Car doesn't accelerate until I press really hard on the gas and then it goes, but with lots of difficulty; why?

Asked by Nov 02, 2015 at 07:51 AM about the 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix 4 Dr GT Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 99 grand prix, automatic, V6, changed the battery and alternator
last year. So, I was driving, and stopped to drop someone off I was in park
for a minute or two and then when I put the car into drive and let go of the
brake the car didn't start moving slowly and spontaneously (like it usually
does). I then pressed the gas pedal normally and it wouldn't move until I
pressed it really hard, the RPMs were at 4000-5000, and that's how I had
to drive for a while until I parked. I could hear then engine running hard, as
if struggling. I got an oil change 2 weeks ago, at jiffy lube, and they refilled
all my fluids, but I didn't check any of them. Could it be something easy like
refilling some fluid or possibly something expensive that more expensive
than what the car is worth. I mostly want some ideas and possibly prices.
Has this happened to anyone else? Are you a mechanic, and this happens,
why?

3 Answers

11,880

Sounds like Trans ... if the car is not worth repairing then put some trans-medic in it ... be aware it may take a few days for it to start working

4,655

I agree. Check the fluid to make sure its not really low, but it sounds like the transmission is done. Save your money, if its that far gone no additive is going to fix it. Start shopping for another car.

11,880

Yep ... if U got nothin to lose try the transmission additive ___ It's called a "Hail Mary Pass" in football

Your Answer

Grand Prix

Looking for a Used Grand Prix in your area?

CarGurus has 2,455 nationwide Grand Prix listings starting at $1,900.

ZIP:

Pontiac Grand Prix Experts

  • #1
    Js08016
    Reputation
    4,580
  • #2
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    3,170
  • #3
    munron
    Reputation
    2,600
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Impala
502 Great Deals out of 32,217 listings starting at $1,000
Used Pontiac Bonneville
4 Great Deals out of 409 listings starting at $1,995
Used Chevrolet Monte Carlo
8 Great Deals out of 1,181 listings starting at $1,125
Used Pontiac Grand Am
952 listings
Used Chevrolet Camaro
378 Great Deals out of 31,267 listings starting at $3,495
Used Ford Mustang
344 Great Deals out of 42,038 listings starting at $1,488
Used Chevrolet Malibu
1,009 Great Deals out of 53,812 listings starting at $1,250
Used Pontiac Firebird
7 Great Deals out of 693 listings starting at $2,850
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
888 Great Deals out of 71,569 listings starting at $900
Used Nissan Maxima
325 Great Deals out of 20,536 listings starting at $1,175

Used Cars For Sale

2008 Pontiac Grand Prix For Sale
8 Great Deals out of 384 listings starting at $1,900
2007 Pontiac Grand Prix For Sale
333 listings starting at $4,499
2006 Pontiac Grand Prix For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 437 listings starting at $4,000
2005 Pontiac Grand Prix For Sale
314 listings starting at $3,000

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.