2001 Pontiac Grand Am Review | Edmunds.com

2001 Pontiac Grand Am

Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
Pontiac Grand Am Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 150 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/29 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2001 Pontiac Grand Am

  • A viable import alternative, but don't expect Camry- or Accord-like resale values or build quality.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Sporty styling, lots of standard features, available five-speed manual transmission, crisp handling.

  • Cons

    Price creep has followed sales growth, true sport sedans need a five-speed with a V6, odd interior styling.

  • What's New for 2001

    For 2001, the Grand Am gets audio improvements, a wheel upgrade and revised paint choices.

Full 2001 Pontiac Grand Am Review

What's New for 2001

For 2001, the Grand Am gets audio improvements, a wheel upgrade and revised paint choices.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

Great first car

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Vehicle: 2001 Pontiac Grand Am GT 2dr Coupe (3.4L 6cyl 4A)

I have a 2001 se 3.4 and its never let me down. I've had it for 3 years, and my mom had it for about 4 years before that. It has 242,000 miles on it and it's still going strong. It gets 30 mpg highway too. I've replaced the coolant temp. sensor a couple times, brake pads and shoes, tires and a radiator hose since I got it, and no major repairs were done while my mom had it. Besides the rust behind the doors, it looks great as well.

Poor quality

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Vehicle: 2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

I would not recommend this car to anyone. It had a water leak in the passenger side that shorted out a computer that cost 500 to fix. 3 out of 4 power windows broke, and the passenger mirror fell off when I scraped snow off it. The security light came on and I had to have a new ignition cylinder put in-another 300. I traded it in while it was still running. Just to be clear I changed the oil regularly and kept up the maintenance. Poor Quality--I can see why Pontiac went out of business.

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13 years and counting

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Vehicle: 2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

Bought mine new in 2001. I've taken decent care of it, oil changes, minor repairs. It's never broken down or had any major issues. Has the same issues as other Grand AM's. Side passenger mirror just fell off, AC has been broken for a couple years, fan speeds 1 and 2 don't work, side mirror control broken. The car itself is no longer waterproof. The factory battery lasted 11 years. Took it on a road trip this summer and actually got really good mileage. To recap, it's been paid for since 2005 and has never left me stranded. Going to drive this thing until it explodes.

Best car we ever owned

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Vehicle: 2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

we have put 239,895 miles on this car with no major repairs at all. Still runs and drives great,gets 28 mpg highway. auto trans still works perfect. we replaced the water pump at 189k ,replaced radiator at 200k miles. All you have to do is maintain your car and it will last just like ours. we are afraid to sell this car because it has been so great. we also have a 1996 gmc suburban with 278,000 miles and only had to rebuild the trans at 167k, and one fuel pump at 103k. it still runs like new.

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Worst car i ever had!

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Vehicle: 2001 Pontiac Grand Am GT 4dr Sedan (3.4L 6cyl 4A)

I purchased this car from a Pontiac dealership in 2006 with 57k miles on it. I was in love! However within the first WEEK of having it, the Security system failed. Since Ive had this P.O.S., everything imaginable has gone wrong, Security/Passlock failure, Intake Manifold Head Gasket, Power seating failure, Side mirror falling off, failing brakes, interior knobs falling off, AC failure...and the list DOES go on! I was horrified but the recalls and complaints online!.... Would NEVER buy anything from Pontiac ever again!

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Take care of it, it

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Vehicle: 2001 Pontiac Grand Am GT 4dr Sedan (3.4L 6cyl 4A)

I have come to love my Grand Am. I have also come to believe that if you take good care of it, it will repay you. Got it from my mom in 2006 with 25k on it. It had been parked in her driveway collecting waterstains and mice. Initially I named it the lemon (I never liked it, but my husband did) after getting new tires, new fluids, getting rid of rabbits chewing wires and some other normal things, I made a deal with it. It takes care of me and I take care of it. Yes, they have quirks, but if you take really good care of it, it will run like a champ. It thinks it's a sports car. I drive it at least 51 miles everyday. It now has about 145k miles on it and still gets 26mi/gal

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I'm thinking of buying a 2001 Pontiac Grand AM, 3.4L. 115k miles on it. I'm wondering if any one knows the average life expectancy of this cars transmission? Am I going to be buying a new engine in 2 ...

HI. I recently bought a used 2001 Pontiac Grand Am GT and am having what I assume to be electrical issues. Yesterday, while driving on the highway on a roadtrip, the Security light came on and stayed ...

Grand Am problems found online, please feel free to take a look at these complaints. When will we get some results, Class Action Lawsuit maybe?...

Gas Mileage


  • 19
  • cty
  • 29
  • highway
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