2005 Pontiac Grand Am

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Key Specs

of the 2005 Pontiac Grand Am. Base trim shown.

  • Combined MPG:
    24 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    175-hp, 3.4-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Easy to drive
  • Automatic-transmission operation
  • Quietness
  • Performance

The Bad

  • Final year for this model
  • Refinement
  • Ride comfort
  • Resale value
  • IIHS frontal crash-test rating
  • NHTSA side-impact crash-test rating

Notable Features of the 2005 Pontiac Grand Am

  • 175-hp, 3.4-liter V-6
  • Automatic transmission
  • Sporty coupe body style
  • Optional MP3 player
  • Driver-oriented cockpit

2005 Pontiac Grand Am Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
A brand-new G6 sedan that replaces the Grand Am joins the Pontiac lineup for 2005. Until the phaseout is complete, the long-lived Grand Am continues in GT and GT1 coupe forms; Grand Am sedans remain available only for fleet sales.

An SC/T Solid Value Appearance Package for the GT1 includes a performance composite hood, a rear aero wing, Chrome Tech wheels and a chrome-tipped exhaust system. An MP3 player with an equalizer and Radio Data System operation became optional in Pontiac's popular front-wheel-drive compact series for 2004.

Last restyled for the 1999 model year, Grand Am coupes now come only with a Ram Air 3.4-liter V-6 and a four-speed-automatic transmission.


Exterior
Aggressive styling has long been a Grand Am hallmark. The sporty-looking coupe features a low nose, a high tail and a pronounced wedge profile. Traditional Pontiac styling cues include ribbed body cladding and a twin-port grille. Coupes ride a 107.2-inch wheelbase and measure 186.3 inches long overall.

All models have a four-wheel-independent suspension. Color-keyed side cladding and a deck-lid spoiler are standard.


Interior
Up to five occupants can fit in the Grand Am's front buckets and three-place rear seat. Like many two-door vehicles, the coupe's narrow rear seat is better suited for two people than three. Each coupe has a split folding rear seatback that adds storage space beyond the 14.6-cubic-foot trunk. Leather-appointed seating in the Solid Value Appearance Package incl...
Vehicle Overview
A brand-new G6 sedan that replaces the Grand Am joins the Pontiac lineup for 2005. Until the phaseout is complete, the long-lived Grand Am continues in GT and GT1 coupe forms; Grand Am sedans remain available only for fleet sales.

An SC/T Solid Value Appearance Package for the GT1 includes a performance composite hood, a rear aero wing, Chrome Tech wheels and a chrome-tipped exhaust system. An MP3 player with an equalizer and Radio Data System operation became optional in Pontiac's popular front-wheel-drive compact series for 2004.

Last restyled for the 1999 model year, Grand Am coupes now come only with a Ram Air 3.4-liter V-6 and a four-speed-automatic transmission.


Exterior
Aggressive styling has long been a Grand Am hallmark. The sporty-looking coupe features a low nose, a high tail and a pronounced wedge profile. Traditional Pontiac styling cues include ribbed body cladding and a twin-port grille. Coupes ride a 107.2-inch wheelbase and measure 186.3 inches long overall.

All models have a four-wheel-independent suspension. Color-keyed side cladding and a deck-lid spoiler are standard.


Interior
Up to five occupants can fit in the Grand Am's front buckets and three-place rear seat. Like many two-door vehicles, the coupe's narrow rear seat is better suited for two people than three. Each coupe has a split folding rear seatback that adds storage space beyond the 14.6-cubic-foot trunk. Leather-appointed seating in the Solid Value Appearance Package includes SC/T embroidered into the seat backs.

Standard equipment includes air conditioning, programmable door locks with lockout protection, a CD player, power windows, cruise control, remote keyless entry and a PassLock II theft-deterrent system. XM Satellite Radio is standard with the SC/T Solid Value Appearance Package and optional in all other models.


Under the Hood
The GT coupe holds a 175-horsepower, 3.4-liter Ram Air V-6 with cold-air induction. The engine produces 205 pounds-feet of torque and mates only with a four-speed-automatic transmission.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes are standard. Side-impact airbags are not available.

Driving Impressions
In addition to being an easy-to-drive vehicle, the Grand Am has established a reputation for commendable performance and handling. These coupes retain their mildly aggressive appearance, but they're not the most refined models on the market.

Acceleration is energetic with the Ram Air engine, especially at passing speeds. General Motors' automatic transmissions rank as some of the smoothest around, but drivers may notice an occasional bit of uncertainty. Grand Ams are pleasantly quiet inside.

The GT coupe is well controlled and stable, but its relatively taut suspension produces a fair amount of tossing. 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
(4.2)
Performance
(3.8)
Interior Design
(3.9)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(3.9)
Value For The Money
(3.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(3.0)

Best car ive owned

by Erica from Fremont on January 19, 2018

Its a reliable vechile good on gas its compact so its easy to drive i can fit 2 car seats amd myself in the back Read full review

(5.0)

Great little car

by Robert B from Detroit on January 4, 2018

A great little car. Plenty of power from the 3.4 v6. Only had to replace battery and fuel pressure regulator. Great first car Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2005 Pontiac Grand Am currently has 4 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2005 Pontiac Grand Am has not been tested.

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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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