1999 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2 Dr 3.4 ltr V6 from North America


Looks and runs good, is an electrical nightmare


Replaced belts.

The cruise control doesn't work, checked fuses and wiring.

The motor makes an odd somewhat quiet screeching noise and the motor is noisy.

The alternator is going out.

Had to replace driver side power window motor assembly twice.

Sometimes when trying to start vehicle, the starter kicks and so does the engine, but it'll take 10 minutes to finally get it started.

Had to replace front wheel bearings.

Tends to have quite a bit of electrical problems.

General Comments:

Vehicle is ecceptionally fast.

Seats ride stiff in front and back.

Very small space in back area.

Is a pain to see out the back window if you aren't that tall, considering the window is so high up.

Has a roomy trunk.

Gets bad gas mileage.

I've kept the routinly maintenance up on this car, but doesn't seem to fail, it always has something new that is going wrong, may not be the motor, but more electrical issues then I've seen in a long time.

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

Review Date: 19th February, 2004

3rd Jul 2005, 17:56

The problem with the starter is the result off the factory

Pass-lock security system not working properly. I had the same problem with my 99 GA SE, about a $300.00 fix at the dealer.

1999 Pontiac Grand Am GT 3.4 High-output Ram Air from North America


One of the best cars I have ever owned!!


The only thing is the Service Engine Soon light is on, but that is just because it needs a tuneup. Everything else is in good condition. The tire pressure light came on, but that happened because my tire was going low. Nothing else has seriously gone wrong.

General Comments:

I think that other people that own this model of car and wrote a bad review should learn how to take care of their car. Regular maintenance is a must on any vehicle.

My car is very quick and it runs like a dream!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th February, 2004

18th Oct 2004, 20:48

The trans. is slipping because the differential oil needs changed every 50,000 miles. was this done? bet not. mine started slipping at 60,000 miles. I had the diff. oil changed and waaaalllllaaaa! shifts like new, even runs like new. my factory/stock 99 Grand Am GT has 110,000 now, and I will smoke a newer Grand Am.

1999 Pontiac Grand Am GT 3.4 ram air from North America


The money pit of cars


The volume control doesn't work properly. I replaced this with a new head unit.

The molding on the doors and beside the windsheild has warped.

The carpet along the door panels has pulled away.

I have found water in the spare tire well many of times. The moisture has cause the cardboard piece that covers the well to warp and not lay flat.

The driver side window would go up and down slowly. I took it in to be fixed. The window worked fine for a few days, but now doesn't work at all.

I had to replace the wheel bearing on both sides.

The power steering pump went out.

The heater/AC only works on 3 or higher.

The gas gage will go from full to empty in a second. This seems to happen not long after filling up.

The most troubling thing is the thump the car makes when you make turns. I have had it to three places to find out why. Only one place could even give me an answer. They said the wheel bearing that was just replaced was a bad part. I took it back and got another. The problem still exist. Has this happened to anyone else? If so please tell me how I may fix this.

General Comments:

I love the look of the grand am, I always have.

The car is great for long trips.

I will never own another grand am. However I love pontiac's performance. I'll stick to the grand prix from now on. My husband has had three with no major problems. If something has gone wrong with them, at least they can tell you what it is.

I cannot afford another car at this time. So for anyone that has a family and better things to spend your money on, the grand am is not for you.

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

Review Date: 16th February, 2004

16th Apr 2004, 13:02

The problem with the heater and A/C blower not working except on 3 or higher is a relatively simple fix. In the passenger side front footwell is the fan motor assembly. On it is a resistor block held in by two screws which are somewhat difficult to get to. Remove the screws and pull out the resistor block. If there are black traces along the board, indicating burnt resistors, replace it with a dealer part. I believe mine cost 16 dollars or so.

Aside from that, I understand your pain. I have replaced a water pump, a lower intake manifold gasket, strut mounts, and the rack and pinion. The real funny part is that I still own and love the car. What's up with that?