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Pontiac Grand Am, Sedan
#496 of 2589 ROTORS REPLACED
Dec 11, 2000 (10:47 am)
Through Edmunds, I've repeatedly read about the 99 Grand Am rotor pulsation problems after I purchased my 2000 GA. With less than 1500 miles, I took my GA into a Pontiac dealer and asked them about the rotor problem. After their inspection, they notified me that I did not have the updated rotors and so they replaced them with no questions asked. And you know what? I told them they weren't even pulsating but they replaced the rotors anyway. Now I know what they mean by Pontiac excitement! By the way, I absolutely love my GA/SE coupe with the V6. Sometimes, when I'm just cruisin' around, I feel like I'm the coolest MF in town in my red-hot GM car...until of course, a classic GTO pulls up beside me.
#497 of 2589 TOP THIS DEAL
Dec 11, 2000 (11:13 am)
I bought a 2000 Cavalier coupe and two months later, I decided that the little 4-banger just wasn't cutting it. So to make a long story short, I ended-up trading it in on a 2000 Pontiac GA/SE-1 coupe V6. So check this out: After careful and reliable research on the trade-in value of my Cavalier, it was disappointing to find out that I was $5500 upside-down on my trade. But even though I had $5500 negative equity, I was still able to finance the GA at $1000 under MSRP with NO MONEY DOWN! Of course the $2K end-of-year rebate sure helped. So in other words, my deal was equivalent to getting $6500 off of MSRP had I not involved my trade-in. I guess it just goes to show that you just never know how desperate a dealer is to move their cars.
Dec 11, 2000 (11:41 am)
Why did I buy a Pontiac Grand Am? Because Korean cars look cheap, Japanese cars look boring, and European cars look too sophisticated. Besides, I'm insecure, timid, and butt-ugly. Therefore, I needed a car that was loud, in-your-face, bold, and aggressive-looking; and the wide-track GA fit the bill. So now, whenever I'm in my car, I can atleast say: "I may be ugly, but atleast I drive a bad-ass looking Grand Am!" And for some sick and twisted reason, being in my car makes my world a better place to live. Thank you Pontiac. You bring excitement to my life!
Dec 11, 2000 (12:18 pm)
or a mustang gt...
#501 of 2589 YO MUSTANG
Dec 11, 2000 (9:20 pm)
Hey spectre3, the Mustang GT isn't a bad car at all, but inside, there is a serious lacking of design creativity and interior room. And the back seat has no other function but to haul anyone who's under the size of a five-year old. Furthermore, it sucks more gas and is more expensive to insure. Overall, you get more bang for the buck in a Grand Am. But one thing I have to admit about the Mustang: Chicks dig 'em!
Dec 12, 2000 (5:22 pm)
actually, the insurance difference here in indiana wasn't that great.. 99 ga to 00 mustang gt. if we need to accommodate several persons, we take one of the other cars, so it is no big deal.
design is a matter of taste. it was definitely a change from 93 mustang (plain)styling.
btw, that 99 ga never got 25 mpg on the highway. the mustang does. the ga should have done much better, but the service at the local pontiac dealer said that it was normal and there were no problems.(ha) the biggest reason i had for unloading the ga, is we have no competent pontiac dealer in this town... unfortunate.
as far as the styling goes i think the ga's big buggy eyed dash is ugly also,, but, to each his own.
the interior quality of our ga was poor. right hand door panel never stayed tight, numerous rattles and squeaks(and leaks) they could never find, and a possessed radio that worked when it felt like it.
if i had bought a two door alero, i might have put up with the problems we had with the ga. they are much sharper autos...(on the outside).
yep, the chicks dig a gt's alright
Dec 12, 2000 (10:42 pm)
A Mustang GT that gets 25 mpg? Do you drive on the interstate at 35 mph? Stick or auto? That doesn't sound right. I average 24-25 mpg with my 1999 GA GT auto, and that's in mixed driving. I once got 27 mpg on a long trip.
#504 of 2589 midlifecrisis
Dec 13, 2000 (12:17 pm)
yep, not a typo.
its epa rating is 17 to 24.
i run mobil 1 synthetic oil, that has helped all of my autos mpg somewhat.
yes, it is an automatic.
yes, it is interstate driving, 70 miles per hour.
about 6 years ago, i owned a 90 mustang gt with the old 5.0 liter engine and the 5 speed transmission. i bumped up the initial timing advance, removed the intake air silencer, ran synthetic fluids and platinum plugs. it regularly would get 28 on the interstate at the same speeds.
if i would quit fiddling with the cruise the 00 gt might do a bit better.
i would have been quite satisfied with your ga's hiway mpg, if our car would have achieved it.
our pontiac service department wouldn't do a thing to correct whatever its problem was.
i got tired of burning vacation days to take it in to the shop!!
#505 of 2589 Some help needed
Dec 13, 2000 (8:38 pm)
I bought a 99 V6 Pontiac Grand Am with around 27k miles on it about 2 months back. I had driven a Grand am earlier and was very impressed with the way it handled and decided that i had to own one.
Before buying it, i had put it through a 100 point inspection at my neighbourhood AAA grage. The report came straight A's except for an air filter and tire rotation issue which I duly took care of.
But there have been a few glitches that have emerged and was wondering whether I could get some help from the board.
1) Sluggish- Though a V6, the car seems to be more sluggish on the road than the V4 I had driven. The power is there..but it's just not peppy.
2) The Power Steering. Its supposed to be variable....but there are times when i am trying to park and I have to virtually struggle with the steerng.
3) BRAKES- They make me feel very insecure...is there a way to make them firmer??....tighten them up or something?
4) Hazard Indicator- My hazard indicator, blinks for like a couple of seconds before it just goes blank...and takes my indicators with it. I usually have to wait for a few seconds to get them back online.
Apart from the above it is a great drive