I drive close to 40,000 miles a year.
Combined HWY/CITY driving. I get oil
changes every 3,000 miles, and have to
replace the brake pads once a year.
That's absolutely all for maintenance!
I love this car. Close to 200,000 miles
and I wouldn't trade it in for
anything. Very pleased owner. Have
driven cross country, and easily
averaged 450+ miles per tank!! Normal
city/hwy for me is 325 per tank. Safe
Great fuel efficiency. Acceleration is
the same as when it was brand new.
There is a coolant hose fitting on top
of the engine block which is plastic.
It will eventually fail and need to be
replaced with a metal fitting ($14 from
dealer). The shop wanted $250 to do the
work. Did it myself in 30 minutes.
When I bought this SSE, the dealer 2
red Grand Prix 2-doors, 5 red Grand Am
2-doors and a the white SSE. Dom "The
Snake" Purdome drove the car during his
farewell visit to the Sears Nationals
in Topeka, Ks. We took delivery on the
car. The first 30,000 miles were put
on the car between Topeka and KC
driving to and from work. The car got
broken in right. The Great White has
gotten 34 miles per gallon on long
trips. At 131,000 miles she has gone
through 4 alternators, three sets of
tires, 3 sets of brakes, and two sets
of struts and shocks. The car still
has the original computer and
Climate Control, Heads-Up display,
Handling characteristics, and Parking
lot appeal. You can drive this car 16
hours straight and not get a sore
Damn alternators. Not big enough and
not enough cooling capacity. Plus,
tweaking the computer might give it a
little more speed.
I bought this car new and now I have
over 315,000 miles On it and it still
looks and runs great. I think it has
to do with how hard or easy you drive
as well as certain up keep. I use
castrol full syntec oil and change
every 9,000 miles. Burn the same reg.
gas Texaco. And put neww spark plugs in
every 30,000 as well as change the air
filter. Just drive normal and it will