2002 Pontiac Grand Prix Reviews - Page 2 of 10

2002 Pontiac Grand Prix SE 3.1 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.1 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired67000 miles
Most recent distance72000 miles
Previous carJeep Wrangler

Summary:

A good choice for a student

Faults:

Recently my automatic lights and fan for the air (and A/C) have stopped working. I think it's a loose wire or a fuse?

The coolant scares me because it changes into a brown color, even after I've replaced it.

My battery failed to recharge, so I purchased a new one.

My "low oil" light goes on periodically, but the oil level is fine.

Sometimes the car fails to start-up, but eventually it does, always.

General Comments:

I love being in this car. I feel safe and secure. Switching lanes couldn't be easier.

I wish it didn't have some sorta problem whenever I fix another. The problems aren't usually a big deal though.

My gas mileage is about 18 city, 24 highway. Something around there. I never get less than 16 in stop-and-go driving. I'm pretty easy on the pedal, but flooring the car is so much fun. (rarely happens, only on the highway)

Sometimes I'm going faster than I realize, so I have to constantly look at the speedometer on 20 mph roads.

Overall, I recommend this car as a first car for teenagers or even adults! Just treat it well and it will treat you well in return. You will get attached.. know this because I've named mine :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th September, 2009

2002 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP 3.8 supercharged from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.8 supercharged Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance147000 miles

Summary:

One of the best cars ever made

Faults:

I have not had one problem with this car.

General Comments:

I just absolutely love this car. This car handles like my 88 Corvette. It has only 5 hp less than my 88 Corvette does.

The 2002 GTP was lowered for better handling on the supercharged models.

I get 22 miles in town and 28 on the highway, if I keep my foot out of it. LOL.

The HUD display works great. This car is fully loaded. I never ever have any problems with this car.

The car is very stylish.

I have owned many vehicles. And this one is most practical.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd January, 2009

2002 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 3.8L N/A from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.8L N/A Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired147000 miles
Most recent distance168000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Prix

Summary:

A quick quirky car

Faults:

The barrel for the key is sometimes unforgiving about giving you your key back, we've had it replaced before, but the problem persists.

When we got the car, only fan speed settings 3-5 worked, in the last 3 months, it has diminished down to just fan speed 5. We were told it may be the switch on the fan motor. We haven't really looked into it.

What we believe to be the water pump has started squealing, the sound goes away for the ride after revving it past 3000.

Had to replace discs recently and get realignment because of a scraping noise from the front left wheel well while making a left turn. It was a warped rotor. and the car needed a realignment anyway.

Heater bypass hose cracked and caused quite a scare. Classic white smoke coming out from underneath the hood. $5 for the hoses, but enough coolant was lost replacing the part to merit a flush.

Car burns oil in summer months (I live in WI).

Both front and rear bumper covers have been damaged. Very costly to repair. Also, be careful where you park, the bumper is lower than it looks.

Volume control doesn't always work properly on the head unit, but all steering wheel controls work properly.

General Comments:

In my opinion, the car has performed beautifully for one with over 160k.

The interior is very accommodating towards the driver. The passenger seats are also adjustable, but not as much as the driver seat. The seat heater is also very nice in the winter.

The stereo sounds very nice for a stock system, its not the BOSE system or anything, but it gets the job done, the 7 band equalizer is also a very nice addition.

Performance isn't top of the line, but its plenty for a commuter to have a little fun between home and work. It has its quirks, like the shifting pattern being a little off for casual driving, like the shift point just before 40mph. I sometimes have a slight problem with firm shifts, but it doesn't bug me too much.

Handling is very good, I've taken off ramps at 70 and never felt like the car was going to slip or tip.

All in all, a good car for the money. It has all the usual quirks of any newer computerized car, but it makes up for it in looks and performance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th June, 2008

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