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Pontiac Grand Am, Sedan
#1849 of 2590 Re: . [midlifecrisis]
Dec 07, 2004 (11:56 am)
Well I have a 1999 Grand Am SE and I can tell you about the stiff suspension and road noise irregularities. My front end sounds like something is about to break driving down any type road especially when not on a very smooth road. Feels like there are no shocks on the car. A mechanic checked it out and said there is freeplay in the front axle. To fix would mean taking the transmission out. Also had a really bad brake problem. Replaced the rotors twice, pads at least 3 times, struts because of the noise I was hearing from the front. Didn't solve the problem. Pontiac dealership says that this is a problem with 1999 to 2000 models. I think that is bull crap. I have some wind noise, no leaks. I will never buy another Grand Am.
#1850 of 2590 Re: Which Grand AM Model to purchase? [masonmi]
Dec 07, 2004 (8:26 pm)
None of them. They're way old designs, and nobody outside Lansing, MI -- where they are made -- wants one. They have the resale value of beer. If you want a small Pontiac, get a Vibe... great quality, ok resale, all Toyota underneath, GM rebates, employee, GM Card rebates etc. etc. It's worth looking into.
If you want a larger Pontiac, get it used. Great deals abound.
I'm no particular fan of Pontiacs, but I've got an '04 Vibe and I'm pleased with it.
Dec 09, 2004 (1:51 pm)
Wife owns a 99 GA SE1 with the 4-cyl. We bought the car used from a delaership. Immediatly we had the entire interior carpet replaced....it shrunk after I had it shampooed. The interior door panels were replaced due to the material bubbling in the hot summer sun. All 4 side windows had to be replaced due to scratching from improperly spaced door panels. The rear spoiler exploded on one really cold winters day due to water getting trapped inside and expanding. The radio was replaced becaue the display apparently was made in Egypt (only shown heiroglyphics)Luckily all of this was covered under warranty. I have spent 2400 dollars of my own money on this car in the last 3 years of owning it. I had the rotors/brake pads on the front replaced twice (2000 and 2001) The second set were covered und a warranty of the product since they failed after 400 miles of driving.
I also had to have the power steering lines replaced due to leakage. (The leakage finally go to be so much that I was filling the revoir once every 72 hours.)Most recently I had to have both upper strut mounts replaced due to cracking/breaking, both front springs replaced (They broke while the car was sitting in the garage). When I went to pick up the car from the dealership the battery was dead. (Battery 5 years old) I got that back and then a week later the alternator was shot. (Most likely contributing to the battery problem) I know have the car back and it runs perfect. I really can't be too unhappy on the financial side since I only have spent around 2400 dollars on the cars maintanance in the past 5 years. But, I really would have liked to spent the money on a new plasma tv or something else to improve my like that to fix a car that only has 65,000 miles on it.
#1852 of 2590 1994 Grand Am SE with water on the floor
Dec 10, 2004 (1:35 pm)
I have water on the front drivers side floor and rear passenegers side floor. No visable holes in the floor. Any idea what could be causing the water to settle there?
#1853 of 2590 Re: cricket2 [gmhellman]
Dec 10, 2004 (2:10 pm)
Well when you say the front springs broke I'm wondering if that is what's wrong with my car? Driving on rough road or bumps it sounds like something is loose in the front end. I'm almost afraid that one day it will break and I might being seeing heaven instead of on earth. I have called GMAC and they will do nothing about it. Say there's too much mileage or not under warranty anymore. I've never had the rug shrinkage or spoiler exploding but maybe that's because I park in my garage. I can say that there is a sqeak in the steering wheel and my dashboard rattles all the time. The car rides rough like the wheels are unbalanced. I also have a hard time with the air pressure staying at 35 lbs. Thanks for responding.
Dec 10, 2004 (6:06 pm)
Sorry if I haven't been following the news well enough, but is production of Grand Am coupes ending with this model year- or will the coupes march on and maybe live to see a redesign?
I don't exactly think Pontiac depends on them, but I do think it'd be something of a mistake to cancel them. If anything they should put money into restyling them so they can compete with other cars in the class. They might sell rather well if they're given an edge in styling- the Grand Am already has a price advantage over almost all of it's competition as it is.
Dec 10, 2004 (7:25 pm)
When my wifes car broke the front end dropped to about 3 inches off the garage floor on the affected side. The noise that you state sounds like maybe the upper strut mounts might be fractured or cracked. I would hear a noise coming from the front like a bag of plastic peices were being shaken. I have had the passenger side replaced twice and the drivers side replaced when I had the springs replaced. (The springs have to be replaced in pairs to keep the ride even.) This might explain the rough ride and noise in the front end. Have a mechanic take a look at it. My mechanic had to look closely to see the cracks in the strut mounts. I think that they might even be plastic but don't quote me on it.
#1856 of 2590 Wind Dam replacement
Dec 12, 2004 (9:05 pm)
I happened to notice that the wind dam underneath the front end of my GA was loose. On closer inspection it had torn loose from the bottom of the radiator. Since It was only about 25% attached I gave it a tug and it came off easily. It appears to have been "glued" to the radiator bottom? Anyone else had to replace this strip of plastic? Any suggestions for re-attaching?
#1857 of 2590 Re: cricket2 [gmhellman]
Dec 14, 2004 (7:19 am)
Well when I started noticing the noise, I had it checked out by several people to get opinions. Each said it was the struts that needed to be replaced. One mechanic said it wasn't the struts, it was free play in the front axle. To fix would mean taking the transmission out was what I was told. So I had new struts put on it and it was a waste of my money because honestly I don't think I needed them. The noise persisted. It begins to get on your nerves after a while because you're wondering if it is on the verge of breaking. I'm taking it to a mechanic this weekend to see if he can find the specific problem. I hope so.
#1858 of 2590 Re: Wind Dam replacement [ocmike3]
Dec 14, 2004 (7:21 am)
No but really what are those things good for except to scrape when in a low place?