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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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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Alexsander writes:
1996 Pontiac Grand Am 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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2

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

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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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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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David writes:
1996 Pontiac Grand Am 2 Dr SE Coupe Review
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Sporty car and overall a good car.

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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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Jim writes:
1996 Pontiac Grand Am 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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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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Paul writes:
1996 Pontiac Grand Am 2 Dr GT Coupe Review
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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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Donovan writes:
1996 Pontiac Grand Am 2 Dr GT Coupe Review
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Its one of the only stickshift Grand Ams you will ever see.

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Its not fast enough.

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Balls — Its my frist car I really like it alot. It started off stock at 150HP its probably at about 165-170HP. Its cheap to maintain but it has a 13 gallon tank takes alot of gas. I love driving it. It has pretty fast acceleration.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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

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fwd, pwr everything

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engine is poor

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Grand Am — Not a bad car. Manual tranny made it really fun... Had an awesome stereo, moon roof, and all power options. fwd made it awesome in the snow. However, the engine build is crap. performance isnt bad if you know how to drive a stick

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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