Used 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix Coupe

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1999 Pontiac Grand Prix
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Pros

  • Strong powertrains, sporty styling, fun to drive.

Cons

  • Overstyled interior, cheap-looking dashboard plastic.

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Edmunds' Expert Review

vehicle overview

Ford should worry about this Pontiac. Loaded with standard safety features and available in a potent, supercharged 240-horsepower edition, the Grand Prix successfully blends form, function and performance into one appealing and affordable package. Today's Taurus, by contrast, is little more than overpriced modern art.

Buyers can select from one of three Grand Prix models: SE (sedan only), GT (coupe or sedan) and GTP, the latter now a stand-alone model in both coupe and sedan form. The SE sedan is powered by a 3.1-liter V6 good for 160 horsepower. Despite a horsepower boost to 200 for the 3800 Series II V6 (optional on SE sedan and standard on GT), the 3.8-liter still delivers about 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, figures that nearly match the base powerplant.

GTP models come equipped with a supercharged version of the 3800 V6 that makes 240 horsepower. Last year, the GTP finally got standard traction control, a feature that it needs to keep all those ponies in line. This year, the driver can control when the traction control system is to be engaged with an on/off switch. The transmission on the GTP allows the driver to select Normal or Performance shift modes. The antilock brake system includes beefy rotors and state-of-the-art calipers for better stopping ability. Steering wheel vibration is reduced, thanks to a cross-beam steering column support structure.

All Grand Prix models benefit from long-life fluids and parts, such as coolant designed to last five years or 50,000 miles, and platinum-tipped spark plugs that last 100,000 miles under optimal conditions. Interiors feature analog instrumentation and large, easy-to-use controls. In the Pontiac tradition, the dashboard is busy looking and the gauges are designed to look like those in a jet fighter, all backlit in a soothing red glow at night.

An integrated child seat with a removable wash-out pad is optional on all models. Also optional is the EyeCue head-up display, which projects data for speed, fuel, radio and turn signals onto the windshield for easy viewing. The standard driver information center includes a tire-pressure monitoring system. Standard on GT Sedan and optional on all other models is MagnaSteer variable effort steering, which uses magnetism to vary steering effort.

Dual airbags, antilock brakes and traction control are standard on every Grand Prix. All models meet federal standards for side-impact protection, and bumpers front and rear are designed to withstand a five-mph impact with no structural or lamp damage. Sedans feature child-safe rear door locks, and an integrated child safety seat is available across the board.Yes, Ford should be worried. Interest in the less-than-sporting Taurus has waned in recent years because buyers have been drawn to more attractive and often more affordable alternatives. With the fresher, more spirited Pontiac Grand Prix, we predict that the Ford battleship will take one more serious hit from its GM competition.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix.

Great Performer if taken care of properly!
gypsybeth81, 3/5/2011
I've had 1 major and a few minor problems with my coupe. I'm currently the second owner and bought it when it had 84,000 miles. Unfortunately the engine blew which was likely the result of poor driving from the previous owner or myself when showing off at times :( Since then it has been replaced with another engine with 30,000 miles less then the previous one, and I must say this has been the best performance car I've driven! And I've driven 15 to 20 different cars in my time. Handling is great,has lots of room for a coupe, and has ability for modifications on a smaller budget. Gas is average,but factory tail lights are poorly made and may leak in time. Some interior detail is poorly made.
Batmobile, Tank, Grand Prix Coupe
midwestboiler, 5/19/2011
This was my first car, and it was a great first car. Unfortuneatly, I was rear ended and ultimately had the car totaled. The time that I had it though, was very enjoyable. First, a V-6 engine allows for this car to be borderline over the top with power, but that didn't bother me. The problem with all of the power was that the car averaged about 18 mpg. The 12 gallon tank also forced me to have to fill up more often than I would have liked. I had leather seats and they were very comfortable. It was very easy to carry 4 passengers in the car. While the doors were huge, it allowed much easier access to the back seat.
Nice car
riker93, 3/24/2013
I just bought this car Feb. 8, 2013, so I haven't had it long enough to report any major problems. It runs great, and was well taken care of by previous owner. It looks almost new, no rust and the engine is so quiet. It handles very well, and takes off quickly. Gas mileage isn't bad, so I'm not spending too much there. It's got all the options I could think of, so as long as I continue to take care of it, I'm hoping to get a lot of miles out of it.
losing confidence
loams, 11/6/2003
I bought new and now have 52000 miles. The car is well cared for but have already replaced an alloy wheel, two blower motors, one blower resistor, tensioner bracket (total of about $1100 to date) ans have an on going problem with the a/c drain causing water to flood the front passenger seat carpeting. I think this will be my last Pontiac.
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Features & Specs

MPG
17 city / 27 hwy
Seats 0
4-speed automatic
Gas
200 hp @ 5200 rpm
MPG
16 city / 25 hwy
Seats 0
4-speed automatic
Gas
240 hp @ 5200 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    RolloverNot Rated
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Acceptable

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The Used 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix Coupe is offered in the following styles: GT 2dr Coupe, and GTP 2dr Coupe.

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