1996 Pontiac Grand Am Overview

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2 Dr GT Coupe
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2 Dr SE Coupe
5 national listings
4 Dr GT Sedan
1 national listing
4 Dr SE Sedan
10 national listings

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3.95 stars

Based on 29 reviews

I Wish It Was A Stick Shift.... by oxsugarxo
 — engine blew at 140miles, prolly because of the oil guy being a loser and failing to do his job.... everything else is really goood on it.... parts are cheap and there is alot of fiberglass on the fab... Read More
Not A Bad Car by Greg
 — I got this little 96 as a senior in high school. It's not the coolest car to own, unless you're a grandma, but it actually packs a lot of power, if you have the v6. the speedometer went out on it, but... Read More
Our Car by Lisa
 — Well, it was Grandpap's, then he sold it to Tami, and then we bought it from her. It's a perfect little car...but it needs work now and it's sitting in the driveway because we're not rich folks. When ... Read More

1996 Pontiac Grand Am Overview

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1996 Pontiac Grand Am

How does a car with so many problems continue to be Pontiac's top seller for so many years?  Perhaps because its flaws are outweighed by excellent highway performance and handling and a comfortable interior, according to 1996 Grand Am owners.
For 1996, the Pontiac Grand Am gets more aggressive styling, with a new front end, including a new grille and headlights.  Taillights and some body trim also get a new look.  Inside, the dash has been redesigned, with the parking brake moved to the center console from the foot well.  Now standard on both SE and GT models are ABS brakes, dual front airbags, anti-theft locks, variable effort power steering, and daytime running lights, in addition to the already standard power locks and fog lights.  
A new Twin Cam 2.4-liter I4 engine replaces the now defunct DOHC Quad 4.  It hits 150-hp and is paired with a 5-speed manual or optional 4-speed automatic.   It is standard on both SE and GT trims.  The optional 3.1, 155-hp V6 is unchanged in the 1996 Grand Am and still only comes with the auto tran.  A new feature is traction control, which comes bundled with the auto tran option.
The 1996 Pontiac Grand Am is a roomy family sedan that also makes a good commuter car because it drives well and has decent fuel economy, while still loaded with sufficient creature comforts.  Drivers like its highway performance, sporty handling, and the sleek styling of the coupe.  The Grand Am has suffered from a long list of repaithe car holds up well over the years, they note significant problems with the intake manifold, steering column, and early brake wear.  There is also annoying rattling and squeaking from the dash, despite its redesign.


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Pontiac Grand Am Questions


Where Is The Spout For The Ac Fluid To Be Installed

show me the picture of the location of the ac spout to be able to give the ac gas

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I Have A 96 Pont Grand Am That Will Not Start All The Time.

I have a 96 pont grand am. I have not had any problems until two weeks ago. I drove it about 2 or 3 miles, parked it and turned it off. Ten minuts later I tried to start it and it would not start. ...

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Clamp On The Factory Water Pump

My water pump is leaking on my 96 Pontiac grand am se with the 2.4l and at this one garage they took this one clamp off of the water pump and then decided that they could not fix it and put it all bac...

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How To Diagnois Problem

1996 Pontiac Grand Am with a 3.1. The engine starts perfectly, but after 10-30 seconds the RPM's start to surge up and down. This behavior doesn't stop for 5-10 minutes and then it dies. I did a test ...

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What Engine Is Interchangable With 1996 Grand Am Se 3.1 Liter

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