2004 Pontiac Grand Am

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Key Specs

of the 2004 Pontiac Grand Am. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Easy to drive
  • Automatic-transmission operation
  • Quietness
  • Performance of GT editions
  • Four-cylinder fuel economy

The Bad

  • Final year for this model
  • Refinement
  • Ride comfort of GT editions
  • Resale value of SE models

Notable Features of the 2004 Pontiac Grand Am

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Optional MP3 player
  • Driver-oriented cockpit

2004 Pontiac Grand Am Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
An MP3 player with an equalizer and Radio Data System operation become optional in Pontiac’s popular front-wheel-drive compact series for 2004. A four-speaker sound system is now standard in all SE models, and three new body colors are offered.

Last restyled for the 1999 model year, Grand Am coupes and sedans come with a four-cylinder or 3.4-liter V-6 engine. The V-6 is offered only in models equipped with an automatic transmission. Built from the same basic design as the Oldsmobile Alero but with sportier styling, the Grand Am uses the same engines and front-drive chassis as its Oldsmobile mate. Five Grand Am versions are available: SE, SE1, SE2, GT and GT1. Pontiac will unveil a new compact model to replace the Grand Am for 2005.


Exterior
Aggressive styling has long been a Grand Am hallmark. Both the coupe and sedan feature a low nose and high tail with a pronounced wedge profile. Traditional Pontiac styling cues include ribbed body cladding and a twin-port grille. Coupes and sedans ride the same 107.2-inch wheelbase and measure 186.3 inches long overall.

All models have a four-wheel-independent suspension. The GT has unique front and rear fascias, color-keyed side cladding, twin-post mirrors and a deck lid spoiler. An SC/T performance appearance package is available for GT models.


Interior
The Grand Am’s front buckets and three-place rear seat accommodate five occupants. Like many two-door vehicles, the coupe’s narrow rear seat is better suited ...
Vehicle Overview
An MP3 player with an equalizer and Radio Data System operation become optional in Pontiac’s popular front-wheel-drive compact series for 2004. A four-speaker sound system is now standard in all SE models, and three new body colors are offered.

Last restyled for the 1999 model year, Grand Am coupes and sedans come with a four-cylinder or 3.4-liter V-6 engine. The V-6 is offered only in models equipped with an automatic transmission. Built from the same basic design as the Oldsmobile Alero but with sportier styling, the Grand Am uses the same engines and front-drive chassis as its Oldsmobile mate. Five Grand Am versions are available: SE, SE1, SE2, GT and GT1. Pontiac will unveil a new compact model to replace the Grand Am for 2005.


Exterior
Aggressive styling has long been a Grand Am hallmark. Both the coupe and sedan feature a low nose and high tail with a pronounced wedge profile. Traditional Pontiac styling cues include ribbed body cladding and a twin-port grille. Coupes and sedans ride the same 107.2-inch wheelbase and measure 186.3 inches long overall.

All models have a four-wheel-independent suspension. The GT has unique front and rear fascias, color-keyed side cladding, twin-post mirrors and a deck lid spoiler. An SC/T performance appearance package is available for GT models.


Interior
The Grand Am’s front buckets and three-place rear seat accommodate five occupants. Like many two-door vehicles, the coupe’s narrow rear seat is better suited for two people than three. All models except the base SE have a split, folding rear seatback that adds storage space beyond the 14.6-cubic-foot trunk.

Standard SE equipment includes air conditioning, programmable door locks with lockout protection, a CD player and a PassLock II theft-deterrent system. The SE1 adds power windows, cruise control and remote keyless entry. XM Satellite Radio is optional.


Under the Hood
Pontiac’s base Ecotec 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine is rated at 140 horsepower and mates with either a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission. A 170-hp, 3.4-liter V-6 engine is standard in the SE2 and optional in the SE1. A 175-hp Ram Air V-6 with cold-air induction and a lower-restriction exhaust system goes into the GT and GT1 and teams only with the automatic transmission.

Safety
Antilock brakes are standard on the SE2 and optional on the SE and SE1. All-disc antilock brakes are standard on GT models.

Driving Impressions
The Grand Am has established a reputation for commendable performance and handling; it is an easy-to-drive vehicle. Both body styles retain their mildly aggressive appearance even if they’re not the most refined models on the market.

Acceleration is smooth and rather energetic with the Ecotec four-cylinder engine except when trying to go up steep hills. GM’s automatic transmissions rank as some of the smoothest around, and the one featured in the Grand Am is no exception; but drivers may notice an occasional bit of uncertainty. Grand Ams are pleasantly quiet inside.

The GT is well controlled and stable, but its tauter suspension produces a fair amount of tossing. Its performance is energetic, especially at passing speeds. The seats are excellent in the driver-oriented cockpit. Small audio controls on the cluttered dashboard are difficult to use.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Trusty Grand Am

by Omari Norman from Detroit on August 10, 2018

Pontiac just makes great cars ! I brought this Grand am from a friend who never drove it. I just tuned it up and started driven and still have yet to have any serious issues! Read full review

(2.0)

It gets the job done but needs to be treated well

by Joe from Brighton, Michigan on July 31, 2018

I bought this model quite recently and from the way it drives I am quite happy with it. Unfortunately, my previous owner did not take too good care of that car and I had to repair a few things. Once ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2004 Pontiac Grand Am currently has 4 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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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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