I bought my Grand Am in '99, and she's still with me at 133,000 miles. I Love getting into this car every time. The color (navy blue), the style. There are just too many things that are falling off - both side mirrors, the overhead light, no visible clock, back window goes half-way up/down depending on mood. It's a good thing I own this car, because I wouldn't be able to afford the repairs every 3-4 months if I had to make car payments. Giving up my Grand Am will be like losing my best friend - albeit a high-maintenance friend. If I could find a way to replace all these problems to make it run for another 10 years, I would in half-a-heartbeat.
This is a sportscar while still being a car - it is stylish.
It is surprisingly roomy - I have fit a 14' tree inside.
The pick-up is Outstanding - I love getting onto highways.
Even at 11 years, my Grand Am is still sleek on the roads.
The navy blue was only in production for the 2000 model year, and it is gorgeous.
Many interior parts have broken (multiple times in some cases).
Small things like dials and switches, and windows not opening (for an entire summer) - the little things that add up to $100 dollars, so I don't bother to fix them.
2x I had no heat in dead of winter, and 3-4 of the most common problems that are infamous to the 2000 Grand Am (Intake Manifold?, an $800 part that notoriously goes at 80,000 according to mechanics).
Handling in snow could be better.
I love my gramd am. Sure a few things have gone wrong but nothing serious whatsoever. The check engine light goes on whenever I drive over a large bump in the road but my mechanic just said that's because something is getting stress put on it and sending a signal to the engine saying it needs to be fixed when it actually doesn't. Pontiacs have a lot of computer codes inside of the car and thats why a lot of these reviews say "my check engine light is always on". Other than that I love this car. It has a Nice pick-up and has awesome fuel economy.
The little knob to shift your side mirrors is just a little joy-stick. A little piece inside the side panel (by the power window controls) broke and the joy-stick fell inside the side panel. They should make that something simpler.
I bought this car brand new & drove it
60K miles until it was totalled after
being hit at 60 MPH (I was doing 35) in
a semi-T-bone on the drivers side by a
DUI in a Tahoe. My injuries were less
than expected considering it took jaws
of life & 45 minutes to extract me.
Both axles were broke off. But the car
protected me and my passenger!! Car
ran perfectly with zero problems. Big-
O brakes never lasted long - was it
them or the car?
Excellent CD stereo system with great
sound even when cranked up. Loved the
rear seat fold down for cargo space
Mirrors could be better. Mounting gel
broke loose from a bump with the hip
seemingly easy. Autocar washer took
paint off the bumper, again, seemingly
I have had this car for almost 4 yrs
and drive the heck out of it with over
80k now. It's been through every state
from east coast to TX and all kinds of
weather with never a problem. I'm out
with all the SUVs in the snow. I tow a
3,000lb boat, and the car performs like
it's towing very little.
The extent of my maintenance is that
I've replaced tires once and brakes
twice, a window and heat blower motor,
some antifreeze wiper blades, lamps and
of course many oil changes.
Steering wheel radio controls, sun
roof, trunk pass-thru and large
Side view mirror heat for
defrost/deice. Windshield wiper de-
icers (heat elements in the base of the
windshield). Pass seat should also be
avail in power. Override should be
available for the automatic
headlights. I've had to remove a relay
causing a service light to be always on.