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Six Cool Things We Bet You Didn't Know about the Pontiac Grand

  • The term "Pontiac Grand" actual refers to three different cars by the Pontiac division of General Motors. The oldest-and still running strong-is the Grand Prix which was and still is touted as a personal luxury car. Up next is the legendary Grand Ville-successor to the classic Bonneville-that enjoyed a successful four-year production run. Last is the Grand Am, a compact car that enjoyed three incarnations its entire life up until 2005.

  • Sporting a design change a year from 1962 to 2008, the Pontiac Grand Prix has the unique distinction of being Pontiac's longest-running and most improved-upon brands. That's over 46 years worth of constant revisions and upgrades altogether!

  • The most famous of the three cars, Hollywood-wise is the Pontiac Grand Am, one of which featured prominently in the fourth and final film of the lethal Weapon franchise. It played such an important role in the Mel Gibson and Danny Glover blockbuster that it was put on display at Warner Brothers Movie World in Gold Coast Australia.

  • Unsurprisingly, the Pontiac Grand Prix was intended from the offset to be a racing car-hence the not-so-subtle use of the name of the famous race started in France. The ironic thing is that the Pontiac Grand Prix never raced in the grand prix or the race format's successor-Formula 1. It has featured a lot in America's home-grown NASCAR circuit. On a side note, the Pontiac Grand Prix features in a lot of racing games!

  • The Pontiac Grand Prix was such a successful model what it was used as the base for Chevrolet's Monte Carlo. This started the trend of cars and trucks from Chevrolet and GMC having different names but being essentially the same thing anyway. No lawsuits or skullduggery here, though. Pontiac is owned by General Motors which also owns Chevrolet anyway-go figure.

  • Try Googling the Pontiac Grand Ville and you'll come up with anything from a town in Michigan to a scientific-romance book about an anthropomorphic fox detective-inspector from Scotland. Initially, however, the name was picked by Pontiac to excite thoughts of luxury in class in their customers-"ville" being a play on villa.

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  • The Two Most Common Gripes with the Pontiac Grand Am

    The Pontiac Grand Am certainly deserves its distinction. Since it came out in 1973, it proved it was a power player in the competitive automotive world. Its power and performance was second to none, and it was these very characteristics that led to its demise in 1975. Not that it was a bad car, but rather, it actually managed to be too good. The later reiterations of the venerable Grand Am had to tone things down a bit, but were nonetheless noteworthy in themselves. Still, no car is ever built perfectly. So here are the two most common problems owners can face with the Grand Am:


    Passlock lock out

    The later versions of the Pontiac Grand Am were equipped with a nifty passlock system tied to the ignition that secured the car from anyone stealing it. Unfortunately, the one installed in the 2001 iteration was so secure that it tended to lock out owners as well. The insidiousness of the problem lies in the fact that the failure entails not being able to start the car-leading its users to think it might have something to do with the engine.

    The problem wasn't deemed serious enough to warrant a recall, but given that it is a fault with the electrical system, it's probably a good bet that the dealer will take care of it. If the car happens to be beyond the warranty period, a reset often solves the problem permanently. Failing that, it's a simple matter to have an aftermarket replacement installed-these are affordable and, sometimes, even more reliable.


    Engine malfunction

    It's not hard to see why some people would specifically single out the engine in a passlock failure-either won't let the car start. Some are relieved when it is-indeed-the passlock, because engine repairs and replacements cost a lot of money. In a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am, however, fixing the passlock problem may not be enough if the engine is the one that's truly at fault. That's right, sometimes it's the passlock at fault, sometimes it's the engine, and-in 2001-it could very well be both.

    Strangely, there are no recalls that cover this one either-which is a terrible oversight. Still, its severity warrants that the car should be taken to the dealership.