Until the arrival of the eagerly-anticipated G8, the Grand Prix takes top billing as Pontiac's largest and most sophisticated
sedan. Despite tough competition from the HEMI-powered
Dodge Charger, the V8-powered Grand Prix has held its ground, and the V6-powered models also stack up well when compared to rivals from Nissan, Volkswagen and Mazda. With a growing number of enthusiasts returning to rear-wheel-drive, the front-wheel-drive Grand Prix has its fair share of vocal detractors, but few, however, can complain about the car's impressive fuel economy, even when equipped with the optional 303-horsepower V8 engine, or the noteworthy list of available features, such as the GXP's standard Head-Up Display.
By longhair on Friday, April 1, 2016
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 210,000
"Grand prix is one of the best, if not the best quality line of vehicles ever made. Bottom line if you take care of them they will last forever. If you are considering purchasing a used one you will not be sorry they are great vehicles."
"My 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix GT is a joy to drive. I remember the old "wider is better" commercials and they are definitely true in regards to the fun of driving this car (and not really needing to worry so much flipping if in an accident is always nice). The car sticks to the road and has enough power while still maintaining decent gas mileage. I drive it every day around equal city and highway and my true (not EPA est.) average MPG is around 24 which isn't bad at all for a full sized sedan with 200hp/230ftlb.
However, there is some bad too... There is a common issue that I've read about and it is seen on my vehicle - the front right tire has odd wear on the inside of the tire. I'm not sure what causes this but my driving style probably doesn't help the issue. Also, as much as I love the heads-up display it did break on me and this is also common. I was able to fix it myself but it involved taking the entire dash off which is no fun. Also, this car is showing it's age now as some of the lights for dash buttons (well, just 2) are starting to go out. This is also an easy fix as I'm sure it just involves soldering a new LED on but I don't feel like taking the dash off again.
Overall the Grand Prix was a great car, in my opinion, too bad Pontiac doesn't exist anymore...guess I'll just have to buy a Cadillac next then, right?"
"This car has been my favorite! It's roomy with lots of power and I still average 30mpg. I put on 35000 to 37000 miles a year and I love my car. It's getting too many miles though and starting to show signs of age. Burns a little oil, tranny slips once in a while. I've put 120000 miles on this car and all I've done to it is brakes, transmission flush and tires. Huge trunk, big back seat with folding backs. I can haul more in this car than my hubby can haul in his 4Runner. I'm buying another Grand Prix. No regrets here."