1994 Pontiac Grand Prix SE from North America - Comments

9th Feb 2006, 10:46

Sounds like you got a pretty abused car.

10th Aug 2006, 08:23

It seems like you purchased a lemon, I own a 94 grand prix SE and I have 185,000 miles on it with minimal maintenance. The only things replaced since the car rolled off the line are a hood latch cable and wiper switch. Sorry to hear about your bad luck. Grand prix is a great car.

8th Nov 2006, 18:53

I just purchased a 1994 Grand Prix SE with 211,000 miles on it.

Let me say this----If the car starts overheating, get it repaired. Do Not keep driving it (as these people did). It ended up being a blown head gasket and it destroyed the engine.

I am a mechanic and I got it real cheap. Found a 3400 V-6 from a 1999 Grand Am and installed it. Only one modification was the temperature sensor for the fan. Had to drill and tap a hole in the head for the sensor.

I then replaced both front ball joints, both front struts, 1 front wheel bearing, both rear wheel bearings, rear brake pads, and windshield. I have a VERY nice car for around 1200 dollars. I love this car!

Please understand that I have worked on these cars for a long time and I do agree that there are serious issues with the rear brakes. The calipers have a tendency to freeze up on the slides. This causes rear brake pad failure on the outer pad only. This is something that all you GP owners should have checked regularly.

Also, when changing or adding antifreeze, make SURE that you vent all air out of the engine by using the vent screws on the thermostat cap and the intake manifold. This will cause troubles like those listed in previous comments (i.e.---Overheating and not heating the interior during winter). It will also cause engine failure.

Grand Prix is the best looking car I have ever seen. I love it.

21st Nov 2006, 18:30

I have a 1994 Grand Prix. I purchased it at 34,000 miles. Its been fairly good. One of the pulleys on the main belt system came lose one day I thew it accoss the parking lot. The air conditioner compressor went out this year. There has always been a strange noise from the wheels. I'm not even sure if I can explain it, just very strange and has done it since day of purchase. It electric windows have been a pain in the neck the last 2 years, but working now thanks to a good mechanic. O ring gasket had to be replaced about 4 years ago. Then a water pump. That's all I can think of. Its NEVER overheated though!

5th Apr 2007, 19:49

It sounds like you do not take care of your cars or you do not know how to pick one out. So ride a bus!

18th Mar 2008, 11:38

I also have a 94 grand prix gtp where is supercharger located.

And why do they always over heat

7th Apr 2008, 20:36

I just thought I'd write a follow-up to my initial entry. Since the original post I've done a lot of work to the car and now it has no mechanical problems what-so-ever. I bought a gasket set from Autozone and replaced all the seals on the top half of the motor, replaced spark plugs/wires, computer (later found out this didn't need to be replaced), starter, shocks/struts all the way around, rear driver side caliper (fixed my bad brakes), pads/rotors, thermometer, O2 sensor (the original one was black and had no air holes in it) this fixed my crappy gas mileage, and I probably replaced a few other minor parts. Anyway now the car runs fine and has no motor problems at all, next up is a transmission tune-up. I did this all for less than $1500 and now the car is not so bad.

6th Dec 2008, 07:38

I have a 1994 grand prix se over 200000 miles its been the best to me. I drive a car hard this year I will have to repair the sun roof, use this all year round. it needs paint and small body work. from n.c.

14th Jan 2009, 00:13

I have a 1994 Grand Prix SE, and it has electric start on it and I do not know what the bottom is that says 2nd gear start? If any one knows what it means, email me at green_man142003@yahoo.com, thanks.

These are nice cars. I love mine, and just had a new front end put in it, and all the springs in the back.

25th Mar 2009, 20:48

I just bought my car and enjoy driving it. There is some concern with a few issues. I'm sure with TLC I will have many great rides ahead.

7th Jun 2009, 14:53

I have a 94 G/P and am very happy with it. Got it for $300, needed tires, y-pipe and mufflers, rear brakes, and I did all the basic maintenance like oil change, tranny flush, tune-up, etc. I have $1400 into it, including price of the car and it has been great. Just drivin around town and beating on it I'm getting 20 mpg.

P.S. the GTP models didn't have superchargers until 1997. The earlier GTP models have a 3.4L DOHC engine instead of the 3.1L engine.

5th Jan 2010, 15:01

I have a 1994 Grand Prix Gold Letter SE, which I bought brand new in 1994.

I love my car. Right now I have 310,790 miles on the car. I have some problems like the door handles on the outside breaking, but it does get pretty cold here in northern North Dakota, and other routine maintenance items like seals and gaskets leaking.

I rebuilt the engine myself at 175,102, and I did have the transmission rebuilt at round 200,000 miles.

I do agree that the cup holders are stupid or not very functional. But overall I am very happy with my car. It's been though a lot in these 15.9 yrs. She still looks good after all these years and miles...

K.B... Belcourt North Dakota.

19th Jan 2010, 12:08

I just bought a 94 GP SE 2 DR (Red - like most of the ads from back then) for my son as his first car. It has 84K miles and has never left Dallas (no snow, no rust). I see from many of the posts that the brakes need regular attention. It appears that the car may need pads and rotors every 50K.

With 300K on your GP, did you have that same brake experience?

30th Jan 2010, 14:04

This is the worst car I have ever had, and I drove a YUGO. I have put more money into this piece of junk, and I hate it more than anything else. I don't plan on selling it, due to the fact that I wouldn't be able to sleep at night, knowing I sold such a pile of junk to someone. In spring I will park it out back, and let the critters have it for a house. JUNK JUNK JUNK.. Need I say more... JUNK JUNK JUNK.

23rd Feb 2013, 23:22

I agree, I put more money in that damn 3.4 DOHC engine than I ever did in any other car in my life.

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