1998 Pontiac Grand Am Overview

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2 Dr GT Coupe
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2 Dr SE Coupe
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4 Dr GT Sedan
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1998 Pontiac Grand Am Gt V6 Coupe by Andrew
 — Despite being a compact car, the Grand Am still has the feel and power of a midrange sports car while being economical at the same time. The 3100 SFI V6 has plenty of power to get you where you need t... Read More
My Grand Am by Lori
 — I loves this CAR!!! It was my very first, and I cried when I had to watch it being pulled from a Ditch... :( This car was great on gas, and awesome handled well in the winter... Hooked on Pontiacs fo... Read More
Awww, Too Bad by Amelia
 — I love my car because it is so fast!! The way I push in the peddle and it just rides makes me giddy. It only cost me 2 grand! Unfortunately for me the breaks blew and now I sadly have no more vehicle.... Read More

1998 Pontiac Grand Am Overview

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1998 Pontiac Grand Am

What does it say about a car that generates so many reliability complaints and yet still manages to be the top-selling brand of its automaker?  More precisely, what does it say about the other cars this automaker offers?  The 1998 Pontiac Grand AM is an affordable four-door sedan or two-door coupe that has an adequately kicky engine and attractive styling, but has suffered from a series of unaddressed problems.
No changes for 1998, as the Grand Am prepares to unveil its fifth generation cars in the coming year.  Both the SE and GT sedan and coupe come standard with a 2.4-liter, Twin Cam, 150-hp I4 or an optional 3.1-liter, 155-hp V6.  A 5-speed manual is standard on the I4, a 4-speed automatic on the V6 (or optional on the I4).  With the auto tran comes standard traction control.  Other standard features across the line include ABS brakes, dual front airbags, air conditioning, interior consoles, and an anti-theft system.  
For such a long list of complaints about the 1998 Grand Am, it's hard to see why it is GM's top selling car, but there seem to be many owners who love its deceptively sporty styling, responsive acceleration power, and a pricetag and gas mileage that make it an inexpensive car to own.  That is, if you don't experience the myriad of mechanical difficulties other 1997 Grand Am owners complain about, most notably with the alternator, intake manifold leaks, and easily worn brake pads.  Though drivers like the roomy trunk and the way the dash is laid out, others complain that cheap plastic parts break off too easily and the seats are too body-hugging to be comfortable on long trips.


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