Well, this is what happens when you give a kid a car that they didn't work for and don't appreciate. Blowing 3 engines and 2 transmissions in 53,000 miles adds up to only one thing --- utter, unrelenting abuse. "Thanks, Grandma, that sure was nice of you to give me a car!" I'm sure she's so proud. My guess is that they'll have the Ford trashed before much longer.
I agree with the last 2 comments. Any car you own and drive normally without abusing the hell out of will last you forever as long as it is maintained properly, and the oil is changed as it should be every 3,000 miles.
My daughter has the same car, and it now has 55,000 miles on it and runs fine. The only issue it has had was it needed brakes recently, but that is normal wear and tear. So you are lucky you had a vehicle in the first place to drive at all, and now a second one too. I wish I was that lucky.
I have a 2003 Grand Am and it is junk, GM should go bankrupt for selling such garbage. I will only own Fords; at least they work.
Although nothing has happened to me that would compare with your story, my Grand Am was a piece of garbage. I took good care of this car and it just kept falling apart, eventually the starter died while I was looking at a new (my current) car. So I just walked in and said "I'm buying a new car" so I wouldn't have to have my Grand Am towed.
I have the same car and just went over 101k miles and other than brakes and tires have not had any problems. My only complaint is that GM is not producing the Grand Am anymore! This kid that went through 3 motors and 2 transmissions must be really hard on a car. I don't know about Georgia laws but if you can't test drive a car I'm willing to bet you can sit in it and check things out (like the windows).
NO problems with my 03, until 90,000KM. Brakes once since I've had it, needs new tires, usual wear for those. Needs struts and shocks now, CV joint, and fuel pump. Pump I kinda thought it was early to go, but the others are normal mileage to start going. I've had it 4 years and have spent NO money on it, except oil changes and windshield washer fluid.
My experience mirrors that of 11:13 and 21:20. My Grand Am is 9 years old and has had ZERO repairs other than front brake pads and 1 headlight bulb. This has been one of the most solid, reliable cars we've ever owned. My only regret is that Pontiac stopped making them. The G6 was not nearly as good a car and had nowhere NEAR the character and sportiness of the Grand Am. The older Grand Ams are the absolute best buys in the used car market today. They are priced dirt cheap but are worth way more.
I have on 03 Grand Am with 202,000 miles, and it still runs like new. I have never had any problems with it.
I just got my GT, used, and already am in love with it. That kid must have been abusive to the vehicle to get it to fall apart like it did! 2 other members of my family had Grand Ams, one was a 99 and the other was an 02, and both are excellent, dependable vehicles!
Wow, I have an 03 Grand Am GT with 84,000 miles, and I beat on it sooo hard, and it has never given me any issues at all.
My 03 Grand Am GT is a piece of junk too. I bought it with 55k miles, and now I'm at 64k and I have had to replace the fuel pump 4 times!
My Grand Am GT is still running strong. It has to sit out in these cold MN winters because my garage stores my Stingray boat. Well my Grand Am has 45,000 miles on it (previous owner never really drove it) and still runs great. I don't understand how he could go through 2 transmissions in less than 50000 miles. I try to be easy on my car, but have caught myself slamming it into reverse right after starting it (which is hard on it someone said) a few times. I also let my cousin use the car for a while, and she ran it 10000 over the oil change, and it still doesn't burn any oil. I hope she didn't shorten the life of my motor. Well other than that it's a great car.
I have a Grand Am GT (2003) and I love it.
It's going super strong after 74,000 miles and the only problems I've had with it are the A/C only working on 4 and 5, the cruise control button breaking (my fault during the winter time), and the passenger seat leaks water. All of these are simple fixes - they are not detrimental to the car's running performance. I have no qualms about mine and it is one of the most reliable cars I have owned.
I'm sorry the original poster had problems with his but it seems there are a lot of happy Grand Am GT owners here. I'd recommend it.
I have a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am GT. I'm the original owner. The car now has 275,000 KM. I've never had to replace the engine, transmission or fuel pump. In fact other than regular repairs and maintenance (oil, brakes etc.) the car has been stress free.
Maybe it has/had something to do with the way it was driven?!!
As a former Grand Am owner, I'd buy another one in a heartbeat. My 2001 was absolutely flawless. I never had a single issue with it. It was fast, beautiful, and extremely reliable and well built. In 2009, when I traded it, it looked and ran as good as new. Although I love the Ford Fusion that replaced it, I miss my bright red GA.