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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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    Why Does My Grand Am Gt Run Hot Like It Is Almost Going To Overheat

    my car always runs hot about 200 degrees or more.its seems like it is going to overheat.

    Bad Knocking Or Clicking Noise

    97 grand am gt. Just replaced the starter and battery after sitting for 8 months. Now all I get is a very loud knocking noise or clicking noise when trying start. I have power and the belt turns ve...

    Car Door

    My driver window shattered and the window regulator broke, it will be cheaper to replace the door. But I wanted to know if the Grand AM SE door will fit. Thanks

    How Or Where Is The Drain For The Radiator On A 1997 Grand Am?

    major repair needed, adding goo to fix leaks, but must first completely drain coolant and flush radiator, but can't find it on the radiator anywhere??

    Locate Thermostat

    Where is the thermostat located?