I find it interesting that all the people servicing their brakes are having to pay for them. I went back to the dealer twice with a complaint of hard vibration when braking. The first visit, they turned the rotors which fixed the problem for 1500 miles or so. The second trip however, they called to say that they were replacing the rotors and pads under a bulletin from M. Since the replacement rotors I've had no problems with breaking. I think they also changed the pads as well. This is my second Grand Am and as far as I can tell they are only getting better. The engine is top notch, and you couldn't ask for a better cranny in this price range. I would be interested to know if anyone else has had their brakes done under war. . I know that I work with a pretty good dealer. A little higher priced but worth the honesty in the long run. Post any reply.
#712 of 2589 Anyone found tires that improve the ride?
Feb 21, 2001 (7:59 pm)
I've got a '94 GA GT 4dr 6cyl with 41K miles. My main objection to the car is the ride; you feel any little imperfection in the road.
Its the tradeoff for the handling. I loved the car in NJ which had lots of winding roads the car just ate up (took me 3 weeks to get a ticket in it), but I moved to Ohio where everything is straight and flat. I need new tires and wonder if anyone has switched brands to a tire that rides better.
Mine has been relatively troublefree: front brakes changed twice; new driver window motor (FYI, a Delco replacement motor wouldn't work, my mechanic tried two of them and then had to get an actual GM part). The dashboard has one or two spots that rattle, and the rear seat does when someone sits behind the driver. The paint still shines likes it new, and I have never waxed it. Its been through 2 front tires, but those were changed for deep cuts.
In NJ I drove 2.5 miles per day and got 20 mpg. In Ohio I drive about 45 miles/day, mostly highway, average about 27 mpg and have actually gotten 30 mpg when I kept the speed under 60 for a week. That experiment lasted one tankful because the acceleration is the attraction of the car.
I find my seats supportive. I just test drove a new Avalon and had to stop after 2 miles because my back hurt so bad. I also test drove the 300M and didn't find the ride much better. The 300M even seemed like it more wind noise than the GA.
After 7 years I am bored with it but have a hard time trading it in with only 41k miles and I get sticker shock with everything else out there. I am hoping new tires and a CD player will make it new enough. I hate the new over-plasticized GA so that isn't an option.
My fincee's brakes were replaced rotors and all and it only cost us 100 bucks for the pads. The garage labor and rotors were free and we have put 15,000 miles on since with no brake problems. I have seen a TSB for wet floors. (under www.alldata.com) Hope this helps.
A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO MY MOTHER GAVE ME HER 1988 GRAND AM LE WITH THE 2.5L ENGINE. THE CAR SUDDENLY LOST POWER WHILE SHE WAS DRIVING. SHE TOOK IT TO THE SHOP AND THE MECHANIC SAID THAT IT COULD BE THE TIMING CHAIN, I'M NO MECHANIC BUT WITH A CAR THAT ONLY HAS 81,000 MILES ON IT AND IT HAS BEEN ONLY DRIVEN TO WORK AND BACK IN THE PAST 13 YEARS I WOULDN'T THINK SO. HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF ANYONE HAVING PROBLEM WITH IGNITION MODULES ON THESE CARS FOR THIS YEAR. I FIGURE THIS WOULD BE A GOOD INVESTMENT KNOWING THAT THIS CAR WAS SERVICED ON A REGULAR BASIS. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT IT. I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE SOME RESPONSES.