1994 Pontiac Grand Prix SE 3.1 V6 from North America

Summary:

Was scared of American cars before. Changed my mind..

Faults:

Flasher switch at 130 000km.

Rear brakes rusted out at 130 000km.

Thermostat replaced at 147 000km.

Right rear power window does not work anymore.

General Comments:

I bought this car for $1300. Sadly, rust was hidden all over the place, but the car runs fine. The car was never rustproofed and I live in an area where winters are tough on cars (salt + sand). The power steering cooling like broke because of the rust, the rocker panels are cooked (hidden under the "sport edition" plastic body moldings), rust around the right wheel well in the back etc...

The interior held up pretty well, even though some plastic trim is starting to show some signs of wear and tear. I find it pretty roomy (sedan), but the puke green colour is not very pretty. hehe.

The doors are very heavy, and the handles are easy to break because of that.

It's quite fun to drive, even though it's gas hungry. It handles pretty well for a large sedan.

Always started in the winter, and never left me stranded. If something breaks on that car, it still drives me everywhere (I'll knock on wood).

Fully loaded, and the A/C still works.

Transmission made harsh shifts, but this problem is gone since we used some transmission conditioner.

Even though it seems that I had lots of problems with this car, I haven't spent more than $300 in repairs in a full year (except from brakes, which are expensive, but it's some regular maintenance).

I like the car, but I'm planning to let it go since it's starting to look like an orange instead of a white car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th March, 2010

1994 Pontiac Grand Prix LE 3.1 V6 SFI from North America

Summary:

Great car, very comfy, and I would definitely buy another one

Faults:

Needs brake master cylinder. Blown brake line. Going to rebuild entire thing with performance parts anyway.

Rear driver's side door handle is broken.

The bumper hangs and it is very rusty.

General Comments:

I love the Grand Prix. Once you find out what is wrong with them and fix it, they run forever.

The best year to buy them is 1989 with the 3.1 multi port fuel injected.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th November, 2009

18th Nov 2009, 17:09

The best years for the Grand Prix were 1973-1977, but it is nice to see that you really like your car.

1994 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP 3.4 DOHC from North America

Summary:

The car is my baby

Faults:

My car is overheating. I have already replaced hoses, thermostat, and fan relay's. I am clueless about why the car is still overheating. It is not leaking anything under the hood.

General Comments:

Besides for the overheating, it is running perfectly fine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th May, 2008

6th Jun 2012, 12:20

3400 series engines in those cars are very bad for head gaskets. Your car may be burning coolant, which could be the reason it's overheating because of lack of coolant. Also, the temperature sensors which turn on the fans go too. Had the same problem.

1994 Pontiac Grand Prix SE 3.1 from North America

Summary:

Good driver, but nickel and dimes you to death!

Faults:

A lot of things have had to be replaced.

Head gasket and burnt valve had to be replaced at 91,000.

I had 3 fuel injectors replaced since 3100 engines are notorious for this.

New acceleration cable and throttle body.

Idle speed motor and sensor.

Fuel regulator sensor replaced.

I had to replace the heater core, evaporator and air conditioning system. Always seems to have a sweet plastic smell coming through the vents!

What else. Let's see.

The signal light ignition system goes on all these GPs. Starts smoking. Left signal still fades in and out.

Temp. sending unit because the gauge claim's over 220. After replacement didn't help at all; still at the same spot, even though the car is not running that hot.

Last, but not least, going through rear brake pads and calipers way too much! Noted problem for this year.

General Comments:

This car shifts, rides and handles very good, though ground effects rattle and come loose.

The car is definitely not quick, but peppy.

Sluggish up hills, and so so on gas. Doesn't feel like a 160 hp. It seems when you get to a half a tank, the car guzzles gas. I had a 1992 GP SE with 140 hp and this car doesn't seem much quicker (that car was a true nightmare, but that is another story).

I like the interior design on this year, even though some of the options are silly.

I always like the looks on the 1994-1996 GPs, except the honeycomb wheels. Really wanted the star rims.

The clear coat fades too quick on all cars today.

Overall it's a fun sporty car to drive, just nickel and dimes you to death! Should have used a 3800! No matter what people say about these comments, I have had a few of these cars and it seems typical for GM!

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

Review Date: 30th August, 2007