With five trim levels and some style and equipment refinements,
the 2003 Pontiac Grand Am has a lot to offer for consumers
in the compact car class.
It is designed to be both a practical and economical family
sedan, yet a Coupe version with superb handling and accelerative
ability is available. The chameleon 2003 Pontiac Grand Am
is a front-wheel drive 2 or 4-door car that can have any
of three engines under the hood.
The sedan version of the 2003 Pontaic Grand Am comes as
an SE, SE1, SE2, GT or GT1 while the Coupe comes only at
the GT or GT1 models. These differences in trim level are
not representative of simple enhancements to interior features.
In fact, they also indicate different engines and/or performance
Base SE comes with great features for a base model; including
air conditioning, AM/FM/CD player, cloth upholstery on front
bucket seats, tachometer, variable intermittent wipers plus
more valuable basics. SE1 adds cruise control, power windows
and mirrors, power height adjustable drivers seat and a
split-folding rear seat.
The two GT models add even more comfort-related features.
For example, GTs mean an upgrade to a Monsoon Stereo system,
tilt leather-wrapped steering wheel with radio controls,
6-way power adjustable driver's seat and at the GT1 level,
a power sunroof.
On the outside the 2003 Pontiac Grand Am continues to sport
the award winning styling that has distinguished it in the
past. However, 2003 sees a deletion of the lower body plastic
side cladding. Other characteristics include a rear spoiler
at the GT levels and alloy wheels from the SE on up. Fog
lights are standard on all models and a variety of additional
options, like the power sunroof or spoiler, can be included
according to the buyer's discretion.
The three engine choices and the variety of mechanical differences
really set the various Grand Am versions apart, but, it
should be said, even the base SE has pretty good handling
and accelerative capacity.
The SE has a 4-cyl 2.2-liter engine with 140 hp at 5600rpm.
This produces 150lb-ft of torque at 4000rpm and it gets
24/33 mpg (city/hwy) with a slight fluctuation depending
on whether you are running a 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed
manual transmission. A move to SE2 brings on the 3.4-liter
V6 with 170 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Finally, at the
GT level, you enjoy a slightly more powerful Ram Air engine.
This is capable of 175 hp and 205lb-ft of torque and performance
is also enhanced at this level with sport suspension.
Safety and Security
Traction control and ABS brakes are standard from the SE1
level on up while GTs have 4-wheel disc brakes instead of
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