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Cons: radio display light dim
Advice: get it while you canI bought a 1997 Grand Prix in 1998. I had it for 11 years. It still runs like a new car after a GM certified rebuilt Trani and a few other minor repairs @ over 160,000 miles. It could still beat any car on the road. When someone buys it for 2,000 they will get many more years out of it. I just bought a 2005 2 weeks ago. I love Pontiac. My car of choice for comfort and power. Very happy with my purchase and looking forward to another 11 years with this one while I can still drive one.
Pros: Remote start(standard equipment)...computer tells average gas mileage, tire pressure, etc.
Cons: Anti-lock Brakes are not standard...and I did not get leather.
Advice: Go test drive one....and dont listen to the foriegn dealers who say these do not get good fuel mileage.Why would anyone want to buy a car half the size, not as safe(again..1/2 the size), and only a few thousand dollars cheaper to get 32-35 mpg when this one get 28-31 mpg.......the Japanese Automakers have alot of people brainwashed. Very smooth comfortable car.
Pros: comfort and performance of engine
Cons: glovebox and decreased headroom compared to the '02 model,also the radio display is half burned out and you cant repair it- you have to get a new or refurbished radio-$300-500
Advice: The '04 models seemed to all have something wrong that we tried out - but then '04 was the first yr they changed the design- go with the '05!We had 2 Grand Am GT's and now we have 2 Grand Prix GT's a 2002 and this 2005 which my husband drives. He absolutely loves it. Acceleration is great! The sound of the engine is growl-like when you punch it- which we love! Front seats are comfy. Nice curb appeal though i prefer the looks of my '02! Sporty but classy also. I hate the glove box- it has NO room and is designed weirdly.The headroom is not as good as the '02.Braking is awesome. Handling is superb. It gets 27-30 mpg on an average!!
Pros: sportiness and fuel ecomony
Cons: the rear seats have a pass through area but they dont fold down like the 2005 does and the cupholders in rear are in the fold down seat which isnt very stable a place.
Advice: Test drive it- if you can get a 1 owner like I did jump on it!I used to own a '99 Grand Am GT and loved it- UNTIL I traded it for my '02 Grand Prix!!!! This is such a super car!!! Roomy and even with it's 4 doors its still sporty as heck! I get 28-30 mpg which for a big car is superb. This is an average mpg between highway and city driving. I have never had less than 27 mpg in this car. It handles great, braking is good and the accleration is terrific! I got a great deal on it in '05 with 60K on it. Everyone should seriously consider this car if you want reliability, good gas mileage, roominess AND sportiness!!!
Cons: undetectable starting problem
Advice: make sure it starts before you buy iti recently bought this car, and havent driven it yet because it has been in the shop. there is a starting problem that no one can detect.i'll turn the key in the ignition, and it makes the right noise that its supposed to make, but then i dont hear the engine running, and it wont drive. after trying to start it a couple times it turns on correctly. i love this car and really hope the problem can be detected. if the problem isn't resolved, then this car sucks. i'm curious to know if anyone else has had this problem?
Cons: Back seat a bit hard and tight for adults.
Advice: Comp G is the way to go!Love this car! Had a 2000 GP GT before this one. Both have been great cars. However, can't say enough good things about the 2005 with the Comp G package. The tight suspension handles great for a car of this size but some may consider the ride a bit harsh. Supercharged power makes this car a joy to drive. Power is instantaneous and strong. It will surprise many! Some features would be sorely missed in other cars. The HUD is easy to get addicted to as well as the hands free Onstar phone. Paddle shifters on steering wheel are fun but get used rarely. Cargo versatility is fantastic but at the expense of rear seat room.
Cons: The quality of the plastic for the dash.
Advice: SEE REMARKS INRight after my purchased my 2006 GP I drove about 75 miles to get back home. I enjoyed it. Most of the drive was Interstate and highway. This is my second base GP, the other was a 2000 that I leased. This second purchased was from a car rental company. A No haggle price of $13,900. The one that I leased was $308.00 a month payment for 3 years. Getting your GP this way gives you lots of bang for your buck. And gives my 'Overall Rating' extra points.