2002 Pontiac Grand Am Reviews - Page 4 of 21

2002 Pontiac Grand Am from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Manual
Previous carPontiac Saturn

Summary:

Time for a new car!!!

Faults:

When I first bought my car, the turn signals stopped working. I called the dealer and found out this was in fact a defect. Now both driver and passenger sided windows are broken. PONTIAC really needs to think about recalling these windows.

General Comments:

As much as I love my car, I am seriously thinking about getting rid of it because of the window problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th January, 2009

2002 Pontiac Grand Am 2.2 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Previous carDodge Intrepid

Summary:

OK

Faults:

Completely out of the blue my 2002 Pontiac G-AM would turn over but not start... Thanks to everyone else's comments I was able to quickly troubleshoot and ultimately fix the problem very quickly and easily.

Pass lock system defective... Security light was flashing with ignition "ON"...waited the 10-11 minutes... security light stopped flashing and went out... turned car off and then it started up right away.

Sounds like a typical problem... It should would be nice for a domestic company to stand behind their vehicles and fix what appears to be a common problem for a change... Thanks to everyone who commented.

General Comments:

It's been alright.

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

Review Date: 15th November, 2008

2002 Pontiac Grand Am V6 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles

Summary:

It's bigger than the biggest turd you have ever seen!

Faults:

Well I'll start from the beginning. My Grandma for some reason has always purchased Pontiac vehicles. Then she got a Grand Am, like a mid 90's model I believe. That thing was a turd - I remember having to stop on the way home from school one day to let it cool down and not blow up the engine. So a few years later my fiancée is getting a car, and all she can talk about is how she has to have a Pontiac Grand Am. I tried countless times to talk sense into her, but she would not listen, so I let her have her way.

About a month after having the turd, the transmission went out on it and had to be replaced. Fortunately that was under warranty.

Next about a year or so later, it would refuse to start like there was no fuel getting to it. We had to soak a rag in gas or spray ether into the air cleaner to get it to start, and the A/C also went out at this time. I had to replace the fuel solenoid and take it back to Pontiac where they found that the electrical bundle had burnt to a crisp, screwing up several small components in the car and my A/C. Saying mine because by now the turd had become my temporary ride while my now wife drove my nice truck.

Next, now we have coolant leaking badly from the reservoir, and it's not going to the head gaskets. I think it may just need a new cap to prevent evaporation. But it does do this God awful clicking noise constantly like the blinker noise, but it never stops, well for a few minutes, then it starts up again. In like a rapid clicking mode.

I also have a problem with the security system on the car. I don't know if my electrical meltdown caused it or what, but my alarm will kill the ignition system from time to time, and you have to put the key in and reset it - it takes 10 minutes of your time just sitting in the hot car. I took it to Pontiac and they wanted $800 to replace the alarm system. Of course I said no thanks, and I deal with 10 minutes of hell.

No to my current adventure with this Pontiac Grand piece of crap. All my lights for my service engine, traction control and ABS are coming on, and the brakes will just make a humming noise and basically stop working for a matter of seconds. Yea real safe huh, nothing like bumper to bumper traffic with no brakes all of a sudden.

General Comments:

I hate this car! I will NEVER EVER own a Pontiac product again after the crap I dealt with in this car. In fact if this minor depression we are in made GM shut down the Pontiac plants, I would volunteer to burn the assembly plant down for them and dance on the ashes.

I have put way more money than I can really afford into this so called reliable and cost efficient car. I love GM, but this car is in my opinion the rear end exit of their outfit.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th October, 2008

17th Oct 2008, 10:51

At 125,000 miles, you might think you need to have work done on your brakes. Other than that, I would say it is not a good car, seeing a number of similar problems previous to 100,000 miles in a few of them.

6th Dec 2008, 22:50

Being an ASE certified auto tech I work on many makes and models of vehicles. I have yet to see any manufacturer sell a car that doesn't last a reasonable amount of miles with proper maintenance. Most problems I run across in Automobiles are a result lack of knowledge by the operator. Yes there are some poor designs and common problems with certain models.

I currently own A Pontiac with over 221 k on it. Still going strong and a Dodge mini van with over 307K on it and only 1 tranny problem with the Dodge in 300K plus miles!! 20 years ago 300K on a vehicle was unheard of without having some major mechanical problem. The competition in the Auto world has been very beneficial for the consumer.

18th Jul 2010, 15:21

GM deserves to go out of business. Piece of crap automobiles and service. NEVER again will I buy a GM made car or truck.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 72 reviews