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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1997 Pontiac Grand Am 4 Dr GT Sedan Review
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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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1997 Pontiac Grand Am 2 Dr SE Coupe Review
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Brakes, Rotors known problems

tbalas1
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Good Dependable Car — This has been a great car for all types of traveling

Owner for 2 years, 6 months

Miles Driven per Year:15,000

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1997 Pontiac Grand Am 2 Dr GT Coupe Review
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Great looking reliable car

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Shift Shock

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Pontiac Grand Am Gt — Fast, sporty, and stylish appearance

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

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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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1997 Pontiac Grand Am 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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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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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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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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1997 Pontiac Grand Am 2 Dr SE Coupe Review
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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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1997 Pontiac Grand Am 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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Gimril
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Not Good So Far — I bought this car used for $3500. Now 2 months into owning it, I have this issue with the cylinder 3 misfire.

Owner for 0 years, 2 months

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1997 Pontiac Grand Am 4 Dr GT Sedan Review
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inked72
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Awesome Sporty Little Car Thats Fully Loaded And Has Room For The Kids — awesome sporty little gt car thats fully loaded good looking pretty quick and has room for my three kids.it also has goodyear eagle gt 205 55r16's

Owner for 0 years, 1 months

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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

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

Monsoon CD Stereo system sounds great with the Factory Monsoon 250 watt Amplifier and the Monsoon Speakers, but for the rear panel 6x9 speakers needs up grade what i don't like about is that ... 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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