5th Generation (1988—1996) Grand Prix Problems

This generations ranks 9th out of 29 Pontiac generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (45%), electrical (11%), and the transmission (11%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Blown Head Gasket 2 complaints at an average of 74,000 miles in the 1994 Pontiac Grand Prix.
  2. Leaking Coolant, Intake Manifold Gasket Failure 2 complaints at an average of 114,000 miles in the 1996 Pontiac Grand Prix.
  3. Grinding Into Gear 1 complaints at an average of 78,000 miles in the 1995 Pontiac Grand Prix.

What Grand Prix 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 1994 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1996 14 2 41 3.93
1995 16 4 43 3.03
1994 18 2 37 5.39
1993 6 2 19 0.94
1992 6 2 13 1.34
1991 10 6 9 0.25
1990 1 9 6 0.21
1989 6 10 4 0.81
1988 0 12 2 0.0

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