by cannedbobs on May 3, 2014 Vehicle: 2002 Pontiac Grand Am SE 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
so i got the car when it was 8 years old with 5,000 miles on it, previously owned by my grandmother as an extra car.
haven't had to do anything major on it since owning it, biggest annoyance is that every time i have something break and i can't figure out what is broken to cause my problem i find the answer online telling me that this crap happens all the time on this model. lots of interior pieces broke or warped due to gm using plastics that deteriorate after 5 years, as i was told by a gm employee.
lots of little quirks, but car has never left me stranded.
would be a solid first car for some teen, as fun to drive as a honda, which is saying something.
by capimo on Jan 21, 2014 Vehicle: 2002 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
*Note this is a "sports" car your insurance will be expensive
I bought it May 2013 (MY first car :D) $1,800 and 147K miles. Mine is a Canadian car (I live in Michigan) so everything is metric/km :S
But yeah good mpg, very rust resistant, lots of power for lil' 4 cyl, after 9 months still reliable.
Problems: The seats and various useless plastics are breaking. The previous owner wore down the springs, catalytic converter went (I hear this is a common problem, I bought mine online $75 and had Tuffy put it in $45.
12 years old and most everything on the car is factory gear! (Although not good in some cases..)
by macdizzle on Jun 7, 2013 Vehicle: 2002 Pontiac Grand Am SE1 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
I bought mine used in 2005 with 60k miles on it.
I am just now (in mid 2013) through steps to fix it up a little to resell or trade in.
I was attracted to it because I could by afford it, and it had a pretty sexy looking body style, an ergonomic interior design, and a nice little dose of low end torque.
It was a bright red car and I dubbed it 'the Ferrari.'
I have been through a lot with it and have kept it so long that I have spent almost as much insuring it as I did to buy it.
The downside is that it is a General Motors car from an era where the passenger cars where he trim, plastics, and electrical systems suffer from poor design and durability.
by alan2123 on May 5, 2013 Vehicle: 2002 Pontiac Grand Am SE 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
We have owned this car since it was brand new. it now has 209400 miles on it! I've out in an alternator, window wiper motor, and a new ignition. it still needs a couple things, like a new indicator switch because it makes a ticking noise while off, but for how long it's lasted and the little work its needed, it has been a great car! it still runs great, and I'll probably get it up to 250000 miles before I sell it.
by kim2013 on Apr 29, 2013 Vehicle: 2002 Pontiac Grand Am SE1 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
I have a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am SE, 4 door, 4 cylinder automatic. This is/was my first car that I bought back in april 2009 I believe. This has been a reliable car for me. Mostly daily driving - school, work, etc. Mostly a town driver, then drove about 25 miles away daily for college. The only serious problem I had was a misfire and a new coil pack fixed that. Routine oil changes, brake pads and tires have been all this car has needed. I drove this car from Wisconsin to Tennesee and back at about 130,000 miles and it did wonderful. I get 24-26 mpg city and probably 30-32 highway. All in all, no big complaints. I do think the car is kind of ugly on the outside but oh well :)
by multani4 on Sep 13, 2012 Vehicle: 2002 Pontiac Grand Am GT1 4dr Sedan (3.4L 6cyl 4A)
Great when bought brand new. but beware of engine problems. #1 lower intake leaks. Head Gasket leaks. hard on brakes. stay away from this vehicle or any other gm vehicle with the 3.4l and 3.6l and 3.8l engines they all have issues with leaks.
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