Over all the 2000 Grand Am has been an excellent car. Mine has over 200k miles on it with 185k of them put on by me. The car lasted up until about 189k then one of the cylinders dropped to 60% pressure and I can't use the AC when I am stopped at a stop sign or the engine will stall. Paint started peeling at the bottom of the front doors after 8 years of driving on a dirt road at 45 miles per hour for 2 miles per day. The front dash has started to lift a little from the sun light hitting it the last 11 years, and driver side window button is finally starting to act up. At 13k this car has lived up to all my expectations.
From the outside, this car looks amazing. It looks good on the inside and under the hood, too. But...this car was a repair boat for me and everyone I know who drove one. Granted, mine had 130k when I got it. In two months, I had repaired the fuel pump, head gasket, and transmission. My aunt owned this, and also repaired a good deal on it, and she bought hers new. (water pump, transmission, radiator). All in all this car did not live up to expectations at all. It falls into a class of "cheap sports cars", but also the "lemon category".
I bought my Grand Am in '99, and she's still with me at 133,000 miles. I Love getting into this car every time. The color (navy blue), the style. There are just too many things that are falling off - both side mirrors, the overhead light, no visible clock, back window goes half-way up/down depending on mood. It's a good thing I own this car, because I wouldn't be able to afford the repairs every 3-4 months if I had to make car payments. Giving up my Grand Am will be like losing my best friend - albeit a high-maintenance friend. If I could find a way to replace all these problems to make it run for another 10 years, I would in half-a-heartbeat.
Great Car! Had to replace a bigun' that was stolen and tried a few. My wife loved it. I wasn't sure even after buying it(if Momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!). 3 yrs later I'm glad her emotion overruled me. It's a fantastic car. It's a lively, road warrior that's a joy to drive; always responsive no matter what. Almost beach season and the family's eager to use the moonroof and stereo every Saturday. The car's big enough but not too big; cute enough for her; exciting enough for me. My 12yo son is already asking if he's going to "inherit" the car when he's old enough. I'm sure it's safe enough, but I'm definitely not ready to let him have all the fun!
I admit it is nice for an American car, and it handles very well. The exterior has a very exciting look and the interior definately gives you the sports car feeling. The chrome wheels add that accent in which other than tint your windows, all you have to do when purchasing this car is turn on the ignition and drive...the car will do the rest.