1st Sep 2007, 19:24
I just bought a 2004 GA GT RAM AIR and holy crap, I love this car.
Mine is jet black and dark tints that already blew away a Subaru WRX. This car is so underrated; mine has red decals and rims, and just gets stares wherever I go.
When I bought it, it was making a ticking noise after the turn signal went off, but they fixed it; dirty contacts.
Only problem I am having now is that my horn honks when I move my tilt steering, and sometimes when I turn, weird?
I am thinking about putting the hood with the scoops on it. What do you guys think?
Man I love this car, even more than my 2002 Maxima SE 5 speed.
9th Sep 2007, 15:32
I am a Grand Am owner as well and I do not for one moment believe that you beat an WRX. A standard run of the mill impreza, sure, but a 230hp, 5 speed, 4 wheel drive car? No. Hell, launching in four wheel drive gives one an incredible advantage. I love my Grand Am as well, but I am also realistic about it's abilities.
14th Sep 2007, 11:32
I have a 2004 grand am. At 40,000 the left front inside brake pad is worn to 1/16" on the top and has 3/16" of pad remaining n the bottom. The outside pad is wearing evenly with 3/16" of pad remaining. Is there something I can do to correct this problem?
19th Sep 2007, 13:49
My wife and I own an 01 GA GT. It's been pretty good. No big problems, but lately it seems like everything is going wrong at once. Little stuff, but it all adds up. Also as for beating a WRX, I agree off the line the WRX will launch harder, but go to a track and check out the 60 foot and 1/8 mile times. Or for that matter, consider a rolling start. A Subaru WRX is a great car, but they have more rolling mass and more drive train to turn over. A GA with the V6 will actually run with a WRX most of the time, sometimes lose, and sometimes win. A lot depends on the driver, reaction time, and the weather conditions. A WRX STi is definitely a faster car, but now you've gone up a significant notch in the cars class. Like most people say the Grand Am is quite underrated. They are great looking and great performing. Remember they are an NA V-6. No turbos or superchargers.
13th Nov 2007, 14:59
Cheers! I also own a Grand Am Gt Ram Air. I bought the car when I was 17 and paid it off ON MY OWN. It is a 2004 and I couldn't have been happier with my decision. To the people with the clicking noise, I also still have the problem someone told me it would cost me about $200 to fix, I will try what you said and take it apart. Overall the car is great and I couldn't be happier. When I first got it I was stupid and would love to race any of my friends stupid mustangs. They only had v6's, but they were put to shame by my baby. The car blows Civics, Accords, Cavaliers, and even beat a older model Nissan Maxima. I patted myself on the back for that one. It is especially good for long trips. I moved to Colorado and drove there and drove back to Illinois and it was fine no problems. I have 60,000 miles and think it has a long life ahead of it. Good luck everyone! CHEERS.
14th Nov 2007, 11:10
I love my Grand am GT, but there is no way it can outrun a Subaru WRX. they are lighter and have more hp. 0-60 times for the WRX are in a flat 6 the 2008 is in the mid 5's.
Even boosted Grand ams are in the 6 to mid 6 so no way it can beat a WRX.
6th Jan 2008, 20:14
I bought my 2004 GA in October of 03. It's just a 4 door wife's daily driver. It's got 93,000 miles on it, and I'd take it across country without a second thought. Plenty of power, very reliable. But the brakes are terrible. Every 14,000 to 18,000 miles they are gone. I've replaced rotors twice. Even replaced calipers in case they were hanging up. Using the best pads I can find. It just eats brakes. Had I known when I did the first brake job on it I probably would have replaced the whole assembly with something more performance oriented. That said, I still really enjoy driving it.
7th Jan 2008, 11:39
I see comments regarding excessive brake wear on the Grand Am and I find it very odd. I just pulled the wheels off my 7-year-old Grand Am yesterday to rotate the tires and check the original front pad and rear lining wear. The car is very close to 70,000 miles now, and the rear linings looked almost NEW, while the front pads appear to have quite a bit left on them before they will need replacing. I've owned several GM vehicles and I seldom replace pads/linings before 100,000 miles. I have to question whether many of the cases of premature pad/lining wear are not a result of the drivers riding the brakes, or making lots of very abrupt stops.
13th Jan 2008, 21:54
I own a '03 Grand Am Gt Ram-air with a chip. All I have to say is it's a fast car with the chip. I'm getting an cold air intake to make it go a lot faster. So all I have to say is everyone whom has a Grand Am Gt Ram-Air; get a chip and cold air intake. You'll be happy if you do. Ask a New Shelby Mustang Gt500 you'll be surprised what you can beat.
Canada, Nova Scotia.
3rd Jun 2008, 23:53
I owned a 2000 Grand Am SE... I owned it for two years and sold it a couple weeks ago at 163 000 KM. The only problem I had was the intake manifold gasket... a $700 fix that happens on almost every single car that GM built from '99 to '03. Otherwise, it ran awesome... it was a great car for me.
...Which is why a few days ago, I decided to buy another Grand Am! It's a beautiful bright red...2005 GT with 60 000 KM. I already love it.. the features, the sleek look, and the acceleration.
I can honestly say...I'm addicted to Grand Am. One of the best cars on the road.
11th Jun 2008, 23:13
I own a 99 Grand Am GT with the ram air in the bumper cover, and it was recently in a collision by my brother, and his friends ball hitch into my radiator and I am fixing it. I was wanting to put the ram air hood on it, and wondered if anyone had the hood, and it was connected to the air box, and how it was done?
13th Jun 2008, 11:25
You'll need the ram air hood and all the plenum parts and connectors to switch to the ram air hood. It's a pretty easy and cheap swap if you can find the stuff at a local salvage yard, rather than buying it new.
24th Jul 2008, 18:36
We have an '04 Grand Am and it is a great car. We've had it four years now, and not one problem with it (knock on wood). It is fast, comfortable, and gets good mileage... and looks good inside and out. This was a VERY underrated car, and Pontiac made a real mistake in discontinuing it. What other car could you get at the time for that price (14K miles for $16K) with a 100K mile maintenance-free engine (not many people seem to know that)? Best buy we've made in a long time.