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#592 of 4457 2003 Pontiac GP
Jan 02, 2001 (8:59 am)
Does any one has the scoop on the all new due for 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix and Buick Regal? I know that these will be the first GM Intermediates to switch from the current W-Body platform to the all new "Mid-lux" GM world car platform. I know the "Mid-Lux" platform is RWD capable as well as FWD.
Has anyone seen a sketch of the new models? Will they be RWD? Will they offer the 3.5L DOHC Shortstar from the current Intrigue? What about a Blown 3.5L?
#594 of 4457 personel experience
Jan 02, 2001 (11:18 am)
My wife and i bought a '00 gtp las march or so and love it. i had to talk her out of an exploere and a durango which was easy after driving them both. we also test drove the accord ex-v6 and the TL from acura. bot of these cars were too small inside for her.
But let me tell you the first time i mashed the throttle on our test drive of the gtp it was over for both my wife and i. the gtp met our criteriafor our new car. it had to have 4-doors be sporty and get good gas mileage. there were others but they were more for me. the gt would have been fine but my wife had to have the "p" or nothing.
say what you will this car is hot and we got ours with sunroof leather changer lojack and the polished 5-spokes for just under $25,500 with 3.9% financing which was $4000 less than the tl and the same price as the accord. we got our moneys worth and then some, this is the sportiest 4-door for under 30K hands down and we wouldn't trade it for anything.
#595 of 4457 nobody knows yet
Jan 03, 2001 (9:37 am)
I've been reading much speculation on the specs of the next grand prix. There is no hard facts, GM is keeping it's lips sealed.
One source was adament that there would be no blown engine. As for RWD/FWD....nobody knows for sure.
Though don't expect too much, as I doubt GM will price the car much higher than it is now.
Jan 04, 2001 (1:48 pm)
I just found this board. Gotta say that I LOVE my '01 GT. I traded a 92 SE sedan, and there is no comparison.
I test drove half a dozen cars before getting the GT, and none of them offered the same combination of features, looks, driveability and price. The style and color even turn people's heads, something none of my cars have ever done. And I love the smell of the leather interior.
I think Pontic hit a home run this time.
Jan 04, 2001 (5:57 pm)
Hello. I'll be in the market for a new car this year, and am excited by all the good posts about the GP. I was wondering about the Heads-Up display. If you have it, do you consider it to be worth it? Is it distracting at all? I intend on test-driving one with the HUD, but wanted to get anyone's thoughts on it before hand.
#598 of 4457 Grand Prix build quality
Jan 05, 2001 (7:48 am)
I recently test drove a '00 GTP and it was one of the funniest test drives I've ever been on. The car started and drove as expected. While sitting at the first stop light, I noticed the overhead console was barely attached to the ceiling, I touched it gently and it felt as if it would fall from the ceiling. we proceeded down the road and at the next light, I went to adjust the HUD and when I pushed the button, it fell into the dash and out of site, i kind of laughed and felt bad for the salesman, at the next light we came to a stop, the car coughed, sputtered and died. It re-started immediately but I'd had enough. The grand-prix is a beautiful car, it'd be even nicer in a stick, and after 20 years of GM products, I bought a Nissan Pathfinder. Gm has some very nice engines and drivetrains, it's to bad they can't build the rest of the car.
I say chrysler should style a car, GM should supply and engine and tranny and honda should build it. We'd all be happy then.
#599 of 4457 lspangler
Jan 05, 2001 (8:02 am)
hard to believe
#600 of 4457 karlsu99
Jan 05, 2001 (8:05 am)
I loved the HUD on my 98 GTP. It was not distracting at all. If needed it can be dimmed or turned off.
I got used to the HUD so much that I never even looked at the regular speedo. I knew my exact speed at any given time.
Also it is a perfect combination of HUD and steering wheel mounted stereo controls - you see radio stations and CD tracks in the HUD and you don't have to take your hands off the steering wheel to change them.
#601 of 4457 karlsu99
Jan 05, 2001 (10:14 am)
i have the HUD in our '00 gtp and i think its great, it even shows the turn indicators when they are being used. the only time when it doesn't work is when the sun is directly behind you and its a bright sunny day. in combination with the sterring wheel mounted controls i barely have to take my eyes off the road. all in all its a definite bonus when looking at new cars.
as far as build quality goes our overhead console is cracked and one of the window moldings doesn't line up something we will fix shortly at the dealer.
this is too all the gtp owners. I have a question is it me or does this car really like being on the freeway. around town it just seems want to go at full throttle and when i get it on the freeway it just purrs at 70-80 and gets almost double the gas mileage. i don't know but thats how ours feels. oh yeah and by the way to get the gtp to handle even better just step up to V or Z rated tires it makes a lot of difference.