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1994 Pontiac Grand Am

Overall rating:  Product Rating: 3.5

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You Can't Go Right With the Car

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Jan 2, 2006 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 10 Recommended: No 

Pros: Beautiful car, good gas mileage, easy handling and fun to drive.
Cons: Nothing works, nothing stays repaired, a complete engineering disaster.
The Bottom Line: Avoid this car if you can. Almost any other car will last longer and spend more time in your driveway than the repair shop.

My Pontiac Grand Am SE was six years old when I bought it from my brother. He had had it about eight months, but wanted to buy a truck. I had been driving a 1998 Isuzu Amigo (which is ANOTHER nightmare), so I decided to give the Pontiac a try. Years ... read more

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Grand Am Horror Story!

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Jan 8, 2005 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 10 Recommended: No 

Pros: Great Handling; Sporty feel and styling
Cons: Too many to list here - read the review!
The Bottom Line: Would not recommend to anyone. A friend also had similar problems with her V6 Grand Am

The 1994 Grand Am was the 1st brand new car I ever owned. I purchased it in Nov 1993 using my grandfather's employee discount. In March 1994 the problems started. The brake pads needed to be replaced, and there was a thick layer of brake dust on the ... read more

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Pontiac Bland AM

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Mar 13, 2002 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 10 Recommended: No 

Pros: Hmmm...I wish there was one
Cons: So many to list, you should read on...
The Bottom Line: I hate this car and I can't even get a dealer to accept it as a trade in. That alone tells you what kind of quality car it is.

Ok, I'm a little biased because I was sucked into buying this car because it was all I could afford on short notice. I had a Celica which was on it's last leg (I loved that car) and I needed something fast. The Grand Am LOOKED sporty and fun. Looks ... read more

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My Lemon

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Nov 14, 2001 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 10 Recommended: No 

Pros: Quad Cam Engine, Trunk Space
Cons: Too many to list....see below.
The Bottom Line: Dont ever buy this car. It will give you so many problems!!

This car was my second car. I bought it at one of those park and sell places. It was about $5,000 when i bought it and it was not even worth half of that. That car gave me so many problems. I read about MOMMYNEW's report on her grand am. I can say ... read more

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NEVER a Pontiac again!!

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Aug 13, 2001 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 10 Recommended: No 

Pros: Nice, clean, sporty look
Cons: undependable nightmare
The Bottom Line: I will never buy a Pontiac again.

I bought a 1994 Grand Am for $5000 with 80K from a young man last October and I have all heck with this car since I got it. The previous owner told me that the only problem that he had was a few fuses kept blowing but that was it. Well....that is not ... read more

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Is it a lemon or a car?

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Nov 22, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 10 Recommended: No 

Pros: Looks
Cons: engine

I bought this vehicle because I thought it would be a good economical car. I have always thought Pontiac manufactured good cars. The car is good on gas and its pretty nice looking.But...... If you get the Quad four engine you have got a mess on your hand ... read more

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Expensive Citrus (Lemon)

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Apr 25, 2000 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 10 Recommended: No 

Pros: very little
Cons: don't get me started

I have had two Grand Ams in a row now (I didn't choose to get another, but my spouse had one when we met), and you can't run fast enough to catch me to give me another. Not only have my Grand Am's been giant money-vacuums at the repair shop, but they ... read more

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Nothing but a Canned Ham

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Feb 3, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 10 Recommended: No 

Pros: Inexpensive
Cons: You get what you pay for

When I received my 1994 Pontiac Grand AM SE, I was thrilled. It had 17,000 miles on it, and I thought it was great. Little did I know what I was in store for. By the time I reached 40,000 I had already replaced most of my engine. The seats are ... read more

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94 SE - NIGHTMARE!

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Jan 22, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 10 Recommended: No 

Pros: Sporty; good asthetics
Cons: Mechanical nightmare; read my review for the LONG list!

Where do I start? Just typing this my blood is boiling. I bought this car in 1994 new as my first car. I was 18 years old. I really love the way the car drove and it felt sporty. :: sigh :: it was ok the first 36k miles. Unfortunately I ... read more

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Gran damn it

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Jan 13, 2003 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 20 Recommended: No 

Pros: Looks and stereo are very nice
Cons: Everything else needs work
The Bottom Line: This car is good for the looks but buyer beware. I would rather have to make like Fred Flinstone and run my car from place to place.

Last year in August of 2002 i found myself in desperate need of a car for my first one had a couple of accidents. So I went looking for another car fast well i ended up at a used car lot and i just happened to find the best looking car in there the 94' ... read more

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Nice car until something breaks!

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Jun 19, 2001 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 20 Recommended: No 

Pros: Great look, solid construction, decent gas mileage
Cons: Some very bad mechanical problems which lead to major repairs
The Bottom Line: If you do decide to purchass this vehicle, please please have it fully checked over by a certified Pontiac garage!

I must admit, this was my first 'nice' car. I purchassed it only 3-4months ago used. The original owner kept it in _perfect_ shape, and I only paid $3800(90k miles). the Quad4 engine proved to be quite peppy, and I had no problems with it for a good two ... read more

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Burn in Hell Grand AM

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Jan 18, 2000 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 20 Recommended: No 

Pros: Acceleration rocks
Cons: feels like your riding on rocks

What can I say about the Pontiac GrandAM to do it justice. It is a great steel and plexiglass beast bent on the eventual consumation of earth's fossil fuels. The seats are uncomfortable if you are more then 5'7" tall(can never find teh right ... read more

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Nothing "Grand" about this car

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Jan 16, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 20 Recommended: No 

Pros: Good size, good gas mileage
Cons: Brake jobs every 6,000 miles. Chipping paint.

In 1997 I purchased a 1994 Pontiac Grand Am GT 4 door. The car looked to be in excellent shape and only had 17,000 miles on it. I took the car for a test drive and, being only 18, I thought this was a great car. The first thing that went wrong ... read more

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Overall- a decent car...

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Aug 7, 2002 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 30 Recommended: No 

Pros: This car has gone through much and its done fairly well.
Cons: But it does have some mechanical faults and is not worth the price we paid.
The Bottom Line: Generally a decent car, but not without its problems.

When this model first came out I really did not care for its overall look, but it grew on me, esp. after my husband purchased one used in Nov. of '95. I do like that its a sedan- 4 Door- practical and yet it's rather sporty and fun too. As with newer ... read more

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Great cars?

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Jan 25, 2000 - Updated Oct 1, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 30 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: sporty, comfortable
Cons: many mechanical problems

I own a 1994 Pontiac Grand Am. When I first got the car, I was in shock... I thought... "WOW, this is great, it handles wonderful" The Clutch was right there, no problem driving it. I couldn't have asked for a better car. It's sporty ... read more

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Reliable, decently-built American sportscar

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May 31, 2004 - Updated Mar 31, 2013 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Inexpensive, good-handling, great gas mileage and good looking.
Cons: Spedometer needle sometimes obstructs the trip odometer.
The Bottom Line: If you're looking for a good used car, the odds are in your favor.

When my wife & I moved from Los Angeles to South Carolina, we needed a car. Nothing fancy; just something to get us around town. Wowzers! Did we ever luck out with the 1994 Pontiac Grand Am! The marvelous "handling" of this little car is ... read more

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Good car if you can get it cheap

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May 12, 2003 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Decent looks, peppy engine, OK handling, ABS, good radio
Cons: Raucous engine, cheap interior, brakes required regular servicing, susceptible to cross winds on the motorway
The Bottom Line: Cheap, honest transport that was OK to live with. If this is what you want, go for it.

I bought a 1994, 4 cylinder with 125,000 miles in June 2002 for $1500. It was my first car so wanted a car that would tide me over until I qualified for cheaper insurance. The car required quite a lot of work (new tires, tune up and brush up of brakes) ... read more

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A good car for the money

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Feb 25, 2003 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Very comfortable yet sporty ride, fairly roomy
Cons: awkward shaped trunk opening, interior body panels squeak
The Bottom Line: Not everyone can afford a new car, or wants to pay interest for something that depreciates the first time you use it. If this sounds like you, consider this car.

Pontiac has made attempts to emphasize performance as their primary goal. They try to make even their four cylinder cars feel like their Firebird. EXTERIOR The car does look real nice when it is all shined up with a good set of rims or ... read more

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1994 Pontiac Grand Am GT

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Feb 7, 2003 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Very fun to drive.
Cons: Expensive tires.
The Bottom Line: I would gladly own another Pontiac Grand Am GT because they are proven reliable cars with acceptable engine power, great performance, and good looks.

I own a blue/green 1994 Pontiac Grand Am GT and it has been very reliable for me. I absolutely love it! This car has been a joy to drive ever since I purchased it used in 1998. I have only had to replace the alternator and maintain regular upkeep(oil ... read more

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1994 Pontiac Grand Am Se

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Apr 13, 2002 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Handling, Gas Mileage, Looks
Cons: Noisy Interior, Power
The Bottom Line: If you want to have a sporty car that will last a long time and get good gas mileage, this car is for you.

The car itself has held up very well over the 100,000 miles the previous owner put on it, other then a couple of interior stains from their children. After I bought the car (Jan. '02), it looked brand new after a good wash and cleaning. The engine was ... read more

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