1999 Pontiac Grand Am GT 1 3.4 from North America


The car has been mostly trouble free- except for now..


When we first got the vehicle, the front brake rotors had to be replaced at both 10,000 miles, and again at 20,000 miles due to pulsation conditions. The first replacement was covered under warranty, the second one we had to pay for, though it was a known problem. I have since replaced these rotors with after market rotors and have had no problems since.

The intake manifold leaked both coolant and oil and needed to be replaced.

We are noticing the passengers side floor wet at times.

The transmission just started slamming into gears (between 2-3 mostly)

General Comments:

This car is a lot of fun to drive, though you do feel squashed into the cabin.

The controls are in great spots- but the cup holder is the most asinine design- the shifter hits it constantly and you can't put the vehicle into park with a drink in the holder- there is no room.

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

Review Date: 7th August, 2002

30th Oct 2002, 20:03

Every person I've run into that owns a 1999 Grand Am GT1 has had the same problems I have had in regards to the front rotors. I had them replaced by Pontiac while it was under warranty. 12,000 miles later and they're needing to be replaced again.

21st May 2003, 14:38

I have to agree with everything that has been said in regards to the Pontiac Grand Am GT 1999. Ever since I got my car I thought I got a good deal. I wished I had read some of these comments before purchasing the car. I would like to encourage anybody with a GT 1999 to call and complain to the Pontiac, or General Motors, if they end up with a law suit then they will have to recall or repair, so lets get together and complain.

1999 Pontiac Grand Am SE from North America


Problem ridden vehicle


The following is a list of problems I have had with my car:

The back seat filled with water when it rained. It took two trips to the dealership for them to fix the problem. The problem was that the manufacturer forgot to put the back panels in.

Replaced the battery at 25,000 miles.

Replaced the water hose and belt at 35,000 miles.

Replaced the brakes at 30,000 miles and 60,000 miles.

Would not shift into overdrive and shifted into second hard. Dealership believes that I will need a whole new transmission. This is at 65,000 miles.

The seals around the window are warped.

The cells for the clock and radio will frequently go blank or show random numbers.

When you turn the volume down the volume will go up first and then down.

General Comments:

The longer I have this car the more problems I seem to have. The warranty was up at 50,000 miles therefore the dealership and Pontiac believe that they have no responsibility for all the problems I have been having. I have never heard of a well made car having the transmission go out at 65,000 miles. Most of the miles on the car are highway, there is no reason for the car to be having all the problems.

Other than problems listed above, I love to drive the car. It was the most comfortable to sit in a drive of all the ones I had tested. I bought it because of the comfort and the fact that my grandfather worked for GM. Too bad it has turned out to be a lemon. Due to Pontiac's response I will never buy another Pontiac.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd July, 2002

1st Feb 2003, 23:21

I too have a Pontiac. It is the worst car I have EVER owned. The light switch in the steering column area needs to be replaced (a $300.00 job), and also the fuel pump. The day after I bought the car, the starter went out. I should have realized that it must have been a "sign" for me to take the car back. I had a Mazda that I traded in for this piece of junk. I should have kept my Mazda!!

22nd Mar 2003, 15:27

I have a 99 Grand AM GT, It has been a great vehicle except for the brakes making a noise which I replaced them with after market and they are great now. I have 76000miles on it, and for some reason this is the second time the upper and lower intake gaskets are leaking. If anyone has any suggestions for me please email JNickolas311@msn.com Thank you!

25th Jan 2004, 21:47

I purchased my 1999 Grand Am "New". This has been a very good car, except for the following:

1.) Brakes kept going bad, until I replaced them with after market type brakes.

2.) As for all Pontiac cars; the door seals seem to wear out very quickly. This allowing the wind sound through out the car.

3.) The RADIO display goes wacky! The dealership has replaced the radio 3 times and it still does the same.

Over all this is a very comfortable vehicle, and gets great gas mileage for the size of the car.