|Compact car; Built in USA|
|Good condition price range: $1,700 – $5,500*|
1999 Pontiac Grand Am GT 2-door coupe
2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2-door coupe
1999 Pontiac Grand Am SE 4-door sedan
1999 Pontiac Grand Am interior
2001 Pontiac Grand Am GT 2-door coupe
“Expressive” styling and a sporty nature draw a lot of customers to Grand Ams, but the compact isn’t as far ahead in basic engineering and construction. Though less refined than some rivals, it’s competent in most respects and exhibits enjoyable road manners.
America’s top-selling compact was redesigned for debut as an early 1999 model. About the same length as before, the front-drive coupe and 4-door sedan rode a 3.6-inch longer wheelbase and measured 2 inches wider. Interiors also were revamped. Grand Am was built from the same basic design as the Oldsmobile Alero, but styling differed considerably. Both body styles came in SE, SE1, and SE2 trim, as well as sportier GT and GT1 editions. Pontiac’s 4-cylinder engine remained standard for the SE and SE1. Standard on GTs and the SE2, and optional on the SE1, was a 3.4-liter V6 that made 170 horsepower. Sole transmission was a 4-speed automatic. Antilock brakes and traction control were standard.
|2000 Grand Am
An available Getrag 5-speed manual transmission was the big change for 2000, making the automatic unit an option for 4-cylinder models. Grand Ams also added standard rear child-seat anchors. When installed in GTs, the V6 engine made 175 horsepower rather than the usual 170.
|2001 Grand Am
Revised sound systems for 2001 included an 8-speaker Monsoon unit with CD/cassette and 7-band equalizer. Lower anchors for rear child seats were installed, and wheels restyled. The midrange SE2 version was dropped.
|2002 Grand Am
SE and SE1 models traded a 150-hp 2.4-liter 4 cyl for a 140-hp 2.2 liter engine in 2002.
|2003 Grand Am
Antilock brakes moved to the options list on the least expensive model. Grand Am sedans lost their lower-body plastic cladding. SE2 sedan is new for ’03 and upgrades SE/SE1 features with a leather-wrapped steering wheel with radio controls, a six-way power driver seat, cruise control, and 16-inch wheels. Added as a midyear option for GT1s was a Solid Value Appearance package with 30th-anniversary badges and special trim.
|2004 Grand Am
The only change in ’04 for the Grand Am was the addition of an MP3 option upgrade available for all models except the SE.
|2005 Grand Am
Retail sales of the sedan body style cease during 2005 as Pontiac begins to phase-in Grand Am’s replacement, a new car called the G6.