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Pontiac Grand Prix, Sedan
May 08, 2001 (5:02 am)
Well, it looks like I will be buying a Grand Prix at the begining of next month. Is this a good idea? Are there any problems that I need to know about? It can't be any worse than the 98 Taurus I have now. Nothing bu problems with that car. The transmission has not worked properly since the day I bought it. Had it serviced 13 times in 2.5 years, for the same problem. I finally got a straight answer out of the sewrvice manager of the second opinion dealership I brought it too. He told me that the transmission has an engineering flaw, but since this was designed in, it wouldn't hurt the tranny. Needless to say the part about it not hurting the tranny was bull!I had the 2 FWD clutch pistons replaced twice, the lock up torque convrt clutch bands replaced 3 times, the pump replaced, the valve bodies in the tranny replaced twice, and neumerous other irritances looked at. Every bloody time I have taken that car in for an oil change, I end up having the shop take a look at a few other things that are still wrong. It has probably been one of the worst cars I have ever owned. My 1990 wagon never did these things. The thing had 168,000 miles on it when I had it, and it looked great (not one bit of rust or fading) and ran better. The air went out, so I traded her in. The last time I took my 98 to the shop, the gave my a Grand Prix GT to use. I loved it. As soon as I got the car back, I went to the local Pontiac dealer and priced them. So, next month I am gonna buy one up. I am hoping that I have better luck with this car.
#790 of 4457 Get the Grand Prix
May 09, 2001 (9:45 am)
You can't find a better, more unique car for the price. Get at least a GT though. Also, test drive a GTP for kicks if you can. Check out gp-owners.com - there are tons of posts about the car.
Most people don't have major issues - it seems the most common problems are squeaks, rattles and the automatic windows. Although none of these have beeen a problem for me.
bidness - avoid 97/98 model years. There were a number of issues which were resolved with 99 onward.
May 09, 2001 (2:13 pm)
What was wrong the 97-98s? I was looking between a 98 & a 99 and there was a significant price difference. Just curious. Thanks
#792 of 4457 mskaren17
May 09, 2001 (6:10 pm)
I'm looking to buy a new car myself and noticed that Consumer Reports gave bad scores for the Grand Prix for '97 and '98. The reliabilty rating dropped below average. It went back up to average for '99 and 2000. That's a little tidbit of information for you.
I'm going to try to test drive a Grand Prix SE tomorrow. I've had to eliminate a number of cars because the headrests seem to hit a bit above my head giving me a blind spot when looking over my shoulder to check traffic (if changing lanes). I sat in a Grand Prix and it may work out but will have to drive in traffic to make sure.
I've been bouncing around from one car forum to the next while making up my mind. If I like the test drive and can see okay, I hope to buy SOON!
May 09, 2001 (8:46 pm)
I had a 98 GTP Coupe and it did not have any problems.
May 09, 2001 (9:04 pm)
I've put just over 9,000 miles on my Grand Prix and have yet to find anything to complain about. Haven't had a single problem with the car. No rattles, leaks, electrical or drive train problems... nothing.
I got the car loaded for only $24,000. Well worth the money. Anyone who's had major problems, either got a lemon or just doesn't know how to take care of a new car (i.e. bad driving habits, poor matenence, lack of mechanical knowledge...).
I think it's a damn good car, you get a lot for your money. The car is no BMW or Mercedes. You want a car like that, fork out 40 grand.
#795 of 4457 ruski
May 09, 2001 (9:21 pm)
You HAD a '98 GTP? Did you sell it? Haven't heard from you in awhile.
May 10, 2001 (9:15 am)
I know because I've read a lot of comments of GP owners on web pages, and basically the consensus is to go for 99 or above.
There are little things like the headlight seals going, 97 doesn't have ABS standard, and some other things. 97 + 98 have a lot more TSB's.
This is reflected by consumer reports, which took the grand prix off the recommended list, only to put it back on after the reliability improved.
Thats probably why the 99 is much more than the 98, because the demand for the 99+ models will be higher.
Also, it's a general rule of thumb to wait 2 years whenever a new GM product comes out to work out any bugs.
May 10, 2001 (9:39 am)
lease ended in January 2000