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2002 Grand Am SE1 (3.4L V-6, Automatic)
By macdizzle on
Vehicle2002 Pontiac Grand Am SE1 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
ReviewI 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.
Best FeaturesMechanically the car is perfectly capable with proper maintenance. I was able to drive around on it for two years with a damaged tie-rod end, so It will survive some abuse. The 3.4L V6 engine had a pretty decent amount of torque, giving you the option of speeding away from some situations instead of slamming on the brakes. The powertrain configuration had surprising fuel mileage on the highway, with the cruise set at 70 mph it averaged a little over 30 mpg. For a smaller mid-size sedan it has a healthy amount of space including decent leg room for rear passengers, including a large amount of trunk space that could be combined by dropping the rear seats for light cargo.
Worst FeaturesThe dashboard in car should never have to be replaced. This is one of those models where the vinyl is glued down and the glue gives up, the vinyl rolls back, and then all the plastic fittings start popping out. This effect is difficult to manage, and a replacement dash costs over 1k installed. I describe the electrical systems in this car as 'awful.' Over time, the cruise control, horn, passlock III ignition system, CD player, and other items had all ceased functioning properly. All those repairs would require overpriced diagnostics for cheap parts at a dealership. The window regulators have faulty clips that cannot be replaced without purchasing the entire unit, simply a poor design.
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