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post Sep 29 2010, 11:48 AM
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A redesign of the previous Grand Am, this car was Pontiac's midlevel "compact 'executive' car".
It was built upon GM's N-Body chassis; an old OLD design dating back to 1985.
The chassis is shared with this era's Chevy Malibu, Olds Cutlass and Alero. This Grand Am had a shorter length than
these other models but had a 3" increase in wheel base. The 5th Generation Grand Am has a fully independent
suspension and was available in 5 trim levels - SE, SE1, SE2, GT and the GT1. You could also have it either in a 2 door coupe form
or a 4 door body style.

The SE and the SE1 trims are equipped with a 2.4l twin-cam engine rated at 150hp and 155ftlbs torque.
The DOHC I-4 was replaced in the 2002 model year with a 2.2l Ecotec engine with 140hp and 150ftlbs torque.
Both these motors are plugged into a 4 speed slush box automatic for your driving pleasure. Sorry, no manual was available
in these trim levels. The SE1, GT and the GT1 were equipped with the GM 3400 3.4l V6 which put out a mind blowingly
powerful 170hp (175hp for the GT and GT1) and 195ftlbs of torque (205 for the GTs). The GT and the GT1 were equipped with 4 wheel disc brakes
and until 2003 were standard with ABS and traction control. In the 2000 model year you could get a GT trim with a 5 speed
Getrag transmission.

The Se2 trim was dropped in 2001. Basic amenities such as the stereo system were upgraded this year and halfway through
the model year, the Ecotec four cylinder replaced the twin cam motor. The body paneling was changed so the weird lines patterns
were less obtrusive.... I think?

The Grand-Am Was killed off in 2005 to make way for the Pontiac G6.



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post Oct 20 2010, 07:15 PM
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The 2.4l is by far the worst engine GM ever made, and quite possibly one of the worst engines made ever.
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