I am the proud owner of 1997 Pontiac Grand-Am V-6. Its green, and has eaten a lot of green too. I have only owned the car for the last year, and i gotta say its a fun car minus the how badly it deals with harsh winters(body-wise). the engine and trans run fine. The ride is a bit rough, and there is considerable body roll when cornering, mine had ans still has no power steering due to a leak in one very awkwardly placed pressure line. The body is very nice, and has held up nicely mostly because its plastic. the frame is in a very bad way, but still holding even after being rear-ended by a '97 olds 88 a few months ago. Its a tank in the snow, and runs great, w/197k miles on it.
Traction control was nice however simplistic and only really helps when on take-off. The heater and A/C where things of beauty esp. for being 13 yrs old. the stereo was nice except when the screen cracked and burnt out. Auto headlights where beautiful and very bright at night.
Firmer susp. for less body roll. redesign the center console for the cup holders are always either in the way of the shifter or the shifter in the way of whatevers in your cupholders. And i was unable to choose the model i actually own, but i do own a '97 Pontiac Grand-Am SE 3.1L V-6 with the 4-speed Automatic Transmission.
I bought my 1997 Grand Am SE v6 used in 2008 with 136,000 Miles on it. I loved this car, I spent two winters in wisconsin with -10 degree weather and it started right up every single time. Got pretty good mileage, 26+ as long as I drove properly. Sadly, I rolled it at 85 MPH with 172,000 miles on it, but walked away from that, so I guess it has pretty good safety as well! Only minor upkeep- oil changes, changed brakes and tires one time. Great pick-up for a v6 and never had an issue with it! I miss my Grand Am.
v6 Engine, surprising power and pickup, always started right up, very reliable. Rolled it 4 1/2 times doing 85 MPH and not a scratch on me so very good safety and build quality.
Cheap interior plastics, not very comfortable seats, poor stock stereo and speaker system.
I have a 1997 Pontiac grand am se 4 door sedan, it has the 2.4 litre four cylinder. I bought it used with 130.000 miles on it to use for a work car, I drive 80 miles round trip to my job at a mine in Montana, I love this little car, today after work the snow was at the bottom of the doors and it was 12 above zero and my Pontiac never once hesitated, she has 172.000 miles in her and I will drive it until it won't go anymore. Have had minor problems but nothing major. And 36 mpg on the highway.
reliability, gas mileage, starts in any weather. goes good in the snow.
I bought this car used from a friend who had bought it used. I have no idea how well it was taken care of before I bought it, but I assume not very well. I have owned it for three years and have yet to have a problem with it. There are interior/cosmetic issues from previous use but it has never been a problem for me. I've driven two hour trips across Michigan several times and never had a problem. This is one tough car. Perfect for a student/young driver who just drives in town and who is on a budget.