by eddy37 on Feb 7, 2014 Vehicle: 2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
Bought mine new in 2001. I've taken decent care of it, oil changes, minor repairs. It's never broken down or had any major issues. Has the same issues as other Grand AM's. Side passenger mirror just fell off, AC has been broken for a couple years, fan speeds 1 and 2 don't work, side mirror control broken. The car itself is no longer waterproof. The factory battery lasted 11 years. Took it on a road trip this summer and actually got really good mileage. To recap, it's been paid for since 2005 and has never left me stranded. Going to drive this thing until it explodes.
by docholliday1 on Sep 20, 2011 Vehicle: 2001 Pontiac Grand Am GT 2dr Coupe (3.4L 6cyl 4A)
Have had my GT for 9 years (was a year old when I got her) and haven't regretted it.
Fun to drive, plenty of power and great road handling.
Major expense in all that time was the head gasket.
Brakes need to be replaced more often than I was used to, and had to figure out the work-arounds for the fake codes that appeared a couple of times... but overall a fun and reliable car.
by gruvygirl1 on Jul 3, 2011 Vehicle: 2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
This was my first car that I bought used for $4000 with 107,000 miles.
There were a few things that were problematic to begin with -- the driver's side window was difficult to roll down and the air conditioning only worked on speeds 3-5.
Eventually, the entire AC system failed and had to be repaired, which did restore the 1-2 settings.
About a year after purchasing the vehicle, I had to replace both the alternator and the battery.
In the past year, I paid over $600 repairing the ignition switch and the security lock column, only to find that I needed to repair the computer system due to an engine leak, meaning another costly repair, so at 124,000 miles, we finally parted.
by KNOFAC on Jul 7, 2010 Vehicle: 2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
This was my 2nd car, and it was average. Got it used in 07, with about 79,000 miles. The interior is a little cramped despite being a larger coupe. The exterior is sporty and attractive. However, the car never ran too great. It didn't have much kick in terms of acceleration. It's not a very good shock-absorbing car; you can feel every bump. The nagging issue: no matter how many times I reset it, the check oil and ABS lights would not stay off. I took care of it, got routine maintenance, and didn't put a whole of of wear and tear on the car, but I don't think it would've lasted long if I was putting 10,000+ miles on it.
by xkelsox on Jan 31, 2010 Vehicle: 2001 Pontiac Grand Am GT 2dr Coupe (3.4L 6cyl 4A)
Great car. My dads a mechanic and said it was known that almost every one will blow a headgasket mine did that was the only problem with it \, decent on gas if u drive without a lead foot, wasn't that great in winter I recommend putting studded tires on it, controlled way better in snow with them. Very sporty! My inside was loaded very Nice leather, car would heat up really quick in winter that was a plus! All in all love the car
by MisterMarq on Oct 26, 2009 Vehicle: 2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE1 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
This was my first car. In terms of reliability it was flawless. I drove the car into high mileage territory and always used high mileage oil when getting it changed. The first major hiccup started just recently when the on-board computer started triggering the security switch in the middle of driving - causing the engine to stop. But mechanically it's always just hummed along.
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