1999 Pontiac Grand Prix Reviews - Page 11 of 16

1999 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP 3.8 litre V6, Supercharged from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.8 litre V6, Supercharged Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired43000 miles
Most recent distance63000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Pontiac performance, luxury, and quality at its best!

Faults:

I have had two minor electrical problems with the car. The light on one of the steering wheel controls went out and the passenger side power window shorts out occasionally. Other than that I haven't had any problems. General maintenence is fairly cheap, especially if you perform the labor yourself.

General Comments:

This car is all around solid. You can't beat performance and realiability for the price in my opinion. The engine pulls very hard and I have personally smoked a 1993 Corvette, a 5.0 mustang, and plenty of Honda Civics, and Ford Probes. The interior is awesome, so awesome in fact that it has spoiled me. I find myself criticizing the interior of other cars' interior that I ride in. I would recommend this car to anyone!

The only problem I have with this car is that a 5 speed or 6 speed transmission is not available.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd March, 2004

1999 Pontiac Grand Prix GT V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance101725 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Am

Summary:

A great car when its working

Faults:

The motor blew on a trip to Texas.

General Comments:

Overall it is a good driving vehicle. It seats my family of 5 very comfortably.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th January, 2004

1999 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP 3.8 Supercharged from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.8 Supercharged Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 miles
Most recent distance15000 miles
Previous carBuick Riviera

Summary:

A great car for the money

Faults:

The auto-dimming rear view mirror failed. Apparently, this is a common problem. The dealer wanted $168.00, I found one in a junk yard for $25.00. It was not the same part, but the internal workings were the same, so I just swapped housings.

General Comments:

In my humble opinion, this is by far the best car for the dollar. I have owned over 50 cars in the last ten years, so I believe that I speak from some experience.

In purchasing this car, my goal was to find a vehicle that approached my wife's 2003 Jag S-type 4.0 in handling and performance, but at a reasonable cost. I drive entirely too much to justify depreciating a $50,000.00 car in a year or two. After some research and minor mechanical work, I believe that the GTP now exceeds all aspects of my wife's car, with the obvious exception of style.

There is a plethora of aftermarket performance parts available for the GM W-body, including parts from GM Performance. For a meer $350.00, I was able to upgrade the front and rear sway bars, rear suspension arms, add larger rotors and add strut tower braces through GM Performance. This gave the car a much more stable stance and confidence in braking, and all the parts were direct bolt-ons. I also upgraded the calipers, through US Brake, which made the biggest difference in the brake department for only $150.00. However, the biggest difference was the addition of GM's upgraded adjustable strut/spring package. This gave the car a more solid feel, and pushed the car into the Jag category of handling. This is a $700.00 option through GM, and gives 90% of the performance of the Jag's CATS system that costs $3,300.00.

The acceleration from the factory was superb, but with an additional $500.00, it was downright fierce. I fabricated a filter housing, added a K&N filter, reflashed the PCM, used a smaller pulley, and added the GM performance exhaust. The resulting combination of additions resulted in a car that beats most balding Corvette drivers who are asleep at the red light.

The fit and finish of the body are excellent for GM, but OK for the industry.

The 1999-2002 W-body Pontiac Grand Prix is probably the best purchase for the dollar right now, if you are mechanically inclined. There is a price to pay for having a dependable car that performs superbly. Some of us prefer (or can only) pay in cash, others prefer payment in sweat and grease. If you think you can change spark plugs, you can easily maintain this car, which looks great and is unbelievably cost efficient... I have $12,000 in my car, and it only has 15000 miles on it. I fully expect it to last 200000 miles, as my prior car did. It was a Buick Rivera, with the same 3800 Series II engine and Eaton supercharger.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th December, 2003

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 60 reviews