1988 Pontiac Grand Prix Reviews - Page 3 of 5

1988 Pontiac Grand Prix LE 2.8 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired128000 kilometres
Most recent distance135000 kilometres

Summary:

Great value at a low cost

Faults:

Before buying I had the dealership fix:

Brakes all around.

Emergency brake cable.

Struts.

Shocks.

Hood and Trunk latch.

After buying the car:

The alternator was toast at 131000 Km`s.

General Comments:

The car is really comfortable and is great to go cruising with friends.

Real good acceleration even after 14 years.

A real eye catcher at the park on cruise night.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th May, 2002

1988 Pontiac Grand Prix LE from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired112000 kilometres
Most recent distance138000 kilometres

Summary:

Great car, but very high maintenance

Faults:

The paint is peeling.

Both handles have broken off.

Locks on the passenger side, and the trunk cannot be unlocked with the key.

Had to have both the alternator and battery replaced three times in as many months.

Had to replace the fuel pump.

I've had the rear brakes done three times in less than two years.

The calipers have needed replacing.

My breaks have a constant squeaking.

My power steering fluid leaks.

The fuse for the brake lights burns out every few months.

The tachometer is not functioning properly.

General Comments:

This car is great to drive on the highway.

It does, however, start rumbling and shaking if stopped at a red light for too long.

It is a very comfortable, roomy car.

The car has a lot of great features, especially for how old it is.

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

Review Date: 23rd January, 2002

1988 Pontiac Grand Prix from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Performance marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired50 miles
Most recent distance133000 miles
Previous carDodge Lancer

Summary:

The engine performs as well as ever at 133,000 miles

Faults:

I have had to replace 5 alternators at approximately 25,000 miles.

The instrument panel has failed starting with the fuel indicator, oil pressure guage, tempetature, battery, and finally the speedometer.

The factory paint job was repainted by way of factory recall.

General Comments:

The car has nice lines and styling and continues to hold it's own with the design of newer models.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th January, 2002

1988 Pontiac Grand Prix ? from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1988
Engine and transmission ? Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance105919 miles

Summary:

This car is hot

Faults:

Brakes, calipers, rotors, e-brake needed repairing many times.

Paint re-done, and still chipping.

Cruise and AC broke.

Driver side seat is worn to the springs.

Shocks are gone.

Sunroof leaks.

Oil problems, (none up until 100k) leak (s) somewhere.

When I go over 60, the car hums, like something is rubbing up against the tires. It is really strange.

General Comments:

This car can kick any other car's booty.

It is really sharp looking, and it accelerates very well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2001

1988 Pontiac Grand Prix 6 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired109000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carMercury Cougar

Summary:

It is a great running car, but bad on adding accessories

Faults:

I had to have the fuel pump replaced at 110,000 miles, and then again at 128,000 miles.

The car is stalling now at 130,000 and the mechanics can't figure out why.

General Comments:

The biggest problem I have been having is after the factory stereo went bad. The tape player plays without sound coming out. I cleaned the stereo with a tape head cleaner numerous times and it didn't help at all.

I decided to go ahead and put my own car stereo in the Grand Prix. I had to obtain a mounting kit first. I went to about 4 car stereo dealers and no one had it in stock. When I asked about ordering it, they said no one had it to order from either. I decided that I didn't care about the mounting kit so much as just getting the radio in the car. So now I had to get a wire harness kit. Well, I had the same exact problem with the wire harness. I fell as though the car was made so that you can't put anything in it other than factory equipment.

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

Review Date: 21st September, 2001

28th Sep 2001, 07:21

I have had the exact same problem with my Grand Prix stalling all the time. The worst was when it stalled in the middle of an intersection. I went and had a diagnostic check done and it came back as the fuel pump (already replaced) and the fuel regulator (not replaced yet). Those are the two main reasons the car was stalling on me.

As for the stereo, I plan to install my CD player in my car and I have a feeling it is going to be harder than I thought it would be. The stereo is all one unit with the rest of the console so that worries me a bit. If you haven't had a diagnostic check done, it might be a good idea!

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 17 reviews