2003 Pontiac Grand Am User Reviews

2003 Pontiac Grand Am Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 39 reviews

  • Performance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 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:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 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
"fuel economy" 18 reviews
"ride" 16 reviews
"power" 14 reviews
"handling" 5 reviews
"brakes" 4 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"power" 4 reviews
"weak power" 2 reviews
"intake" 2 reviews
"brakes" 2 reviews

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Chris writes:
2003 Pontiac Grand Am GT Review
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They're cheap, easy to maintain daily drivers

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Just beware of the fallen, lousy reputation this car has gotten with the car community

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Would I Buy One Again? Probably. — My 2003 Pontiac Grand Am GT Sedan. I've owned this car for over three years now, and done numerous mods to it. It's not by any means the fastest car out there, but it's a sharp looker, reliable and the fit and finish has held up very nice. Perfromance: While out of the box, the LA1 3.4L pushrod V6 leaves a lot to be desired, there is a strong niche aftermarket to make the LA1 a performer, without breaking the bank. But even just adding intake and exhaust made the Grand Am more lively driving around town. But for a V6? It's sadly underpowered HP-wise. but is very torquey. Handling, despite body roll, is decent. With a good set of rubber on the car, it handles pretty well in the turns despite some understeer when pushed too hard. Braking is average, even with upgraded pads and rotors. Build Quality: This car has been very good as far as repairs go. It'll usually go for eight or nine months before something odd would let go. But in the +3 years and +60,000 miles in my ownership, here's it's list of repairs: > Clogged catalytic converter - 82K > Leaking Lower Intake Manifold gasket/thermostat failed - 92K > Failed wheel assembly (right front) - 103K > Floated intake valve on cylinder #3 - 119K > Fuel pump let go - 129K All of these repairs cost me a shade over $1,000. for all the warnings I've gotten about the headaches of owning these cars, and being unreliable, this car has bashed all of their low expectations. Appearence: Even though the 5th generation Grand Am was designed back in late 1997, early 1998, the car look looks good compared to most of the new cars on the road. Of course, my own appearence tweaks have helped as well. Inside, it's stylish, but nothing over the top. Nothing looks cheap and tacky, and still looks new despite the car being eight years old now. Cost of Ownership: Gas mileage is fair. Driving around town, even when the car was bone stock, I average around 21-22 mpgs. But with only 12 gallons at hand, the car usually gets 215-225 miles on a tank of gas. In my ownership, the car has seen both full synthetic, and synthetic blends. It's currently back on synthetic blends, since I really don't want to pay the high costs for oil anymore. On average, oil changes cost me around $25-$30, and are mostly done by myself. Brakes? The car has cross drilled and slotted rotors on all four corners, with ceramic pads. A bit pricey over the normal stuff, but these pads have 24K on them, and they aren't even halfway worn. I don't even have to worry about them. Fun Factor: Being the oddball it is in the car enthusiast community, I've gotten grief of all kinds just for being a Grand Am owner, let alone modifying one. It's taught me to be thick skinned, mod the car to my tastes and enjoy the car anyway. But don't ever expect a Grand Am to be a full attention grabber.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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irwillia writes:
2003 Pontiac Grand Am SE Review
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Great Gas Mileage

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Very Basic

irwillia
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Meh — It was an el cheapo car until I could afford a better one. I don't plan on having this car long term.The car gets really good gas mileage, but it lacks power. The engine is pretty reliable and I've had to put very little work into fixing the car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Garry writes:
2003 Pontiac Grand Am GT Review
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5

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Excellent on gas millage
for a 3400 liter V6 engine lots of power.

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what i don't like about it is that my Fuel Filter metal line is Rusted badly wish that they made a fuel line that you don't have to replace every 3 years.

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I'm A Pontiac Man , Love My Pontiac Vehicles — Monsoon CD Stereo system sounds great with the Factory Monsoon 250 watt Amplifier and the Monsoon Speakers, but for the rear panel 6x9 speakers needs up grade what i don't like about is that my Fuel Filter metal line is Rusted and wish that they made a fuel line that you don't have to replace every 3 years or so,

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Jason writes:
2003 Pontiac Grand Am SE Review
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Good gas mileage; comfortable.

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Used too much by family.

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This Is My Car. It's What I Drive. — My car is a 2003 Red Pontiac Grand Am. It has been my car for over 2 yrs., and has been very reliable to me since.

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Alex writes:
2003 Pontiac Grand Am SE Review
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stereo, looks

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drivers seat broke

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2003 Pontiac Grand Am — I love this car! I think that the grand ams are good looking cars. My car has lots of nice options like power windows, power sunroof, cruise control, 5 speed (i have never seen another 5 speed grand am) and an awesome stock stereo! The car also has nice chrome rims that catch peoples eyes.

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Robert writes:
2003 Pontiac Grand Am SE Review
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4

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It's pratical

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It's not a sports car

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Grand Am, The Car For Sensable People. — You want a car that's not too much money and gets you from place to place while being respected, but not flashy. This is the car you want! It's no small japanese. So if you like those. You're out of luck. It's a fun mid sized car to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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William writes:
2003 Pontiac Grand Am SE Review
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I think the styling of the car is really nice. It makes for a really aerodynamic design.

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Slow acceleration for a sporty car.

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2003 Pontiac Grand Am — There are some trim issues on the exterior. Some basic things like windshield trim and paint defects in some areas like the door panels. Acceleration is kind of disappointing with the standard automatic transmission, it shifts slowly. Overall the car handles great around curvy roads.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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professortemple writes:
2003 Pontiac Grand Am SE1 Review
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4

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Great style, affordable, good mileage

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Transmission issues, not the best in the snow

professortemple
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Happy With This Car — Was very sorry to let this car go this summer when the transmission failed on me suddenly. Bought it in 2008 with 56,000 miles and had to junk it with 140,000 miles on it. Was our only car for a few years, so it got some above average wear and handled it well. Was getting a little cramped with 2 kids and their stuff though, but could still make it work in a pinch. Definitely encourage anyone who finds one of these with a clean bill of health to consider it.

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astroklund writes:
2003 Pontiac Grand Am GT1 Review
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The sc/t appearance package is a plus.  These are reliable cars that go forever!  It also has a extended warranty

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low profile tires

astroklund
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Reliable Car — Great car! These cars are very reliable and seem to go forever with minimal maintenance. I have been a fan for a long time. I wish they still made them. It may be older but it can still get up and go!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Tyler writes:
2003 Pontiac Grand Am SE Review
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Fuel economy and power

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Lack of rear disc brakes

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Real Good One. — Good car, has some pretty good power for a 4 cylinder. Trunk was roomy enough for 3 hockey bags and back seat could fit 3 teenagers, so lots of room. Car was a fun drive and good on fuel economy. Not too many problems, none overly expensive either. For a sedan the styling was very aggressive. If you're going to get one, get the 5 speed standard, the automatic is no good.

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