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2002 Pontiac Grand Am User Reviews

2002 Pontiac Grand Am Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 31 reviews

  • Performance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Appearance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Overall: 4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 17 reviews
"fuel economy" 9 reviews
"power" 8 reviews
"speed" 6 reviews
"comfortable car" 5 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"brakes" 2 reviews
"small power" 2 reviews
"doors" 2 reviews
"bearing" 2 reviews

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Brian writes:
2002 Pontiac Grand Am SE Review
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Fun to drive, speed compensated volume (SCV) on the stereo, sporty looks inside and out.

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A light is burnt out in the stereo display and the power window motor frequently breaks down, especially if used often.

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A Really Sporty Car. — My car is really sporty, but its quality typical of General Motors car from that era. It has really quick acceleration for a 170-hp V6 car. It has a low cost of ownership and the only "cost" has been to replace the power window motor. The car is very fun to drive.

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Bill writes:
2002 Pontiac Grand Am SE1 Coupe Review
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WAY too many to list!  All of the controls are at your finger tips.  The driver can reach, and operate any of the needed controls without losing concentration on the road; the layout of the instruments is very easy to read, even the indicator lights are very straight forward; automatic headlights; seats are comfortable on a long drive; plenty of storage...and I could go on forever!

Cons

It's not a Trans Am, Corvette, or even a Solstice...and the headlight bulbs aren't too much fun to replace.  

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It's Not The "end-all" Sports Car, But It's Hell Of A Lot Of Fun To Drive! — Strap yourself in, drop the windows, open the moonroof, pop your favorite "driving music" CD into the Monsoon stereo system, crank it ALL the way up, and find yourself a desolate country road...do this on a nice warm summer night, and there's not too much that can beat the way your stress dispears as you cruise along in this ultra-surprising ride! My 3.4L V-6 won't beat a Vette, but it will readily challenge your driving skills if you over-do it on the throttle! On the flip-side, there isn't much that will stop this car when it comes to weather. The traction control system is amazing! New England winters can throw some NASTY snow-storms at you, and this buggy won't leave you stuck anywhere! Just the right amount of weight to give you traction, but not enough to curse you with braking difficulties.

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LeeMichael writes:
2002 Pontiac Grand Am SE Review
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5

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Comfy. Reliable, fuel efficient. Take care of it and it won't give you any trouble.

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Small 4 cylinder engine. Makes a lot of noise without doing a lot of work when you put your foot to the floor. Brakes need to be changed constantly which has been a problem since the early 1990s.

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Best Car Ever. — I have had my car since March of 2005. Its a 2002 four cylinder Grand Am SE. Its fun to take in the country and coast along the open road. Its fun to drive and if Pontiac brought them back, I would totally get another one.

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jpk7883 writes:
2002 Pontiac Grand Am SE1 Review
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4

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Great in the snow. Fun to drive.

Cons

Reliability at high mileage

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Fun Pontiac — I owned this car during my college years. It got me through many 300 mile trips to and from college, as well as trips across the country. It sounded great after installing a magnaflow cat-bat exhaust. The only downfall was the ever increasing maintenance as it reached the 100,000 mile mark. More maintenance than other cars I've owned at the same mileage.

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samueldaju81 writes:
2002 Pontiac Grand Am SE1 Review
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4

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cheap maintenance,easy to drive,good stabilty on the highway,good performance overall

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i really liked the sporty look , the rear spoiler and the sunroof is really easy to drive and get around places,stable on the highway good performance

samueldaju81
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Good Car For Driving Around And Long Trips — cheap maintenance,like 35 bucks per oil change,if u have good tires it really drives good in the snow,easy to manouver good for all ages,i was driving the car every day from work and back never let me down,

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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tenspeed writes:
2002 Pontiac Grand Am SE1 Review
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4

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Low initial cost, inexpensive DIY repairs, decent body lines

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Front wheel bearing and speed sensors. One or the other fails every couple of years.

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Not A Bad Car — I like the overall looks. It has many features found in more expensive cars. The engine and drive train are standard GM. Parts availability is good and local shops can make repairs. The GAOwnersClub.com site is active with many owners. They have knowledgeable people and DIY threads with pictures so you can at least see what the solution is. Handy to know when a repair shop is trying to sell unnecessary repairs.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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mucob1203 writes:
2002 Pontiac Grand Am GT Review
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4

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Reliable

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Nothing

mucob1203
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Reliable Car With Only 77,000 Miles??? — This is a very reliable car that gets great gas mileage. Plus, there's only approximately 77,000 miles on it. I just had a oil change on the car in June. Plus, the car was just inspected in June and passed with flying colors!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Justin writes:
2002 Pontiac Grand Am GT Review
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5

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Fun fast car that can also suit a family

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DEX-COOL

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I Wanna Go Fast Daddy — Over all i love this car, great acceleration, good gas mileage, i absolutly love driving this car especially long road trips, i think the build quality is great, havent had one problem that was because of bad build quality, i am currently replacing the head gaskets because of GM's glory coolant; dex-cool, it corroded the head gaskets away basiclly, but tearing apart the engine every bolt came off smooth and every gasket minus the head gaskets looked brand new along with all the internals in the engine.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Jerry writes:
2002 Pontiac Grand Am GT Review
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5

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Nice Body

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Hard to buy for

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Better Then New — This car has alot of potential... if you have the patience for it. I bought this car for $10k w/ 35k miles. Since then I added a little bit at a time to make it mine. (Why keep a car stock?) Maybe I watched Fast and the Furious too much. Main color is Red and Black as the accent and a theme of Dragons. This is what I added to the car so far: New mirrors Altezza Style Taillights Dragon Floor Mats Aftermarket Front Bumper Dragon Decals (Hood, Fenders, Sides, windshield) 15% tint Borla Exhaust Drilled/Slotted Rotors & Ceramic Brake Pads Kuhmo Tires Blue Xenon lights Front & Back Strut Bars Gages (Oil Pressure, Air/Fuel, Volts) Red Underlighting Red Interior Lighting Red painted Calipers This is not the easiest car to work on or to find things for(and kinda expensive), but in the end it's worth it.

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jcompguy writes:
2002 Pontiac Grand Am GT Review
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I Wouldn't Recommend This Car To My Worst Enemy... — I purchased a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am GT in the fall of 2003. It was a GM Certified Used vehicle with 29,000 miles on it. Recently I was able to trade it off for a 2004 Nissan Maxima 3.5SE with more miles and am MUCH happier. Here is my experience: First Year: 4 x New Tires - stock tires were horrible - 35,000 Miles Transmission flushed and replaced seal due to leak - 35,000 Miles Second Year: New Pads and Rotors - factory rotors warped and pads were thin - 45,000 Miles ABS and Traction Control stopped working due to "ABS Malfunction" (the ABS computer and one or two wheel hubs needed replaced)- 50,000 Miles Front Drive Window Regulator Failed - 55,000 Miles One Speaker Stopped Working - 56,000 Miles LEDs in Factory Radio Failed - 60,000 Miles Third Year: Spark-plugs needed replaced early - 65,000 Miles Serpentine Belt Frayed and replaced early - 65,000 Miles Replaced Lower Intake Manifold Gasket - 70,000 Miles (1 of 4 times) Third Battery - 75,000 Miles Alternator Showed Signs of needing replaced - 80,000 Miles Replaced Lower Intake Manifold Gasket - 83,000 Miles (2 of 4) Replaced Lower Intake Manifold Gasket - 86,000 Miles (3 of 4) Replaced Lower Intake Manifold Gasket - 90,000 Miles (4 of 4) At this point I took the car in for a 110 Point GM Inspection, here were the findings: Lower Intake Manifold Gasket Needed Replaced (AGAIN) Alternator Needed Replaced ABS Computer Failed (Additional Diags Needed) Oil Leak (Additional Diags Needed) Radio Needed Replaced Monsoon Speaker Needed Replaced Front Driver's Window Regulator Needed Replaced (AGAIN) Then at 92,000 Miles the Transmission began to act up (wouldn't shift out of 2nd) and I was fed up with this piece of junk and managed to trade in the car and get $4000.00. This didn't even come close to paying off the loan but thankfully a buddy of mine at a Nissan dealer was able to help me out and cut me a nice deal on the 04 Maxima, that even with more miles is a whole lot better car than that Grand Am ever was.

Owner for 3 years, 1 months

Miles Driven per Year:22,000

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2005 Pontiac Grand Am Reviews

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2004 Pontiac Grand Am Reviews

Decent By CWcars

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2003 Pontiac Grand Am Reviews

Quick V-6 Ram Air Gt, Drive's Great With Good Gas Mpg By lightnen17

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am Reviews

Great Car By Sarah

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