronounced vibration/thumping when traveling faster than 65 mph, never fixed.

General Comments:

This car had too any problems, and was unacceptable in quality, even though it was the first year of the new model when I bought it.

The final straw came when the alternator went out on the expressway. Interestingly enough, this was at 6 years and 1 week after purchase, so if I had bought an extended warranty (which I hadn't), it would have expired and the alternator would not have been covered. The good news is, this was the only repair that cost me, all the others were covered under warranty (within 3 years), I fixed them myself, or I didn't fix them at all.

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

Review Date: 1st March, 2005

1999 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2.4 from UK and Ireland


Fine by me and looks very much the part.



General Comments:

The car gets some admiring glances as it is not available from a dealer here in England.

There are other two and a half liter cars that could eat it on speed, but overall I am pleased with its handling, looks and economy.

GM have sold a lot worse over here within this budget of car and should sell more USA made cars from dealers here in the U.K.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd February, 2005

1999 Pontiac Grand Am SE 3.4 from North America


Very quick and very reliable


The relay for the turn signals and the 4-ways has gone. It clicks all the time.

Slight grinding noise from the front brakes.

Rear brakes soft.

General Comments:

Car is very quick, very reliable.

Gas mileage declined with miles added to the car, solved with cold air intake and replacement of the gaskets.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th February, 2005

1999 Pontiac Grand Am SE V6 from North America


Bad Car!!!


The oil and the coolant were mixing together, causing the coolant to be low constantly at around 58,000 miles ($550)

The Pass Lock system had to be reprogrammed at around 58,500 miles

This was really annoying I would try to start the car and the security light would come on and I would have to wait till it went off to start it, which would usually be about 15 minutes. ($300)

The coolant started leaking at 60000 miles ($600)

Both of the power steering lines had to be replaced, because one blew out at around 63000 miles ($400)

Both of the side mirrors have had to be replaced ($75 each)

The reverse lights always fill with water.

The driver's side tail light goes out constantly!

The check tire pressure light will not go off even though I have reset the system and checked all of the tires for proper pressure.

The widows have gotten very scratched just from rolling them up and down.

The paint on the rear bumper started chipping off at 64,000 miles.

General Comments:

I love how this car looks and when there is nothing wrong with it, it runs great. It is a very quick car and fun to drive. The only downfall of this car is the fact that it is terribly unreliable. I would highly recommend not buying this car! It has been nothing, but a headache!

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

Review Date: 23rd January, 2005

11th May 2005, 21:40

Amen brother! Nothing but trouble. ABS Light/Traction Light stays on. Might be a speed sensor? I replaced the Lower intake manifold gaskets myself and saved $350.00. But it wasn't easy! Power steering hose blew off at around 40,000 miles on mine. Passenger side mirror is going to be replaced as well. Not to mention a new alternator at 60,000 miles. And of course the trademark of the Grand Am - water in the backup light housing...

30th Jun 2006, 17:04

Oh man!! My Grand Am is a money pit!! I've practically replaced everything under the hood and the car is posted in front of my drive way, it won't start for anything. Spent a good two g's on a new motor, had no extra money to fix it up like I would have liked.

Yeah, the car looks sporty and is great to drive, I miss it, but it spends more time at the mechanic than with me driving it.

This car turned out to be a bad decision I bought it used, was only 2 years old when I got it, lasted a year before it started leaking coolant and coolant mixing with the oil.

A/C turn knob only works on level three, car just turns off while driving on the road, and sometimes won't start at all, squeaks loud when someone sits in the back seat or when you go over bumps (almost echos in neighborhoods).

So many lights are on in like the security light, ABS, and the brake light - it's almost like I've got my own club in there (all they have to do now is start flashing). With all the money I've put into this car, I could've afforded to buy a brand new Toyota or Honda car!!