Like-New 2003 Pontiac Grand Am GT Up For Sale10
First rolling off the line for the 1973 model year, the Pontiac Grand Am nameplate has been an on-again, off-again affair for GM, with the latest fifth-generation sunsetting following the departure of the 2005 model year. Now, this well-preserved 2003 Pontiac Grand Am GT is up for grabs in a new online auction.
Recently hitting the web via Bring A Trailer, this 2003 Pontiac Grand Am has just 12,000 miles on it, and looks surprisingly clean for a 20-year-old vehicle. Originally sold new at Dave’s Pontiac of Davis, California, the car has remained registered in the Golden State since new, with the current selling dealer acquiring it in October of the 2022 calendar year.
Covered in Black paint, this Pontiac Grand Am looks great, especially in conjunction with the chrome-finish 16-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 225/60 Hankook Ventus V2 Concept 2 tires. A decklid spoiler is found out back, while fog lights are up front.
Moving inside, we find the cabin space decked out in Dark Pewter cloth upholstery. Amenities include a sunroof, air conditioning, and cruise control, while a CD / cassette player stereo combo provides the tunes.
Motivation is sourced from the naturally aspirated 3.4L V6 LA1 engine, the output of which was rated at 175 horsepower and 205 pound-feet of torque from the factory. The engine connects to a four-speed automatic transmission, which drives the front wheels.
Notably, this 2003 Pontiac Grand Am recently received a variety of maintenance items, including fresh engine oil, a brake fluid flush, a new coolant reservoir, a new blower motor resistor, a new oil pan drain plug, a new drive belt, and a new air filter.
For now, the highest bid of seven placed thus far for this 2003 Pontiac Grand Am GT is set at $5,500, with the auction slated to end in three days on Friday, December 23rd.
The four-door is located in Roseville, California, while the sale also includes the original window sticker and manufacturer’s literature.
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Is that your Christmas update letter? Glad to see your health is good. Try not to dwell on the half empty side.
This and the previous generation Grand Am’s were an absolute home run for Pontiac (and the General) at that time, great designs! As time had gone on, I’ve really began to miss Pontiac’s more expressively styled alternative’s to Chevy’s broader (and by default, more generic) products. The Grand Prix, and Grand Am blew the socks off the late 90s Lumina and Malibu in the styling department, even at a relatively comparative value. If you didn’t like the Pontiacs, you had the option to buy a Buick, Olds, Chevy or Saturn.
This is when Pontiac started losing money, culminating in their demise. These cars are like the Altimas of today: cheaply built and sold at a loss more often than not, sporty styling, decades old platform/powertrain, sure to be seen driven regularly with body damage at 3 years old, passed around through multiple owners/auctions/dealerships in that time.
BUT VOLUME! We’re gonna make it up in volume!
These were extremely popular, fairly reliable, and (based on your “decades old platform/powertrain comments) should’ve been profitable. Volume=Market Share = Sales = Customers = Brand Awareness. Pontiac didn’t start losing money, Pontiac isn’t a company. General Motors, who had been losing volume, market share, sales & customer’s for decades due to mis-management, crappy quality control & and ever increasing labor (and more importantly, legacy labor costs) burden rate, was losing money & eventually follwed a path towards government backed bankruptcy. None of this is the fault of the successful late 90s Pontiacs, or led to the the Pontiac brand’s demise (it’s elimination was a requirement of the federal government’s structured bankruptcy). Likewise, GM’s profitablity of late is more due to the corporation’s offloading of undesirable assets, massive debt load, and legacy union labor costs as part of it’s bankrupcty, rather than building “better” cars. Market share is market share, and GM has continued to lose a ton in the last decade and a half…
They were everywhere when new.
Remember driving one of these on rental in 2005 & was actually impressed by the lack of road noise, good handling and peppy motor.
Pity no one, especially Chevrolet or Buick, makes anything remotely similar today. Impala was n er ver for me but was a step in the right direction.
These weren’t “like new” when they were new. More like a flashback to 1989 in 2003. Interesting that someone kept a such mediocrity in such great shape…maybe a lovable and homely pet to be cared for.
I worked at a rental company in early 2000s while in college and remember these and the Oldsmobile Alero cousin vividly. I preferred the grand am exterior but the Olds interior. I always hated Pontiac’s gray buttons. They were decent cars except the 4cyl was a bit rough. My favorite rental at the time was the Pontiac Grand Prix GXP
I loved these cars. The only thing this car is missing is the RAM air hood. Made these little cars aggressive and mean looking.