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Pontiac Grand Prix - 2000-2005

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  • evandroevandro Posts: 1,108
    That journalist is full of it... Just wait and see the same guy write wonders about HUD in the BMW in a few months. I've seen this kind of nonsense too many times...

    Corvette owners, for instance, consider HUD indispensable to avoid tickets, one thing the GTP owners probably agree with. ;-)
  • I love it, especially at night in stealth mode (instrument lights off)... I'd have to agree it's a top 5 favorite aspect of the car. The supercharged 3800, the agressive styling, the aggressive styling, and Onstar are up there as well. Now just give us a NAV system???
  • I had several cars on the shortlist when looking for a new one. The HUD on the GP put it over the top. I HAD to have the HUD, and I've loved it ever since. At first my wife said it was a distraction. Now she even loves the HUD when she drives my car (which isn't very often since I'm always in it!).
  • "Finally, for a large midsizer, the interior is cramped—especially in the back seat where even my eight-year-old complained about lack of room."
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    ..and that, my friends, is why I am STILL driving my 142,000 mile 2000 Impala LS. I simply MUST have a comfortable back seat in any vehicle I purchase. Now getting ready to look at the Mazda6 wagon.

    If it had not been for the GTP's back seat, Lutz might have made me a sale!
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    Have you seen the new and improved seats?
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    Yes. And sat in them. The seats are improved. The room is no different... Also, it sure would be nice to be able to get the automatic climate control that my 98 GTP had. The Mazda6 has it on the 6 cylinders, the Pontiac GP doesn't at any price.

    So, it will probably be the Mazda6 wagon or hatch for me. I would have rather had the Pontiac GP, but I MUST have a rear seat suitable for business passengers.

    I might also like the Ford 500, but there is NO way I can wait that long...
  • So you're not going for a new Impala?
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    No way I see Mazda 6 hatch having the same room your Impala does unless the seats can be pushed back like in the Maxx.
  • I have an 04 GT that I've had for about 2 months.
    Since day 1 I've noticed that when I turn the rear window defroster on, I get radio interference. I told the dealer about this and they suggested driving the car for a longer period since the rear defroster uses a lot of battery power. Didn't make sense to me since I drove 15 miles on the highway to the dealer, and the battery should have recharged by then. Anyway, the radio interference is still there whenever I push that button. Anybody else notice this?
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    No rear window defogger interference with the radio here. I have heard of cases where the connector to the defogger was loose, and this was the result.

    No, I don't want another Impala--too many wonderful features on my 2000 didn't make it to the 2004's, from the PRNDL console indicator to the coin holder to the driver's seatback pockets, to the glove box light, etc.

    And I realise that most cars won't have the rear seat room that my Impala does....but there is no reason to have as uncomfortable space in the rear as does the current Pontiac Grand Prix...
  • Since the defroster is the one function that a driver tends to use immediately upon startup, it makes no sense for someone to tell you to wait 15 minutes until you turn it on. Sure, we'll just drive around blind for a while......
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    Oh gosh, they took away the coin holder, 2 pockets and a light bulb. Ya, I wouldn't buy another one either.

    ;-)
  • Air bag (srs) fuse was removed when car was new. Now srs light refuses to go off when fuse is put back in. Any idea on how to repair this condition.
  • Response to bill233:
    Since there is a problem with the "SRS" air bag system, you need to let a GM dealer diagnose this thing. Don't mess around trying "this & that" on your own, unless you have air bag system experience! Otherwise, you'll be wasting your time, money, and patience!
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    And possibly risking your life...either in the repair or in a subsequent accident should the repair be faulty. I agree with jlgolden, this is not something to be messing around with unless you KNOW what you are doing. And if you are asking questions on an Internet message board, with all due respect, you do NOT know what you are doing...
  • carguy58carguy58 Posts: 2,303
    I want to know where you drive because you go through alot of cars it seems like to me. I mean over the past decade you have had a Nissan Maxima, Chevy Impala, Olds Intrigue, Chrysler Concorde and I think you said you had a Grand Prix too. Just to add something in there Mazda would have made alot of money off of you because you said you really liked the Mazda 626 except it was very very hard to find with ABS from 1992-2000. To go through cars like that is unbelieveable to me. Some people go through a cars every 3 years but they lease every 3 years.
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    Leasing is NOT an option for me. I never had an Olds Intrigue. I drive 35-55 thousand miles a year, though my job with the Government just changed, which will cut my mileage by 10-15k, it looks like. I live and work in Western West Virginia.

    My Impala has 143k on it right now. I also drive to the places where the objects of a passion I have are, amusement parks. In the past month I have been to Atlanta and to Orlando, on separate trips, and yes, I drove the Impala. In the last several months, I also went to Branson, MO twice (Celebration City has a new wooden coaster, and Dollywood will have one next year). There were numerous trips to Jackson, NJ to go to Six Flags Great Adventure, one of my very favourite parks.

    As for cars, let's see the past ten years:

    2000 Chevrolet Impala LS (143k on it right now)

    1998 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP (traded at 77k...Dad had Alzheimers and could no longer get in and out easily--the ONLY reason I traded it)

    1995 Olds LSS (excellent car, traded at 81k, two months before GTP arrived--factory order--it blew a head gasket on IT's 3800, made me feel REAL good about buying another, then again it was not supercharged)

    1994 Chrysler Concorde (owned 9 months, in shop more than half of that while I drove dealer loaners, Chrysler bought it back and I traded for the Olds, it had unbearable noises coming from the rear suspension that apparently could not be fixed, metal on metal noises...nice car otherwise, but...)

    1992 Nissan Maxima SE--great car, 5 speed. Dropped by Chrysler dealer to see the new LH cars, dealer offered to buy SE at about 125 percent of retail, I bit, buying the LH at wholesale. Dealer had SE for over 18 months, finally sold to local Nissan dealer who ended up auctioning it off!

    1989 Ford Taurus, program car bought used in 1990with 11k on dial, traded for Maxima at 84k. Always wanted to own a Taurus, got that out of my system.
  • carguy58carguy58 Posts: 2,303
    Oh it was a 95 LSS not an Intigue. My bad there.

    I'm sorry to hear about your Dad by the way.

    On a side note with your Amusement park hobby I have never been to Six Flags in Jersey and as you I live in New Jersey. I can never go on a ride like the scream machine. That would scare me to death.
  • 3and143and14 Posts: 36
    I had to express my agreement with those who felt the current GP's back seat is inadequate. I recently made the mistake of not sitting in the back seat on a test drive. The next day, very close to pulling the trigger on a new GTP, despite reservations about the interior styling, I took it for another spin but this time briefly sat in back. I couldn't believe how little room and how claustrophobic feeling it was back there. I knew right then I wouldn't be purchasing the car.

    Pontiac really compromised the interior utility of the car in the name of a coupe-like silhouette; giving potential buyers less perceived room than in a Grand Am is not the way to win them.
  • Alright, i have just pruchased myself a 92 gp and i am hving troubles with the glovebox. Trouble is the previous owner never used the glovebox and her didnt know the combination. So imstuck with a glovebox that doesnt open. any way i can get it open???? do i have to take it apart? anything i can do so that the automatic trunk switch is available to me
    thanks
  • If you want a bigger back seat get a Bonnevile, or a minivan.
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    But perhaps we don't want a Bonneville or a minivan. GM did itself no favours building that back seat in this car.

    I had a 98 GTP. Loved it. That back seat is keeping me out of this one. And no, I won't be buying some other GM car, in all probability. As it looks now, that back seat helped to push me into what is probably going to be a 2005 Most Honorable Subaru Outback. (At least GM owns 20 percent of Fuiji Heavy)
  • Whatever.

    Anyway, relative bought a 2000 GP with the suprcharged V6. Can it run on regular 87 or middle 89 octane gas?? Probably asked before, but there's no search feature here.
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    It CAN, but why bother? The engine computer will detune the engine to use regular. For maximum power, you MUST use premium...

    And the search feature is right above the posts on your right...
  • Oops, I didn't see serach. Does it search through all the posts for keywords or topic headings?

    My aunt wants to save gas money, she got the GP since it had "Pizzazz", but couldn't care less about the S.C. It's red and she didn't like the Buick LeSabre (too boring). She was limited to one car dealer's lot, since they were friends.
  • Have a 98 GP GT. Wierd problems that don't happen all the time. While driving or idling car will turn off and then right back on, like a hiccup. Then would turn off completely while driving or idling. Then started not turning over when trying to start for a few minutes. These problems don't happen on a regular basis and the mechanic is baffled. They replaced the fuel pump system and the ignition switch, but still problems. Also, it idles roughly when in drive and will sometimes shutoff. Anyone had similar problems and how did you fix them?
  • orwoodyorwoody Posts: 269
    Your intermittent problem sounds very much like what we experienced with a 1989 Sunbird which had a fuel injector go intermittent(at about 95k miles). Car would sometimes skip a beat in the beginning and then after a few weeks would just die. Pull over, wait a few minutes and it started right up.
  • Part of the problem with the back seats is that they installed the driver's package, or whatever they call it. Which allows the front passenger and rear seats to be folded flat. I'm not sure many GP buyers are concerned with this functionality. Although I must admit I used it recently when I had to get some long poles inside the GP. It did work very nice.
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