2002 Pontiac Grand Am SE2 from North America


A good looking, fast, unreliable, uncomfortable lemon


I have had the car in the shop four times within the last two weeks; all for the same thing - the "check engine" light came on. First time I was told the gas cap was loose. The second time the fuel injector (s) were clogged. Next day the light comes on again, and the dealer merely reset the computer saying the light came on because it was still in the memory. One week later the light comes on again. This requires a two day stay in the shop and having to drive a Dodge Neon rental car. The final diagnosis was replacement of #3 fuel injector.

I pick up the car and there is no air conditioning.

I am totally frustrated and have no trust in this car.

I have notified the dealer and the leasing company of my desire for a replacement as this particular car is a lemon. I have had no reply from either entity.

Now I await the next problem. I believe that will be the tires because it looks like there is not much tread on them; I can see a yellow color on the tire and the tread does not appear to be very deep.

General Comments:

It is a good looking car, but that means nothing if it is not trustworthy.

My 2000 Pontiac Grand AM SE 2 was much more comfortable. It had six way automatic seats. The 2002 model only has manual seats unless you buy the sports model with the sun roof; then you get the 6 way automatic seating.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th October, 2002

9th Jun 2003, 20:28

I bought a 2000 Grand AM for my son with 42,000 miles on it. He had driven the car about 6,000 miles when the service engine soon light came on. The computer says that fuel injector number 6 is bad and he is going to replace it this summer. However, I can't feel any appreciable missing or hesitation when driving it and wonder if the computer system is not working correctly. I'm thinking about disconnecting the service engine soon light and just use the old common sense method for determining if the car needs help.

2002 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2.2L 4 cylinder. Ecotec from North America


A great car without everything extra

General Comments:

The Grand AM SE is a great and sporty looking car. The interior is fairly roomy, and organized well.

If you have a manual transmission, I noticed that the cup holders are not as easily accessed because of the drivers arm and shifting purposes.

The new Ecotec 2.2 L 4 Cyl engine is quite powerful and I'd say beats the previous engine in later models. It puts out 140 horsepower at 5600 RPM. With a manual transmission, you can get 0-60 in just about 8.4 seconds, which makes the 1/4 mile time come in at 17.0 seconds. It's top speed is 111 mph, (stock) but you can tweek a little bit to get about 140 mph.

It's braking power is quite nice 60-0 (mph) in under 130 feet.

The stereo system is awesome in this car compared to other makes. Pontiac usually equips their cars with decent sound systems. CD player comes standard on all models of the Grand AM.

Power locks come standard on the SE, but Power windows aren't even available! This is my only complaint as I am a very lazy person. I've never had a car without powered windows and I was very suprised to find out that this awesome car not only didn't have it standard, but didn't have it available either! If you are looking for a power package, you have to go with the SE1, where you can get a power moonroof too!

If your looking for power, you probably should look more toward the 3.4L because the SE doesn't have a lot. Passing is sometimes difficult, with a manual you must drop a gear and maybe even two. I've found myself downshift to 3rd to get enough power to pass. It seems kind of weird to do that, but I wasn't even red-lining it.

One thing I don't like is where you have to put it in reverse to park and get your key out. Every time you start your car your reverse lights are on. Also when you park. I understand this is a safety and security feature, but sometimes quite annoying.

Overall this is a great and fun car. I recommend a little larger engine and I like GTs myself, but the SE is a great car if your looking for a nice ride without evey extra add-on you can get, along with the extra power provided by the GT and "upper-modles".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th May, 2002

18th May 2006, 07:44

Well my pontiac grand am SE has power windows. but it might be because it is newer than the one you drove.

12th Feb 2010, 16:45

I own the 2002 Grand Am SE. It's my first car and I like so far. I had it at a top speed of 175 kph on the highway and it wouldn't go any faster. It's really good on gas and fun to drive. There is a big rust patch that came out on the rear quarter panel, and I need new struts. But so far so good.

2002 Pontiac Grand Am SE1 2.2 V4 from North America


A true American sports car


Nothing has gone wrong with the car yet and I don't expect anything to go wrong anytime soon.

General Comments:

The car has unbelievable performance for such a small engine.

The cabin is extremely comfortable and roomy.

The best car I have ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th April, 2002

28th Oct 2002, 20:20

If you think the 2.2L 4 cylinder is awesome in performance, you should drive the 3.4L V6 with Ram Air, you get even more performance, and you get to hear it working hard (RAM AIR)!

18th Feb 2003, 15:31

I have a Grand Am SE 2002 model, and I have had it in the shop 3 times in the past year. The power window switch and motor keeps going out. Every thing else has been great so far. It's cheap on gas. Also very roomy.

8th May 2003, 08:15

Ram air only adds 5 Hp to the total you don't need the GT model get the SE1 with the V6 then get a supercharger... Hee hee.

30th Dec 2006, 15:52

I have a 2002 grand am SE1 and it is an awesome car.. Great acceleration.. It looks and drives great, no problems.

2002 Pontiac Grand Am GT1 3.4L Ram Air V6 from North America


A great car to own and drive!


So far nothing has gone wrong with the car... except already has some parking lot dings.

General Comments:

This car is an eye catcher!

It's quick, with nice handling that adjusts to your speed.

Fun to drive.

Easy to use controls.

Overall a great car... no matter what people think of American cars!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 2002

1st Mar 2002, 08:42

I agree, that is a nice car to drive and an eye catcher, the sound system is awesome, the handling good with decent power, 175 hp I think for the money with all the standard features plus cosmetics and sound system is a good buy. Not to say that is more handsome than the Accord, Camry, Maxima.