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2002 Pontiac Grand Am - GT Coupe
Pros: The sound system
Advice: It drives as well as it looks.The performance of this car was great. It had a lot of power along with control and comfort. The way this car looks really contributed to pursuading me to purchase the Grand Am GT.
2002 Pontiac Grand Prix - SE Sedan
Pros: Steering and handling
Cons: Problem with the motor
Advice: Buy the GT model with the 3800 motorPurchased 2001 Se with 3100 motor, and 30,000 km. Had to take the motor in for repair. Sloppy pistons. Factory defect. Apparently found out from contacting GM that this defect is very common with the 3100 motor. This defected motor has been sold with the SE model for over 3 years, so why hasn't GM corrected the problem?????
2002 Pontiac Sunfire - Sedan
Pros: Cruise Control. Excellent on gas
Cons: I love everything about my Sunfire
Advice: You will definitely love it.I love my Sunfire-Alpine Green. This car definitely has some get up and go. Put it on cruise control and let it fly. I'm glad I got the Sunfire instead of the Cavalier. The spoiler on the Sunfire is standard-plus it seems to be larger than the Cavalier. Perfect 1st new car. Great car for the money.
2003 Pontiac Vibe - Base FWD
Advice: BUY IT IT IS HOTTHE VIBE WAS VERY ROOMY, TIGHT HANDLING, AND COMFORTABLE. I THOUGHT IT WAS VERY ATTRACTIVE LOOKING. THE HOTTEST THING HOWEVER I THOUGHT WAS THE INSTRUMENTATION THE DEEP RED BACKLIT GAUGES WHERE JUST GORGEOUS. THE ROOMINESS IN THE REAR WAS JUST AMAZING. I THOUGHT THIS VEHICLE OVERALL IS A HUGE HIT!
2002 Pontiac Grand Am - SE1 Sedan
Pros: It rides comfortably when it is not on a tow truck.
Cons: It is mechanically unreliable with seemingly poor quality parts.
Advice: Don't purchase this car. It is much more trouble than it is worth.This vehicle rides quite well, when it runs. We have two Grand Ams in the family and both have left us stranded on multiple occassions. It seems to be plagued with battery and electrical problems and in general uses poor quality parts (we have had to replace a gasket within the engine, a belt, the alternator, front brakes, the body control chip module, the cassette deck and the coolant cap. I have already had multiple repairs totalling several thousand dollars worth of work on my 2 1/2 year old Grand Am and had to have it towed back to the dealership again today. It was there only 28 days ago for the same problem. If you want reliability, this car is definately not the one to buy. I am a proud American and I support my country as I can, but I am also a hard working consumer who expects some quality and dependability in exchage for my hard earned dollars. Pontiac failed drastically. You and your family deserve better. Don't get stranded. Don't buy a pontiac.
2002 Pontiac Montana - w/1SA FWD Extended Passenger
Pros: VERSATILITY ... VERY CONVIENIENT... ELECTRIC SIDE DOOR
Cons: Hard to say ... maybe the armrest could have more cushion.
Advice: I would highly recommend the MONTANAI've owned a Pontiac Montana for 3 years .. it had to be repaired one time for a minor repair .. a small foreign made motor on the rear window had to be replaced ... it was repaired when I took it in for a routine oil change in less than a hour.... that's it. It's as reliable and comfortable as any Minivan on the road .. I would highly recommend the MONTANA ... I owned a Voyager for 9 years ... which was a good van also .. but the Montana is a step above ... it does most things better .. it rides quieter ... smoother and the Electric side door is fantastic ... it saves a lot of grief when loading and unloading .. especially in bad weather ... this van gets a 'work out' and takes it all in stride .. the gas miliage is better also .. the 185HP engine has 'guts' and is well suited. 4x8 sheets of material fit easily... you can close all doors and not even have to take seats out ... just fold the back seats down and the material rests on top of the back of the seat.... I just bought a Rendezvous that has the same drivetrain as our MONTANA ... I think it is the best going ... I've heard nothing but good about it... from mechanics ..and owners.
2002 Pontiac Grand Prix - GT Sedan
Pros: Spoke wheels and racing rails
Cons: There is no light indicator for the cruise control
Advice: If you are looking for a sporty car with great handling buy this one!We purchased the Grand Prix GT Special Edition and we like the way it accelerates and corners like its on rails! It is really an easy and fun to drive vehicle. It has dual pipes on both sides and roars wonderfully. Gives the feeling that you're driving an Indy car. There are only 5000 of these vehicles (Special Edition) made for 2001 and we feel especially happy that we are the owners of one of them. It is a great car for the money, looks and handling.