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2000 Pontiac Grand Am Coupe

2dr Cpe SE

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  • $16,090 original MSRP
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2000 Pontiac Grand Am

Source: The Car Connection

A brash American with attitude - and V-6 power.

by Bob Storck

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - You can only imagine the trepidation of a design team when faced with replacing the car that has led Pontiac's sales for the better part of two decades. With the Grand Am, stylists not only had to make sure prior owners would come back in droves, but that its shape would be sleek enough to run around with the likes of Toyota's Camry and Honda's Accord as well.

Sizewise, the Grand Am fits in just below those midsize cars that dominate passenger sedan sales, but with a roomy interior and a solid V-6 engine, it just barely overlaps the Camry, Accord and the Taurus too.

Saleswise, the Grand Am can stand tall against those mega-sellers as well. It has sold in quantities of over 200,000 units each year since the last overhaul, and it occasionally has been the best-selling GM car. That is a remarkable accomplishment when you consider that it competes with the big names as well as such solid vehicles as Nissan's Altima, Chevy's Cavalier, the Dodge Stratus, Hyundai Sonata and others.

Many folks think it's the styling that draws in bargain seekers. For a vehicle comfortably in the mid-teen range, the Grand Am offers edgy styling that you simply won't get from Japan or Korea. The Grand Am's decolletage, all the ribs and strakes on its otherwise lean body, are immediately noticeable - proof that you don't have to spend a lot to get a standout car. Detractors could reasonably argue the Grand Am as overdone, but clearly it's hitting a sweet spot in the me-too compact class.

Underneath the compulsive attention-grabbing sheetmetal, designers managed to extend the wheelbase almost four inches and still make the Grand Am slightly shorter than before. This has dual purpose of increasing rear seat room and softening the ride. The combination of the most rigid frame in the segment and a fully independent suspension makes the small Pontiac handle nearly as well as the styling might imply.


Ironically for a company that emphasizes their wide-track virtues, and even with a 3.3-in wider stance than before, it is not the widest in that among its competitors. Since it is 32-percent stiffer than its predecessor, and has isolation bushings on the front and rear cradles to which the suspension is mounted, the new Grand Am is almost soundless as it navigates the roads.

Unfortunately the benefits of a larger rear trunk are somewhat offset by the high liftover height created by the large rear bumper. The Grand Am has the best-looking spoiler I've seen lately, though: its mountings accent the rear wing, instead of trying to make themselves invisible.

Styling attitude standard

Pontiac claims that the Grand Am's standard equipment package is the most generous in its class. Standard features include one of GM's excellent four-speed automatic transmissions (you can get a Getrag five-speed in the four-cylinder models if you wish), air conditioning, rear defogger, tilting steering wheel, anti-lock brakes and variable speed windshield wipers.

Other standard items not often found in this class include programmable door locks, a traction-control system, battery rundown protection, electric remote trunk release and an oil life sensor. The latter not only relies on the interval between changes, but also responds to driving conditions and temperature. Thus the owner is warned to change oil more frequently if the Grand Am is driven in hot traffic compared to one that spends its life on temperate highways.

The interior is decorated with rounded buttons and knobs plus red-lit instruments that have become a Pontiac tradition. In keeping with its performance image, a tachometer is standard. A welcome feature is the adjustable lumbar support in the supportive seats. Not only are there dual cupholders in front, but each rear passenger also has one.

An upgraded V-6 with more displacement and horsepower than before is also in line with Pontiac values, but I personally would opt for the four-cylinder. Balance shafts make the smaller engine almost vibration free, and even in the situations that I wanted to squirt into traffic, it combined with the excellent four-speed automatic to remove any tension from the effort. Most importantly, the torque curve is almost flat across the full rev range for both engines, thus providing an ample reserve of confident power at any speed.

The Grand Am is produced at the same Lansing, Mich., plant where its sister Olds Alero is built. Even though these cars share many components, they are completely different in styling and tuning, with the Oldsmobile aimed more at the European touring car feel. For brash in-your-face American attitude, Pontiac's the one to pick.


Base Price: $16,650 (GT Coupe)
Engine: 2.4-liter in-line four-cylinder, 150 hp; 3.4-liter V-6, 170 hp
Transmission: five-speed manual (four-cylinder only); four-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 107.0 in
Length: 186.3 in
Width: 70.4 in
Height: 55.1 in
Weight: 3066/3116 lb (coupe/sedan)
Fuel economy: 22 city/ 30 hwy (four-cylinder, five-speed; 22/31 four-cylinder, four-speed; 20/32 six-cylinder, four-speed)
Major standard equipment:
Dual front airbags
Air conditioning
Power locks
Rear window defogger
Daytime running lights
Anti-lock brakes
Traction control
AM/FM stereo with cassette

© 2000 The Car Connection

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
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Fog Lamps Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std


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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Pontiac Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
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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