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Based on 51 reviews
1997 Pontiac Grand Am Overview
Overall User Score
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
I Went To Start My Car In Very Cold Weather, And It Kept Chugging. Eventual...
Tried jumping it, but it didn't work.
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...
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.
What Should I Do If The Antifreeze Reservoir Is Full Of Water?
Coolant light is on in a car that was just purchased and I think the reason is that there is water instead of antifreeze.
Why Does My 4 Cyl 1997 Grand Am Hesitate To Go When Engine Is Warm?
Sputtering like it wants to stall and sometimes it does. Seems like more when stopping and going around town. Service engine light was on. Replaced catalytic converter and whole exhaust, 2 sensors. ...