2005 Pontiac Grand Am

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2005 Pontiac Grand Am

Key specs

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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

5 trims

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Notable features

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

2005 Pontiac Grand Am review: Our expert's take

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.

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.

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.

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.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 3.9
  • Performance 3.9
  • Value for the money 3.9
  • Exterior styling 4.2
  • Reliability 4.0

Most recent consumer reviews


Toughest car I’ve ever owned

3.4 Engine is perfect for this car. I was actually able to tow my friends car to his house once. Fwd is good for a small car like this. Good for getting out of mud. Overall a good car that I still use today


Awesome Car

This car is overall a great car. I drove it every day back and forth to school and work. It got great gas milage and rode smooth. a lot of get up and go for a stock v6.


Best car ive owned

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

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