1998 Pontiac Grand AM
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1998 Pontiac Grand AM Review
Affordable fun for any driver.
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The Grand AM has never been one of the most publicized offerings from Pontiac, but it has been consistently one of its bestselling models. While the 1998 Pontiac Grand AM does not have the same sporty styling and performance as many other Pontiac vehicles, it provides a reasonably priced option in the family vehicle market. The Grand AM sells well because it offers a good overall value, even if it lacks the glamour of some other Pontiac models.
Despite the Pontiac Grand AM’s main selling point being practicality, it does not underperform. The Grand AM’s engine options also show up in the Pontiac Sunfire and Pontiac Grand Prix. The Grand AM does not reach the same level as those vehicles, but it still offers good performance and handling.
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.1-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Pontiac Grand AM SE, Pontiac Grand AM GT
The airbags in the 1998 Pontiac Grand AM upgrade from previous models. The standardized option groups have been altered from previous years.
The 1998 Pontiac Grand AM comes as a two-door coupe or a sedan. Compared to other Pontiac designs, the Grand AM looks much more angular and less sporty. It is not necessarily an unattractive vehicle, but the body design would not have looked particularly out of place a decade before the 1998 Pontiac Grand AM began selling.
Exterior options include a power moonroof, keyless entry, and a rear window defroster.
The 1998 Pontiac Grand AM has a light standard equipment list, which remains identical regardless of the body selected. Air-conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, and an AM/FM radio come standard on both models. A cassette player, a CD player, a premium audio system, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and a leather-trimmed knob are all optional. Power locks come standard on all Grand AMs; power windows are optional. On some vehicles, the weak standard equipment list could cause a price issue, but adding optional equipment on the Grand AM does not inflate the price too quickly. The Grand AM only gets significantly overpriced with all of the optional equipment added.
Performance & Handling
The Pontiac Grand AM offers good overall performance and handling regardless of the model. It does not perform quite as well as some of the sportier Pontiac models, but the Grand AM still manages to make a good showing for itself. The acceleration and speed seems good overall, especially with the more powerful six-cylinder option. The Grand AM turns quite well, although this doesn’t seem unusual for a vehicle of its size. The 1998 Pontiac Grand AM offers nothing amazing, but it also avoids any substantial handling issues.
The 1998 Pontiac Grand AM comes equipped with dual front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard safety equipment.
EPA Fuel Economy
Pontiac Grand AM 3.1-liter six-cylinder: 18/27 mpg city/highway
- Good value
- Fairly extensive and affordable options list
You Won't Like
- Lacks anything to really set it apart from the competition
- Body design might not appeal to all drivers
Affordable fun for any driver.
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