1997 Pontiac Grand Prix
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Pretty Good Car

by from Iowa on January 4, 2009

I bought the car at 140,000 miles, have been driving it for 3.5 years, and it now has 210,000 miles! It really does run GREAT. There have been a few issues with it though (sensors, etc.); I've spent $...
I bought the car at 140,000 miles, have been driving it for 3.5 years, and it now has 210,000 miles! It really does run GREAT. There have been a few issues with it though (sensors, etc.); I've spent $2000 in repairs in 3.5 years. It now needs about $600 in repairs, but I know it'll run for another 40-60k EASILY. Air is ICE cold yet, brakes last forever, tires wear great, never needs alignment, etc. Starts in THE COLDEST weather (-45 wind chill) and air works great in the hottest weather (100 degrees, 100% humidity). Very dependable, has never left me stranded. Always starts.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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Great Car!

by from Chicago, Illinois on May 22, 2006

I bought my Grand Prix in 1996 and have had no problems with it. I absolutely loved it from the moment I test drove it! It handles very well, regardless of the weather conditions. The instruments are...
I bought my Grand Prix in 1996 and have had no problems with it. I absolutely loved it from the moment I test drove it! It handles very well, regardless of the weather conditions. The instruments are easily accessible, especially with some being on the steering wheel. The 1997 Grand Prix is a comfortable car, even for long rides. It is also most definitely user friendly, even for teenagers. We taught our oldest son to drive in this car and he never had a problem nor did he ever feel uncomfortable with or in it. I currently have approximately 90,000 miles on my Grand Prix and aside from normal maintenance, I have had no problems with it. I hope to have this car for another 90,000 miles because I just love it! I have recommended this car ever since I purchased it!
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Does recommend this car!!

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Love my Red Robin

by from Cape Cod, MA on July 12, 2011

I bought my Grand Prix off of my cousin for half blue book. I've had it 2 yrs and I've only had to replace the blower, a cooling system hose, serpentine belt, some breaks, and the engine light issues ...
I bought my Grand Prix off of my cousin for half blue book. I've had it 2 yrs and I've only had to replace the blower, a cooling system hose, serpentine belt, some breaks, and the engine light issues to pass inspection. most just maintenance. I think all in all I have only paid over 2k including new tires. Red Robin is her name and she has great handling on the road, pretty decent in snow, and has been very reliable (knock on wood). My only beef is the gas mileage isn't that great since shes got 3800GT engine. Shes worth it. I wouldn't hesitate to buy the same exact car again. I love you Red Robin!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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Fun drive

by from Ft. Wayne, IN on December 17, 2012

This car satisfies the need for handling, exhilaration, and economy. The 3.8 supercharged GTP provides quick acceleration and still manages 30 mpg highway. Mine at this point has 305,000 miles on it, ...
This car satisfies the need for handling, exhilaration, and economy. The 3.8 supercharged GTP provides quick acceleration and still manages 30 mpg highway. Mine at this point has 305,000 miles on it, don't miss any oil changes, I have changed a couple of wheel bearings along the way, but nothing else major.
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Does recommend this car!!

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Slick and Quick

by from on November 1, 2014

Most people look for a car that has a good balance of power, efficiency, and looks, but in most cases, they settle for only one of the three. It can be difficult in today?s automobile market to find a...
Most people look for a car that has a good balance of power, efficiency, and looks, but in most cases, they settle for only one of the three. It can be difficult in today?s automobile market to find a vehicle that can deliver at least a solid B- in all three fields. The 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP does just that. It?s a car that comes as advertised, no strings attached. It?s acceleration makes it fun to drive, it?s efficiency makes it easy on the wallet, and its appearance will make you think it?s slower than it actually is. Under the GTP?s hood you?ll find a 3.8 liter V6 engine with a 4-speed transmission. Now, there isn?t much special about a V6 car. Most of today?s sedans and SUVs are equipped with six cylinder engines, standard. The real powerhouse of the Grand Prix is it?s supercharger. That little baby kicks in at around sixty percent throttle, and you can really tell when it does. If you were to ask the driver of a car without a supercharger, they will tell you the power band of their V6 sedan is pretty linear. They?ll tell you the car has the same oomph all the way through the RPM?s, but not on this bad boy. It?s like moving into a whole different world; the speed picks up and you?ll be gripping the steering wheel wondering how those cars that were to the left and right of you at that stop light are so far behind you now. Check that out, you can see your average miles per gallon right on the dash! Not bad for a car built 17 years ago. Don?t get your expectations too high though, because you?re not going to be hugging many trees with this sedan. But with an average of 19 MPG, you?ve still got enough room to talk down at Hummer owners. That kind of efficiency is enough to get you about 250 miles from where you started before the all uppercase ?LOW FUEL? blurb is displayed on the Driver Information Center, despite there still being a whopping four gallons left in the tank. Don?t get me wrong, the GTP is by no means an ugly car. But when you look at it, you can definitely tell it was made in the 90s. There are no real definite lines on the vehicle, making it look more like a round-edged blob than a fast sedan. However, the slick shape and body style makes it look far better than other blocky cars being produced at the time. Combined with the black leather interior, the overall aesthetic appeal of the GTP makes a statement of definite personality, more than any other 1997 vehicle. If you?re looking for a car with fun amounts of power, adequate fuel efficiency, and a nineties? aesthetic style, then there?s no other car but the 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP. You can tell what it is up close, and you can tell what it is from afar.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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this car is absolutly great

by from alliance, OH on December 26, 2011

this 1997 pontiac grand prix gt is honestly one of the nicest cars i have ever owend. I have had it for quit some time now and it does everything it is supossed to still to this day. (december 26, 201...
this 1997 pontiac grand prix gt is honestly one of the nicest cars i have ever owend. I have had it for quit some time now and it does everything it is supossed to still to this day. (december 26, 2012) Every time i turn the key it start without a hesitation i love it, and when it comes to havin fun on the back rounds and putting the rubber on the ground this car is more then enough. Quik acc. nice stability at low and high speed easy to control steering and yet responsive and it holds the road like a mother to her yung. This car truely is the one that everybody has to drive at least once!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car!!

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GP SE that served me well

by from Moline, IL area on November 1, 2006

I've since sold this car. It was an SE model with the 3.8L engine. The only problem I had was a coil pack quit on a road trip to the in-laws. Driving 300 miles on 4 cylinders ruined ALOT of parts. I f...
I've since sold this car. It was an SE model with the 3.8L engine. The only problem I had was a coil pack quit on a road trip to the in-laws. Driving 300 miles on 4 cylinders ruined ALOT of parts. I fought the "service engine" light for about 3 weeks getting it all sorted out. I'd think the problem was fixed, but then the next thing in line would want attention. Went like this. Replaced the coil pack and the spark plugs. "Fixed"--nope, Replace the wired, "fixed", no. Replace O2 sense #1 (before converter) ... no. Replace cat converter... no. Replace O2 sensor #2 and the fuel filter to be sure. Ta-da, problem solved! Never a tranny issue. GP returned about 25mpg for all of our time with it. At 100K, unlike Carl below, I performed preventive maintainence; new timing chain, water pump, serp belt and brakes. Never blame any OEM for worn out serp belt or water pump. At 100K all belts/ water pumps are shot. If you got more than that, be happy. I did all the above work myself expect the cat converter. Interior was well laid out. Radio was ok, loved the ABS in MI and A/C blew cold when sold. When sold I could still make it look near-new. All things worked except of few of the rear window defogger lines, fan speed #1 and wipers were acting funny...sometimes. The front seat were comfortable, but the back seat felt like you're sitting-on-the-floor. Overall, I thought it was a teriffic ride. I'd get another except for my wife.
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Does recommend this car!!

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200,10 miles and runs perfect

by from Chicago/Omaha on January 20, 2016

bought my GT two door from a car lot with 170K miles on it and was a bit scared. I figured it would last a year or so. fast forward 3 years and 40,000 miles later and she is still running like new. I ...
bought my GT two door from a car lot with 170K miles on it and was a bit scared. I figured it would last a year or so. fast forward 3 years and 40,000 miles later and she is still running like new. I drive my car from Chicago to Omaha Nebraska every month. it is 450 miles and 6.5 hours doing 75-80 mph all the way. I get around 32mpg on the highway and 27mpg in town. I have Never fixed anything except new motor and tranny mounts. I change the oil every 5,000 miles and new antifreeze every spring. she has Never stalled, not started or left me on the side of the road. I may keep this car forever and use it as a parts car for another one if she ever dies. or I might fix her up and drive it another 20 years until she becomes an antique and then use her in shows. I would buy another grand prix GT two door in a heartbeat. Great cars !!!
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Most Reliable Car I've Owned.

by from St. catharines, Ontario, Canada on February 17, 2008

I owned this vehicle for 6 years and the only thing that I had to fix was A/C which was covered under warranty. Besides that no mechanical issues of any kind NONE. The only problem with this vehicle i...
I owned this vehicle for 6 years and the only thing that I had to fix was A/C which was covered under warranty. Besides that no mechanical issues of any kind NONE. The only problem with this vehicle is slow automatic windows for 2d models ( my friends owns one too). This car was the best purchase I have ever made.
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Does recommend this car!!

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Billy Ray

by from Muskogee, OK on August 10, 2015

When I looked at this car here in Muskogee it had the dash on the floor and they were going to replace the shifter cable. Should not have been setting on the lot for sale until it was at least ready t...
When I looked at this car here in Muskogee it had the dash on the floor and they were going to replace the shifter cable. Should not have been setting on the lot for sale until it was at least ready to test drive!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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