The trio of SE models combines to form the base of Pontiac's
best-selling vehicle. While Grand Am coupes, as well as
top-line sedans, are offered in GT trims, it is these nicely
appointed introductory models that serve to propel the Pontiac
Grand Am to its popular status.
It's not hard to understand why. The 2004 Pontiac Grand
Am continues to come with a nice set of standard features
across all trims. This year, each and every Grand Am will
have 5-mph bumpers, air-conditioning, a tilt steering wheel,
battery rundown protection, an electric remote trunk release,
an oil life monitor, the PASSLock II theft deterrent and
a sealed-for-life transmission.
The SE class of the 2004 Pontiac Grand Am is broken down
into three distinct levels: SE, SE1 and SE2. GT models are
covered in a separate review.
Four-door sedans are larger and slightly more spacious than
coupes, which focus on the sportier side of driving. They
seat five passengers and offer a cargo volume of 14.6 cubic
On the entry-level side of things, the SE class of the
2004 Pontiac Grand Am isn't arranged
to provide you with a host of luxury items. However, value
doesn't equate with cheap, so you don't find yourself in
a stripped-down, feature-less interior ride either.
For 2004, all models except the base SE have an MP3 option
that upgrades the existing CD player to read discs recorded
in MP3 format. In other words, Pontiac is right up there
with the times, so you can be too.
The 2004 Pontiac Grand Am has always held the attention
of younger buyers, and the 2004 edition should be no different
in this respect. But functionality isn't sacrificed for
style. The front end, with its familiar split Pontiac grille,
settles down to a gentle wedge, cutting the air and creating
down force at highway speeds.
SE and SE1 models come with a peppy 2.2-liter Ecotec inline
4-cylinder engine. It produces up to 140 horsepower at 5600
rpm and 150 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. Customers can choose
between two transmission types: 4-speed automatic and 5-speed
With SE2 models, the standard package is that much more
appealing thanks to their 3.4-liter V6 engine. It delivers
170 horsepower at 4800 rpm and 200 lb-ft of torque at 4000
Safety and Security
The standard safety package of the SE2 features such items
as dual front airbags, traction control and antilock brakes
(optional with other models).
New for the 2004 Pontiac
MP3 player with equalizer and Radio Data System
sound system now standard on SE, SE1 and SE2
exterior colors: Fusion Orange, Sport Red Metallic
and Navy Blue