History of the Pontiac Grand Am
The Pontiac Grand Am was originally released in 1973 as a mid-sized car - later released as a compact car - produced by the Pontiac division of General Motors. Production of the Pontiac Grand Am was discontinued in 1980 when it was replaced by the Pontiac 6000. The Grand Am was reintroduced to the automotive market in 1985 replacing the Pontiac Phoenix. In 2005, the Pontiac G6 was announced and replaced the Grand Am. All Grand Ams produced between 1985 and 2005 were manufactured at the Lansing Car Assembly in Lansing, Michigan.
In the American market, the Grand Am was the only compact sedan in Pontiac's lineup when the Pontiac Sunfire was discontinued in 2003. The Pontiac Grand Am was Pontiac's best-selling car before it was replaced by the Pontiac G6.
Grand Am Specifications
Depending on the year of the Grand Am, technical specifications may vary.
Grand Am GT (1999-2005)
- Front wheel drive
- 3400 3.4L v6 175+ HP engine
- 205 ft-lbs of torque
- Front and rear disc brakes
Grand Am SE (1995-2005)
- Front wheel drive
- 2.2L 150HP Ecotec engine (97-2000), 2.4L Twincam I4 150 HP engine (1999-2001), 3400 3.4L V6 170+ HP A4 engine
- 150+ ft-lbs of torque
Differences between the Grand Am GT and the Grand Am SE
The differences between the Pontiac Grand Am GT and the Pontiac Grand Am SE are only a handful. The most noticable difference between the two models of the Grand Am, just by taking a glimpse at the two, are that the SE has black side mirrors and the GT has side mirrors the same color as the car. Take a look inside and the Grand Am GT spedometer goes up to 150mph, while the Grand Am SE only goes up to a measly 120mph.
The Pontiac Grand Am GT also has black window trim, dual exhaust, a useless ram-air intake, thicker sway bars, tighter struts, and front/rear disc brakes. The Grand Am SE has a chrome window trim, single exhaust, stock airbox, smaller sway bars, looser struts, and front disc brakes with rear drum brakes.
Though the Grand Am GT and the Grand Am SE aren't that different, it's up to the driver to make their ride original. The differences listed on this site do not cover the options available to most models. In comparison, both the GT and the SE are very similar.