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Prosdo
05-20-2004, 06:41 AM
I am looking into buying a used Grand Am GT around the years of 2000 - 2004. How are these cars in the snow? I live in Pittsburgh and we can have some bad winters and I was just curious on that. Thank you.



Stephanie

PACE
05-20-2004, 06:50 AM
nat bad......Judging from recent resale values of Grand Am's you should be able to pick one up real cheap.

Prosdo
05-20-2004, 06:56 AM
Thanks for the reply PACE. :)

RAZE
05-20-2004, 06:57 AM
FWD is a plus. They handle fine in the snow. My grand ams have been dropped, so they're not as good sometimes, but I still get around.

Prosdo
05-20-2004, 07:01 AM
A friend of my parents said they had a Grand Am, but it wasn't good in the snow. They traded it in on a new Grand Am which was better in the snow. (Not sure when they did all of this. So I am not sure on the years of the cars) Now, I'm not sure on all the details on the car because I was not there to ask. Is there a certain year of Grand Ams where they got better in the snow? Thank you for the replies all.

Slim
05-20-2004, 07:14 AM
Just make sure you have good tires. My car drives like a champ in the winter even with over 12" of snow on the ground. The only problem is it being lowered. Anything more than 3 - 4" on the ground and I turn into a snowplow. lol

Prosdo
05-20-2004, 07:16 AM
lol I can't lower the car anyway. I live in the Pot Hole City :(.

RAZE
05-20-2004, 07:23 AM
I've owned an '89, '95, '00,'01 grand am. The '89 never saw snow and the '95 was just as good as the '00 and '01. If your friend's parents were driving around on the original tires, then chances are it won't handle as well as a new grand am with new tires.

Also, a conventional drop with a grand am is not a problem no matter where you live as long as you don't drive like a moron.

PACE
05-20-2004, 08:40 AM
This thread is worthless without pics..............................of Stephanie





Raze, Can you remove you Avatar since that guy uglier than my driving record? THANKS> :vomit:

Slim
05-20-2004, 08:52 AM
Also, a conventional drop with a grand am is not a problem no matter where you live as long as you don't drive like a moron.

True. I should have phrased that better. I meant the lowering in only a problem when there's tonnes of snow on the ground. The snow gets packed in the front suspension pretty good. Other than that.... Dropped GA = :thumbs:

Prosdo
05-20-2004, 08:54 AM
lol Pace no pics

Slim
05-20-2004, 08:55 AM
lol Pace no pics


Oooh.... Deee-nied! lol

PACE
05-20-2004, 09:02 AM
:nono:
:wtf
Noobie girls are supposed to be easy!!!!! Shape up !































lol j/k

Prosdo
05-20-2004, 09:07 AM
Me easy? Never. Got to give you a struggle. lol

Slim
05-20-2004, 09:10 AM
^ lol Oh man.... You two crack me up. And here I thought today was going to be dull. The thread starts out dealing with GAs and winter and ends up with PACE harassing a newb for pics. lol Only here... :slayer

Prosdo
05-20-2004, 09:12 AM
lol True, got to keep it fun though.

Slim
05-20-2004, 09:16 AM
lol True, got to keep it fun though.

I never said it was a bad thing... haha. This site is notorious for harassing the new people. Especially the females. :D

Prosdo
05-20-2004, 09:17 AM
Guess I shouldn't have signed my name on the first post then lol Oh well

Psi
05-20-2004, 09:17 AM
We're still waiting on those pics ... ... ;)

Edit: Just so I'm totally not off topic, I would look for an 01 GAGT with as low miles on it as possible.

RAZE
05-20-2004, 09:18 AM
Stephanie - have you decided on either of those grand ams yet?

PACE - its changed only b/c you got rid of yours :)

Prosdo
05-20-2004, 09:20 AM
We're still waiting on those pics ... ... ;)

lol You'll be waiting a while. ;)

Psi
05-20-2004, 09:21 AM
lol You'll be waiting a while. ;)
I'm still young, I got time :slayer

Prosdo
05-20-2004, 09:22 AM
Stephanie - have you decided on either of those grand ams yet?

PACE - its changed only b/c you got rid of yours :)

Getting ready to move so I have to wait till we get in the new house. That should be like the middle of June. :nono: Still looking in case a good deal comes up.

Prosdo
05-20-2004, 09:23 AM
I'm still young, I got time :slayer

Oh jeez, I'm in big trouble then. lol

PACE
05-20-2004, 09:30 AM
I can live with no pics......IF we get age, weight, dimentions, hair / eye color, and a brief, yet detailed, description of your wildest fantasy. Thanks.

Prosdo
05-20-2004, 09:33 AM
lol Oh yeahhhhhh, BIG trouble.

Slim
05-20-2004, 09:34 AM
^ lol I think this section should be changed to Newbies & FAQs & Pickups. lol

Okay, back on topic..... If you have a choice of any year, I'd get an '02 or early '03. It's got all the fixes like thicker glass, slightly better rotors, the better intake gasket but it hasn't had the things like the cruise light, trunk net or glove box lock removed like the late '03s and '04s do.

The mid year '02s have the Alero style mirrors though (personally I like mine) and the doors have no badges on them. Ummm... Other than that, the car is pretty much the same from '99 - '04.

Blazes49
05-20-2004, 09:40 AM
My car was great in the snow before I dropped it and put the stockers back on for the winter. Don't get me wrong, still great - but sometimes I get stuck in PARKING LOTS when with 8 to 10 inches of snow on the ground due to buildup of snow in the undercarriage. Other than that, they're great!

Prosdo
05-20-2004, 09:58 AM
Thank you all for all the replies. From what my parents' friend said it made the car sound absolutely horrible in the snow. I'm glad that is not so :). I'll let you guys know what happens with the whole car thing. I'll post pics of the car whenever I get it.

AznGA
05-20-2004, 12:09 PM
Ya, I don't think there is any specific FWD car that would handle better than the other. Make sure you get a good set of aftermarket tires, because the Goodyear RSA's that come with GA GT are not really good in snow.

Slim
05-20-2004, 12:13 PM
Ya, I don't think there is any specific FWD car that would handle better than the other.

I don't know about that. Really light FWD cars are HORRIBLE in the snow. I've driven a little compact in the snow and it sucked. Snow plowed everywhere. The car didn't have enough weight to properly make it around a corner.

RAZE
05-20-2004, 12:16 PM
:stupid: Honda Accords 98-02 SUCK in the snow!!

Nikki
05-20-2004, 12:18 PM
:stupid: Honda Accords 98-02 SUCK in the snow!!

2003 + also suck in the snow lol

Slim
05-20-2004, 12:20 PM
2003 + also suck in the snow lol

Yeah... Apparently street signs jump out in front of your car. lol

RAZE
05-20-2004, 12:25 PM
Yeah... Apparently street signs jump out in front of your car. lol



ouch :eek:


http://images.cardomain.com/member_images/4/web/424000-424999/424942_28.jpg

jeffsgt
05-21-2004, 05:17 PM
Hey Prosdo, I live in The Burgh as well. Crafton / Greentree area. This past winter was my first with my GT (http://members.aol.com/jeffs2001gt/index.html) . I have a 2001 Gt and had absolutely no problems getting around. Welcome to the boards. Lots of very usefull information here. Jeff

kristin04gt
05-22-2004, 05:35 AM
Okay, two points here. lol


Stephanie - I got an amazing deal on my 04 Grand Am GT at Bowser in Pleasant Hills. If you want more info, let me know, and I can give you the name of the salesman I dealt with, etc etc. I had a 99 Grand Am SE prior, and it was fine in the snow for the most part....ice is a different story.


And *ahem* guys harrassing her for pics....keep your hands out of your pants. lol I never got harrassed for pics on here. Maybe I just never ran into posts with you guys, I dunno. :cool:

Roush GT
05-22-2004, 06:10 AM
*welcome* good luck on getting the car.. take some pics of you and the car when you get it :)

Prosdo
05-22-2004, 02:17 PM
Thank you Jeff, Kristin, and Silver. That would be great if you could Kristin. Thank you very much. I appreciate all the help. :)

RAZE
05-22-2004, 07:08 PM
...I never got harrassed for pics on here.

That's probably because there's one posted on your N-Body link :rolleyes:

kristin04gt
05-23-2004, 07:00 AM
Thank you Jeff, Kristin, and Silver. That would be great if you could Kristin. Thank you very much. I appreciate all the help. :)

My salesman at Bowser is Bill McCormick. If you end up talking to him, tell him that Diane's daughter sent you. :) He's a friend of my mom's, they used to sell cars together at a different Pontiac dealership wayyyyy back in the day. I've never heard any complaints about any of the other salesman at Bowser, though, either. They tend to have excellent deals because they're a volume dealer. They have deals in the paper A LOT (how I found out about getting my car...an 04 for $280 month, and it's NOT a lease). Just keep your eyes open, and good luck!

Prosdo
05-24-2004, 06:45 PM
My salesman at Bowser is Bill McCormick. If you end up talking to him, tell him that Diane's daughter sent you. :) He's a friend of my mom's, they used to sell cars together at a different Pontiac dealership wayyyyy back in the day. I've never heard any complaints about any of the other salesman at Bowser, though, either. They tend to have excellent deals because they're a volume dealer. They have deals in the paper A LOT (how I found out about getting my car...an 04 for $280 month, and it's NOT a lease). Just keep your eyes open, and good luck!


Thank you very much Kristin. I really appreciate it. :)