1999 Pontiac Grand Am Reviews - Page 54 of 78

1999 Pontiac Grand Am SE V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.2 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance101480 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Overpriced JUNK

Faults:

Brakes are horrific I have replaced them 3 times, blower doesn't work unless it is on 3,4 or 5, replaced the alternator, fog lamps, radio because the display fades in and out, floating switch doesn't work for radio volume, makes horrible noise that noone can figure out where it is coming from, overhead storage keeps breaking, power lift on seat always gets stuck, 2 blown head gaskets so far, major leak in coolant, coolant was mixing with oil, service engine soon and check engine lights come on and stay on for weeks with nothing wrong. Low fuel lights stays on with a full tank of gas, seal on both windows is faulty, replaced rear seal on drivers side reverse light, passenger mirror is broken.

General Comments:

Pontiac should be discontinuing this crapy model. This car is not worth the hassle, it is grossly overpriced and a piece of junk. I could get better use out of a matchbox car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd September, 2003

1999 Pontiac Grand Am SE 3.2 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.2 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired26000 miles
Most recent distance45000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

A good looking error

Faults:

My radio had volume knob problems at 27000 and the display module works intermittently since 30000.

My driver side window motor died at 35000 ($300).

My front and rear driver side regulators died the same day at 44000. Each repair costs about $500.

My interior plastics have swollen due to the Northern California heat (I've seen worse, really).

The battery and the alternator died the same day at 44000 ($350) and the bracket broke during the repair (Add another $200 with labor).

General Comments:

It looked good when I bought it.

Driving was good with excellent power steering and the engine was OK.

But then the problems started and every other month I have to cope with a new surprise.

I have driven Ford, Volkswagen, Citroen, Renault with very few problems. Frankly I never thought GM could manufacture such a a poor quality car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th September, 2003

1999 Pontiac Grand Am SE V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance87000 miles

Summary:

Looks aren't everything

Faults:

I had the car 2 days when I had to replace the Alternator. Expensive, but not something that could have been predicted. I have yet to have problems with the brakes, but I am now having a MAJOR problem with the factory security system. Twice in a week, the security system has armed when I have put my key in the ignition. Has anyone else had a problem with the security system?

General Comments:

I Love the way my Grand Am looks and the way it rides. I am disappointed in the problems I am having. I drove a 1987 Cutlass Ciera before this car and never had ANY problems.

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

Review Date: 11th September, 2003

26th Nov 2003, 12:15

I have a 99 Grand am as well, and ironically I had to change the alternator on the vehicle as well. I have been having problems with the car since I have had it. I also had to change the alternator, and right now the security system is really a big problem for me..

1999 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2.4 from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.4 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired72500 miles
Most recent distance74856 miles
Previous carPlymouth Neon

Summary:

A wild young girl's dream

Faults:

I bought this car in early July, and I couldn't have been happier. All I have ever wanted, for as long, as I can remember, was a Pontiac Grand Am.

I had only had the car for 2 weeks when I went outside, started the car, and put it in drive - but nothing happened. None of the gears worked. I initially assumed that the car was out of transmission fluid (thankfully, it wasn't - the transmission is under the engine and everything, so only a mechanic can handle that function). I had the car towed to a mechanic and learned that there is a pin which controls the gears so that when you move the shifter, the trans-axle works in unison, and that pin had broken. This cost me about $300 to have repaired.

Last week, I was driving and the battery light came on. I took the car to Pep Boys, got a new battery - and the car wouldn't start. I called Roadside Assistance to find that once a new battery is installed, the car must sit with absolutely no activity (no door-opening, no NOTHING) for 20 minutes. Great. After all this, I found out that the alternator was done (which usually happens around 75K, so watch out). This was an additional $300.

General Comments:

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my car. She is absolutely beautiful and rides like a dream. There are just a few small complaints that I have to address: the positioning of the transmission - whose bright idea was that? Everyone who looked under my hood thought I didn't have one.

The resetting of the battery - isn't there a better way than sitting still for 20 minutes? I was in a parking lot at closing time, sitting in the dark, waiting for my car to reset herself. Can you say DANGEROUS?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th September, 2003

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 264 reviews