1994 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP 3.4 L DOHC from North America


High performance, but expensive to fix


Brakes done when at 39,000 miles and again at 55,000 miles.

Spark plugs replaced at 40,000 miles.

Battery replaced around 45,000 miles.

Alternator replaced around 55,000 miles.

Starter replaced around 60,000 miles.

Timing belt replaced at 78,000 miles.

Idle air control motor replaced at 78,000 miles.

Spark plugs replaced at 78,000 miles.

General Comments:

The Good.

- The car handles like a dream.

- Great acceleration.

- Roomy enough to fit passengers comfortably.

The Bad.

- Expensive to fix.

- A lot of parts seemed to be breaking recently.

- Bad fuel economy.

The Unknown.

- Right now I am having problems with the car on start ups in the morning. When the car is cold and I start it, the engine revs to about 4k RPM, then drops down under 1k RPM, then either stalls or keeps revving up and down. I took the car to many mechanics and they do not know what the problem is.

- Once in a while when I try and start the car, I turn the key and all I hear is a click, and the car doesn't start. After a couple more times of turning the key it starts right up. I replaced the starter twice and it still does this.

If anyone has the same problems or know what the problem could be, please e-mail me at Carbine1981@cs.com

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

Review Date: 17th December, 2001

16th Feb 2003, 10:49

I own a 1994 Pontiac Grand Prix, and I would buy a Grand Prix again. However, I have just been handed an estimate for replacing the Intake Manifold Gasket. Ouch! $565.00. But that is only the beginning...

This shop recommended that several inter-related services should be done at the same time. The cooling system should be flushed and filled. The oil pump drive seal replaced. An oil change due to the coolant leaking into the oil because of the bad gasket. This and many other small things all added up to $995.83.

I will shop around for other estimates, but I agree that this vehicle is rather expensive to repair. Last summer I paid $600.00 to fix the air conditioning, and I am not so sure it is fixed. They did all they could; however, it still leaks freon.

So, last summer I couldn't stay cool in my car and this winter I couldn't stay warm in my car. Hmmm. Maybe I won't get another Grand Prix.

1994 Pontiac Grand Prix SE 3.1 liter SFI V-6 from North America


I love it!


I've had to replace the brakes all the way around, including rear rotors. But the rear brakes were original.

There's a noise coming from the rear of the car that I have yet to pinpoint. I'm thinking rear wheel bearings...

General Comments:

I've always loved Grand Prix's, and finally own one. Mine is red, of course, and looks awesome. The only thing I wish I had were the polished aluminum five-star wheels that were an option on the 1996 model only. I have the cross-lace rims, and they're OK.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 2001

26th Jul 2003, 16:11

Hey, I too also owned a beretta before I owned my Gran prix. I have the same year, make and model as you. I also had to replace my brakes and routers all the way around. I have a noise coming from my rear driver side tire. I've taken it in many times to get it fixed, they lube it, and then it's fine. They say that can't figure out what else they may do. Do you know anything bout this?

1st May 2006, 18:41

I as well have a 1996 Grand Prix, and the noise in the rear was a wheel bearing, and actually part of the axle. It has a sensor in it, which makes it about 125 dollars Canadian. The lubing works for a while, but eventually it comes back. If you want to get rid of the noise, I suggest changing it.