2000 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 3.8L from North America
The real definition of a lemon
Power steering pump had to be replaced at 51000km.
Transmission had to be rebuilt at 71000km due to a seal leaking fluid resulting in burning out the clutch bands.
Brakes (pads and rotors) have been replaced 4 times in total.
Upper and lower intake gaskets replaced on engine at 91000km.
Ignition module replaced at 93000km.
Driver side power window switch replaced at 94000 km.
Fuel gage showing wrong info at 98000km, still broken.
Resistor in heater had to be replaced.
Radio works periodically.
This car is a very powerful and smooth riding machine when it works and is not in the service station. It is a very high maintenance car and parts are on the expensive side in comparison to its competitors.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th February, 2004
Your brake problem is probably the result of using cheap parts. GM has updated the design of its brake pads, and are no longer a problem. Sounds like whoever was doing the work was using non-OE parts. I've never seen a lower intake manifold gasket problem on a 3.8L engine - not in 10 years or so. You may want to question why it had to be replaced. This is not a common problem.
I disagree with your comment completely. How is this vehicle being driven? Grand Prix's have a very solid 3800 series engine. I have never had a problem. With the brakes & rotors, DEPENDING ON DRIVING CONDITIONS you will need to change the brake pads & rotors. If your vehicle was taken to a reputable dealership, I don't think you would have had any problems.
How could you say this car was a lemon. If things start happening due to normal wear and tear why is it a lemon? If you still have a car that has 98,000 miles on it you're doing good. I've had my Grand Prix GT 6 years and it is a great running car. It's all in how you drive it and take care of it.