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

Vehicle

1997 Pontiac Grand Prix Sedan 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 Sedan 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 Sedan 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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Love it!
By bethanym on 07/25/11 11:39 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Pontiac Grand Prix Sedan SE 4dr Sedan

Review

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

Vehicle

1997 Pontiac Grand Prix Sedan 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 Sedan 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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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Great car to own
By marlene on 07/16/10 17:22 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Pontiac Grand Prix Sedan SE 4dr Sedan

Review

This is the first time I have ever done a review but I wanted people to know that Pontiac Grand Prix was a blast. I purchased the car in 1998 with 30,000 miles on it. I have never had any problems other than replacing the alternator several times and the usual brakes and oil. Last week the car was at 323,800 when the car finally gave up. I have owned the car for 12 years going from coast to coast in it for family vacations. It will be truly missed.
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Piece of junk !
By Brian on 02/28/10 22:35 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Pontiac Grand Prix Sedan 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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Alright car
By farmboy on 10/21/09 13:12 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Pontiac Grand Prix Sedan SE 4dr Sedan

Review

This is the car I had from sophomore year in high school through college and only now looking to replace. I bought it at about 115K miles and it now has 223K miles. It has the 3800 V6. I had to replace the intake like this engine always has to have done with it. Recently starting at about 210K I'm getting the problem with the transmission as stated on the reliability on here and rust on the underside is starting to get bad. Things that went bad: cruise, AC, blower, pwr steering, sensors, wiper fluid pump, ABS, etc. Otherwise, it has stood up to all the abuse I put it through and kept going. It's a fun ride and has gone a long ways. But to much has gone wrong for me to want to buy another.
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Owned for 6 years
By hardywang on 05/01/09 18:51 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Pontiac Grand Prix Sedan GTP 4dr Sedan

Review

Lost my GTP in an accident, an owned it for 6 years ended with 220000KM. Generally speaking it is a good car, styling, comfort, fast. With some issues as well, in 6 years I replaced: 2 water pumps, 2 crankshaft position sensors, 1 low ball joints, 2 sway bars. Rear strut mounts are gone.
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