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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PROS
"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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1997 Pontiac Grand Am 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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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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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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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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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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1997 Pontiac Grand Am 4 Dr GT Sedan Review
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I loved the awesome black interior with the red accents and "wild cherry" accesseries.

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I dont think that there was anything that I hated about this car.

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Bottom Line- Great Car — I love the interior and the exterior of the car. Its performance was very good, as well. Cost to own this vehicle was very affordable. I also love to drive this car because it was a good looking car with a pretty good engine under the hood.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1997 Pontiac Grand Am 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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Fast, easy to drive, 600 km's/tank

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Cheap interior, cramped driving position

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Decent For A 15 Year Old Car — Fast, but very plastic-like interior. Decent on gas. 2 months of owning this car and very low maintenance cost. Overall car is practical. Easy to drive as it is very low to the ground. Would recommend to anyone. Keep the pontiac spirit alive!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Still rockin' the cassette tapes

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It's got a lot of work ahead of it

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It's Good For The Time Being... Great First Car... Can't Wait For A New One Though! — Braking needs a lot of work done to it yet. I've been having problems with the rear drum brakes locking up when I barely press on the brakes. The front rotors must be warped because there is definite shake-age. I have had more repairs into this car than you can imagine. It now has a new fuel filter, fuel pump, starter relay, I believe the 3rd relay is now replaced, new battery, ground wires had to be re-done and there is a shortage somewhere that I'm about to get looked at, It is now burning oil. I have had issues with the RPMs spiking and then the car shutting down. The car looks fairly good. No vanity rust but the clear coat is peeling off at the edges especially. Gas mileage is about 20 MPG. Typical maintenance. The car is fun to drive on back roads. Things get really interesting when ya pull the e-brake at night... headlights turn off... found that by accident. Good times!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1997 Pontiac Grand Am 2 Dr GT Coupe Review
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fun

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intake gaskets

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Love It — hard to find aftermarket parts for but other than that i love it not real fast but mins is lowered 4 inches so its fun to drive anyway lots of interior room for passengers and whatnot as well. i would definetly recomend it

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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best car ever

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nothing at all

Scotty97GT
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Amazing — i love this plan to have for many years to come. this has top performance and a great gas miledge car. it is a must to buy! its always great to see alot of them around yet. thanks for looking

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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1997 Pontiac Grand Am 4 Dr GT Sedan Review
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Fun to drive and good on gas

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Mystery GM engine light illuminations from time to time.

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Grand Am Is A Good Modder — Over all, the car is sporty, has nice curves and is fun to drive. I just think that for a manual tranny, they should have made the car a little wider, guys over 210lbs tend to crush their grapes while shifting.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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2006 Pontiac Grand Am Reviews

Wouldnt Buy It Again For Myself But Its A Reliable Car By Laura

its not a speed machine it hasnt needed much for repairs the interior appearance and exterior are great. its great on gas and its a very comfortable car to drive and it is a safe car to drive if you... Read More

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2005 Pontiac Grand Am Reviews

Great Car By Williams13

I like just about everything on this car, the 3.8L engine has lots of power, very rummy inside, great gas mileage for a v6 engine, it go lots of miles but still running great, everything works on this... Read More

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Overall I plan to drive this car till it just wont go any more. It should last me many years to come and it seems to be very reliable so far. I took one trip with this car and that was enough for me..... Read More

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2004 Pontiac Grand Am Reviews

A Great Reliable Car With Sports Look. By rbalducci

When researching this car it had great fuel economy, wider base, and low maintenance. I liked the look and the appearance of this car. It handles the road well, and makes it a joy to drive. All the ... Read More

Great Starter Car By Shirk3RD

This is my very first car which I plan to keep for as long as possible, and "upgrade" it be more personal or mine. I use this car to get to school, work, and for just driving around. Great brand, and ... Read More

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2003 Pontiac Grand Am Reviews

Meh By irwillia

It was an el cheapo car until I could afford a better one. I don't plan on having this car long term.The car gets really good gas mileage, but it lacks power. The engine is pretty reliable and I've ha... Read More

I'm A Pontiac Man , Love My Pontiac Vehicles By Garry

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2002 Pontiac Grand Am Reviews

Fun Pontiac By jpk7883

I owned this car during my college years. It got me through many 300 mile trips to and from college, as well as trips across the country. It sounded great after installing a magnaflow cat-bat exhaust... Read More

Good Car By Aaron

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