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1997 Pontiac Grand Am Overview
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Based on 51 reviews
Pontiac was busy concentrating on some of its other models this year, so the 1997 Pontiac Grand Am only got one major change -- air conditioning was now standard across all trim levels. The affordable mid-size sedan or coupe came in a base SE trim and a sportier GT. The SE and GT both housed a 2.4-liter, Twin Cam I4 that got 150-hp with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. The GT had the option of a 3.1-liter, 155-hp V6 that got 30 more lb-ft of torque, but was mated only with the 4-speed auto tran.
The 1997 Grand Am still led the pack in the GM lineup, popular for its affordability, performance, and style. With now-standard air conditioning, it also benefited from being well-loaded, with dual front airbags, ABS brakes, daytime running lights, a center and overhead console, fog lights, power locks, and a tachometer even on the SE. While the GT models were the sportiest of the line, with a special suspension, larger anti-sway bars, and a rear spoiler, even the SE sedan had the option of adding leather seats, power driver's seat, its own spoiler, a sunroof, and cruise control.
There are a lot of 1997 Grand Am owners who love their car's performance and handling on the highway, commenting on its good pickup, sporty styling, decent fuel economy, and overall affordability. Comfortable seats and a roomy trunk that can be accessed from the back seat are also high points. But a lot of owners complain about constant mechanical and electrical problems with the Grand Am, and question its reliability. Alternator repairs and brake pads that wear too quickly are common complaints. Drivers also mention that the Grand Am gets knocked around easily by the wind, has a wide turning radius, and plastic parts that break.
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Pontiac Grand Am Questions
Car Cranks Over But Will Not Start, I Just Replaced The Head Gaskets, It Wi...
switch and where is it located
Error Code 1601&1629
I have 97 grand am that blew head gasket. replaced head and all gasket .when I try to start car runs bad for 10 sec and shuts off . friends scope says error codes 1601 and 1629 are these related and h...
my dash light will not turn off
How Come My Car Won't Stay Running ? Help Please!!!!
car starts every time idels just fine but cuts off an will not stay running its a v6 3.1 ltr. please help i need answers
1997 Pontiac Grand Am Not Hitting 4000 Rpm, Not Accelerating Correctly
I have a 1997 Pontiac Grand Am 3.1L engine. Recently As I drive the rpm would drop and the car lunges and sputters, but only when I accelerate. In order for me to get up to 55 or so, I have to accel...