1997 Pontiac Grand Am Overview

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2 Dr GT Coupe
9 national listings
Avg. Price: $2,929
2 Dr SE Coupe
13 national listings
Avg. Price: $2,461
4 Dr GT Sedan
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Avg. Price: $2,732
4 Dr SE Sedan
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Avg. Price: $2,561

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3.75 stars

Based on 51 reviews

Reliabilty, Speed, What Else Coule You Ask For by David
 — from day one the car was an awesome sports car. with very little work to the suspension it corners like a dream. 80+ on almost a ninety degree and the car just rips apart the turn with just sport spri... Read More
Pontiac Grand Am, One Of The Best! by Alexandru
 — I love the acceleration on the car, it has a lot of power when you step on the gas. The Gas mileage isn't soo great,but its good for a teenager that wants power. The interior is alright, and the ex... Read More
Buy The V-6, Not The 4 Banger by Paul
 — Check engine light coming on for an evap code was annoying. That was the cannister and the vent valve. Then it was the minimum air rate that was too low causing small evap leak. So i set that and all ... Read More

1997 Pontiac Grand Am Overview

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1997 Pontiac Grand Am

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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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...

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I Went To Start My Car In Very Cold Weather, And It Kept Chugging. Eventual...

Tried jumping it, but it didn't work.

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My Grand Am Gt Wont Stay Running

I was having trouble starting my car because of the battery. I bought a new battery and now it only runs for a few seconds then quits. When I attempt to give it gas after it has started it immediately...

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1997 Grand Am 4 Cyl Won't Start?

Just had new exhaust, sensors, and a starter put in. Now, it will turn over, but will not start. What could be causing this?My mechanic is baffled.

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