1997 Pontiac Grand Am User Reviews

1997 Pontiac Grand Am Review Ratings

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  • Performance:3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 5
  • Appearance: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 stars 3.6 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars 3.3 / 5
  • Overall: 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

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"fuel economy" 17 reviews
"ride" 12 reviews
"power" 12 reviews
"speed" 7 reviews
"reliable car" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 11 reviews
"brakes" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"in snow" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews

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issr22r writes:
1997 Pontiac Grand Am 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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3

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good family car

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engine head gasket issus ...  power steering issus ... rust rear fender issus

issr22r
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Good Car — good car ..but ..engine 3.1 v6 sfi ,, is not the best ... alots of 3.1 has head gasket trouble issus and some prematured rust on the rear fender ,,good for traveling or go to work,, fun to customize. it ... medium cost on gas

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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physix101 writes:
1997 Pontiac Grand Am 2 Dr SE Coupe Review
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This has been a very reliable car, with low maintenance needs.

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The paiint job isn't that great anymore

physix101
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Great Runner — Until this problem with the lock cylinder, the care has been great . It only needs work occassionally and gets good gas mileage. The suspension has been good despite it's age. Recent maintenance has included front brakes, tires, battery, plugs, and MAP sensor.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Steve writes:
1997 Pontiac Grand Am 4 Dr GT Sedan Review
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Just about everything

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No new car smell

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Good Car — I love this car so much more that my previous car. It is better than the Celebrity in so many ways. Pretty good performance. Pretty good quality, a lot of new parts. Appearance it great with almost no flaws. Pretty good gas mileage and low maintenance. I love driving this car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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sandy1015 writes:
1997 Pontiac Grand Am 2 Dr SE Coupe Review
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Cheap work car

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AC does not work, issues with windows being off track, not a good looker

sandy1015
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Cheap Work Car — This is a 1997 Pontiac Grand Am, cheap work car, has new AC compressor however, still does not work, someone said something about an expansion valve? Have issues with the windows getting off track, however if you need an inexpensive vehicle to drive back and forth to work, it will get you there.

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Abigail writes:
1997 Pontiac Grand Am 2 Dr SE Coupe Review
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good on gas

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motor is bad

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Piece Of Junk — My car is a hoop d ride. missing half the front bumper runs like crap has a cazillion miles on it and costs too much never buy one again. the only good grand am is the pontiac grand prix gtp 3.8

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Nick writes:
1997 Pontiac Grand Am 2 Dr GT Coupe Review
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Fun & sporty

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2 door, low profile

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Red Rita — After my Neon experience, I began looking to a manual transmission. My red Grand Am GT was perfect (except for the 2DR style). It handled great and lasted forever. Upon my return from Iraq, the A/C shot craps and I had to decide if I wanted to fix it or trade it in. It was low maintenance and fun to drive

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Ethan writes:
1997 Pontiac Grand Am 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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Above average quality in every aspect

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Not made to last more than 200,000 km

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Imo — For a first car, I really enjoyed my grand am. The overall performance of it was pretty well up there but needed a lot of work done to the wheels for brakes and such. Gas mileage wasn't too bad, only had to fill up once I reached Calgary. It was my daily driver and it did the job well. Overall comfort wasn't too bad, cup holders weren't that big but I don't usually have pop or juice when I am driving so I am not complaining. Bought the car with 192,xxx km on it and the car was wrecked in a car accident from extreme weather conditions after owning it for about a year. I made the car my own by replacing the audio system with aftermarket hardware and added some extra bass in the trunk. All in all, I wished that I still had that car because it was a car that fit my personality.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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whitegrandam writes:
1997 Pontiac Grand Am 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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Reliable, good on gas, decent power, can make it through winter well, cheaper vehicle, solid engine, cruise control, comfortable seats, can rack up miles, great for trips, sporty look.

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Steering, corners, eats through break pads, like to heat up on you, long hood, not much space, small back seats, small passenger seat.

whitegrandam
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Solid Car Overall, Gets The Job Done! — I own the 2.4L v-4 automatic edition. She has 162k+ miles. Have owned her since 15. Now 20. I have fixed many different things on the car. Nothing more than once, minus the brakes. Not a bad look. Pretty proud of my grand am, keep it cleaned and well maintained and it paid off. This car has a lot of power left. I think it will rust out before it dies. Upstate NY winters aren't fun for that aspect but I find if you are safely driving you can make it in some tough snow/ice. For a 2.4L it picks up and goes. I'm still able to max out at 115. It never leaves me stranded. Only twice, my starter went, and my ignition wouldn't give me my key so I had to leave the key in it causing the battery to die needing a jump. Pretty simple car to park. A bit longer than others. If your buying this car know that you will eat brake pads. Be sure to solve any issue/noise right away as this keeps the car at it's maximum potential. I don't like the handling. Taking slow turns is a must. My steering wheel always goes off to the right or left. Avoid pot holes at all cost.Small back seats make it not a family car. Passenger side is such a small area. Back seats don't go down. Bumpy ride. My transmission is in pretty good shape, little pull but nothing major. I do suggest this car to people. Be sure to maintain and it will give you the ride of your life.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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David writes:
1997 Pontiac Grand Am 2 Dr GT Coupe Review
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5

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its american made everything is good. when you drop hammer it goes. when you have to turn fast it throws you around a turn.

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if you mess something up it will take out other things as well. everything is linked together closely. like if the dog bone (torque damper) goes your output shaft goes then your front end alignment is jacked.

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Reliabilty, Speed, What Else Coule You Ask For — 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 springs and a set of traction ta tires. with a pair of performance mufflers its give that low growl from the pipes that reminds you of a muscle car firing up. put an air intake on it and it gets real throtty on the low end and increases and already great throttle response.

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Chris writes:
1997 Pontiac Grand Am 4 Dr GT Sedan Review
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Reliability, Cost, Fuel Economy, Avalible Parts

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Performance, Commoness

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Bullet Proof Piece Of Sh*t — Pretty good car for what i paid for ($2000). Takes a lot of abuse (trust me). Takes a corner well, acceptable amounts of bodyroll for car, tires slip like none other, but that can be fixed. It has significant amounts of oversteer, and some torque steering. Decent performance with the 3100 V6, 155 HP/150 ft-lbs. 0-60 in my own test averaged about 9-9.25 sec, slightly slow then new, but what do you expect with over 100,000 miles on it. Fastest I've gotten it is 115mph, dont know the top speed. Gas mileage is about 21 in mixed driving with lead foot. I've never replaced any part on this car with the exception of the stereo (aftermarket) and bulbs. Body is decent, it looks ok from a design stand piont, but it has tons of hail dents. If you ruin any part of the car you can easily find parts to fix it due to the extreme amount of them built.(i.e. mirrors, altenator, panels, interior parts, motor) The dual exhaust is neat, along with the 16" low-pro wheels and tires. Interior is good with ample space for tall people (i'm 6'4), back seat sucks for anyone. Plastic everywhere on the interior. At night the gauges and panels have red glow, pretty sporty. The stock stereo is good. It has two 4x6 speakers in the front doors, two 6x9 speakers in the rear deck. The head unit is a AM/FM/Casette/CD that has equalizer switches. The volume knob has a mind of its own though. Over all this car is a pretty good car, decent performance, still modern and sporty exterior, and ok interior. I would recomend this car for anyone looking to get a first car or something you would want to build into a sport compact racer, it works well for both.

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