2000 Pontiac Grand Am from North America
Fun car, but very high maintenance!!
I had a very, slow leak of coolant, and now I have been advised to replace the intake gaskets, and the dealer wants to tear down the engine to see if it needs to be replaced due to coolant leaking into the engine. If in the worse case scenario, a new engine is needed, it would cost about $8600, which is close to the blue-book price.
There have been some other minor repairs that are big safety issues. The First problem was the driver's side door, I had it replaced a year and a half ago, and now it has died again.
I had problems with the turn signals not working. The dealer said they could not duplicate the problem, but it occurred again on the way home. About six months later, I received the recall notice.
The heating and air conditioner fan does not work at levels 1 through two, but I am living with it on level 3 as the lowest setting--somewhat uncomfortable, but not worth the money/effort it would take to fix.
I purchased my 2000 Pontiac Grand AM new, and it now has 44,500 miles. The style and looks are sleek and nice, but I cannot say the same for the repairs. The car runs fine enough.
All in all, I would not buy another GM car after this experience. I have previously had Fords, and even the Pinto held out much longer before it needed these types of repair.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 4th January, 2005
9th Jan 2005, 00:12
I think I would tell the mechanic where to go!!! The intake gasket is a problem with the grand ams, but it takes about 1.5 hours to fix, the regulators in the doors also are a common problem, the blower motor speed is probably due to the blower resistor, a $15 part. You can find 3.4 v6 engines on ebay for around $500, then get someone to put it in for you. Grand total less than $1000.