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Pontiac Grand Am

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  • edwardh1edwardh1 Posts: 88
    As shown on Dateline last night - what does every one think?
    GM said their
    own tests were tougher - look at these pix!!!!!!!!!
    http://www.highwaysafety.com/vehicle_ratings/ce/mid_inexp/summary.htm
  • edwardh1edwardh1 Posts: 88
    To see the pix, click on the link above, then on Grand Am and scroll down to see pix of the drivers area.
    Not good.
  • szerfasszerfas Posts: 53
    I saw the Dateline on the car crash results too. I was very disappointed in the performance of the GrandAm. GMs letter was just a bunch of garbage; a knee jerk reaction. It is always funny seeing those. Naturally Nissan had an equally written letter. On the other hand Subaru praised the tests and said that's how they designed their cars to be.

    None the less, GM should be disgusted by those results. If I had known about them before I had purchased my car I probably would have chosen different. At the very least it should have done as well as the Malibu. GMs excuse that they went through a series of tougher tests does not mean too much to me. There is no choice in accident and the car should be designed to handle all different ones at least well. Looking at the results on average Toyota and Honda did.

    I have liked my GrandAm and still do but GMs position on safety here is discouraging. Putting DRLs and airbags is not all you have to do make it safe GM!

    Stephen
  • I too am upset with the Grand Am offset test results. Since the car was not tested prior to my purchase, I looked up the last generation Grand Am, which had average ratings. So I figured the new GA would probably be average. Wrong!!! Now I don't know what to do. Financially I've got to keep the car at least another year. And I really like the car. Just hope I don't get into any accidents in the near future.
  • burdawgburdawg Posts: 1,521
    Please be aware that these test results are very subjective. They are only indications of crashworthiness based on repeatable test conditions. Real world results often differ. The test car had the 4cyl. engine. How would the V6 make a difference?
  • szerfasszerfas Posts: 53
    I am not at the point where I am going to get rid of GA by any means but I think that there should have been a bigger effort on developing the crumple zones and safety cage. These are not new ideas, GM should have been capable of better research in these areas. The way GrandAm handles and some of the other features I hope help in avoiding accidents. I have avoided plenty of accidents in my Buick that CR should have said was hard to do in that car.

    Just some thoughts.
  • emkayusaemkayusa Posts: 7
    The crash test site was very enlightning. I have spent the last hour on it...on company time :} (we have multiple T1's) My car tested poorly...real poorly. It's a '96 Galant. in the 30, and 35mph, and the side impact it did extremely well, but in the 40mph offset on that site, it looked bad. It's good to see that the newer Galant's did much better, near the top. At least Mitsubishi made an effort to address the problem. I guess all I have to do, is avoid an offset collision...yeah right, like I have a choice if a drunk veers into my lane.
  • clint83clint83 Posts: 1
    I bought my 1995 Grand AM SE Sedan and everything is going really well, but I am feeling a lot of bumps and my car drifts often. I think the tires are the original ones. The are called Euro I think and there is 66k miles. Can anyone tell me if I should get new tires and what kind would go best for my type of car and to absorb some of the road bumpiness?
  • hillrwhillrw Posts: 11
    I have had a 96 Grand Am since last November and just noticed something over the weekend. When the dial for the air/vent/defrost is set to the location with the arrows pointing to both the face and the feet of the human figure, the air conditioning compressor is turned on. I assumed that the AC ran only when the dial was set to either "max" or AC. On this car the setting with the arrow to both the head and feet is next to AC and I assumed that this was a fresh air vent setting (instead of AC). The AC comes on with this setting regardless of the setting of the temperature dial. Does anybody here know if this is normal?
  • I don't know about your 96 GA, but my 1997 Windstar kicks in AC automatically when you select face/feet on the selector. I can't figure out why, but the manual confirms it. Don't you have a manual to read up on it?
  • hillrwhillrw Posts: 11
    Yes, I have a GM manual for the car. However, the description for the face/feet setting on a vehicle without AC is the same as for that with AC. Nowhere does it say that the AC is on with this setting. I guess that the more I read of the other settings, it is "implied" that the AC is on for the face/feet setting (since it says it is NOT on for other settings).

    I noticed from your other postings that you also have a newer Grand Am. Does the climate control work similarly?

    In my new Silverado PU the problem is solved (presumably) by having all of the air flow location settings on the dial with a separate button for activating the AC.
  • My 1999 GA has a separate button to activate the AC. Thus you have the control over all the settings. I most definitely prefer this setup.
  • nickpernickper Posts: 28
    Yes, this is annoying, but normal. I have a 96 GA too.
  • sal66sal66 Posts: 1
    Paint chipping on '99 an '00 Grand Ams.

    We have a '99 Grand AM where the rocker panels,
    the lower quarter panels, and the wide cladding/molding are being denuded of paint from
    stones and sand being thrown up by the car's own
    tires (we live in northern AZ). We have just learned that GM has issued a TSB wherein it is stated that GM will pay to have the dealer's
    body shop refinish the damaged paint. It is part of the 3yr/36 warranty. How Nice! We'll put mud flaps behind the front tires to minimize this
    problem in the future.
  • nerssnerss Posts: 43
    My fiancee bought a 99 Grand Am SE1 on Dec. 31 2000 and it is the best car that I have ever driven. It has the 4 cyl with ETS and auto. I love the pickup, handling and ride. I used to own an 85 Cutlass with a loud engine. The 99 seems so refined and quiet, I love it. The only service issues that we have had was the interior carpeting needs to be replaced due to shrinkage, the dealer said that the plant cut the original too small and didn't leave enough for the normal amount of shrinkage. I also had to have a rear door panel replaced due to the covering coming off. The rear tail light on the driver side had one bulb that wouldn't light up, turned out to be a bad socket and the cornering lamps had their bulbs ripped out and filled with water during the spring thaw. The spare tire compartment also had a leak that was noticed when the dealer was getting the carpet number to order the new carpeting. We had to order a new jack also because the other one was completely rusted. Check your compartment today because the dealer in Marquette, MI stated that all of these are common fixable problems with the cars. Note that all of these were fixed under GM warranty. Her car now looks brand new. I really enjoy the spoiler and looks of the car. I am especially pleased with how the car has held up since it was a rental previous to us owning it and already had 30,000 miles on it at time of purchase. Are there any other problems that I should know about before my warranty runs out? I have heard rumors of having to have the power steering pump bored out due to flow issues.
  • I own a 1998 Pontiac Grand Am and It has the 3100
    V-6 Motor and it has 68K 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
    rent 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. Any Ideas what might be
    causing this? I know use STP fuel Injector Cleaner
    and Amoco Premium Gasoline whenever Possible. I
    really liked the car, maybe time for a new car?
    Anyone had similar Problems with GM 3100 or 3400
    V-6, we have the 3400 V-6 in our 1999 Oldsmobile
    Silhouette GLS (25900 miles) and no problems with
    it at all.
  • 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.
  • aam1aam1 Posts: 26
    Hi Guys:

    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.

    Thanks.
  • spectre3spectre3 Posts: 67
    use performance friction's carbon metallic pads.
    (autozone)
    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.

    anybody else???
  • burdawgburdawg Posts: 1,521
    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?
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