1998 Pontiac Grand Prix Reviews - Page 23 of 23

1998 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 3.8L from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 3.8L Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired131 miles
Most recent distance34000 miles

Faults:

Power steering has gone out.

Hoses have had to be replaced.

Problems with the headlights.

Electrical problems, both power windows have gone out.

General Comments:

It's a nice-looking, fun car to drive, however it has its bugs. Fortunately, all of the repairs were under warranty, but it has gone in for a warranty service 6 times in less than 3 years.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th December, 2000

1998 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP 3.8L supercharged from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 3.8L supercharged Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired3 miles
Most recent distance22800 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Prix

Summary:

Great looks + performance + price

Faults:

The rear child safety latch wouldn't unlatch. I don't blame GM though, because my 10 year old daughter always seemed to slam the door way too hard, and eventually the lever inside popped out of place. Simple fix at the dealer.

General Comments:

All around great car. One of the best I've owned, which says a lot. In the last 15 years, my family and I have owned two Chevrolets, three Pontiacs, a Hyundai, two Hondas, three Fords, a Triumph, three Nissans, a Mercedes, two Porches, a Chrysler, a Mazda, and two Dodges. We currently own a Honda Civic, a Dodge Durango, a Chevy Blazer, a Mazda Miata (my other car) and this Grand Prix, my daily driver.

The lease is up in Feb/01, and I think I just might buy the car. I love driving it, and even my 18 year old son likes to borrow it because the stereo is so good.

I'm not one of those fools who think Japanese is automatically good and American is automatically bad. This car is good, solid, all around construction and engineering, at a good price.

I will say that the dealer will make all the difference here, and Toyota & Honda dealers are the best, and GM dealers generally just suck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th October, 2000

4th Jan 2001, 16:43

It is hard to find a car which gets great gas mileage on the road and great acceleration.

The car has been solid. I have 40,000 miles on it.

I don't like the leather seats as they are too stiff. I use an insert to cushion the seat.

4th Feb 2001, 23:57

Your son doesn't like to drive it for the radio... it's got 240 ponies and 280 pounds of torque, that's why he likes to drive it :-D

8th Nov 2003, 15:42

HAHA! I was going to say that too! Your son likes it cause it's a fast ride!

1998 Pontiac Grand Prix GT from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired17 miles
Most recent distance1740 miles
Previous carIsuzu Rodeo

Summary:

Nice driving car, rotten paint processes

Faults:

Excessive debris under the paint, paint flaked off, dash came apart - pin stripping pieced together. Dealer tried buffing out the debris now I have buff burns and scrathes all over my car. Their solution made it worse.

General Comments:

I was told by a Pontiac rep that they do not paint to showroom quality, that I was being too picky and I should get the hood repainted for the 3rd time and live with the other defects because no one but me would ever see them. It is sad that quality and appearance is not an important issue with Pontiac.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd August, 2000

28th Jan 2001, 22:59

I own a Grand Prix GT that is the forest green. Everybody that has seen my car loves the color and the quality of the paint. You might have got a bad apple, but don't please don't criticize the Grand Prix. In my opinion they are the best cars for the buck.

There are always factory defects to a certain point. I do agree with the customer service aspect, Pontiac didn't treat me very good either, that's why I custom ordered mine through a Fleet Lease company.

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 88 reviews