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Pros: The hood and the leather wrapped steering wheel
Cons: no black interior
Advice: buy itLove this car. Has the Sc/T Package for the hood! Awesome! Handles great!
Pros: Power sun roof
Cons: cup holders
Advice: Test the GTThe Grand AM GT is a great car with all the creature comforts you want. It is a big difference from the SE model. It has nice pickup and is fun to drive, with great sport-like handling, yet unassuming to the passing patrol car. You get alot of bang for the buck. I dont know what that other guy from PA was talking about with available options, but mine has a trip odometer, leather interior and lumbar support and would blow his cavalier off the road.
Cons: Glue type smell throughout the car before the dealer cleaned it off after 720 miles
Advice: Lease it for two years at the low prices and then look at the 2005 Grand Am or the Chevy SS.This car drives like it is connected to the road on rails;you can feel the solidity of the body and the suspension cushions all but the worst potholes--the car would be even better with a higher HP generation, but the large Hoodscoops and the Ram Air tuned engine combined with the 4 tailpipes(exhaust system) do improve the performance over the likewise 3.4 liter Olds Alero and regularly aspirated Grand Am GT without Ram Air--this car looks hot, and gets a lot of 'nice car' comments--I think the car is underrated because of it's old technology push rod engine, but when you get going on a curvy highway, 'Grand Am' feels grand enough, and the car is fun to drive--I plan to soup it up with some inexpensive aftermarket pieces to increase the HP and the torque(which is ample, though it is best to downshift while negotiating steep upgrades on the highway_to maintain speed.) All in all, it is probably the best GM could provide us in this class of car, but I would appreciate a turbo or supercharged version available in the Chevy Impala and the Pontiac GTP--GM
Pros: Rear spoiler deck, fuel economical.
Cons: Several in its class with more powerful V6's and the same, if not better, gas mileage. Also stuck on 4-speed AOD instead of changing to 5-speed AOD. And no trip computer.
Advice: Check the Honda Accord EX V6 and Toyota Camry V6 sedan instead!It is one thing when competitors' in this size class come with one thing this does not. It is a trip computer. But it is another when even the smaller Sunfire coupe does! I thoroughly checked this one out and compared it to its competitors' and even both the Cavalier and Sunfire. I am more impressed with the Cavalier sedan than this one! The Cavalier LS sedan I checked on has a standard trip computer. This one is not even available with one optional! And comparing it to several of its competitors in the same size category, I was further disappointed with this sedan! It has insufficient power compared to the others with a more powerful V6 that get about the same M.P.G. or better. It is not available with leather seats or heated seats or a driver's side height adjuster or lumbar support. Nor does it come with a 5-speed AOD yet. Therefore, I suggest checking the V6 Accord, Camry and Mazda 6 instead! Hopefully, Pontiac will get the hint and improve this for 2004.
Pros: The sporty appearance.
Cons: Noise level inside the vehicle.
Advice: Buy V6 SE1 model with power seats and windows if you can afford it.Good Things: I fell in love with the vehicle from the get go. Very sporty looking! Had good get up and go for a 4cy and drives really good even in the mountains up to 9500' elevation. Great handling and good sound system. Red lit instrument panel is easy on the eyes. I purchased the vehicle at Ferguson Pontiac in Colorado Springs and had the best buying experience ever. Bad Things: Vehicle is kind of noisy and there seems to be an excessive amount of glare reflected on the inside of the windshield even in low lighting. Front seating is somewhat snug and you have to move your head when using the sun visors. Back seats are a little snug. Would prefer a full size spare instead of the smaller emergency spare. Front headlights are not as bright as my Toyota Camry. My Camry is much more roomier.