1997 Pontiac Grand Am User Reviews

1997 Pontiac Grand Am Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 52 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" 11 reviews
"brakes" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"in snow" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews

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Displaying 41 - 50 of 52 1997 Pontiac Grand Am reviews.

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

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The little engine that could. Can't kill it, can't ask anything more from it. It does what it does.

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Could use a little more power. The 4 speed AT with overdrive kills it when it comes to highway and better fuel economy

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The "grand Damage" — Hey, for what it is with 132k miles, it aint all bad. It's a beast when it comes to accidents (I should know, I've gotten into 3 of them0 and it just won't die. Decient on the gas mileage and power, but I'll be looking for something that's got a little bit more under the hood for the next one. It's great for just a one person car, but anything more that 2-3 people can get kinda crammed.

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

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Hand Brake, front wheel drive

Cons

Front wheel drive lol ... falling apart

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My Car — acceleration could be better ... overall speed is not so great. one thing i like about it is the hand E-brake and also the front wheel drive is good for getting unstuck but not so much for drifting which is so much fun. I would like a new car but this one will do for now. it is a grey-blue

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Geoff writes:
1997 Pontiac Grand Am 4 Dr GT Sedan Review
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2

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NONE

Cons

EVERYTHING

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What A Waste Of Money !!! — purchased it with 33,000 for 6 grand it cost 3 grand in repairs with the first year had it 3 years and it blew up at 97,000 POS and i was still makin payments! wtf

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

Pros

light weight with a v6 and traction control system, gets amazing gas milage and only has like 80,000 miles on it

Cons

its a car i drive maybe 4 days a year

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Secondary Car — had it for a while, fun car to drive. sits too low though "guess im too used to trucks"....

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

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Comfy...looked ok.

Cons

Everything but the pro's

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Its Alright... — This car cost me so much money...I could have a $5,000 car paid for by now. BUT it was my first car and it got me where I needed to go and it was running perfect when I got rid of it....

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Jon writes:
1997 Pontiac Grand Am 4 Dr GT Sedan Review
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4

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Overall, pretty nice. Good for a small family. Fun to drive.

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The interior can be easily destroyed, but with care it's no big deal.

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Decent For A '97 — My Grand Am has around 63,000 miles on it, which for as old as it is, is a pretty low mileage. Runs well, although I have had some alternator troubles in the past. The interior starts to slowly fall apart, i.e.: side mirror adjustment, glove box, simple stuff. Certainly fun to tool around in, although not the most fantastic thing on the planet.

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Ricky writes:
1997 Pontiac Grand Am 2 Dr GT Coupe Review
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kinda fast (acceleration anyways)

Cons

sucks in the snow, mileage is equal to a brand new pick up truck (almost). no leg room in the back for friends.

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It Was Nice When I First Got It, But I Want Something Else — I've had this car for about 2 years and when I first got it I loved it. It had exhaust installed so it had a decent quiet growl and also had good acceleration. I've read that it gets about 18mpg City and like 22mpg highway...but the way i drive it gets like 15/20 instead (light turns green and i'm gone). I really want to get a new car and I'm currently looking for either a truck or sports car

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Thomas writes:
1997 Pontiac Grand Am 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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4

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Great car. Easy to handle.

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Bad for broken head gaskets.

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My First Car — Right now, it's grounded. It has a possible broken head gasket. I gotta wait 'till I get some extra money to take it into the garage and get it fixed. I bout the car the end of summer 2006. It was it good condition, though I had to replace the ignition moduale shortly after I bought it. It didn't cost much to certify. It has a little over 300000 clicks on it now. If I can get the problem fixed, I'd say it's a good first car.

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Kimberly writes:
1997 Pontiac Grand Am 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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Decent handling and power, comfortable

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this year had a lot of recalls and problems

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First "modded" Car — OK, this was the first car I modded, and I use the term loosely, because I really didnt know what I was doing. I had had another GrandAm and loved it but this one was a lemon- tranny blew and it was always draining the battery and tripping fuses. The factory paint was also quite poor on these cars and faded and peeled a lot, hence the excessive decals...

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Bruce05 writes:
1997 Pontiac Grand Am 2 Dr SE Coupe Review
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3

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quick, smooth makes corners really good

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My Car Was Pretty Good Until Someone Tore It Up. — My 97 Grand Am ran good and in 5 years, it never really gave me any problems. Then I sold it and in less than a month, they tore it all up.

Owner for 5 years, 10 months

Miles Driven per Year:20,000

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