Used 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix Sedan
Pontiac Grand Prix Sedan
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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.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you like the strong lines found on the former Bonneville and Grand Am, you'll like the look of the Grand Prix. Big enough to carry five people, the Grand Prix makes a good choice for the family-oriented driving enthusiast.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you're a stickler for a sophisticated interior, the quality of the plastics used inside the Grand Prix, and the overall design layout, are not up to the standards set by the Volkswagen Passat, Nissan Maxima or Dodge Charger.
What's New for 2008
The GT trim has been discontinued, leaving just two models: Grand Prix and Grand Prix GXP.
The 200-horsepower, 3.8-liter V6 engine of the base model provides fairly strong off-the-line acceleration and passing power. Adding the optional 17-inch wheel-and-tire package gives the Grand Prix good reflexes while still delivering a smooth and quiet ride. More aggressive handling (not to mention pin-you-to-your-seat acceleration) comes with the V8-powered GXP, which feels so connected to the road you might easily be fooled into thinking it has all-wheel drive. It doesn't, of course, but for a front-drive sedan of this size and performance level the handling is remarkably good.
The GXP package adds Pontiac's TAPshift paddle shifter to the steering wheel.
Fold-Flat Front Seat
The Grand Prix's fold-flat front seat lets you load relatively long cargo.
The Grand Prix's dash is playful, with overlapping folds, large round air vents and prominent red lighting. The steering wheel on the GXP has an additional set of touch paddles (GM calls this TAPshift - Touch Activated Power) that allow the driver to manually shift gears using only his or her thumbs. Rear-seat passengers may feel a bit boxed-in, as the high upswept beltline results in smaller windows that limit outward vision, and low rear-seat bottom cushions had our taller passengers riding with their knees uncomfortably high.
The first thing you notice about the Grand Prix is its clean, uncluttered exterior. While the swooping lines, familiar split grille and cat's-eye headlamps are still in place, the heavy tacked-on body cladding that once plastered every Pontiac with sporting intentions has finally been banished. The large wheels eliminate the unsightly gap that can make a car look like it's riding on tires that are too small.
Notable Standard Equipment
The Grand Prix has a four-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel disc brakes, a tire pressure monitor, air conditioning, rear defroster, six-way power driver's seat, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, remote keyless entry, AM/FM stereo with CD, one year of OnStar, tilt wheel, cruise control and 16-inch wheels. The GXP adds a Head-Up Display, two-way power driver lumbar support, Monsoon Audio with nine speakers, four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), StabiliTrak stability control, Bilstein shock absorbers and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Notable Optional Equipment
Options include anti-lock brakes (ABS), trip computer, fog lights, flat-folding front passenger seat, Monsoon sound system, navigation, XM Satellite Radio, power glass sunroof, stainless steel exhaust tips, head-curtain airbags, leather seats and automatic air conditioning.
Under the Hood
The Grand Prix offers two very good powerplants. The base car's 3.8-liter engine has plenty of low-end torque to allow for speedy intersection crossings. The V8-powered GXP is the true performer here, turning out over 300 horsepower while its Active Fuel Management (AFM) helps deliver highway fuel economy figures better than some V6s. AFM works by cutting fuel to four of the eight cylinders when the engine is under a lighter load. The instant full power is needed, the system brings the deactivated cylinders back into action.
200 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
230 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/28
303 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
323 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/25
The Grand Prix has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) ranging from around $22,500 for the base car to just under $30,000 for the GXP. A fully loaded GXP tops out around $33,000. Similarly priced competitors such as the Dodge Charger and Nissan Maxima stack up well next to the Grand Prix, so be sure to compare. To make your best deal on the Grand Prix, be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price to see what consumers in your area are currently paying. Spanning a five-year period, Kelley Blue Book expects the base Grand Prix to hold a lower-than-average residual value. The V8-powered GXP, however, retains a higher percentage of its value, placing it on par with the Dodge Charger R/T, but still below the Nissan Maxima and Mazda MAZDASPEED6.
Pontiac Grand Prix Consumer Reviews
March 01, 2017
Besst Performance Sedan in America for the Buck
This is a fantastic car. I have owned it for 13 years. It comes with the GTP Comp G Performance Package. The 3.8 Liter super Charged V6...
October 06, 2016
Pontiac (GM) have used this platform in many years and models. Power and reliability most likely the reason. For being a full sized...
September 09, 2016
VERY Reliable vehicle
I honestly don't really care for the "sporty" layout of the vehicle. My husband purchased while in college and I've always wanted to...
June 21, 2016
Absolutely Stupendous Car
Bought the car in 2005 with 6k on it.It's now around 114k and still running splendidly.Never really had any major problems until last...
May 19, 2016
Great car - great condition - great price !
Have had Grand Prix since 2007. Absolutely has been a great car. NO major problems. Engine has continued pick up & go! Maintenance 95%...
April 01, 2016
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...
January 26, 2016
I love my car!!!!!!!!!!!
Love this car. It has given me great service, performance and value. It will be hard to "let it go" however, we are a 2 person/3 vehicle...
January 23, 2016
Love my Grand Prix
This is a great car. I wanted this car years ago when it was advertised with having "widetrack". In 2006 i was lucky to come across one...
November 29, 2015
car has been very good since I bought it new.
The 3.8 engine has good power and is very reliable. It never burned oil until I hit 150k. The body style is good looking and the...
November 21, 2015
I have owned two Grand Prixs and I love it!
My 2005 was working fine when I sold it at 223,000.I did have to put some work into it at 185,000miles, but it was a good reliable car....