1996 Pontiac Grand Prix Overview

Grand Prix

Looking for a Used Grand Prix in your area?

CarGurus has 4,638 nationwide Grand Prix listings starting at $1,250.


Not sure what you want?

Find the models that are right for you using the CarGurus Car Finder.



2 Dr GTP Coupe
1 national listing
2 Dr SE Coupe
3 national listings
4 Dr GT Sedan
4 Dr SE Sedan
6 national listings

Pontiac Grand Prix Experts

#1 Js08016
Reputation 3,090
#2 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 2,130
#3 John Saffrahn
John Saffrahn
Reputation 1,480
View All

Have you driven a 1996 Pontiac Grand Prix?

Rank this car!

Average User Score

3.65 stars

Based on 17 reviews

Samantha by Curtis
 — THIS IS MY BABY! Her name is Samnantha. I have had her since 2001. I got her when I was a jr in high school. I have put over 100,000 miles on her myself. She now has almost 236,000 on her. I have... Read More
Mechanical Nightmare by Colleen
 — Its a freakin mechanical nightmare, but 9 grand later its slowly starting to purrr once again. Its body is goin to hell, exhaust is falling off, but it does have sum get up and go after rebuilding mos... Read More
Amazing Power And Performance, Looks Pretty Decent, Too! by David
 — It was originally an undercover cop car, so it has low miles. GM engine, so it has a slight leak around the intake gasket, but not bad... They all have that. The mileage hovers between 28-32 ish give ... Read More

1996 Pontiac Grand Prix Overview

Overall User Score

3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.65

Based on 17 reviews

1996 Pontiac Grand Prix

Set for a much-needed overhaul in the coming year, the front-wheel drive 1996 Pontiac Grand Prix didn't tinker with much in terms of looks or performance.  Offered as a coupe or sedan in either SE or GT trims, the Grand Prix is a popular, affordable family car that has tried to capitalize on the Pontiac Excitement branding.  
The 3.4-liter 24-valve V6, which is standard in the GT and GTP and an option in the SE trims, gets a power boost to 215-horsepower.  The 3.1-liter V6 remains at 160-hp.  Both engines come only with a 4-speed automatic.  Also new in 1996 is a special Sport Package on coupe models, which adds 5-spoke alloy wheels and dual exhaust pipes.  Whether you get a sedan or coupe, the mid-size 1996 Grand Prix has plenty of room for use as family car.  The GT and GTP models are more performance-oriented, with special supportive seats, ground effects, standard ABS brakes, and fog lights, though even the base SE sedan comes well loaded.  Dual front airbags are standard across the line.
Acceleration performance and V6 engine power stand out for owners of the 1996 Grand Prix.  They like the overall interior and exterior style and layout, and the comfortable legroom.  The weight of the car hampers taking full advantage of the engine, however, and numerous repairs accompany Grand Prix ownership.  Drivers mention rattling, paint chipping, and a check engine light that is perpetually on.


What's your take on the 1996 Pontiac Grand Prix?

People researching a 1996 Pontiac Grand Prix contacted a dealer about

1996 Pontiac Grand Prix, For Sale in youngstown,Ohio/Eastside $550 dollars lost title little muffler leak.Must Sell, exterior
Pontiac Grand Prix
30% of the time
Chevrolet Impala
6% of the time
Ford Mustang
4% of the time
Nissan Maxima
3% of the time
Grand Prix
Looking for a Used Grand Prix in your area?
CarGurus has 4,638 nationwide Grand Prix listings starting at $1,250.

Pontiac Grand Prix Questions


Why Will Driver Side Door Not Open?

Exterior door handle on driver side door needed adjustment to allow door to open from outside handle. While adjusting linkage the door shut. Now the door will not open from outside or inside. The...

1,931 views with 10 answers (last answer about a month ago)
Donna Coleman-Esmond

1996 Grand Prix Front Doors Will Randomly Lock..sometimes Not Allowing M...

what is a possible cause of the problem mentioned above.

29 views with 8 answers (last answer about a month ago)

96 Grand Prix. When Courtesy Light Is On No Or Low Power To Door Locks. Po...

Went to replace my power antenna tonight. Kept loosing the power to the constant 12v wire. I discovered that when the courtesy dome light is on the constant power to either goes away completely or g...

7 views with no answers yet

96 Grand Prix Not Accelerating At Times?

When driving my car it seems to not accelerate at times, RPMs don't go up, so I let go of the gas and give it a second and it seems to work alright

13 views with 3 answers (last answer 5 months ago)
Glenn Henzel

Tranny Problem With 1996 Pontiac Grand Prix

I have a 96 pontiac grand prix. i had the oil changes and drove it home and parked it. when out the next morning and started the car. the car started fine when i put the car in reverse it did not go...

34 views with 4 answers (last answer 7 months ago)