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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    Car Runs Rough

    My 97 Pontiac grand am 2.4 liter is running rough I replaced the plugs,my rear o2 sensor and one coil pack had it hooked up to computer and I have cylinders 3,and 4 missing what can I do to get th...

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    97 Pontiac Grand Am Se 2.4 Liter Cranks But Wont Start, Ive Replaced The Al...

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    97 Grand Am 2.4l Twin Cam Unibody

    Iv swaped one engine but that was in my truck, my buddy owns a 97 grand am se 2.4L twin cam. I was trying to figure out how easy it would be to drop a sbc in it, ik it can be done but pacifically t...

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    Antitheft System

    My 97 grand am get overheated blowing head gasket.anti theft light on and no start. Did start once.

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    97 Grand Am

    OK car starts idles good till it get warm then stalls just replaced fuel pump still doing it any ideas?

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