The 2004 Pontiac Grand AM falls into the car’s fifth generation. For this generation, the length of the vehicle shortens slightly, but to compensate the wheelbase grows by more than three inches. It also upgrades to a fully independent suspension. In addition to the four-speed automatic transmission, Pontiac adds a five-speed manual transmission. Although consumers report relatively high satisfaction with the Grand AM, some complaints include that the cramped interior and some of the minor interior features do not always work to the best of their ability (things such as dashboard lights and air-conditioning). However, performance remains very good, and overall it moves quickly.
Body Styles: sedan, two-door coupe
Engines: 2.2-liter inline-four, 3.4-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Pontiac Grand AM SE, Pontiac Grand AM SE1, Pontiac Grand AM SE2, Pontiac Grand AM GT
Not much has changed in this reiteration of the Pontiac Grand AM except for some entertainment options. A new and improved four-speaker sound system now comes standard on the SE and an MP3 player hookup comes standard on the GT and remains optional on all other models other than the SE.
The exterior of the 2004 Pontiac Grand AM comes in many interesting and unique colors, including Dark Tropic Teal Metallic, Fusion Orange Metallic, Sport Red Metallic, and Victory Red in addition to the classic blacks, silvers, whites, and beiges. The Grand AM stands on 15-inch steel wheels and comes with a steel spare wheel as well. It measures in at 70.4 inches wide, 55.1 inches tall, and 186.3 inches long. Its front track measures 59 inches and its rear track is 59.1 inches. It sits on a wheelbase of 107 inches and has a curb weight of 3066 pounds. Finally, its maximum cargo capacity totals 14.6 cubic feet, and its maximum towing capacity reaches an impressive 1000 pounds.
The interior of the Pontiac Grand AM has cloth bucket front seats that come in two colors: dark pewter or dark taupe. Although the two front seats seem fairly spacious, the rear seats of the car remain smaller and cramped. It has a few interior comfort features such as air-conditioning, front and rear reading lights, and a driver vanity mirror. Some other interior features for the 2004 Pontiac Grand AM include a front storage console, as well as cup holders and door pockets in the front. In addition to the power steering and tilt-adjustable steering wheel, it offers a remote trunk release. Although it may not be the most luxurious car, the Grand AM includes many features that make it more than just an average car.
Performance & Handling
While the 2.2-liter engine doesn’t offer anything to brag about, the inline-four engine setup allows for 140 horsepower at 5600 rpm and 150 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm, enough to get you where you need to go. Its base engine type uses gas, and it has a turning radius of 35.1 feet. The 2004 Pontiac Grand AM features front drive and a five-speed manual transmission as well as MacPherson strut front and rear suspensions.
Although it has many safety and security features, the crash test results for the 2004 Pontiac Grand AM vary. The NHTSA awards it four stars in driver, five stars in passenger, four stars in side-impact rear, four stars in rollover, and a surprisingly low one star in side-impact front crash tests. Also, the Grand AM receives a “Poor? rating on both the IIHS frontal-offset test and rear crash protection and head restraint tests. Although the IIHS test ratings do not directly relate to occupant injury, receiving a poor rating on any of the tests seems somewhat disconcerting. However, the vehicle has many safety and security features, some of which include daytime running lights, an engine immobilizer, dusk-sensing headlamps, and child seat anchors.
EPA Fuel Economy
Pontiac Grand AM 2.2-liter inline-four: 23/33 mpg city/highway
Pontiac Grand AM 3.4-liter V-6: 18/27 mpg city/highway
- Good handling
- Tons of standard features
- Five-speed manual transmission
- Easy to drive
- Performance of GT editions
- Four-cylinder fuel economy
You Won't Like
- Price increases
- Questionable crash test scores
- Poor interior quality
- Lack of five-speed manual transmission with the V-6
- Low resale value
- Final year for this model
Not a bad choice for a sporty, everyday driver.
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