2004 Pontiac Grand Am

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$17,070

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2004 Pontiac Grand Am

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

5 trims

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Notable features

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

2004 Pontiac Grand Am review: Our expert's take

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.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 4.2
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.4
  • Reliability 4.3

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

The best car I have ever had!

This car rides so good. I like the look and I'll have mine forever restore time! New paint and take off the rust and on to the car shows.

4.1

Pretty good grocery getter!

This was my first car and I still have it. bought it for pretty cheap and it needed some work, got Normal maintenance done on it since it was sitting for almost 2 years. Started right up and after I got stuff it needed it’s been cruising ever since. Never left me stranded, currently at 207,000 miles with OG trans and engine and most factory parts. Would recommend if you have the patience.

5.0

Great car

I love this carIt has been very dependable, great gas mileage.It drives great in the rain. I really like driving my car. It has a sunroof and I love it

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