After a second round of production, the plant closed in 1989. Impressive Looks, Style And Underestimated Power. The body shop I took it to was very impressed and fixed the bumper and gave me a grand paint job with acrylic paint. Hide behind billboards or in the cornfields. All Grand Ams between 1985 and 2005 were built in at the. The engine displacement, expressed in liters, was displayed on the bootlid in an effort to accentuate the car's supposedly European character. Engines were also detuned to meet the with the dropping to a new low of 7.
Archived from on July 14, 2012. I had a front-end wreck at an intersection where the oncoming car ran the light while I was in the turning lane. The Vixen showcased an aerodynamic design that helped it to achieve 30 mpg during the time of a looming gas crises when prices were expected to skyrocket. Standard equipment included power steering, power front disc brakes, Turbo Hydra-matic transmission, full instrumentation and Pontiac's 301 cu in 4. This resulted in a loss of 5 horsepower 3. Changes for 2002 also included a stationary cup holder in the center console as opposed to a removable one. Grand Ams also were among the first U.
Disappointing sales for the 1975 Pontiac Grand Am led Pontiac to discontinue the model. For 1988, front seat belts were moved from the to the doors, to meet the passive restraint mandate for 1989. A V6 option returned in the form of the 160 hp 120 kW 3. This resulted in a dichotomy of buyers: total luxury or total economy. That new acrylic paint job set my car off the charts from other cars in its category. Bill Mitchell had a few Grand Am specials up his sleeve. The last thing that you want to worry about when driving out on the open road is a faulty fuel tank.
Daytime running lamps with automatic lighting control were newly standard on all Grand Ams. Foreign makes mixed these features. It was based on the. This was a LeMans wagon converted to a Grand Am. Other standard equipment included concealed windshield wipers, a 1. The resulting Pontiac One studio remained under William L.
The Pontiac Grand Am is a rear wheel drive motor vehicle, with the engine placed in the front, and a 2 door coupé body. Although the Vixen was only on the market for a short time, the vehicles have retained much of their value. In addition to the standard roofline with louvered rear side windows, Grand Am coupes with the optional vinyl roof could be ordered with a full triangular rear side window or a vertical opera window similar to that found on the Grand Prix. Our fuel tanks are fashioned from corrosion-resistant materials and are leak-tested, so you can bank on a quality product. The Encyclopedia of American Cars. With AutoZone's premium line of Grand Am replacement fuel tanks, your worries are over.
All engines were available with a 400 automatic transmission as standard equipment. The 2000 models added a Getrag five-speed manual transmission as standard equipment with the four-cylinder. Also a factor leading to the Grand Am's cancellation, were plans for all 1976 Pontiac A-body cars receiving the newly approved rectangular headlights, which would necessitate a complete redesign of the Grand Am's Endura nose and Pontiac officials decided that the expense of such a redesign could not be justified based on low production numbers. Upscale options included air conditioning, tinted glass, power windows-locks-seat, rear defogger, various sound systems, and tilt-steering-wheel. I think it was driven to Indiana, then stripped for parts after that ordeal.
It became Pontiac's best selling car and was later replaced by the , so named as it was intended to be the 6th generation of the Grand Am. Another reason was that rectangular headlights were coming in, which would have meant retooling the model's unique hood and front fascia. The Grand Am was redesigned for 1999. Unsourced material may be challenged and. Sales were down more than 50 percent due to the , and while the recession continued, prices increased for all 1974 model cars. Popular Mechanics did the quarter-mile with the Turbo engine and five-speed manual in 15.
November 2018 The year 1980 was the finale for the second-generation Grand Am. Archived from on 10 May 2013. I also did a carpool with 5-6 people in this car on a daily basis driving from Chicago to North chicago. With that, the Grand Am became expendable and would not be continued. The 1974 Grand Am's rear-end styling was redesigned for the new 5 mph crash standards and had vertical rear taillights with relocated license plate and fuel filler above the bumper. Outside, an updated front fascia, rear fascia,and side skirts gave the Grand Am a smoother, more rounded look. Our staff is also available to answer all of your questions, and our Loan-a-Tool program ensures that you have the tools to do the job right.