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2002 Pontiac Grand Am Sedan

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2002 Pontiac Grand Am

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Introduction

Pontiac's Grand Am is a major sales success. Although compact in size, it looks big and important; at a quick glance it could be easily mistaken for its bigger brother, the Pontiac Grand Prix. Inside, Grand Am's elaborate cockpit could make any Walter Mitty feel like an airline pilot.

That impression wouldn't evaporate the first time Wally opens the throttle because Grand Am backs up its racy looks with frisky performance and sport-coupe handling.

For 2002, Grand Am features a new base engine designed for smoother operation, better fuel economy and lower maintenance costs, with no significant loss in performance.

Model Lineup

Two body styles are available, a two-door coupe and a coupe-like four-door sedan. Each comes in four trim levels, with the sedan priced $150 higher than the comparable coupe. The sedan offers slightly more rear headroom than the coupe (and two more doors), but otherwise they are functionally identical.

Base-level SE models begin at $16,800 for the coupe, and come with air conditioning, anti-lock brakes, traction control, aggressive P215/60R15 tires and many other standard features. SE1 ($18,240 for the coupe) adds cruise control, power windows and locks, four-way adjustable front seats, alloy wheels and six-speaker audio with compact disc and graphic equalizer.

Next up is the GT ($20,690), which has its own unique front and rear fascias, plus a stiffer suspension, wider (P225/50R16) tires, disc brakes at all four corners and a leather-wrapped steering wheel connected to speed-sensitive power steering. GT1 ($21,960) adds a power glass sunroof, six-way power driver's seat, and eight-speaker Monsoon audio with steering-wheel-mounted controls.

Last year's base-level, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is gone, replaced by the new EcoTec 2.2-liter four. Like its predecessor, EcoTec is a twin-cam unit with four valves per cylinder. It is rated only 140 horsepower, vs. 150 for the old engine; but Pontiac claims that those ten ponies will hardly be missed. In exchange, EcoTec offers a wealth of high-tech bragging rights. It is not only the lightest engine GM builds in its displacement class, but also one of the most compact four-bangers built in the world. All-aluminum construction contributes to its ultra-light weight of only 305 pounds, while twin balance shafts ensure smooth operation. Fuel economy is improved as well.

A 3.4-liter overhead-valve V6 producing 170 horsepower in standard tune is a $715 option for SE1. GT and GT1 models come standard with the V6, pumped up to 175 horsepower with cold-air induction (called ram air) and a less restrictive exhaust.

SE and SE1 buyers can choose a new five-speed manual transmission built by Getrag, a renowned German gearbox manufacturer; or (for $825) a four-speed automatic. The SE1 V6 and the sportier GT and GT1 are offered only with the automatic transmission.

GT and GT1 can be equipped with leather seats for $595. The power glass sunroof can be added to GT or SE1 for $700.

Walkaround

Bold bodywork with elaborate cladding is destined to draw attention to this sporty compact. The designers have put pseudo-aerodynamic ribs everywhere: starting at the front bumper, wrapping around the front fenders, sweeping back along the doors and rear fenders and finally around the rear bumper. The rib motif is echoed through the side mirrors and the optional rear spoiler. It all works together to give the Grand Am a sporty look. Body-colored door handles and side moldings further support the theme. Add cats-eye headlamps, a twin-port grille, round driving lamps and that wide track stance and there's no question this is a Pontiac.

Small round cornering lamps positioned on the edges of the rear bumper are designed to complement the standard backup lights; they direct a beam at a 45 degree angle from the side and rear of the vehicle. They should help illuminate ditches and other obstructions when backing up at night.

Interior Features

Grand Am's bold exterior theme is carried through inside with a sporty retro dashboard. Circular hoods shroud the instruments and ventilation ducts and remind us of sports cars past. It's an attractive look that adds to the Grand Am's appeal. Warm, red light illuminates the instruments, which are large and easy to read. Audio and climate controls are angled toward the driver for easy access. Big round knobs adjust heating, ventilation and air conditioning. An eight-speaker Monsoon stereo is standard on the GT1 and optional on GT and SE1 models.

Strapping on the new Grand Am reveals that the seating position is slightly higher than in previous-generation models. Coupled with a lower cowl and thin A-pillars, that makes it easier to see out front. Our SE1 was equipped with a four-way adjustable driver's seat, which we found to be comfortable during our travels around greater Miami. A six-way power driver's seat is standard on GT1 models.

Several features add convenience to the Grand Am. Automatic headlights can be set to switch on at nightfall, then turn off 20 seconds after the ignition is shut down, giving the driver some time to unlock a house or garage door. Battery rundown protection automatically turns off all accessory lights after 20 minutes, in case they were left on by mistake.

A delayed locking feature can be programmed to automatically lock the doors within seven seconds of closing the last door. That eliminates the need for trusting passengers to lock their doors and permits quick retrieval of forgotten items. When the driver removes the key from the ignition, three chimes indicate the system is activated. It locks the car seven seconds after the last door is closed. If a door is opened before that time, the timer stops and starts over when the door is closed again. Exterior lights flash twice and the horn beeps to confirm the doors are locked. A related system automatically locks the doors when the shifter is moved out of the park position. The doors automatically unlock when the shifter is placed in park and the ignition is turned off.

Driving Impressions

The Pontiac Grand Am offers a smooth and controlled ride. There's a noticeable absence of shimmy, shake or rattle over potholes. It's also quiet inside. Sharp steering response connects the driver to the road.

We haven't tried a Grand Am with the new EcoTec engine, but last year's four-banger delivered plenty of power around town, and offered good acceleration for tackling freeway on-ramps. We don't expect the new engine to perform much differently. What really counts is torque, and here the EcoTec only falls short by 5 pound-feet (150 vs. 155). That the new engine reaches its torque peak 400 rpm sooner, at 4000 rather than 4400 rpm, might more than compensate for the shortfall.

The four-speed automatic shifts smoothly and positively.

That wide-track Pontiac stance gives the Grand Am an athletic handling response. A wide front track (the distance between the left and right front tires) and a stretched-out, 107-inch wheelbase adds to the Grand Am's aggressive, sporty appearance. It also increases stability at high speeds, in corners and in cross winds.

Beneath the Grand Am's sporty appearance is a rigid unit-body structure. That stiffer unit-body allowed GM engineers to design a three-link rear suspension that offers more precise control of the wheels and better noise and vibration damping. That adds up to improved handling and ride quality, areas where the previous-generation Grand Am left something to be desired.

Big front disc brakes stop the Grand Am in a reasonable distance. Aluminum brake calipers result in lower unsprung weight, which improves handling in bumpy corners. All Grand Ams come with antilock brakes (ABS) and electronic traction control, both of which make the car easier to control in slippery situations.

Summary

Pontiac's Grand Am offers bold styling and is loaded with convenient interior features.


Model Line Overview

Model lineup: Coupe: SE ($16,800), SE1 ($18,240), GT ($20,690), GT1 ($21,960)
Sedan: SE ($16,950), SE1 ($18,390), GT ($20,840), GT1 ($22,110)
Engines: 140-hp 2.2-liter dohc 16-valve inline-4; 170-hp 3.4-liter ohv 12-valve V6; 175-hp 3.4-liter ohv 12-valve V6
Transmissions: 4-speed automatic; 5-speed manual
Safety equipment (standard): ABS, traction control, dual airbags
Safety equipment (optional): N/A
Basic warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in: Lansing, Michigan

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): Grand Am Sedan SE1 ($18,390)
Standard equipment: air conditioning, AM/FM stereo, power door locks, intermittent wipers, rear cornering lamps, tilt steering column, power windows, power mirrors, cruise control, AM/FM/CD stereo, four-way adjustable driver's seat, split folding rear seats
Options as tested (MSRP): Automatic transmission ($825) includes 3.42 axle and enhanced traction control
Destination charge: ($585)
Gas guzzler tax: N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $ 19,800
Layout: front-wheel drive
Engine: 2.2-liter dohc 16-valve inline-4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 140 @ 5600
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 150 @ 4000
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 24/32 mpg
Wheelbase: 107.2 in.
Length/width/height: 186.3/70.4/55.1 in.
Track, f/r: 59.0/59.1 in.
Turning circle: 35.1 ft.
Seating capacity: 5
Head/hip/leg room, f: 38.3/52.6/42.1 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r: 37.6/52.4/35.5 in.
Trunk volume: 14.6 cu. ft.
Payload: N/A
Towing capacity: N/A
Suspension, f: Independent
Suspension, r: Independent
Ground clearance: N/A
Curb weight: 3116 lbs.
Tires: P215/60R15
Brakes, f/r: disc/drum with ABS
Fuel capacity: 14.3 gal.

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of August 31, 2001.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.

N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-762-2737 - www.pontiac.com

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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.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
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Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

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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 2009-2010 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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