1996 Pontiac Grand Am User Reviews

1996 Pontiac Grand Am Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 29 reviews

  • Performance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Appearance:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Overall: 3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5

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PROS
"power" 11 reviews
"fuel economy" 10 reviews
"ride" 8 reviews
"comfortable car" 4 reviews
"speed" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 7 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews

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Tim writes:
1996 Pontiac Grand Am 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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5

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Great fuel milage

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bad compression when engine tempurature is too high.

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My Car — This car is great. 250,000 miles and no major problems. Gas mileage is around 34 mpg in town and 38 on the highway. Relatively lost operating costs, minus the fact that gas is flipping 4 dollars a gallon. This car has a manual transmission and which makes it more fuel efficient and much more fun to drive.

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Ken writes:
1996 Pontiac Grand Am 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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3

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Dependable and comfortable to drive with great ac and handling.

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Could be better mileage, but for what it's been through, I won't complain-I should really tune it up.

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A Good Work Car — I bought this car for $1600 in 2004. It has been relatively trouble free the whole time. In 2006, my wife stalled it in high water, water actually in the cylinder banks. Spent $100 on the starter, cleaned out the engine, and runs great. Soon after, someone didn't yield at a stop sign, and smacked the rear passenger side. Got $1400 from their insurance, spent $20 for parts, and fixed it myself. Put new tires with full alignment and fuel pump on it since then, have a net cost of about $800 in it, still worth probably $1200-1500. 144,000miles and running strong. Great factory CD player and icy AC. Does the job, gets me back and forth to work every day!

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David writes:
1996 Pontiac Grand Am 2 Dr SE Coupe Review
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4

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Sporty car and overall a good car.

Cons

The engine!

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I Want Another One. — Performance is very good. Build Quality the 3.1 that comes stock in it is a very bad engine unless its a rebuilt one. Appearance is very nice. Cost is ok. Fun Factor well i had alot of fun in it lol.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Trevor writes:
1996 Pontiac Grand Am 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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4

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fun to drive and its a nice car

Cons

the engine is the worst gm has ever made

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Good Car But Not A Good Engine — The car is a fairly nice car. It runs great and drives very nice but the engine is awful. It only had 63k miles on it and the engine blew. The gas mileage is not that bad it gets about 25 miles to the gallon. Maintenance is kind of expensive. This car is really fun to drive around town and stuff.

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oxsugarxo writes:
1996 Pontiac Grand Am 2 Dr GT Coupe Review
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5

Pros

fast, sexy, and thats all that matters

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Kinda eats gas, .

oxsugarxo
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I Wish It Was A Stick Shift.... — 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 fabrication of the car. makes it much more stable. it doesnt get scratched easy at all in my opion... im about to get a new engine w 10,000 miles on it so itll be new all over again ... yipeee ... so worth it yo p.s.im a chick but i know a decent amount about this car specifically lol its good to meeeeeee p.s im

Primary Use: Family transportation

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jiron127 writes:
1996 Pontiac Grand Am 2 Dr SE Coupe Review
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Very reliable

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Non really, besides normal car maintenance

jiron127
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This Is A Great Car For Anyone To Have, Especially For College Students. — The acceleration is great, as well as the breaking and handling of the car. My car has needed repairs, but nothing major; at the most for a single repair was around $300. The appearance, especially when cleaned is almost like new, with a scraped patch of paint on the rear bumper that was there prior to my ownership. The maintenance for this car is average for a car as old as it is, maybe less due to its low mileage of only a bit over 88,000 miles. My car is great to drive around, simply because its a v6 and drives(handles, accelerates etc.) like a car half its age.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jim writes:
1996 Pontiac Grand Am 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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5

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One word FUN

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None

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Go Get One And Find Out For Yourself — i loved this car lots of power , the only problem was the mass airflow sencer fowled . the preformance was great,it had good fuel economy. the car was unbelivable fun to drive, but the maintenance was a big bummer the interior was comfortable

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Zvjezdan writes:
1996 Pontiac Grand Am 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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Good first car

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Not the greatest car.

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Its An Okay Car To Start Out In. — This car has lots of fun things about it. it has enough balls. when you floor it you feel the torque. i had some scary times with this car though. brake line broke on me and almost crashed. Interior is not anything special what so ever.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Alexsander writes:
1996 Pontiac Grand Am 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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Pretty quick, 3.1 V6, good on trips, comfortable.

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NOT reliable. Engines leak, Alternators burn up, cheap interior, don't buy one.

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Thanks Gm — This was the first car I ever bought from a dealership. I got it used with around 30,000 miles on it. I traded the POS in almost 2 years later with about 80,000 on it. During the time I had it, it went through two alternators, leaked coolant into the engine from the intake, several tires, and more. Probably one of the worst cars I ever owned, and mine had the better engine, the 3.1 V6. It had been dropped off a lift before being sold to me and had some sort of electrical problem, which the Ford dealer in Franklin, VA, didn't tell me about. These cars are worthless cheap crap. This is a primo example of why GM went bankrupt.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Paul writes:
1996 Pontiac Grand Am 2 Dr GT Coupe Review
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5

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Performance, mileage, looks, handling.

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None.

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Best Car I've Owned — I love this car. It's had a lot of performance work done to it, and it's more than enough for my day to day driving. I'm getting around 37 to the gallon highway with it, and my worst has been 24 driving very aggressively. It looks great, is a solid platform, and has balls.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2006 Pontiac Grand Am Reviews

Wouldnt Buy It Again For Myself But Its A Reliable Car By Laura

its not a speed machine it hasnt needed much for repairs the interior appearance and exterior are great. its great on gas and its a very comfortable car to drive and it is a safe car to drive if you... Read More

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2005 Pontiac Grand Am Reviews

Great Car By Williams13

I like just about everything on this car, the 3.8L engine has lots of power, very rummy inside, great gas mileage for a v6 engine, it go lots of miles but still running great, everything works on this... Read More

Good Work Car But Not Much Of A Traveling Car. By jgerman

Overall I plan to drive this car till it just wont go any more. It should last me many years to come and it seems to be very reliable so far. I took one trip with this car and that was enough for me..... Read More

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2004 Pontiac Grand Am Reviews

Great Starter Car By Shirk3RD

This is my very first car which I plan to keep for as long as possible, and "upgrade" it be more personal or mine. I use this car to get to school, work, and for just driving around. Great brand, and ... Read More

I Call This One The "poor Man's Gto". By rfry

It's interesting that the Rally Racing hood changes the appearance & the feel of driving the car so much. Without it - it is just another little car, with it driving through the Arkansas hills; it’s a... Read More

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2003 Pontiac Grand Am Reviews

Happy With This Car By professortemple

Was very sorry to let this car go this summer when the transmission failed on me suddenly. Bought it in 2008 with 56,000 miles and had to junk it with 140,000 miles on it. Was our only car for a few y... Read More

2003 Pontiac Grand Am By William

There are some trim issues on the exterior. Some basic things like windshield trim and paint defects in some areas like the door panels. Acceleration is kind of disappointing with the standard a... Read More

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2002 Pontiac Grand Am Reviews

Fun Pontiac By jpk7883

I owned this car during my college years. It got me through many 300 mile trips to and from college, as well as trips across the country. It sounded great after installing a magnaflow cat-bat exhaust... Read More

Good Car By Aaron

gas mileage is good, needs front struts, window motor on the passengers side is out, has the annoying clicking all the time but getting it fixed. accelerates way better than the talon I had. about as ... Read More

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