Well, looks like new car time for me. Had nothin but troubles with Ford, so I'm goin GM. Took my Taurus in a while back (Taurus is a Dog!) and they gave me a Grand Prix GT Rental (Not smart for Ford to give GM rentals, kinda supporting the competition,Eh?). Needless to say I loved it, did n't want to give it back. I always like the GP. Most of my realitives in MI drive Pontiacs and have nothing but good things to say. So, would you guys recommend that I buy one up? I have gone to the dealership and pretty much have one picked out. 2001 GT fully loaded with leather and CD. Let me know what you think.
By my username you can see I no longer have the car but I still miss it. The lease was up and I couldn't pass up the lease on the Saturn L200. I certainly do miss the power(lost 105hp with this one!) and look of it. We've become the 'typical American family' with a sedan and suv. I never had any major problems with it. My wife had a GTP coupe as well and the only problems we had with both GPs was the power windows. My switch had to be replaced 4 times and hers twice. They were both excellent cars, but we needed four doors and I couldn't get a GTP sedan for what I was willing to pay. Plus, I knew the gas prices were going up and I was only getting 16mpg in city driving. I always put in super unleaded in both cars nothing below 92 octane. Just my two cents and hoping I can get another GP in 3 years !
I've seen your name before--I imagine it was over on the Taurus forum. I thought about buying a Taurus and wound up with the Grand Prix. I can't really give advice since I haven't had the car long enough.
What color do you have picked out? They didn't have a lot of Grand Prix's to choose from at the dealerships that I went to but I did manage to pick out a color that I liked.
I can't recall the name but there is a company making an arrangement that utilizes the wiring from the steering wheel to control an IR transmitter. You would mount this transmitter somewhere in view of the head unit. This, obviously, requires that you purchase a head unit that can be remote controlled. Other than that... I've not seen anything that will use the buttons on the steering wheel.
The engine asks for 91 octane. Pretty all stations sell 93 octane as premium, at least in our places, New England and New York. A good margin.
So, the best to fill is is where it is convenient. If there are several convenient stations, than where it is less expensive. The same stations usually sell higher volume of gas, are better equipped - and thus have lesser probability to have contaminated gas.
If you just want the best, Sun stations sells 94 octane "Extra" gas, for about 10 cents more.
Though, your engine does not need this. Better to left the gas to the poor soils, recent immigrants and inner-city dwellers, driving in old cars with engines which never were tuned. They really need the very best gas to decrease the knocking.
Know this very well - I drove in such a car the first two years after immigrating. And currently my car have the same 3.8l supercharged engine as yours.