1997 Pontiac Grand Prix Review | Edmunds.com

1997 Pontiac Grand Prix

Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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Pontiac Grand Prix Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.1 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 160 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/26 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Styling, performance, standard dual airbags, standard anti-lock brakes, standard traction control

  • Cons

    No traction control when GTP Package is ordered. Base engine could use more oomph.

  • What's New for 1997

    Pontiac redesigns the Grand Prix for 1997, giving buyers slick new styling, a longer and wider wheelbase and supercharged V6 power on GTP models. Traction control, antilock brakes, dual airbags and side-impact protection are standard. Optional is a built-in child safety seat.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
/
  • 27
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Average car

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Vehicle: 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 4dr Sedan

Expensive repairs... ABS, Steering rack, rear tail lights, seat belt buckle.




Great car

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Vehicle: 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 4dr Sedan

so theres a lot of stuff that goes wrong with this car. coolant elbow under alternator goes bad, blower motor only works on 5, and some other little quirks. but thats not where i want to go with this review. This is a SOLID CAR. i beat the crap out of my car for 8 years. from 118k to 212k miles i drive it hard. always changed the oil. the only thing that happened is 3rd gear stopped working. and honestly im surprised it lasted as long as it did with all the burnouts and snow doughnuts i did.



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97 grand prix coupe

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Vehicle: 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 2dr Coupe

Needless to say, I absolutely Love this car! I enjoy destroying others on the street and absolutely confident on back country roads, does not shy from bends, twists or any kind of roads, even goes nicely down dirt or gravel roads.




Beat to hell, runs like

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Vehicle: 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 4dr Sedan

We bought the car with 15x,xxx miles and sold it to my friend with 205,xxx and it ran great, only left us stranded once, it overheated and boiled coolant out, but we were going 90+ mph through oklahoma during 95+ degree heat. we seen that coming. drove it on a 2500 mile trip and went 3000-5000 miles between oil changes, like said beat to hell in every way and always started and rarely got stuck. he now has 225,xxx miles on it and said it runs perfect




Love it!

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Vehicle: 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix SE 4dr Sedan

Bought the car from a newspaper listing in 2008 (as a first car). Affectionately named "Polly," the car has been wonderful. Fun to drive, decent gas mileage (about 25mpg) and some serious power. Had 114k miles when I bought it and now has 144K. Some minor problems have cropped up over the past few years. Spark plugs and a couple small issues with the transmission but nothing terribly pricey. Service engine light has a habit of coming on every few months then turning off within the same day. Biggest issue is the AC. Didn't work when I bought it, finally replaced the pump last summer ($600) only to need a new valve this year which I have yet to take care of. Overall, I am in love with my car.




The family heirloom

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Vehicle: 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 4dr Sedan

My grandmother purchased this vehicle new back in '97. Since then it has passed down to me. From a teen's point of view, it is pretty much all you can ask for as the engine doles out plenty of torque and noise on the high end of the rev range, yet is perfectly capable of being composed highway cruiser. We have taken numerous camping trips and the cavernous trunk would swallow up any gear we threw in. However, as I grew, the back seats really became unbearable as they sit so low to the ground your knees are practically digging into your chest and you worry your bum will scrape the pavement. (a slight exaggeration) All in all our car has held up over the years and is still in full use today.



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Full 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix Review

What's New for 1997

Pontiac redesigns the Grand Prix for 1997, giving buyers slick new styling, a longer and wider wheelbase and supercharged V6 power on GTP models. Traction control, antilock brakes, dual airbags and side-impact protection are standard. Optional is a built-in child safety seat.

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Talk About The 1997 Grand Prix

1997 Pontiac Grand Prix Discussions See all Started By

doctorhardware
doctorhardware
06-14-2007
I have 1997 grand prix, with 3800 series II engine. This has start about 3 days ago. I have checked the coolant level, which is at the proper level. But before this latest problem started I have the a...


mogul69
mogul69
07-15-2014
I had a 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GT. It had the same problem with the Speakers. It seemed like they were temperature sensitive. They would only come on it the temperature was above 70 degrees inside th...


gxpgtodanman
gxpgtodanman
07-20-2005
car was Comp GTP. I have personally owned 2 Grand Prixes new, 1997 and 2002 Coupe GTP....



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