As Pope John precepts: ownership experience Pontiac Grand Prix

By the mid-1950s, overly conservative lineup Pontiac resembled a nursing home. “You always sell the elderly youth car, but not vice versa” – the slogan of the revolution was inevitable simple and ingenious. One of the leaders of the movement was a young and talented engineer John DeLorean. Among the first-born of the new strategy was considered a Pontiac Grand Prix. Did a descendant of the fifth generation to preserve the spirit of an ancestor?


With this guy breaker failure Pontiac! All in black, narrow eyes narrowed headlamps, front bumper lip stuck out, stands gleaming blood-red lights lamps, grumbling release large square pipes. And dressed fashionably. Thinks pulled the broad-kit-style version of the GTP, aluminum wheels shod spitsovannye – and it can be? Why not. Such mods done no more than 800 pieces in 1992. Concrete copy was the second in a series.

Go to front-wheel drive layout (for the first time in the history of the model) has not damaged the image of purity. A thick front bumper adds to the length of the already rather big front overhang, reinforcing effect is sprawled on the ground reptiles. One look at the box precursor enough to understand: the fifth Grand Prix made a huge jump from the boring eighties, drive straight into the breathing nineties.

Regular replacement of oil with the TO (6 liters) and filter
(Air – 1 000, oil – 400 rubles)
5000 rubles

He was not sorry to lose centimeters in length and do not care about daunsayzing motors. The main thing that got rid in the restyling in 1991 by faceless muzzle with sad eyes at the outer expression, he is now not far behind Firebird older brother. Trinity family of Buick, Chevrolet and Oldsmobile him and not hold a candle. Just like Papa John commanded.


Instead of the usual door handles Grand Prix tried outlandish opener hidden in the door frame, as Chevrolet Beretta. The interior continues the breaking of stereotypes. No transitional period – to replace the rectangular, gives mothballs old-fashioned saloon, cockpit fighter came from Star Trek TV series.

Two-color front panel, center console and devoid of any decorative trims, in itself simple and concise, but crucial details. Bagel is dotted with large control buttons, cruise and radio. That’s what I understand – Multifunction! Alas, this decision put an end to the idea of ​​the use of the driver’s airbag. Symmetric growths on the sides of the instrument panel with fun slide switches control the lights and wipers. The bulky box under the central air-conditioning ducts in charge and cassette player with equalizer. Lockable glove box on the combination lock – no other light banter over the sworn friends of Ford, loving equipped with a door system Lincolns.

Futurism could be even more, but not the most advanced equipment SE anything except electric windows, mirrors, seats and air conditioning, is not capable of. So, I can not see the computer route DIC (driver information center), reminding of the need for MOT and speed of the projector on the windshield, which together with the Grand Prix Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme was among the first mass-produced car.

That does not take away from the Pontiac – so it’s practicality. Overcoming low like all coupe doorway, I am struck by the hospitality of the second row. There are soft, well-profiled velor seats split wide armrest with cup holder, plenty of room in the legs, and that is especially nice – over the head and still have ashtrays and hatch for long-length. Excellent interpretation of the personal luxury car ideas.

In move

Technically, the fifth Grand Prix is ​​so different from its predecessors, that the preservation of the glorious name makes a mockery of erstwhile merits. In place of the classic front-wheel drive layout came and V 8 under the hood does not get at any price. To regret the loss of two cylinders is not necessary. Features V 6 – 210 l. from. and 292 Nm, it works at the level of the Bavarian engine builders.

Shoot down a peg with this Daisy can not even four-stage “automatic”, leading its pedigree from the late ’70s. Pontiac accelerates quickly, the engine demonstrates excellent traction from the bottom, but there is no question about the sport. Damped throttle response and light delay when switching – fitness, nothing more.

Go to a different league will sport mode. Very off his transmission, Grand Prix lunged forward. Under intoxicating roar of the exhaust tachometer needle instantly flies in the red zone, hanging at 7000 rpm. The kick-down mode, imagines himself to oil-car, the Pontiac fun grinds asphalt, even at 80 km / h.

Dregovye manners at Yankee square – me too news! But the Grand Prix not only traffic light racer. On “American” is applied fully independent suspension with transverse original fiberglass monoressoroy behind. Compact and lightweight design, including performing the role of stabilizer bar. Banks in the corners within the tolerance adopted by the good European counterparts. It is a pity that the understeer, which is close to neutral, even in extreme conditions slightly greased low feedback on the steering wheel.

Riding on low cars has always taught me to slow down near the slightest obstacle. But the comfortable suspension Pontiac is not going to bow and scrape before each pit. Tramways Grand Prix is ​​simply not noticed. I even turned around to see if they seem to me.

But you should not relax. In Pontiac no audio airbags and optional ABS on the first owner stingy. Those who dare to tame this crocodile, have to rely on their own experience. Winner – Grand Prix!

Pontiac Grand Prix
Consumption per 100 km

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purchase history

After changing the driver for his career a few cars, Yang due to life circumstances have come to the conclusion that he needed a machine only as a toy for the weekend. The choice was between the Ford Mustang and the third generation of the fifth Pontiac Grand Prix. At some point on the horizon loomed the Lexus SC, but the car went to another buyer on the first day.

Black Grand Prix 1992 release (1993 model year) attracted the attention of the real mileage 129 000 km, the whole body to the native paint serviceable engine and gearbox. The Russian car came back in 1997, and before that traveled along the roads of Latvia. The previous owner had owned the coupe almost 5 years, but the last time the machine was idle, so was put up for sale. Yang paid for Pontiac ridiculous 130 000 rubles.


Initial investment in the car amounted to about 150 000 rubles.

Pontiac Grand Prix
They were purchased and installed:
new carbon rear springs (20 000)
fuel tank
rear levers, front and rear thrust bearings
fuel lines and fuel pump
candles, high-voltage wires
Pump cooling system

This list could be a new generator, but given its price of 50 000 rubles, it was decided to restrict the repair.

Many torture was with the brakes. The car refused to adequately decelerate from high speeds. Replacement discs and decks pumping the desired effect is not brought. Integrated diagnostics showed that the hydraulics in order, but requires replacement of the front calipers – it is in the plans.


During the two years of ownership Yang drove to Grand Prix 2000 km, using it as a generator of adrenaline at the weekend.


Soon Yang planned to install a new windshield, body repainting, replacement of the timing belt, the restoration of the seats and discs. Some details have already purchased, but the work will have to carry out a new host Pontiac. Alas, the Grand Prix for sale.

model history

The fifth generation of Grand Prix was published in 1988. Coupe and two years later appeared sedan were based on a new platform W-body, which is shared with the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, Chevrolet Lumina and the Buick Regal. All versions, except for the limited edition four-wheel drive Grand Prix STE (Special Touring Edition), equipped with front wheel drive.

In the photo: Pontiac Grand Prix SE Coupe ‘1994-96

Unlike the sedan, available in the period from 1990 to 1991, with the base “Quartet” of 2.3 (for the first time in the history of the model), were completed only dvuhdverki V 6: 2.8 (130 hp..), 3.1 (135 -160 hp), 3,1 turbo (205 hp) and 3.4 (200-210 hp) Transmission -…… five-step “mechanics” and “automatic” with three (for the version with the engine 2.3) and four stages.

In the photo: Pontiac Grand Prix STE Sedan ‘1992-93

During restyling 1991 coupe received a revised exterior with modified front part. In such a model in production lasted five years, losing in 1997, the sixth generation of the place.

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