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Reliability Personified by An MSN Autos Consumer on 03/15/2011. Trim: 2000 Pontiac Grand Am SE Sedan, Owned 8 years.
Pros: Engine is a workhorse. Fast acceleration, good handling, decent mpg (29 Highway, ~22 City), and a sleek exterior. Having owned this car for more than eight years I couldn't be happier with it. As noted by others, the body styling still compares well with more recent cars. The trunk is large, ride is smooth and quiet, seating is comfortable and roomy whether in the front of back.
Cons: Cheap factory standard stereo, coating / details come off easily and sound quality of the deck is mediocre. This is easily fixed by installing a new stereo deck. Have had minor electrical problem which was fast and cheap to repair. Over an eight year period also had to replace water pump once. Stone chips have a habit of chipping rear passenger doors at the front corner allowing rust to form.
Overall review: Over an eight year period this car has given very few problems and today runs just as well as the day I drove it off the lot. It still looks as sporty and stylish as many of the cars being produced today. With any car you expect some repairs to be made but with this car there were very few, well under my own expectations. The only reason I am giving this up is due to someone hitting my car as it was parked infront of my house late at night... unfortunately the driver sped off and the damage was enough for the insurance company to call it a complete loss (Although the damage doesn't look that bad, withstood collision very well). Total miles: ~182,000, very few problems, very reliable.
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