Power, performance and versatility - these are the trademark of Pontiac Grand Prix parts, makes and accessories. Three powerful and distinctly styled models are available, Grand Prix sedan, GT and GTP. The Sedan comes fully equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission with electronically controlled overdrive and optional TAPshift. Users can choose between the ordinary and the supercharged version of the 3.8L 3800 series III V6 engine. The former can produce 200 hp and 230 lb-ft of torque with EPA mileage estimate of 20/30 mpg for city and highway use. The supercharged version on the other hand is paired with electronic throttle control capable of boosting 260 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque.
Loads of special packages are available. Comfort and Infotech packages offer Head-Up Display (HUD), dual-zone automatic air conditioning; DIC/Trip computer and five-button system. For racing or competition purposes, the Comp G Package which include muscular P225/55VR17 performance blackwall tires and 17" 10 spoke lightweight aluminum wheels, red painted brake calipers and 3.29 axle ratio, transmission controls, StabilTrak Sport, Vehicle Stability Enhancement System for smooth and responsive handling, power steering units, DIC/Trip computer, five-button system, a UV6 Head-Up Display and WideTrack suspension. The buttons and controls can be easily operated. In just one quick movement, the car can gradually change shift from manual to automatic or vice-versa. The Stabiltrack Sport feature is a stability control system to maintain the path the driver is taking in case speed is increased. The WideTrack suspension is tuned to prevent body rolls.
Custom Accessories package such as dual round exhaust tips, rear sport spoiler and custom grille inserts can be availed to achieve the personal custom look that the owner desires for the car. The versatile Lifestyle package is offered as standard on GT and GTP makes. It features a folding front passenger seatback that can be changed into a tabletop work area by completely folding the rear seat. It can also provide greater rooms for cargoes and passengers.
The efficiency of the vehicle's lighting system can be maximized by adding in the Premium Lighting Package. Included car parts and accessories are front and rear reading lamps that can be adjusted to suit the preference of the user, lighted visor vanity mirrors and overhead console with eyeglass storage. For long extended drives, the Premium Audio Package can surely give fun and entertainment. It is made up of 9 speakers and amplifier for better sound quality, ETR AM/FM stereo with 6 disc in-dash CD changer and Monsoon premium speaker system.
FAQs—Pontiac Grand Prix
I recently discovered a transmission problem on my Pontiac Grand Prix. It won't shift into the 4th gear no matter how fast I drive. What could be the problem?
If your Pontiac Grand Prix will not shift even after engaging the clutch and after trying to move the stick, you might want to take a look at the transmission fluid. It should be at the right level; otherwise you're really going to have a tough time shifting gears. If the fluid is at the right level and you're still having problems, you should check the car's computer system. Try resetting it by detaching the battery and letting it stand for about 30 minutes. Re-attach it and allow the system to reset. If none of these worked, it's time to contact your repair service provider.
My Pontiac Grand Prix's engine is leaking coolant and oil from the intake manifold. The car is also slightly running hot in traffic while idling. Do I need to replace anything in the cooling system?
The expansion, contraction and the heat from your Pontiac Grand Prix's engine may cause the gasket to fail. This will cause the coolant to leak while passing through the intake manifold. A leaky manifold can, in turn, cause poor engine performance and vacuum leak. The leaking coolant can contaminate engine oil and will force you to get an oil change even if you haven't reached your oil change interval yet. Running a car with coolant/oil mix could result to engine damage. When you're experiencing engine overheats, rough runs of the engine or CEL then it's time replace the intake manifold gaskets. Always follow the maintenance schedule provided by the manufacturer to avoid problems like this.
Took my Pontiac Grand Prix for a drive around town when suddenly smoke started pouring out of the headlight switch; I turned it off. Now the switch is not working and I can't get the headlight to work. Could it be a wiring problem or just the switch?
Try replacing the busted switch with a spare if you have one and see if your headlight turns on. If it does, then you probably just need to replace that switch on your Grand Prix. You have no other choice but to replace it since it's illegal to drive without your headlights. The problem could also be due to blown fuses in the switch, faulty wiring or connectors. Have a mechanic inspect all the lights in your car during a scheduled maintenance to make sure that your headlight switch is in good working condition.
The power window regulator of my Pontiac Grand Prix broke. It started with the rear passenger window and now only one of the windows work. Any advice?
There are two main reasons why your Pontiac Grand Prix's power windows fail: the power window regulator needs replacement or the electric motor is actually at fault. To confirm your suspicions about busted regulator, try to move the window using the controls on the inside door panel. If the motor is running but the window is not moving, then yes, the regulator is the problem. Check the fuse of the regulator; age and sticky window channels can cause the fuse to blow. You might need to pry open the door panel to check whether you have an electrical or mechanical problem in your window regulator. Check if the window tracked is properly aligned. Consult a mechanic if you have no idea what to check inside the door panel.
Pontiac Grand Prix: Bringing Luxury, Power, and Style into One Car
By the 60s, Pontiac has already made a name for itself as one of the best makers of performance cars. The company wanted to push it further by adding special and luxurious touches to a powerful base to make it a
complete car. The Pontiac Grand Prix’s history of almost 5 decades has certainly been that of trying to integrate all those special qualities into one model. Rarely has it left its clients shortchanged and begging for more. Even until its end, each release of a Pontiac Grand Prix always left a good mark on people.
1962-1972: Inspiration and the early years
Pontiac created different models before the Grand Prix that perfected the art giving cars a powerful engine or gorgeous looks. However, it was rare that a single car had both qualities. Pontiac models like the Ventura, Catalina, and Bonneville boasted only either power or style. It’s safe to say that early Grand Prix’s design was a mash-up of all these great cars. The main platform looked like that of the Catalina’s and Ventura’s on an extended-Bonneville body. Panels were lined with enough chrome trims, iconic grilles that gave the car good looks without overpowering it with shine. The engine wasn’t held back as buyers had the option of a 303 horsepower V8 or a 318 horsepower-carburetor engine. Later years offered stronger engines and sports-ready transmission systems. The Grand Prix was so good and revolutionary that it changed the way American cars were designed.
1973-1987: Restrictions are not a problem
Most cars sold for the 70s had the technical problem of creating a good car within the federally imposed restrictions on safety and emissions controls. Limited but still-powerful V6 and V8 engines were a standard on all trims of the Grand Prix. As far as safety was concerned, this was seen by Pontiac as an opportunity to totally overhaul the exterior. In came a bigger body, modernized grilles, modified lights, striking bumpers through the years. The interior got a splash of real-wood panels, more-comfortable seats, cloth trims, and many more. Sales weren’t a problem either as it continued to sell more—reaching figures of up to 150,000 units.
1988-2008: Refinement ‘till the end
The last three generations of the Pontiac Grand Prix coincided with the turn of the century. What’s notable with these models is the downsizing and refinement of the chassis. Bold lines, sharp edges, and rough corners were replaced with smooth lines and sleek surfaces. V8 options were scrapped and replaced with either a V6 or inline-four. Turbo options were still available for those wanting extra power. Electronic-driving assists were also optional features. There were minor issues with failed-ride and interior improvements expected. But as a whole, performance, handling and mileage were praised. Production stopped as Pontiac was dissolved as part of GM’s reorganization happened.