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By juan_david on 03/25/14 12:33 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 4dr Sedan

Review

Expensive repairs... ABS, Steering rack, rear tail lights, seat belt buckle.
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Great car
By bigmatt87 on 11/01/13 12:37 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 4dr Sedan

Review

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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Beat to hell, Runs like hell
By fisher580 on 01/09/12 09:25 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 4dr Sedan

Review

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
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The Family Heirloom
By 3ggplant on 07/15/11 13:21 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 4dr Sedan

Review

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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Sayonara Grand Prix GT
By pnwson on 05/12/11 15:27 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 4dr Sedan

Review

I bought this car in 1998 with 25,000 miles on it. Options I have and have appreciated are alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, power driver's seat and rear spoiler. I have put 206,600 more miles on it in the ensuing 12+ years. It has been a joy to drive. Naturally over that long there has been a few water pumps, a couple of alternators, replaced the radiator in '07, intake manifold last year in '10, oxygen sensor, engine mount, spark plugs...sigh. I dealt with all that, hoping to drive it even longer, but the transmission is slipping has been given a terminal notice by my trustworthy mechanic, and he won't touch it.
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Piece of junk !
By Brian on 02/28/10 22:35 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 4dr Sedan

Review

Bought this car from a private sale about 4 years ago and it's cost my wife and I big money ever since. First the heater fan burnt out (Actually fried the wires)big dollars to fix, then the windshield vent started to leak very badly,tailight cover seals went allowing water in to rust wiring, now it appears the water pump is going and I have a concern with the transmission. It's been one thing after another ! Fuel economy is terrible as well. Only has 111,000 kms on it. Getting rid of it soon once repairs are made and this will be our final General Motors vehicle.
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Typical Mid-80s GM Product
By LibertyNickel on 01/21/07 08:33 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 4dr Sedan

Review

I knew what I was getting into when I bought this '97 GT Sedan, but the price was right. Typical things have gone wrong, but the car has never left me on the side of the road. Heater fan now only works on high, traction control went out (big deal), passenger's side base amp is dead (hard to replace) and I've just observed a coolant leak near the water pump, but I fear it's most likely the intake manifold. Clearcoat is peeling off the spoiler. BUT... it still runs great, it's comfortable, fast, and handles great. Doesn't use any oil, brakes are fantastic, a/c will put frost on your nose, and the back seat holds all three of my granddaughters. I love the delayed- locking feature, too.
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Best car for a college student.
By tjcollinsku on 10/19/06 11:50 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 4dr Sedan

Review

I am a college student that lived about 200 miles from home an this car got me through with no problems. It as plenty of room to move tv, sound system, computer, and all my cloths. I love the power of the GT but wished I'd went for the GTP. I've done several long (500+ mile) trips and there is nothing more comfortable. Handles great in the snow, no problems driving through western Pennsylvania's 5 inches of lake effect snow. Only had a few problems. Alternator went out at 75,000 miles, need new brakes at 80,000 miles and I just had to replace the water pump and hoses at 95,000 mile. All in all I love this car and wouldn't trade it for anything.
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Jones GP Review
By Wanda Jones on 04/16/05 09:43 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 4dr Sedan

Review

Had to replace transmission twice,other than that, I've had good performance and reliability from the GP. Great looking car and very comfortable.
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Love this car...
By joe_velderman on 03/16/05 15:53 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 4dr Sedan

Review

I bought this GP with 94000 miles on it July '02. Its been running strong ever since. Its really sporty, incredibly roomy, fast and stylish. The engine is way to big for the car - and has more than enough giddyup. The interior is plush and sporty.
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