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1994 Pontiac Grand Am Coupe

2dr Coupe SE

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  • $12,514 original MSRP

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1994 Pontiac Grand Am

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Overview

With its, sporty look, responsive power plant appealing standard features such as a driver-side air bag and four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), the Pontiac Grand Am is poised to challenge its primary competitors, namely the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. And at a base price significantly lower than both sedans, the Grand Am is a good value.

Pontiac's leading seller with more than 200,000 units moved in the 1993 model year-should expect to grab the attention of those not already loyal to the import competition.

Although little has changed for 1994, Pontiac is now offering an optional 3.1liter V6 engine, coupled with a four-speed automatic transmission. We chose this power train for our test vehicle, a Grand Am SE Sedan. Other options we selected included air conditioning, cruise control, an electric rear-window defogger, power windows, 16-inch cast aluminum wheels and touring tires, all of which brought the total price to $16,813, up from an MSRP base price of $12,614.

Walkaround

Our test vehicle was painted Bright White and looked very snazzy. The hood of our Grand Am SE sloped sharply to meet the front bumper, which was part of a protective housing that totally encased the car. Under the front, the bumper extended back with a cover to protect the engine from road debris. The bumper was made of tough polyurethane plastic, but it was a little softer in the front and back to better absorb the little bumps often encountered in parking lots.

Our Grand Am SE's molding was topped off by a neat chrome strip, but unfortunately the molding and chrome disappeared entirely over the wheel housings, thereby exposing the bodyside at those points.

The most arresting styling feature of the Grand Am's exterior, though, was the tough plastic bodyside cladding that was painted to match the body metal in a monochromatic paint scheme. At the top, near the middle of the door, the cladding had a kind of rippled design. The smoothness of the line was interrupted by a depression midway back, no doubt to permit the rear door to swing open.

In front, familiar wraparound headlights flanked the traditional Pontiac split grille, with the turn signal inserted on the outside bend. Fog lights and bumper-mounted sidelights added to what may sound like a busy design, but the total effect was impressively stylish.

The front and rear wheel housings were cut high into the side body, exposing the wheels entirely. In other words, we didn't even have to lean over to check for tread wear on the tires.

The massive taillights formed the rear corners of the vehicle and were separated by the trunk lid. Reverse lights were embedded below in the rear bumper, as was the license plate niche. The whole rear trunk arrangement looked to us like a pro football player complete with shoulder pads. The trunk was big enough to hold plenty of luggage and golf clubs, and it came equipped with a compact spare tire.

Interior Features

The manually adjustable front bucket seats of our Grand Am SE were snug, designed to discourage squirming. They moved back far enough to provide plenty of room for tall people and were easy to get in and out of There was also adequate headroom up front.

The instrument panel was easily visible through the steering wheel. Considering the rest of this car, though, it came as somewhat of a surprise to find the panel to be rather low-key and straightforward with the standard gauges arranged in a half-circle and displaying white analog figures.

Most of the controls were easy to reach-cruise control on a stick to the left of the steering column and wipers to the right. The gear shift was on the console, as were the conveniently placed window controls. The hood release, though, was a tough reach under the dash.

Our test car's seat belts, mounted at the top of the door posts, rested across our chests rather than over our shoulders, which we found very comfortable and unobtrusive.

The doors were large, curving up to form the edge of the roof. The rear doors swung open a full 80 degrees for easy entry and exit. Seating three in the rear would be a bit tight, but two passengers should find it quite comfortable with adequate knee room.

Driving Impressions

The Grand Am SE's 3. 1 -liter V6 was certainly a responsive engine. Acceleration was excellent both from a standing start and when passing. We entered expressway traffic easily and with confidence.

Shifting was provided by an efficient four-speed automatic transmission. In addition to an overdrive top gear, it boasted a brake/transmission interlock, which prevented the transmission from shifting out of park unless the driver's foot pressed firmly on the brake pedal. Also, once the vehicle was placed in drive, all four doors locked-unlocking once again when the ignition was turned off.

Our Grand Am SE maneuvered crisply in city traffic. The power rack-and-pinion steering was firm and responsive, though it did have a tactile quality-we definitely couldn't turn corners with just one finger against the spoke.

While the ride did seem to smooth out at higher speeds, we certainly experienced a feel for the road.

We drove our test Grand Am SE over various surfaces, some quite bumpy, and the suspension handled them all adequately.

Stopping was easy with the vehicle's standard four-wheel ABS. With the ability to pump brakeline pressure 15 times a second to a skidding wheel, the system handled our sudden stops with ease.

We were greeted by a full, throaty roar from the engine upon acceleration. That sound of power may be a distraction to some, but it's music to Grand Am loyalists. At higher cruising speeds, however, the engine did seem to revert to a more docile hum, thanks to an enhanced induction system that's new for 1994.

Summary

We found the Pontiac Grand Am SE a worthy challenger to its more-publicized counterparts, the Accord and Camry. Though it lacks their styling and performance reputations, the Grand Am SE Sedan is impressive with its sporty, angular look and formidable engine. This sedan also offers both a driver-side air bag and ABS as standard equipment, something neither the Accord nor Camry can claim. And most important to new-sedan buyers, the Grand Am SE's base price is the lowest of the three.

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Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-year/24,000-Mile1 CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile2 Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile3 Powertrain Limited Warranty

1Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.

2Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.

3Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2010 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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