3rd Generation (1986—1991) Grand Am Problems

This generations ranks 5th out of 29 Pontiac generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (66%), electrical (11%), and the hvac (5%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Car Runs Like a Top for Awhile Then Shuts Down Completely 2 complaints at an average of 98,025 miles in the 1990 Pontiac Grand Am.
  2. Stalls 4 complaints at an average of 128,250 miles in the 1991 Pontiac Grand Am.
  3. Engine Cranks but Wont Start 1 complaints at an average of 89,000 miles in the 1989 Pontiac Grand Am.

What Grand Am Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Pontiac model years.

Watch out for the 1991 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1991 8 3 7 0.98
1990 4 1 1 0.78
1989 3 3 1 0.75
1988 0 3 3 0.0
1987 2 3 1 0.58
1986 1 2 1 0.17

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