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.
Never want to get rid of it
By Steven on Sunday, July 29, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 190,000
Cons: "interior is nothing speacial but has a nice feel"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"My 2006 grand prix may have 190000 miles on it (all highway anyways) but there is absoluty *knock on wood* nothing wrong with it, no rust, no tranny problems, undercarrige looks brand new, it has just held up so well, so reliable and pretty quick for an average v6 engine, love it,"
"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?"