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Old 01-10-2005, 07:49 PM   #1
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Me and the g/f are looking for a Grand Prix 97-02. I've tried talking her into a Bonnie but she doesn't want the same kind of car as me. She likes the GP'* alot. Anything i should look for through these years?? One year have more problem then the other?? She wants a GT not GTP. Thanks.
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Make sure to get the history on the upper intake manifold and lower intake manifold gaskets. Those are the two most important things outside of regular maintenance, etc.
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i believe GPs of that era also had the 4T65 tranny? which seems to give its users more trouble than the 4T60-E found in our NAed Bonnevilles, am i right on this?
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I think I got the 65, just not the HD....at least that is what my receipt said I believe.
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The 97 is the first year for that style, so it might have a few more problems than the following years. Although it'* the cheapest ones on the market. I've never had anything major happen to my 97. Just make sure the powertrain is in good shape.
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We are looking for one around 5 to 8k. Most we've saw have about 60-90k miles on them. Should I always ask if the upper intake manifold and lower intake manifold gaskets have been changed? If so is that a bad thing?
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One of my co-workers has a 2000 Grand Prix GTP. He just had a mulfunction in his ignition system. He didn't get to drive for a day, so it got fixed quickly.

I don't really know if this problem is common but I'm just telling you.

By the way, how come she doesn't like bonnevilles? My sister loooves them!
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We are looking for one around 5 to 8k. Most we've saw have about 60-90k miles on them. Should I always ask if the upper intake manifold and lower intake manifold gaskets have been changed? If so is that a bad thing?
If they have been changed then great. The engine should last quite a while. I bought mine at 85k. 60k is pretty low for a 90'* ish GP.
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Oh she loves my bonnie. Just doesn't want the same kind for some reason..?
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My fiancee has a 2000 GPGT . Its great in the white stuff and gets decent gas mileage.
She got an extended warranty when she bought the car and it has paid for around $5K in repairs .

Things that have been replaced/fixed -

intake & exhaust manifold gaskets replaced
ball joint went out and in a chain reaction of events, snapped the driver side axle in two.
A/C fan stuck on high
power steering rack & pump replaced
tie rods replaced.

All of these problems happened between 45-70K miles. Her sister has a 2001 GPGT and there is always something wrong with it(she bought it around 60K , and it now has 120K )
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