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2001 Pontiac Grand Am

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$303 — $6,467 USED
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Coupe
5 Seats
26-27 MPG
(Combined)
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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
New audio equipment, including a window-rattling Monsoon premium system, is the biggest change for the midsize Grand Am, which returns in two-door coupe and four-door sedan body styles.

The standard sound system for the base SE model is a stereo radio with a cassette player. A CD player replaces the cassette player and adds a seven-band equalizer on the SE1 and GT models. The GT1 goes a step further by offering both cassette and CD players. GT models also get the eight-speaker Monsoon system as standard equipment.

The Grand Am is built from the same design as the Oldsmobile Alero. The two share engines and their front-drive chassis but have different styling and interior features.

Exterior
A low nose and high tail give the aggressively styled Grand Am a pronounced wedge profile. The ribbed lower-body cladding and a twin-port grille are traditional Pontiac styling cues.

Both the coupe and the sedan ride a 107-inch wheelbase and measure 186 inches front to rear. The overall length is a couple inches shorter than the best-selling midsize cars, the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, and about a foot shorter than the Ford Taurus.

Interior
Pontiac says all models seat five, but the coupe’s narrower rear seat is better suited for two people than three. Front buckets are standard across the board. All models, except the base SE, have a split, folding rear seatback that supplements the 14.6-cubic-foot trunk.

Whereas the similar Olds Alero has a simple, functional dashboard, ...

Vehicle Overview
New audio equipment, including a window-rattling Monsoon premium system, is the biggest change for the midsize Grand Am, which returns in two-door coupe and four-door sedan body styles.

The standard sound system for the base SE model is a stereo radio with a cassette player. A CD player replaces the cassette player and adds a seven-band equalizer on the SE1 and GT models. The GT1 goes a step further by offering both cassette and CD players. GT models also get the eight-speaker Monsoon system as standard equipment.

The Grand Am is built from the same design as the Oldsmobile Alero. The two share engines and their front-drive chassis but have different styling and interior features.

Exterior
A low nose and high tail give the aggressively styled Grand Am a pronounced wedge profile. The ribbed lower-body cladding and a twin-port grille are traditional Pontiac styling cues.

Both the coupe and the sedan ride a 107-inch wheelbase and measure 186 inches front to rear. The overall length is a couple inches shorter than the best-selling midsize cars, the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, and about a foot shorter than the Ford Taurus.

Interior
Pontiac says all models seat five, but the coupe’s narrower rear seat is better suited for two people than three. Front buckets are standard across the board. All models, except the base SE, have a split, folding rear seatback that supplements the 14.6-cubic-foot trunk.

Whereas the similar Olds Alero has a simple, functional dashboard, the Grand Am’s looks cluttered and has small audio controls that are difficult to use while driving.

Under the Hood
The base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine produces 150 horsepower and teams with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. V-6 models come with a 3.4-liter engine that generates 170 hp and the automatic transmission only.

Antilock brakes and traction control are standard on all Grand Ams.

 

Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

3.6
35 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.1)
Performance
(3.8)
Interior Design
(3.7)
Comfort
(3.9)
Reliability
(3.3)
Value For The Money
(3.3)

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(3.0)

Great Car for the most part

by MichealD from Birmingham, AL on October 21, 2019

I have read negative reviews on the 6 cyl engines, but I have the 4 cyl engine and I've never had any actual problems with the engine as of 2019. Mechanically, I think this car held up really well. ... Read full review

(2.0)

Worst money pit ever

by Tylerjr from Winnipeg MB on November 19, 2017

if you can fix stuff yourself you will save money but become very frustrated with this car no matter what. every weekend i had it in my garage fixing something. mine had strange transmission issues ... Read full review

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Grand Am received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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