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2003 Pontiac Grand AM

  • 2003 Pontiac Grand AM GT1 Coupe

    GT1 Coupe

    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      175/205
    • ENGINE
      3.4L V6
    • MSRP
      $22,940
  • 2003 Pontiac Grand AM GT1 Sedan

    GT1 Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      175/205
    • ENGINE
      3.4L V6
    • MSRP
      $22,940
  • 2003 Pontiac Grand AM GT Coupe

    GT Coupe

    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      175/205
    • ENGINE
      3.4L V6
    • MSRP
      $21,690
  • 2003 Pontiac Grand AM GT Sedan

    GT Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      175/205
    • ENGINE
      3.4L V6
    • MSRP
      $21,690
  • 2003 Pontiac Grand AM SE1 Sedan

    SE1 Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      33
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/150
    • ENGINE
      2.2L I4
    • MSRP
      $18,890
  • 2003 Pontiac Grand AM SE2 Sedan

    SE2 Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      170/195
    • ENGINE
      3.4L V6
    • MSRP
      $21,240
  • 2003 Pontiac Grand AM SE Sedan

    SE Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      33
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/150
    • ENGINE
      2.2L I4
    • MSRP
      $17,070
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2003 Pontiac Grand AM Review

Lacks rival's resale value and build quality.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2003 Pontiac Grand Am offers some solid handling and performance depending on the trim chosen. Available as a coupe or sedan, it offers plenty of features, a decent ride quality and is generally speaking a nice enough car. It does not have the build quality of some imported in-class rivals nor can it offer the same resale value as some of the competition.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan, coupe
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 3.4-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed-manual
Models: Pontiac Grand AM SE, Pontiac Grand AM SE1, Pontiac Grand AM SE2, Pontiac Grand AM GT, Pontiac Grand AM GT1

What's New

The 2003 Pontiac Grand AM gets a new trim level, the SE2, which offers more standard equipment and additional options, while the SE coupe is discontinued. All SE sedans receive some exterior styling alterations that feature less body cladding and smoother front and rear fascias. XM Satellite Radio is an available option on all models, while the OnStar communications system is now standard on all models except the base SE.

Exterior

The 2003 Pontiac Grand AM is offered as a coupe or sedan. The sedan comes in five trims: SE, SE1, Se2, GT, and GT1. The coupe comes in a GT or GT1. The SE has 15-inch steel wheels, while the SE1 adds alloy wheels. The SE2 doesn’t really upgrade the exterior, but the GT models add a unique front and rear fascias, color-keyed side cladding, twin-post mirrors, and a deck lid spoiler.

Interior

The 2003 Pontiac Grand AM SE is equipped with air-conditioning, a CD player, programmable door locks with lockout protection, a PassLock II theft-deterrent system, and illuminated entry. The SE1 adds power windows and a remote keyless entry system. Other additions at various trim levels include power steering, tilt steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, leather trim, OnStar, and a subwoofer. Unfortunately, leather upholstery is not available.

Performance & Handling

The 2003 Pontiac Grand AM base SE uses Pontiac’s Ecotec 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 140 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. It mates with either a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission. A 170-horsepower, 3.4-liter V-6 engine that makes 190 lb-ft of torque is optional in the SE1 and standard on the SE2. A 175-horsepower Ram Air V-6 that produces 205 lb-ft of torque with cold-air induction and a lower-restriction exhaust system goes into the GT and GT1 and teams up with the automatic transmission only. All models use front-wheel drive. The four-cylinder engine offers enough acceleration for most traffic situations and the V-6 engines offer some performance with the fastest ones running the zero-to-60-mph sprint in about eight seconds.

The 2003 Pontiac Grand AM's handling can suffer from torque steer, but the grip and balance are solid. No drivers will mistake this for a European sport sedan, but the steering wheel is well weighted and response is solid. Braking is adequate with the anti-lock brake system, but this feature is not standard on the SE or SE1.

Safety

The 2003 Pontiac Grand AM isn’t exactly full of safety features. Aside from traction control for the GT models and anti-lock brake system that is either disc/drum or four-wheel disc depending on the model; there isn’t much besides the bare-bones basics. In NHTSA testing, the Grand AM proved to be a mixed bag with scores ranging from five out of five stars for passenger safety; four stars for driver, rollover, and side-impact rear safety; and one star for side impact front safety. In IIHS test, the Grand AM did not fare well receiving the lowest rating of ""poor"" for frontal offset and rear crash and head restraint safety.

EPA Fuel Economy

Pontiac Grand AM SE: 22/30 mpg city/highway
Pontiac Grand AM SE1: 22/30 mpg city/highway
Pontiac Grand AM SE2: 18/27 mpg city/highway
Pontiac Grand AM GT: 18/27 mpg city/highway
Pontiac Grand AM GT1: 18/27 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Standard features
  • Available five-speed manual gearbox
  • Sharp handling

You Won't Like

  • Safety issues
  • Five-speed can’t be mated to V-6
  • Price increases
  • Low quality interior materials

Sum Up

Lacks rival's resale value and build quality.

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