Major repairs: Transmission blew up at 95,000 miles, although 80% of my driving is on the highway. Replaced fuel pump at 60,000. Minor repairs: Two stuck front calipers. 1 front wheel bearing, intermittent driver side power window. Leaking intake gasket and transmission gasket. Power steering hose disconnected. Fan resistor replaced twice. I do expect the car to have some things to fix once in a while, but I do not accept a premature transmission or fuel pump failure. GM, you fooled me.
I bought this car 6 years ago. The kids were much smaller then. Now that they are leggy teens, the back seat is small for 3 of them. But I find that the car is a great family vehicle. nice body style, and fairly peppy.
Definitely the brakes and rotors. I have replaced breaks and warped rotors too many times for the amount of time I have owned it.
I love the way my car looks and handles (it's the 3.4L v6 coupe) I do not like the way the intake manifold gasket fails, the dash peels or the control arm bushings squeak. Nice power (can beat the boys at a light, is quick off the line)and huge sunroof, but can prove costly when repairs are needed.
Big sunroof, cute spoiler, power everything and smooth ride with tight handling that corners well.
Shame on them for a v6 with consistent failures (dexcool lasts 100,000 miles?? and a lower gasket that will inevitably leak). A warning to all grand-am owners with the 3.4 v6...you're riding around on the same engine...maybe Olds should throw in the towels...(ha!)