1997 Pontiac Grand Prix Overview

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2 Dr GT Coupe
19 national listings
2 Dr GTP Supercharged Coupe
5 national listings
4 Dr GT Sedan
15 national listings
4 Dr GTP Supercharged Sedan
6 national listings
4 Dr SE Sedan
15 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

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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

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1997 Pontiac Grand Prix While Drir Transmis

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leogonzalez51
5

How To Check Bad Tie Rods?

so i have a 97 grand prix and i ran over something by a construction site near my house. i think one of the tie rods may have gotten loose or broken. ever since then my car has been awfully shaky, my ...

17 views with 4 answers (last answer 3 days ago)
braydonscott
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How Do I Add Power To My 97 Grand Prix Gt? Already Has Short Ram Intake And...

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tracie71077
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What Could Be Causing This Problem

97 grand prix dies while driving, I have noticed it happens when i'm breaking, i put it in nutral and start it back up. the headlights and interior lights will dim at times if it doesn't die.

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Missy Smith
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Are Gt Parts Interchangable With A Se

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