I really like my car - Good to me so far
There have been many small problems with the car that are more of an annoyance than major defects - I have never been stranded on the road.
This is what was covered under warranty (should not have had so many things break on a new car - within first 36k miles) :
- Both traction control sensors and wheel hub assemblies replaced. Good thing it was covered, this is $$$.
- Window regulator replaced.
- Radio replaced.
- Heater fan replaced. Made sqealing sound and burned out.
- TCC solenoid in transmission replaced.
- EGR valve replaced.
These things happened outside the warranty, some are normal wear items which are expected:
- Had to have fuel rails (system flush) cleaned 2x. Car was missing. I have heard others with this issue - about $65-$75 per flush.
- All 4 brakes - new rotors and pads every 30k.
- Timing/serpentine belt at 55k.
- New plugs and wires at 69k.
- 2 new batteries.
- New tires at 42k.
- Oil changes regularly with Mobil 1.
- Trans fluid changes every 15k.
- Flush cooling system at 70k.
- Flush power steering system at 60k - much quieter steering now, no GM 'Morning Sickness'
- Flush/bleed brake system every 2-3 years.
- Replace all filters (air, fuel and PCV valve) once per year.
I am a true believer in sticking to a regular maintenance schedule. If you take care of the car, it should last you a long time.
The transmission is a little 'clunky' at times. It is a weak point on this model and I think it gets lots of complaints. I just try not to drive it too hard and keep the fluid clean. Cars are too expensive, so I hope I can get 150k out of this one - at 86k now.
Though there have been some problems with the Grand Prix, I love the car. It handles well, gets good mileage and has plenty of power. It is also great on long drives. I would consider a slightly bigger Bonneville next time, if I knew it would be about the same from a reliability standpoint.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th April, 2005