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2003 Pontiac Grand Am

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Pontiac Grand Am Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.2 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 140 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 22/30 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Pontiac Grand Am

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

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Lots of standard features, available five-speed manual transmission, crisp handling.

  • Cons

    Price creep has followed sales growth, five-speed not available with V6, cheap interior pieces, iffy crash test scores.

  • What's New for 2003

    A new trim level has been added -- SE2 -- that offers buyers more standard equipment and additional options, while the SE coupe is no longer available. All SE sedans now feature cleaner styling thanks to less body cladding and smoother front and rear fascias. XM Satellite Radio is an available option on all models, while the OnStar communications system is now standard on all models except the base SE.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (23 total reviews)


Not best car

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Vehicle: 2003 Pontiac Grand Am SE 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

*had the 2.2 with autotran, was not a choice. bought brand new, had it 11 years untill it was totaled and overall just not a great car. blew tranny at 80,000 miles blew fuel pump at 60,00o lots of other issues, electrial gremils ect. the worst part was when hit the tree the airbags deployed minutes after the crash not durng, i was stoped and already shut off motor




Not a bad car considering,

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Vehicle: 2003 Pontiac Grand Am SE 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

I bought my Grand AM SE 2.2L brand new in November of 2002. I still have the car just over ten years now. Its a sporty car with a particularly powerful four cylinder engine. That being said, it is a four cylinder, and while the car is absolutely fantastic for highway driving, the car is simply too heavy for hills and cold weather. Even when the car was new it did not like climbing hills, and in the cold the engine loses significant horsepower. However, the car is amazing on gas if properly maintained and I have driven from southern Massachusetts to Bangor, Maine (Approximately 300 miles) before refueling.




Been a great car for

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Vehicle: 2003 Pontiac Grand Am SE 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

I have had a great experience with this car. I was especially happy when I moved from to a state where it snows and my car handled incredibly well in the snow. I lived on a very steep hill and my neighbors could not get up the hill in the snow but my Pontiac went right up the hill. This car looks nice,I like how it looks sporty. Handles well,gets good gas mileage. I always thought it was pretty roomy until a car seat would not really fit well in the back seat. Stroller also takes up the entire trunk. I have only had to repair the fuel pump and that was at 125,000 miles. All other work on the car has been just routine maintenance. My only complaint would be that it's little noisy inside




Some problems

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Vehicle: 2003 Pontiac Grand Am SE 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

I had to replace two or three parts of the ignition switch assembly, the battery, the rotors, the mirror adjustment joy stick, rear main seal, engine cradle (at less than 70,000 miles!), fuel pump, struts & strut mounts, all before 100,000 miles! Even with all of these repairs I plan on keeping it for my teenage son to drive..that way if he wrecks it..it won't be a big loss..




Poor quality

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Vehicle: 2003 Pontiac Grand Am SE 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

I've had this 2003 grand am for 1 1/2 years now and have had nothing but problems with it. The turn signal/4-way clicks more than occasionally. Especially when it is cold outside. I've had to replace both front hubs, a cv joint, the fuel pump, an ignition control module, and on 3 separate occasions, have had 3 rocker arms come loose on the rear head (by loose I mean they were lying on top of the head when I opened the valve cover). I've replaced the brakes and rotors twice since I bought the car and have to do them again soon due to warped rotors. I do not intend to buy another grand am. Ever. And I do not recommend anyone else buying one. Unless they like to work on vehicles a lot.




Good at first, but it

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Vehicle: 2003 Pontiac Grand Am SE 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

I bought this car with 27,000 miles on it one year old. It started out as a smooth ride with a lot of power. After one year I had to completely replace the brakes. After hiting the 70,000 mile mark, I've had to replace the alternator (very expensive for this car) and the fuel pump (also pricey). The car is constantly having some sort of electrical problem and sometimes it just doesn't want to start and has to have the computer reset. It has left me stranded too many times. I can't wait to trade it in!!! I should've listened to the guy who stopped me at a gas station and warned me that these cars fall apart after 60,000 miles



Full 2003 Pontiac Grand Am Review

What's New for 2003

A new trim level has been added -- SE2 -- that offers buyers more standard equipment and additional options, while the SE coupe is no longer available. All SE sedans now feature cleaner styling thanks to less body cladding and smoother front and rear fascias. XM Satellite Radio is an available option on all models, while the OnStar communications system is now standard on all models except the base SE.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 22
  • cty
/
  • 30
  • highway
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