• (4.2) 22 reviews
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 23-25
  • Engine: 200-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
2001 Pontiac Grand Prix

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Vehicle Overview
Minor styling changes and the availability of the OnStar communication system are the big news for the front-drive Grand Prix.

New front styling for the SE models includes trimmer twin grille ports and new fog lamps and fascia, all to accent the Grand Prix’s WideTrack stance, which positions the wheels wider apart for better handling. The OnStar communication system is now a factory-installed option on the GT and a standard feature on the GTP.

The Grand Prix is built on the same basic architecture as the Buick Century and Regal, Chevrolet Impala and Monte Carlo, and Oldsmobile Intrigue, but has different styling.

Though the Grand Prix usually is considered a midsize car, cars.com includes it with full-size models because the 110.5-inch wheelbase — the distance between the centers of the front and rear wheels — exceeds 110, the magic number for full-size status. The Grand Prix’s overall length of 196.5 inches is about 6 inches shorter than the Pontiac Bonneville but in the same ballpark as full-size luxury sedans such as the Acura 3.5 RL and Lexus LS 430.

The Grand Prix is unique in this class for making both a two-door coupe and four-door sedan available. The curvaceous styling is the same on both except for the rear doors and rear side panels.

The Grand Prix is shorter than the Bonneville in both wheelbase and length but it still is roomy. Headroom is ample for all seats, though adding a power sunroof steals some space. There is adequate legroom in the rear seat even when the front seats are as far back as they go. The deep trunk holds 16 cubic feet of cargo, and a pass-through section in the rear seatback accommodates long items.

Under the Hood
The front-drive Grand Prix comes in three flavors: mild, spicy and hot. The mild SE sedan uses a base 3.1-liter V-6 engine with 175 horsepower. The spicy variety is a 200-hp 3.8-liter V-6 that is optional on the SE and standard on GT models. The hottest is a supercharged version of the 3.8-liter with 240 hp, part of the GTP Package available on GT models. All come with a four-speed automatic transmission and standard traction control.


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

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by Jpat from PA on July 24, 2017

2001 Pontiac Grand Prix GT Coupe Special Edition; bought in spring of 2015 with just over 29,000 miles and I've put almost 8,000 miles on it so far. This is a great car for me because it has lots of s... Read Full Review

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There are currently 11 recalls for this car.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

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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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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