2000 Pontiac Grand Am GT 3.4L Ram Air from North America
Fun for the Money
I have only had a few issues with this car.
One major one being the rotors. I have heard that they have a tendency to warp. Of course mine did to, I'm not sure if I should go get them replaced cause I am afraid they will just warp again. But in any case they do not seem to be a huge issue, as my brakes still perform fairly well when needed.
At about 20,000km my power steering pump went.
I have had the same signal related problem where my signal lights would not turn on or if they did they would stay solid and not blink. I noticed if you press the hazard light button a few times then try they seem to work properly again.
I have nothing, but good to say about my Grand Am. I have been driving it for 4 years now and have had very few problem with the car. Any problems that I did encounter were not even worth complaining about, because it was all covered under warranty anyways.
I admit I do baby this car, but at the same time I drive it hard. I do oil changes every 3,000 km with synthetic oil. just got my transmision flushed and a new gas pump recently.
This car although only 175 hp. has a lot of potential for speed. I have a few modifications such as ignition and exhaust on the car, but I have times the 0-60 in 7.1 seconds. A very fast car for not being considered a sports car. The handaling is just unbelievably, I Have Toyo Apoxi Z tires on my car and trust me this car just sticks to the road. I have took this car around corners at such high speeds I scared myself doing it. The car tops out at 210km only due to the governer in place. it does not even take that long to get there either. 1st and 2nd gear are just incredible for acceleration. 3rd gear slowes down a bit do to the low rpm, but still has the kick to get you to 210km at 5,300 rpm in 3rd.
Overall this car is incredible. great styling performance and reliability. I have read some reviews and people say they have many problems with the car breaking down. Well I do have the lead foot and I like to put it to the floor. But with proper maintenance this car runs like a dream. Even still at 115,000km my car still has the performance and gas mileage as the day I took it off the lot.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th October, 2004