1999 Pontiac Grand Prix Reviews - Page 7 of 16

1999 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 3.1 V6 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.1 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired38000 miles
Most recent distance74000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Prix

Summary:

Love it

Faults:

At 70,000 miles had to replace tie rod end on front left, as well as new brakes and rotors.

Have had to have the driver side window motor replaced, as well as the regulator. The regulator now needs to be replaced again after less than a year.

Was told I needed the oil gaskets replaced, but have yet to do that, as the dealership is 45 miles away and I work all the time. I will check into this more before my warranty expires.

General Comments:

The car handles great. I love the get-up-and-go that it has.

It's roomy, sporty, and fun to drive.

The sun roof is awesome. If not for the problems with the silly window, I would actually have no complaints about this car.

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

Review Date: 31st July, 2005

1999 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 3.8 V6 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance62000 miles
Previous carDodge Intrepid

Summary:

Buyer beware- make sure you have a warranty- you're going to need it!

Faults:

Passenger side window works when it wants to.

Gets stuck in Park quite often- have to disengage the shift lock by jamming a key in.

Battery & alternator have been replaced twice and the car will still lose all power. Mechanics at shop haven't been able to figure it out. It will run fine for a few weeks than just die.

Transmission no longer shifting smoothly.

A/C only works on Max, will turn off completely if you try to lower it.

Headlights will turn off for no apparent reason.

Rear window defroster only works intermittently.

General Comments:

Great car when it actually runs.

This car still looks great! I enjoyed it the first year I've had it, but now I never know when it's going to leave me stranded.

I have two children under the age of 12 and they are already outgrowing the back seat of this car.

I chose this car for it's sporty look, but next time I'm going for reliabililty.

I'd love to buy US but between GM and Dodge I've had nothing but trouble.

I'll be at Toyota for my next purchase!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th July, 2005

1999 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 3.8L V6 (Series II) from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.8L V6 (Series II) Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired83700 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles

Summary:

A great car when its actually running

Faults:

Spark plug module and ignition coil had to be replaced shortly after I bought it.

My radio/CD display does not always work correctly.

At 85000 miles, the car will not start now, the engine overheated and I had smoke coming out of the exhaust. Don't know what the problem is, but it won't be minor I'm sure.

General Comments:

Very comfortable ride.

Good power for a stock engine.

When the car is running, I love it. Problem is, its cost me over $1000 in two months, and I payed $7300 for it two months ago.

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

Review Date: 12th June, 2005

4th Jul 2005, 18:45

This is the author of this review, and I got the problem repaired, it was the intake gasket and starter. The dealer I bought it from fixed it for free, even though I had no warranty. Since then, the car has run great, I would definitly recommend this car.

1999 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP 3.8 Supercharged V6 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.8 Supercharged V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired33 miles
Most recent distance124000 miles

Summary:

Fun car to drive, not unreasonable to maintain

Faults:

I had to replace the blower motor (somehow water got into the first one).

The tie rod ends have been replaced once, though I suspect this is unremarkable given the number of potholes here in the Northeast.

Brake rotors were replaced twice (once would have been more reasonable, but they are exposed to the elements for looks I guess).

New battery (no surprise here, but it was a bit early in my opinion).

General Comments:

Starting with the good points, this car has been an absolute joy to drive over the last six years. I relish the results I get when I put my foot down, and this car hasn't lost a bit of pep in its old age. The Bose sound system, CD changer, and steering wheel audio controls really do ease the morning commute. I find the sunroof to be a necessity, and I've really come to appreciate the "heads-up" display, which I haven't found on any other model. I find the leather seating quite comfortable on long trips and generally to my liking, though people over 6 feet tall may have headroom issues with the sun roof.

As far as cost to own, I really can't complain. Mileage is in the mid to upper twenties on the highway even though I use a pretty heavy foot. There were a few maintenance items (namely the battery and brake rotors) that I feel gave out early due to quality issues from the factory, but even counting a few hundred extra bucks on maintenance, I feel this car stacks up well against others in its class and would consider buying another some day.

I think I'm a little aggravated by the quality of some of the materials. The little plastic clips that hold the rear door trim on had to be replaced once. I can't understand why a $25K car can't have decent 10-cent plastic thingies to hold the trim on. Not a big deal since you can turn up the radio to drown out the sound until you get around to fixing them, but it seems a bit sloppy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th May, 2005

12th May 2005, 11:22

Actually the heads-up display is available on a number of other GM models including the Corvette.

I would like to have a GP GTP, but for its requirement for premium fuel, so I am currently looking for a nice 2000-2002 GT 2-door.

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