2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 3.8 from North America
Like Christine, it refuses to die
All four wheel bearings have worn out, and you have to replace the whole hub. No big deal, they're $80 apiece.
Heat/AC blower motor failing starting around 160k. Have to slap underneath the dash to get it to kick on.
Broken sway bar link.
Leaky power steering hose.
Other than that, have done nothing but a trans fluid and filter, oil changes, and a new set of tires.
The first word that comes to mind is Reliable. Dead reliable. More reliable than the tides, or the sunrise. This car has never failed to start and has never broken down, which is very impressive considering my negligence and abuse. I've thrashed this car on a daily basis for eight years and 125 thousand miles now. Two years ago I began to lust after the Dodge Magnums, but my wife said I can only get a new car when this one completely dies. Naturally I've been actively trying to destroy it ever since, but it seems to be the automotive version of Rocky Balboa. "He's like a piece of iron."
It does have an overall cheap sort of feel. Not that it's all loose and rattly or feels like it's coming apart, just that materials that comprise the interior are kind of low grade. GT seats are very supportive though, and I find the ergonomics to be good. Steering and road feel are also good. Definitely not a sports car, but, "sporty." The 3.8 V6 is no powerhouse, but it does have excellent low end torque and more than enough juice for passing maneuvers. And even with my heavy right foot I get around 25 MPG (mostly highway driving.)
Overall I like it because it is big, easy and cheap to work on, and apparently indestructible. One of the few remaining unashamedly American cars.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th November, 2014