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02-12-2004, 09:10 AM
Hey everybody. I'm new to this forum but looks like there's a good bunch of people in here from what I've read so far.

I'm currently looking at buying a Grand Am; probably a 2003 SE with a V6. I've always been a GM fan, and it's time for a newer car. I do have a few questions for those of you who own GA's.

- I own a tent trailer and noticed the Grand Am is rated for towing only 1000 pounds. Does anybody have any experience with towing? I would have thought a V6 could pull more weight than that.

- I've been hearing a lot about GA's having a poor crash rating. But I've only heard that from people/sites that favor import cars. Does anybody have any stats or personal experiences to share?

Once again, any advise would be appreciated!

02-12-2004, 09:13 AM
well i dunno about towing...but i crashed the crap outta mine...was nice and sturdy...not even a sore muscle after


02-12-2004, 09:41 AM
How fast was the person going who hit you?

02-12-2004, 09:48 AM
well...i was already goin about 60 and got hit from behind...so i would guess 75-80

the best part is the auto body did such good work...it rides perfect and you can't tell visually...and got rid of some stupid howling noise i was gettin from the trunk vent lol

02-12-2004, 10:00 AM
Wow. Gotta love those high speed collisions. Good thing you were OK.

Well, if that is typical of how these cars hold up it probably gets rid of my fears of getting into an accident. It's just that when I was 18 I got into a head on collision with a truck; I was driving my Trans Am. Combined speed was about 100 MPH. The Trans Am saved my life, and only suffered $3000 damage.

One friend of mine is a Mazda freak. He owns 3 RX-7's and has a Protege as a "Winter beater." He hates American cars. And he's trying to convince me I should get a Mazda 6 instead of a GA.

02-12-2004, 10:04 AM
well dude Mazda's r great cars...I had a cutom twin turbo mx-6...that thing was awesome.

The 6 is nice...got some balls too
If i were you...i'd go test drive both and make your decision from that

02-12-2004, 11:21 AM
Towing...I wouldn't tow anything with any FWD car.

02-12-2004, 11:48 AM
Originally posted by AznGA
Towing...I wouldn't tow anything with any FWD car.


Our grand prix tows our boat all the time and theres no problems. Its a 16' with a 40 horse, not sure on the weight. I will prob be putting a hitch on in spring so that I can take the boat around and I'm not worried.

02-13-2004, 01:42 PM
I crashed into a gaurdrail at 50MPH in my GA. Car didn't hold up very well but I sure did. As a result I bought another. I also own a Mazda 6...another great car!!

02-13-2004, 02:18 PM
It's not the engine you should worry about, it's the transmission that will go in no time.

02-13-2004, 02:25 PM
If i was you and you want the 3.4L then this is my advice. Ask to look under the hood and look under the throttle body. If its wet close the hood and walk away.

02-13-2004, 05:05 PM
superfula- do you mean the tranny will go if I try to tow with it? Or just on GA's in general?

Coupe- is that the issue that was under the January recall? A friend just emailed it to me.

02-13-2004, 05:13 PM
If the transmission isn't built to tow something, it will ruin it a lot quicker. As far as I know, the tranny in the GA is fine otherwise.

My pastor bought a conversion van that wasn't meant to two that much. Everyone told him that, but he towed his boat behind it anyway. Loe and behold, the tranny was shot after a few months.

02-13-2004, 05:18 PM
You're probably right. Last night I started looking at vehicles that had towing capacity, like an Aztec or something similar. I was looking at about $4000 more for a 2 year older vehicle with 3 times the milage. For that kind of money I can get a beater truck to tow the trailer the 3 or 4 times I go camping.

I put an offer on a 2003 GA SE this afternoon. Has a lot of options the GT has (Good stereo, ABS, aluminum wheels, cuise, etc.) I'll take a better look at it tomorrow when I have more time; plus take it for a spin on the freeway. Hopefully it should be a good vehicle for me.

02-13-2004, 05:51 PM
There is not a recall that i know of.

02-13-2004, 09:04 PM
This is the text of the email. It looks like he copied and pasted from somewhere. I still didn't get a chance to ask where he heard it.

(edited; looks like somebody was playing a joke on me.)

02-14-2004, 11:09 AM
I was rear-ended in my 2003 GT coupe. Hit pretty hard, and all that happened was a cracked bumper. I thought for sure that when I got out of the car that the whole back end would be smashed in, but nope! I am very happy how it has held up.

02-17-2004, 08:14 PM
I smashed the heII out of the back of an astro van with the front of my car at 15mph. All I got was a spider crack on the bumper...Yaaay!

02-17-2004, 11:32 PM
Our tranny sucks!!!!

02-18-2004, 09:56 AM
Our Tranny works fine! What problems have you had?

02-18-2004, 11:44 AM
I am just saying it because it can't handle a lot more power than stock.

02-18-2004, 11:55 AM

But still, if you keep it stock, the tranny is fine.

02-18-2004, 12:44 PM
Yes..but I don't want to keep it bone stock.

02-19-2004, 05:09 PM
I think our tranny is just fine for moderate mods. I have headers,CAI, low temp t-stat, plugs wires and the ussual basic mods and it is just fine. Its not the best BUT it can handle what most can afford to do to there GA that they can afford. Remember not all of us are pushin over 250 HP and most will never.

02-20-2004, 07:15 AM
again...good point!

02-24-2004, 09:25 PM
Well, everybody. I picked up my Grand Am tonight! :D

2003 SE
Fully loaded

It's a sweet car; I must have put 150 km on it tonight. Tommorow will be the true test though; the ride to work on the freeway.

03-16-2004, 09:47 AM
being a gm person, you should know who owns mazda right? if you are pure gm you won't get a mazda cause FORD owns them, don't go that route.

AutoBody Guy
03-16-2004, 09:18 PM
If I'm not mistaken, the Grand Am has a Uni-body design. This is good to have in a collision because they are built for controlled collapse during a collision to help keep the passenger compartment intact. The front and rear sections are made to crumple while the area around the interior stays intact.

So, if you get into a bad accident, you should have minor injuries (if any) and the car will look messed up... However, it's nothing a good body-man can't repair. :thumbs:

03-17-2004, 11:37 AM
Originally posted by AutoBody Guy
However, it's nothing a good body-man can't repair. :thumbs:

Not when you hit a gaurdrail at 50!!:D

I totaled the car, but I walked away with just a bruise from the seabelt.

03-17-2004, 04:08 PM
I seen pics about a year ago on here i think it was and this kid completely ripped his car into 3 different parts or so and walked away with out even a scratch.