2000 Pontiac Grand Am Reviews - Page 38 of 54

2000 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2.4L-4C Twin Cam from North America

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.4L-4C Twin Cam Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired31840 miles
Most recent distance36700 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

Extended Warranty is a MUST

Faults:

31,800 - Noticed that none of the individual doors' power windows worked, unless controlled from the driver's door. I took it back to the dealer the next day to be fixed.

32,000 - Same problem with the windows. They died after being repaired.

34,500 - Windows again, this time only the driver's window was dead. Motor had to be replaced.

36,400 - Turning on the air conditioning sometimes causes odorless smoke to come from all vents (even vents not selected). Have not had this to the dealer yet.

General problems:

Grinding noise coming from the front wheels. At first I suspected the brakes. After reading reviews here, I now suspect the tires (which need to be changed soon anyway).

Paint is thinly applied, and is peeling from the front and rear bumper.

Owned for only a few months, yet the transmission seems to be shifting much less smoothly now. If this develops into a problem, thank god for an extended warranty (6yr 100k).

General Comments:

Where to begin? I didn't want to post too soon on a car I've owned for only a couple of months, but felt at this point, I could at least give a decent impression on the car. Here are the main highlights I've noticed.

+Exterior styling - Very slick, in my opinion.

+Handling - Driven many cars and this one is in the upper tier in handling.

+Acceleration - Pleasing for a 4 cylinder, comparable to some V6s.

-Shaky at speeds over 65mph (The Taurus developed this after 80k miles, the grand Am developed this before I owned it).

-Automatic Transmission doesn't seem to shift when you'd expect or want it to. Accelerating from 55-70 is like driving in the mud, especially with the air conditioning turned on.

-Birds like to poop on it.

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

Review Date: 23rd August, 2003

2000 Pontiac Grand Am GT 3.4 from North America

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.4 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired11 miles
Most recent distance58000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Beretta

Summary:

Has not cost me a ton yet

Faults:

Reading over all the comments about the Grand Am I thought I would add a few. I bought my Grand Am new and have started to have problems around 45,000 miles. First, my braking system has been acting up for about 13,000 miles. I started hearing grinding noise and brought the car in. Replaced the brakes. Did not help. Brought it in again and they adjusted the brakes. Nothing seemed to help. They gave up on me. Then I started to have the pulsating feeling from the entire front end. I thought the wheels, rods, axle was going to fall off.

Since reading comments it seems as though other people are having the same problem. Also, about 5,000 miles ago, my car is having trouble starting. In the morning it starts fine, but after that it takes a few cranks and a push on the accelerator to get it going.

Any ideas on that? I thought maybe a fuel filter replacement. I was also told maybe a bad oxygen sensor. Please help.

You can e-mail me at rjs2121@yahoo.com.

Thanks!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th August, 2003

13th Oct 2003, 11:23

Grand Am GT's have terrible rotors. Two months after I bought the car, I realized this, replaced them with some Powerslot Rotors from www.pfyc.com and never had the problem again. The only other thing I've found is that it occasionally leaks coolant, but my Low Coolant light has never come on and it never overheats. Puzzling... anyway, IMHO, the Grand Am GT is a great car, good power for the price, and has lots of nice features.

2000 Pontiac Grand Am GT 3.4 Ram Air V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2000
Engine and transmission 3.4 Ram Air V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 kilometres
Most recent distance67000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

High performance, affordable price

Faults:

When I first got my car the brakes needed to be replaced and that is the only problem I have ever had.

General Comments:

This car is amazing, I can pass on the highway like nothing. It is definitely not short of power and handles amazingly. The 6 way power seat is very handy especially for long trips. My next car will be another Grand Am GT.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th August, 2003

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 187 reviews