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#276 of 2590 1998 Pontiac Grand Am V-6 Repairs!(Fuel Injectors)
Apr 24, 2000 (1:41 am)
Sorry About the above post
Here it is in regular English!
I own a 1998 Pontiac Grand Am and It has the 3100
V-6 Motor and it has 69K on it. I was driving to
work in the morning and all of a sudden the Check
Engine came on and the car was jerking sensations,
so I took it to a dealer once I got in town and they looked the car over and said it was a bad #3
Fuel Injector, OK, so they took the car for a day
and gave me a 1995 Buick Lesabre for work that I
also had to pay mileage on, and I drive all the
time(I am a Sales Represenative)so that bill was
$510.00. That's was acceptable, since it has had no other problems, but two weeks later the exact same thing happened exept I was in Chicago, Ill so I brought it to a dealer there and they said a bad #6 Injector, boy was I mad about that, another 470.00 they only charged me a flat fee of 40.00 for the service rental car thank god. I had to go back to Chicago from Norhtern Wisconsin with my wife and kids to pick up the car the following Saturday, that was not a fun waste of a Saturday. The car is starting to worry me that it will happen again far from home like it did or while on a traveling business trip. Any Ideas what might be causing this? I know use STP fuel Injector Cleaner and Amoco Premium Gold Gasoline whenever Possible. I really like the car, maybe time for a new car? Anyone had similar Problems with GM's 3100 or 3400 V-6, we have the 3400 V-6 in our 1999 Oldsmobile Silhouette GLS (27900 miles) and no problems with it at all.
#277 of 2590 Advice on Brake Replacement
Apr 24, 2000 (8:14 pm)
I have a '99 GA GT with 13K miles on it. During the time I have had the car, the brakes have been a constant source of concern and nuisance for me. They have already been turned over twice and replaced once. I am thinking of having the brakes replaced and put an end to this problem.
I would appreciate any advice on what kind of brakes/pads/rotors/ I should get. I want to get real good quality components and I have no prior knowledge regarding brakes. Thanks for all your help. Also, if some cost estimates can be given.
#278 of 2590 brake replacement
Apr 25, 2000 (10:12 am)
use performance friction's carbon metallic pads.
they dirty the alloy wheel more but are very kind to the rotors, and stop much better..
(if they have them for your ga)
i had your problem with a 97 sunfire. changed to these pads and no more rotor warp.
my 2 cents.
Apr 26, 2000 (2:52 pm)
Has anyone seen a stainless steel or chrome steel replacement for the black plastic covers on the lug nuts of GM cars? All of them are missing on my 99 GA. Or what about good quality replacement lug nuts?
Apr 26, 2000 (2:55 pm)
Does anyone know where the block drain plug (for coolant) is located on the Quad 4 engine (1995)?
Apr 27, 2000 (5:17 pm)
I have mildew in the trunk of my 98 GA, but can find no evidence of water entering the trunk. Does anyone have a similar problem or advice?
#282 of 2590 Trunk Leaks
May 02, 2000 (8:12 pm)
In my 99 GA SE1 the trunk was leaking from the wheel wells into the spare wheel compartment. GM fixed the leaks, replaced the carpets that was rusted by the jack and tire. They also replaced the jack and spare tire since they were rusted badly. I don't have a price on this because it was covered under warranty. The body shop attendant said this was a frequent problem on 99 GA's, but it sounds like your problem.
#283 of 2590 Paint Peeling Pontiac
May 03, 2000 (3:40 am)
I have a 1999 GA Se 4dr red. The lower rockers and midway up the rear doors and in front of the rear tire the paint is coming off. It has 15,100 miles and this will be the second time it will have to be painted. I see there is a TSB for this, but yet Pontiac says there is no problem with the car....its where I live.Hmmm I wonder why i didnt sign a release stating..If you live in the Northeast dont buy this car. If you do the paint will come off due too our faulty body design. And if the paint comes off (and it will) the customer will pay for all cost to have it repainted. Sign here. X_________. Now our friend has a 2000 GA identicle to mine and the same thing is happening to hers.Pontiac told me that they will pay for the second paint job, but after that I'm on my own. I thought the paint was warranties for 3yrs or 36,000 miles? Any answers would be greatly appreciated. I hope everyone sees this and thinks twice about buying a GA. This car also has the mud flaps and still didn't help.
#284 of 2590 Cupholders
May 03, 2000 (6:58 pm)
I bought a used 99 GA SE1 and I noticed that there
was a spot in front of the armrest in between the driver and passenger for a clip in cupholder. When
I called Pontiac they stated that the part was
probably a courtesy item and that once it was gone
it was gone. Does anybody have any good information on how to get this part or a good aftermarket dealer that makes mock GM parts?
#285 of 2590 Clip in Cupholder
May 03, 2000 (9:28 pm)
The 99's did not actually have the cupholder installed. A guy that I work with bought a 00 and it had the plastic cupholder on it. This is how Pontiac added something "new" for the 00 model year. Call the parts dept. at your dealer and order one for a 00 GA. My GA has been a great car, I haven't had any of the problems mentioned above except for the front rotors. I had them turned once and then replaced and now I'm going back to have the dealer fix them again. I only have 17,500k on it. My dealer has been great about taking care of what the engineers at GM couldn't, as long as they fix it "under warranty", I will continue to be happy. Every car that I have ever owned had some flaw. I have had Japanese and American cars in the past, if I was going out to get another car, it would be from Pontiac, probably the new Bonneville. American cars have more value per dollar spent than the Imports, if you look at horsepower and standard equipment