2002 Pontiac Grand Prix Reviews

2002 Pontiac Grand Prix GT Coupe 3.8 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired12 kilometres
Most recent distance350000 kilometres
Previous carPontiac Sunfire

Summary:

Reliable, comfortable, longevity

Faults:

I ordered this car and drove all 350000 km myself; it is still my second car.

I have it serviced every 7000 to 10000 km.

Have used synthetic oil since it rolled past 200000 km; was doing oil changes every 5000 km prior to that.

Just replaced the original battery last year.

Pros: reliable, comfortable, average gas costs, still looks slick.

Cons: Some parts are just too expensive to replace, i.e.: radio light, console cup holders.

Also, the seat belt is very uncomfortable

Looked into GM cars when getting a new one; none compare to this model, all the seats seem tight, with limited leg room, even the Cadillacs. I ended up with a 2013 Honda Accord Coupe.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd July, 2013

2002 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP 40th Anniversary Sedan 3.8 V6 non-supercharged from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 3.8 V6 non-supercharged Automatic
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired141127 miles
Most recent distance141509 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

The car is very pretty, unique, and handles like a dream

Faults:

My number 4 fuel injector went out. I took it out and cleaned it. It now works over 1500 RPM.

Other than that, general maintenance.

General Comments:

Here is where I am stuck. The car has the original everything, BUT it is a GTP Anniversary edition 3.8, k engine code and I can find NONE that were not supercharged. All the numbers match, I knew the previous owner, but every Pontiac guy tells me that all GTP cars were supercharged. Is there a way to find out if this was factory deleted? Or if this is just a rare car?

I love it. Any help from you guys would be appreciated! Thanks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th April, 2013

26th Apr 2013, 22:58

It is true that all the GTP cars were supercharged.

It is also true that the 40th Anniversary package was available on both the GTP and the GT, the latter powered by the NA 3.8 liter. If your 40th Anniversary is not supercharged, then it is the GT, not the GTP, and not particularly rare.

2002 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 3.8 V6 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 3.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance113000 miles

Summary:

Powerful non-responsive boat, with typical Pontiac reliability

Faults:

Thermostat failed and replaced.

Fuel pressure regulator failed and replaced.

Right-rear wheel sensor failed (causes ABS and traction control to fail).

Outer-tie rod replaced (do not remember the side).

Passenger front wheel bearing failed and replaced, and driver side front replaced shortly after, but may not have failed.

Blower motor + motor relay + dash control failed from water and ice from car wash. Replaced blower motor and motor relay and seal. Dash control setting 5 doesn't work still.

I believe valve-cover gaskets are leaking, causing loss of oil, difficult to replace compared to some engines.

Vehicle loses coolant regularly, possible cracked head gasket?

Rear shocks failing I believe.

General Comments:

This vehicle is powerful, mostly comfortable, and the dashboard is designed nicely.

However, I'd expect a lot more from a vehicle it's age. For me, this is a new vehicle, and has many problems with low mileage. I consider under 200k to be pretty low.

The vehicle handles like a boat, isn't very responsive, and has had its share of issues, however most were not very expensive, but parts for instance, wheel bearing, was more expensive.

This is my fiance's vehicle, and I think we are selling it soon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 1st January, 2011

2002 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP 3.8 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles

Summary:

Wish Pontiac had stayed in business so I could buy another one

Faults:

Replaced one rear engine mount from oil leak I should have fixed. And CV joint cover.

Inside mirror fell off, easily re glued, but compass, with Onstar, is now inaccurate and can't find out how to reset it. Info for resetting non Onstar compass didn't work.

General Comments:

Most dependable car I ever owned. Gets over 30mpg on the highway, 24 in the city.

Supercharger is great when needed. Great handling. Sporty handling.

I love it, but my husband, who drives a van, dislikes low seats.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st January, 2010

2002 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 3.8 Liter from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.8 Liter Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance48000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Prix

Summary:

Too many problems

Faults:

My bearings went bad at 5,000 mile.

Oil leak at 30,000 mile.

Transmission went at 47,000.

Power windows motor went at 47,000.

Had to replace oxygen sensor 47,500.

Check engine light keeps coming on 47,500, and still does periodically at 50,000.

Has had to have several different repairs, and no dealership or mechanic can figure out the engine light problem still.

General Comments:

Since I have purchased this vehicle, I have had nothing but problems one after another.

I have had nothing but the runaround from the dealership, kept doing oil testing wrong until my warranty ran out. Then told me it was my problem.

The only thing I love about the car is the way it handles, on the road.

However, I am a stay at home mom and the repair bills are too much to handle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th October, 2009

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 41 reviews