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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    1997 Pontiac Grand Am Lurching After Starting

    I have a 1997 Pontiac Grand Am that has about 111k miles on it. The engine is 2.4L. Shortly after I start my car and begin to drive forward, my car lurches forward, stops, and lurches forward and co...

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    3400 V6

    would it make the car faster ?

    Alternator

    The interior lights and gauges are flickering out of control and the alternator heats up but the cars starts with no problem. Is it the alternator?

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    1997 Grand Am 4 Cyl Won't Start?

    Just had new exhaust, sensors, and a starter put in. Now, it will turn over, but will not start. What could be causing this?My mechanic is baffled.

    Rear Tire Shifted To The Rear

    I just bought a 1997 pontiac grand am. After driving it for a few days my rear driver's tire has started rubbing against the rear of the wheel well. Any way of repairing this?