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#470 of 2590 So, you're thinking about a Grand Am?
Nov 15, 2000 (3:14 am)
Let me tell you about my experience with the 1999 Grand Am. I purchased a brand new 99 Grand Am SE2 in 1/99. By 9/99, Pontiac agreed to purchase the car back because of the many mechanical problems that I had with the car: 1)three times the rotors warped; 2) the seal around the back window warped off; 3) the fuel sensor gauge failed; 4) the power steering motor pulley pump failed; it took the Dealership three separate service repair dates on this issue to finally discover what the problem was. 5) the door panels peeled off three of the doors. The driver's seat was replaced because it creaked so as to drive me nuts. So, after Pontiac bought the car back, like a DOOFUS I bought another one (thinking I just had a bad car. You know that can happen!) I should interject here that the reason that I decided on the 1999 Grand Am, in the first place, was because I have a 1992 Grand Am that gave me years of faithful service and, while still running, she is on her last breath at close to 280000 miles. Anyway, to continue, I bought the second 1999 Grand Am. Well, the rotors have warped twice, the fuel sensor gauge has failed, the power steering motor pulley pump has failed, the door panels have peeled off two of the doors the speed sensor has failed. The first week of ownership, I noticed that the dashboard was pulling away from the windshield. It took the Dealership a week of days to get that new dashboard on straight and get everything else put back right!. Do you notice that most of the things that failed on the "old" 99 failed on the "new" 99? I have 38K miles on this car from 09/99 to 11/00. It wasn't just a bad car, it is a bad line. All of it has been repaired by the dealer and all under warranty. So anyone thinking about the Grand Am, think twice. The only thing positive that I will say about the Grand Am is that WHEN it is running, it is a fun car to drive.
#471 of 2590 to Pontiacjunk
Nov 16, 2000 (2:25 am)
It looks like you just had bad luck with your cars. My family has bought a new pontiac every 2-3 years since 1989. My mom had a 1989 Grand Am SE,no problems with it. My dad had a 94 se and a 97 se again no problems. My mom has had a 93, 97, and a 2000 Grand Prix and the cars had been flawless. I have a 2000 Grand am GT. with 20,000 miles on it. I have had this car for over a year, and have had no problems, I would recommend this car to anyone. I know several people with 99's and their's run fine also. I would say many positive things about this car, and if anyone asked I would tell them to buy one.
#472 of 2590 pontiac junk
Nov 16, 2000 (12:14 pm)
i feel your pain.
after experiencing many of your problems, and the ones many others here and elsewhere have posted, i opted to get rid of the junk. (at a big loss)
i too have had good pontiac experiences, a 97 sunfire for starters.
the 99 ga is bad, real bad.
perhaps the 2000+ models have been improved?
Nov 18, 2000 (7:43 pm)
I've had my '99 Pontiac Grand Am GT1 for over a year and have put 21K on it since I bought it new. With the exception of the leather on the steering wheel peeling, I've had no problems.
The performance and handling are the absolute best in this price range. I love this car.
I would recommend it to anyone who doesn't wear panties.
Reminiscent of the true American muscle machines with safety and reliability added.
#474 of 2590 RE: 1 year report
Nov 19, 2000 (4:00 pm)
> I love this car. I would recommend it
> to anyone
I have the same feel for my '99 GrandAm with 47k on it (ugh, the mileage keeps rolling upwards! -- What's with THAT???!)
Makes me wonder what the common denominator is for the "lemon" GrandAms as opposed to the "rose" GrandAms. My GrandAm is treated rather hard with terrible rural East Texas roads and salty Gulf Coastal air. And, driving down in Houston's work hour traffic, complete with pot holes, and 1 1/2 hour stop-and-go traffic doesn't help either. So, I get a smattering of pot hole freeways, and East Texas mud.
This is a good car. Even the crummy seats (Didn't like them even when they were new) regretfully are holding together. I was sort of hoping they would fall apart after the warranty so I could find something better to put in there. Ah well...
#475 of 2590 CD Changer
Nov 19, 2000 (8:08 pm)
I have purchased a 6-Disc CD Changer for my finacees 99 GA SE1. It is an Alpine that will go in the trunk, and she still has the stock radio. The question that I have is where to put the remote display with the controls on the dash board. I have the option of mounting it with velcro or it comes with a bracket for in dash installation if they cut a hole. I was wondering if anyone has any ideas where a good spot would be? I know that there aren't too many big, open and flat spots on the dashboard. Any help would be appreciated.
Nov 20, 2000 (2:20 pm)
Thanks for all the recent positive posts. I was beginning to wonder whether my car was the exception to the rule. My 1999 Grand Am GT has 21K on it. Except for some minor warranty stuff, my car has been great. I am still in love with this car, which says quite a bit. I usually get bored with cars after a year of so, and then start looking for something else. Needless to say I don't keep cars for more than 3 years.
If this car holds up the way it has, I can see me keeping it for a long time. The car fits me like a glove, and I'm not a small person (6', 200 lbs). It is just plain fun to drive. I still park the car, get out, and stare at the bright red muscle. And with all the options on the car, I'm far from bored. I love the CD stereo and the sun roof. The car tells me when to change the oil and when a tire pressure is low. It has traction control, anti-lock brakes, power everything, and I can out accelerate most cars around town. What else could I ask for?
Nov 21, 2000 (1:14 pm)
Picked up my new 2001 GT sedan last night. It's a Black beauty. Put about 37 easy miles on it. No sample defects noted. Can't wait to get some miles on it so can really put it through it's paces. Will keep you posted.
#478 of 2590 grand am se2 sedan
Nov 26, 2000 (3:39 pm)
purchased a 2000 ga se. have 14,245 miles and love the car. have had no problems. handles beautifully and gets great gas mileage. only wish the steering was a little more responsive, would recommend this car to anyone.
Nov 26, 2000 (8:57 pm)
The GA/Alero/Malibu share the same basic platform and are well-known for the rotor warping problem. At least with older cars; it looks as GM made some improvements with the rotors last year or so.
On the other hand, what you told about Buick Regal looks strange for me. I did not see many complaints concerning its rotors. This car have different design, build on the same W-platform as other bigger mid-size GM cars, like Pontiac GP or Chevy Impala.