1997 Pontiac Grand Am User Reviews

1997 Pontiac Grand Am Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 51 reviews

  • 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" 10 reviews
"brakes" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"in snow" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews

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Displaying 21 - 30 of 51 1997 Pontiac Grand Am reviews.

Frank writes:
1997 Pontiac Grand Am 2 Dr SE Coupe Review
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3

Pros

Just about everything

Cons

Time causes it to age.

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My First Car. — Good cheap car that is reliable, somewhat sporty, and cheap on gas and insurance. It does the quarter mile in 15.9 seconds at 83 miles per hour at Gateway International Raceway. Most of all the car is made in United States.

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

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Daren writes:
1997 Pontiac Grand Am 2 Dr GT Coupe Review
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3

Pros

Good daily driver

Cons

slow/purple

35

Grandam — 1997 pontiac Grand Am. Winter beater/ daily driver. Gets good mileage and it runs pretty good for having 155,000 miles on it. Gets me from point a to point be very safely and slowly and draws no attention whatsoever, unless i put it into a cement ditch and have to have a friend pull me out at 3 in the morning.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Josh writes:
1997 Pontiac Grand Am 2 Dr SE Coupe Review
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3

Pros

cd player

Cons

money going into it

35

Good Car For Student But That About It — just a everyday driver that me and my girlfriend have put way to much money into and am just driving it till i get a newer car that me and my gf both like and apreciate for what the car is worth

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jim writes:
1997 Pontiac Grand Am 2 Dr GT Coupe Review
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4

Pros

Quick, broke down but never enough to leave me stranded

Cons

everything was broken or at least broken once (sometimes more than once)

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First Car — My first car. This car lived a hard life and never left me stranded. This car was bought heavily used, then wrecked into a tree and then driven home from the accident. The V6 made it quicker than my friends cars, and the broken parts gave it personality.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Michael writes:
1997 Pontiac Grand Am 2 Dr GT Coupe Review
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4

Pros

nice look and small

Cons

motor

25

Good Car — I like the lines, they are sporty, but not over the top. I hate the motor, but I'm about to drop a new one in, and pugrade the supercharger on the new motor in order to put 320hp to the wheels

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Shaun writes:
1997 Pontiac Grand Am 2 Dr GT Coupe Review
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4

Pros

fast, good on gas, looks great

Cons

hard to work on

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Sporty And Easy On Gas — drives amazingly, good on gas, plenty of power for a small car, many of upgrade opportunities, handles great on curvy roads, and is one of the funnest cars i have ever drove in my life, great car for anyone, overall an excellent car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Paul writes:
1997 Pontiac Grand Am 4 Dr GT Sedan Review
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5

Pros

miles per gallon on the highway, 31

Cons

Don't see any unless it is an accident vehicle

55

Buy The V-6, Not The 4 Banger — 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 is well. Paint is still origional with 260,000 km's on it. So is the complete exhaust system.

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Travis writes:
1997 Pontiac Grand Am 2 Dr SE Coupe Review
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3

Pros

When it works, it works well.

Cons

Brakes are not working, broken hub cap, kind of slow

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My Grand Am — This car has had too many problems since I bought it. The performance is okay, although currently the braking doesn't really work at all. It has average acceleration and speed. It isn't anything special, but it gets the job done.

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

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Good starter car

Cons

horrible braker

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Pontiac Grand Am 97 — It was ok for a first car but it was not that great. It drives well and the newer versions are better looking and drive better. The braking was horrible but the acceleration was good. The appearance was alright. the gas mileage when i got it was ok, better than most cars its age.

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Logan writes:
1997 Pontiac Grand Am 2 Dr GT Coupe Review
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3

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easy on the wallet

Cons

not so easy on the eyes

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Meh — its a decent car that will get you from A to B bit if it isnt taken care of it wont last its pretty good on gas and i dont mind the power it has so hey go for it plus big trunk

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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

Good Work Car But Not Much Of A Traveling Car. By jgerman

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

I Call This One The "poor Man's Gto". By rfry

It's interesting that the Rally Racing hood changes the appearance & the feel of driving the car so much. Without it - it is just another little car, with it driving through the Arkansas hills; it’s a... Read More

All Around Nice Car By CPENCE

I like the power and handling, also has good gas mileage and spacious interior if there are only 5 small people. Only room for 1 larger person and a carseat in the back if you have children. All aroun... Read More

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2003 Pontiac Grand Am Reviews

Happy With This Car By professortemple

Was very sorry to let this car go this summer when the transmission failed on me suddenly. Bought it in 2008 with 56,000 miles and had to junk it with 140,000 miles on it. Was our only car for a few y... Read More

2003 Pontiac Grand Am By William

There are some trim issues on the exterior. Some basic things like windshield trim and paint defects in some areas like the door panels. Acceleration is kind of disappointing with the standard a... Read More

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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

gas mileage is good, needs front struts, window motor on the passengers side is out, has the annoying clicking all the time but getting it fixed. accelerates way better than the talon I had. about as ... Read More

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