1997 Pontiac Grand Am Overview

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1997 Pontiac Grand Am Overview

Pontiac was busy concentrating on some of its other models this year, so the 1997 Pontiac Grand Am only got one major change -- air conditioning was now standard across all trim levels. The affordable mid-size sedan or coupe came in a base SE trim and a sportier GT. The SE and GT both housed a 2.4-liter, Twin Cam I4 that got 150-hp with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. The GT had the option of a 3.1-liter, 155-hp V6 that got 30 more lb-ft of torque, but was mated only with the 4-speed auto tran.
The 1997 Grand Am still led the pack in the GM lineup, popular for its affordability, performance, and style. With now-standard air conditioning, it also benefited from being well-loaded, with dual front airbags, ABS brakes, daytime running lights, a center and overhead console, fog lights, power locks, and a tachometer even on the SE. While the GT models were the sportiest of the line, with a special suspension, larger anti-sway bars, and a rear spoiler, even the SE sedan had the option of adding leather seats, power driver's seat, its own spoiler, a sunroof, and cruise control. There are a lot of 1997 Grand Am owners who love their car's performance and handling on the highway, commenting on its good pickup, sporty styling, decent fuel economy, and overall affordability. Comfortable seats and a roomy trunk that can be accessed from the back seat are also high points. But a lot of owners complain about constant mechanical and electrical problems with the Grand Am, and question its reliability. Alternator repairs and brake pads that wear too quickly are common complaints. Drivers also mention that the Grand Am gets knocked around easily by the wind, has a wide turning radius, and plastic parts that break.

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    Lovely Wonders
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    1997 Am Pontiac

    My ignition switch was getting hard to turn on now it won't turn off its one away from off so I unplugged my battery now when I plugg it back up its still on but it won't crank all the way up or tu...

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    3400 V6

    would it make the car faster ?

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    Bigman12
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    How Much Oil Do I Need For My 1997 Pontiac Grand Am Gt Coupe. It Has A 3100...

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    Markela Murrell
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    My Car Overheated Want Start Turning Over But Won't Crank

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    Stevenb123
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    Car Won't Start

    Car wont start dont know whats wrong with it changed the coil still nothing it ignites but won't turn over. If anyone has un idea of what it might be please let me know

    8 views with 1 answer (last answer 3 months ago)