Pontiac Grand Am

2001 Pontiac Grand Am (Fifth Generation: 1999-2005)

For 1999, the Grand Am was redesigned once again, entering its fifth generation. It was available in mid-1998. It was now directly shared with the Oldsmobile Alero (also new for 1999) and Chevrolet Malibu (introduced in 1997). But they are still different in many ways. The length was shortened slightly, but the wheelbase grew by more than three-inches (76 mm). The suspension was now fully independent. Grand Am came in five different trims: SE, SE1, SE2, GT and GT1. Base powerplant for the SE and SE1 remained a 2.4L Twin Cam mated to a 4-speed automatic only. The SE2, GT and GT1 sported a new 3.4L 3400 V6 engine. GT and GT1 also included 4-wheel disc brakes, and all Grand Ams until 2003 included standard ABS and Traction Control (made optional on SE from 2003). 2000 models arrived with a standard 5 speed manual transmission. ASC Creative Services designed the Grand Am SC/T for the SEMA show circuit, which was the concept design for the Ram Air hood and body package.

For 2001, the SE2 was dropped, a new family of Delco stereos and new wheel designs bowed in. The radio size in 2001 also changed from a 1.5 DIN size to a full 2 DIN size. Half way through 2002, changes were more interesting: the Twin Cam 2.4 was replaced by a new 2.2L Ecotec four-cylinder, which boasted improvements over the outgoing 'Twin Cam'.

Changes for 2002 also included a stationary cup holder in the center console as opposed to a removable one. The body cladding on SE models were removed in 2003 for a cleaner appearance. An MP3 player was added to the uplevel CD player in 2004, and SE models were exclusively sold to fleets and GT sedans were discontinued in 2005, since the G6 had been introduced as a replacement for the Grand Am.

The GT coupe was also discontinued at the end of the 2005 model year (the other versions were discontinued earlier when the G6 coupe began production. The last Pontiac Grand Am rolled off the line at Lansing Michigan's, Lansing Car Assembly plant in 2005. This was also the last car to be made at Lansing's old Fisher Body plant. In its 20 year run as a compact model, the Grand Am proved to be a value leader, sporty in appearance, while offering many features reasonable price.

Source: Wikipedia, 2011

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