Won't give up
By Hangin In on
1992 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2dr Coupe
If you don't mind forking out $800 a year on maintenance you can keep it going for 235,000 or more. I commute (for 12 years) 28 miles each way (I know, I know, should move closer to work) & this car has never left me stranded (knock on wood. I drive in - 30 degrees F in the winter and have never had a problem. I guess I got lucky with this series of 4 cylinder engine. I run with synthetic oil. Hope it makes a difference. Engine burns no oil. Yes, be prepared to have your brakes replaced every couple of years or sooner.
If you maintain it diligently this is a reliable car. There are a few electrical things like the dash warning lights going on and off randomly but once you get to know your car you realize that you can put up with these little things. Exterior styling, seal and paint durability, interior quality
Improve the brake sytem. It must have been under designed (save building costs I guess). Improve the elecrical system.