1997 Pontiac Grand Prix Overview

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2 Dr GT Coupe
14 national listings
2 Dr GTP Supercharged Coupe
4 national listings
4 Dr GT Sedan
8 national listings
4 Dr GTP Supercharged Sedan
2 national listings
4 Dr SE Sedan
12 national listings

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Average User Score

4.55 stars

Based on 59 reviews

Surprising Performance + Impressive Durability = Winner! by Mr3GTP
 — I bought my 1997 GTP coupe from a friend in 2006 for only $2500, with 136,000 miles on the clock. It needed a little TLC (window regulator, supercharger drive coupler, etc) but otherwise was quite sou... Read More
Pull Me Over Red by Brandon
 — Another terrific car (I've had a few)... this one looked great, had more get-up-and-go than anyone would ever NEED (but everyone wants), and looked good doing it. Mine was slightly used when I bought... Read More
Love It by Carole
 — Love this car. I have owned alot of cars and I mean alot and this by far is my fav (I have the GTP). I love the fact that the supercharger allows me to swack the tires and show off. I love the four ... Read More

1997 Pontiac Grand Prix Overview

Overall User Score

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1997 Pontiac Grand Prix

Bigger, better, and bossier, the 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix sits on a new Wide Track W platform that it shares with the Buick Century.  A longer and wider wheelbase increases cabin room for more passenger comfort, but also improves handling and overall stability on the road.
The 1997 Grand Prix is offered as a base SE, GT, or GTP package sedan and a GT and GTP coupe.  While the SE sedan retains the previous 3.1-liter, 160-hp V6 and is reserved more for fleet use, the GT sedan and coupe gets a whole new 3800 engine.  The 3.8-liter V6 hits 195-hp on its own, but with the GTP supercharged package, that gets boosted to 240-hp.  Though all models come only with a 4-speed automatic, in the GTP Pacakge, you're able to choose between normal and performance modes.  
Other changes to the 1997 Grand Prix include standard ABS brakes, dual front and side impact airbags, and traction control on all models (the GTP does not have traction control).  A restyled knob-happy dashboard suffers a little from overkill, but nice options such as the heads-up display are driver favorites.  Standard on all trims, even the SE, are power locks, windows, and mirrors, air conditioning, fog lights, a driver information center, and daytime running lights.  The GT adds leather trim, variable effort steering, and cruise control.  
The 1997 Grand Prix has benefited greatly from its redesign, becoming a more powerful, more stylish, and more popular car.  The new 3.8 V6 is a hit with drivers who are looking for speed, instant acceleration, and a sporty feel.  Handling is praised, and the extra elbow and legroom in the car is much appreciated.  But Pontiac seems not to have addressed the issues which have bothered Grand Prix owners for a while, namely the cheap plastic parts that break easily.  Door panels are the biggest culprit.  Build quality and extensive repairs are common complaints.

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Pontiac Grand Prix Questions

harold1972
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My 97 Grand Prix Cranks Slow Then Speeds Up Then Slows Down Kind Of Like A ...

don't know if its the timing chain or not

59 views with 17 answers (last answer 2 weeks ago)
Chad Bolt
0

My 97 Grand Prix Overheats Soon As The Thurmistat Opens. I Have Replaced It...

I can drive 6 blocks an it will start to blow coolant out of the hole on the overflow I have replaced the thermostat.

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stacey_p
0

1997 Pontiac Grand Prix Front Windows Dont Work

I have replaced the motors and regulators in both the front windows also have replaced the power window switch but the windows still wont work. My next move is to check the wiring but would like to kn...

11 views with no answers yet
Gregory Laws
0

Where Is Heater Blower Motor Located On A 97 Pontiac Grand Prix Gt

17 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)
Kurtis Zaloudek
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My 1997 Pioniac Grand Prix Won't Shift Into Gears After 1st In Drive, I Jus...

It got worse after putting that stuff in

28 views with 4 answers (last answer about a month ago)