2000 Pontiac Grand Am GT 3.4L V6 from North America


Nice performance, not great reliability


-Radiator Leaking Fluid @130,000 KM.

-Front Right wheel speed sensor (part of ABS) @100,000KM.

-Driver power window switch became unreliable @130,000.

-Service Engine Light soon light always coming on, day one issue.

-Driver Seat "Seat Belt" detector flaky, day one issue.

-Wheels make "Grinding" sound at slow speeds, day one issue.

-Wheels could not keep air in

, day one issue.

-Back up light got water leaked into case, @ 130,000 KM.

-Transmission torque converter went @140,000 KM.

-Fuel gauge become unreliable @110,000 KM.-Dealer and GM continues to bold face lie that it isn't a common problem. Even when it has become a common news item.

General Comments:

The 2000 Grand AM GT was the first "big" car that I bought. I was immensely proud of it. It handled like a sports car. A lot of "get up and go". Very smooth ride. A great highway driving car. The car is nicely styled inside and out.

I drove to Florida in this car twice and enjoyed every minute of it. And with all these great memories, I was sad to see go... Go down hill that is!!!And see it go to a used car lot. But the truth is I had to let go of it.

It was costing me too much money to keep on the road. I would only recommend this car if you baby it and do not drive it much. I know people who have had no problems with it if they keep the mileage down. I didn't have that luxury. I wanted to make some nice road trips with it. But after about 100,000 KM things began to fall apart.

I have been a GM person my whole life and have been saddened by the whole experience. I hope GM can clean up their act (and/or increase their warranty!) and I may go back.. but not for awhile yet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st January, 2005

4th Feb 2005, 08:43

I forgot to mention an additional problem with the Grand Am.

The Fan Speed switch.. It is a very common problem that my Grand AM had as well. Speeds 1&2 didn't work.

26th Feb 2005, 14:07

You're a brave guy to get 150,000 km's out of your Grand Am. You must be gifted with patience.

You mentioned a radiator leak at 130,000km's. Did this turn out to be the intake manifold gasket like all the other 3.4's? Also, have you had any wheel bearing problems? Thanks.

2000 Pontiac Grand Am SE 4.6 from North America




So far I had to replace the front brakes on the car.

Now at 128000 my manifold intake gasket was leaking had to replace that.

Also had a crack in the rad.

I am also had problems with a ticking from the multifunction switch in my car. Had the recall done didn't help.

Otherwise it gets me from one point to another. I would never recommend this car to any of my friends that is for sure.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th January, 2005

2000 Pontiac Grand Am SE 3.4L from North America


Good car, but Pontiac dropped the ball on quality in many areas


All occurrences happened around 50-60K miles.

Intake gaskets leaked coolant. Replaced.

Turn signals didn't work. Recalled and fixed.

Front Struts popping. Replaced struts and strut mounts. Still has some noise. (took the car in several times for this).

Steering box replaced.

Water getting in on passenger floor board. After a long rain I can see water physically running out from the underneath my dashboard.

Fan blower only comes on at 3-5.

Battery replaced.

Water pump replaced.

Drive belt replaced.

Transmission has weird noise when in reverse only. Sounds kinda like a rattle/grinding noise. Sporatic in nature. ANYONE else have this problem?

Driver's seat is not comfortable.

CD player won't turn down when turning the nob. It will get louder before it gets quieter.

I'm sure there is a couple more, but cannot remember off the top of my head.

General Comments:

Can't beat the styling and drivability of this car. I love the way it handles and it has the power I am looking for.

There are a lot of little things that should go wrong in a car going wrong with this car.

It was a major step up from my last car and I had zero issues with it for the first year of ownership. (bought used w/extended warranty - has more than paid for itself!!!).

When it started to go bad, it went bad all at once. I spent three or four weeks taking the car back into the dealer for repairs under the extended warranty. I would hate to know how much I would have paid, had I not received the warranty.

I am sort of surprised to see so many negative replies to these cars. I am glad that I am not the only one that has faced the issues with these cars. I will most likely try and get rid of the car now since I have run out of my extended warranty.

Car was a good buy, but now I understand why it came cheap.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th January, 2005

11th Jan 2006, 10:25

An update to my car and my original comments.

The drivers power seat motor is dead, the driver's window has a broken clip in it's guide track. The window still goes up and down, but I can lift up on the side of the window and it will tilt upward. (Obviously not supposed to do that).

I have replaced the brakes and rotors (maintenance issue only). But I now have a little grinding noise at braking in low speeds.

4th Jan 2007, 10:20

Another update:

Had extensive road noise with the vehicle. Noticed tires had irregular wear. Thought the tire brand was the problem. Replaced Pep Boy's brand tires with Goodyear's. Drove car again and had same road noise.

Took car into an alignment shop to get the wheels aligned. Shop owner noticed extensive play in the wheels. The front wheel hub/bearings are shot and the inner and outer tie rods need replacing. He was surprised to see the wheels hadn't fallen off the car yet.

My warranty is expired so this job will be all out of pocket expense. Vehicle has close to 130K miles on it.