27th Oct 2006, 04:29
So you "beat" on your car often and your complaining about the repairs? Driving like an idiot is hard on the pocket book. The very fact that the car is still running is a testament to how well contructed it is.
3rd Nov 2006, 10:39
Why does the Security light go on with the Ponitac Grand AM? I am not impress with this car either. I had a Honda Accord and got into a car accident. Insurance paid me and I bought this Grand AM... am not impressed.
29th Apr 2007, 14:45
Accord owner: how you even thought about getting Grand Am after experiencing Accord? There's no comparison. Why downgrade?
29th Apr 2007, 14:47
They are piles of junk, thos G Am cans, especially 99 3.4 models. Stay away from them.
11th Aug 2007, 08:12
I have had my 99 grande am for eight years, beat it to hell and back and it runs great. My philosophy, ignore the warning lights. I think they have them rigged to come on even if there is no trouble.
16th Sep 2008, 16:26
Commenter 08:12 actually makes a LOT of sense. Manufacturers DO set warning lights to come on at certain intervals to get you back into the dealers and get your money for resetting them. I've owned two Dodges and one Plymouth that the "Check engine" lights came on like clockwork at 40,000 mile intervals. I'm a mechanic and simply reset the lights after finding out how from a Chrysler technician. There was never any real problem with any of the cars, and one was sold at a quarter of a million miles still running flawlessly.
The brake system warning light came on on one of mine, and after checking the system (there was no problem) I put a piece of black tape over the stupid light and drove it another 65,000 miles with nary a problem.
I own a 2001 Grand Am with the 2.4 litre "Quad 4" with a few minor mods. It is mint condition, and at 74,000 miles has had only one battery replaced and the front brake pads (rear are still original).
I replaced the less than grippy tires with Khumo 215:60 AA-traction rated tires and the handling is great.
The throttle response is hair-trigger, the 4-speed automatic is set to shift at redline and the ride is very comfortable. I seldom race, but I went head-to-head with a 2006 Grand Prix GT with the 3.8 V-6 and beat it by about 10 car lengths in a quarter mile. It is only slightly slower than my last 5.0 Mustang and rides and handles much better.