12th Jul 2002, 12:01

I have a 1995 Grand Am. And I'm going tomorrow to get a new Grand Am. I absolutely love them. BUT, My 95 has been sitting in my yard for almost 2 yrs. I never had a problem until it hit 100,000 mile then it just seemed to start falling a part. I know 100k is a lot of miles, but I would have hoped it wouldn't of all happened at one time. I believe the quad 4 motor is the worst mistake Pontiac ever made. But balancing all the negatives and positives I still LOVE Grand Am's. Tomarrow I will be buying my 3rd one.

9th Dec 2002, 20:13

To the person who says they are buying their 3rd Grand AM and the 95 is sitting in the front yard, I need an engine for a 95. I can't afford the overly priced rebuilds. I live in Utah, and I am looking for someone like you who might not need their engine anymore. kivmax@yahoo.com.

22nd Feb 2003, 18:36

I have a 1995 Pontiac Grand Am with 148,000 miles. It was a good car, (not counting the rattles in the dash) until it had 100,000 miles. At that point things started to fail. The final straw was the transmission failing. I can put it into gear, but it doesn't move. It has too many miles on it to spend the money to rebuild or replace the transmission. I now have to buy a new car.


18th May 2003, 17:24

Owned a 1995 Grand Am that also has problems with a blown head gasket and Feel like GM should see the problem.

21st May 2003, 15:32

I have a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am GT 3.4L. It is only 4.5 years old, with 37,000 miles. So far, I have had to take it to the dealer to replace/fix a faulty fan knob, faulty radio knob, a failed window regulator, the alternator, the lower intake manifold gasket (which the GM dealer paid for out of good will because of my low mileage), air conditioning pump, and a blown head gasket (which the dealer is also paying for because they claim it is due to the lower intake manifold gasket failure).


1st Dec 2003, 19:31

I have a 1995 Grand am SE. I been having this car for 6 months and since I got it I had to buy a new Motor mount, A Muffler system, all 4 fuel injectors and a computer. The cars looks are great, but the engine sucks. I no longer want a Pontiac car I'm going to buy imported cars from now on. I heard that Toy's keep on running at 200,000 miles unlike my Grand am which is giving up at 150,000 miles. Even though the parts are more expensive on a imported car it's worth it then to spend more money on parts then on payments.

16th Dec 2003, 15:48

I also have 1995 Grand Am Se and I just had to replace blown head gasket. Cooling system was loosing coolant and they found out it was gasket. It is not small engine, but bigger one, but head gasket problem is same. However block did not crack so I had it repaired. It looks like it will be a money pit from now on. No more Pontiac for me. Honda most likely.

12th Jan 2004, 14:06

I just purchased a 92 Pontiac for my brother. Bad move. I immediately had to have a motor mount replaced. Next it developed a bad miss, ran rough, and stalled. All of the coils were replaced along with numerous electrical components. The dealer had it for a week. A/C is cold, but the fan is weak. Now is is losing coolant. I suspect a bad head gasket or cracked head. I used to be a fan of Pontiac, but no more.

16th Jan 2004, 17:23

I purchased a 1995 Grand Am In Nov.2003 It had 118,000 miles and looked like it was a good car, our test drive was short, but for my stepdaughter to get to school, work and home we thought it would be good.

The 2nd week we started having problems with a thermostat sticking then a heater motor next a alternator and now 2 months of ownership we were told that the head is cracked!!!

The car has been in the shop more than it has been OUT!!!

And we are looking at that is more that what Blue Book is on it.

Have a nice Day!!!

Thank you GM

8th Mar 2004, 18:29

Yes I bought a 95 Gran Am at 65,000 kilometers. Have owned it 4 years. Replaced head and gasket, altentor, starter, front brakes 3 times, water pump, heater core, belt tensioner, cooling lines, one power lock does not work, dash rattles and squeaks, needs strut mounts now, PCV heater hose at 250.00 bucks just for the hose alone and the list goes on. Handles great, but has cost me 4,000 in repairs in the last 3 months. Don't buy one unless you want to break your bank account.

I am very disappointed with car and the amount it has cost me to keep it on the road. It sure likes the garage.

7th May 2004, 10:21

I bought my 1995 Grand Am back in early 1996. The car ran wonderfully until mile 142,000. At which point the whole car went to pot. Alternator, Serpentine belt snapped, Heater Core, Thermostat Sticking, Overheating like no mans business. And the final blow - the head gasket decided to break down. And the dealership needs to fix the head gasket before they can tell me if there is more extensive damage to the cylinders (such as a cracked head). I'm the kind of person that if I own the car I'll spend the money to fix it. At this point I could've been the proud owner of a brand new BMW Z3 with the money I put into my 1995 grand am.

19th Jan 2006, 17:09

I bought a 93 grand am for $100.00 from someone who was in the same state of mind as everyone else here about the quad. of course the head gsk was blown to kingdom come and for $45 bucks for the head bolts & $70 for the gasket, I flipped the car for 2500.00, I know you guys hate em, but I love the quad 4 cause there cheap to buy (always for sale with blown gsk, cracked head / block) but if you inspect it before repairing, you will have no problems with the little guy. but my true passion is mopar performance (340!!)

Ask me about my 79 dodge aspen ----- peace out.

14th Feb 2007, 08:28

I have a 95 grand am and I just had to fork out 2 grand to fix a cracked rad and two bad head gaskets. I don't even have 90k on my car yet.

23rd Feb 2009, 21:56

I have a 95 Grand Am 3.1. I bought it with approximately 100,000 miles. It currently has 125,000.

The car was in top shape. I've kept up with the required maintenance. Since I've owned it, I've had to replace the belt, tires, thermostat, radiator, alternator, battery, 1 CV joint, master cylinder for ABS, and now the head gasket.

I noticed it was a head gasket when I checked my dipstick to my engine oil. It was way past the required amount. It looked watery, like a brown-tanish color. I could also smell it through the exhaust pipe. It smells like a sweet anifreeze smell.

Overall, I knew buying a car with 100,000 miles on it was going to cost me, so I've been satisfied with the car. I try to fix everything myself, which saves me a lot of money. If your money is tight and can't afford it, you should buy the book of your car and might be able to fix it yourself.

Yet, it's hard and frustrated at times, but when you are done and fixed the problem yourself, you have learned different parts, have more experience, and are more confident on your work. Be smart and try to fix it yourself, dealers are rip offs.