By on July 27, 2015

10 - 2002 Pontiac Grand Am GT Down On the Junkyard - Picture by Murilee Martin

When I’m walking the rows of a big self-service wrecking yard with lots of fresh inventory, it’s the weird and/or old stuff that tends to catch my eye. The endless supply of Chrysler Sebrings, Ford Tauruses, and Hyundai Accents camouflages the interesting newer stuff that’s worthy of inclusion in this series, so I’ll try to pay more attention to discarded 21st-century vehicles with stories to tell. Cars like this California Pontiac, from the final generation of the Grand Am.
04 - 2002 Pontiac Grand Am GT Down On the Junkyard - Picture by Murilee Martin

The last owner to glory in the 3.4-liter, 175-horse 60° V6 in this car was Rashawn W, who worked security in San Jose.

02 - 2002 Pontiac Grand Am GT Down On the Junkyard - Picture by Murilee Martin

Rashawn had No Fear. There was a time when you never saw No Fear stuff in junkyard cars without corresponding Bad Boy Club products, but these days you’re more likely to see both replaced by stickers from vape-juice manufacturers.

09 - 2002 Pontiac Grand Am GT Down On the Junkyard - Picture by Murilee Martin

When I bought a hooptie 1967 Pontiac GTO for $113 in 1983 (this would be like getting a hooptie E36 M3 for $600 today), I felt a lot of envy for the GTO owners who didn’t have mushrooms growing on the carpeting and did have Ram Air engines. The Ram Air V6 wasn’t quite as impressive as its V8 predecessors.

Not only could you get an ’02 Grand Am with no money down, you could try to murder your ex with it!

The macho voiceover artists on South Korean Daewoo ads would scoff at the whiny narrator on this faux-tough Grand Am ad.

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74 Comments on “Junkyard Find: 2002 Pontiac Grand Am GT with Ram Air and No Fear...”


  • avatar
    pbr

    from the $113 GTO link …
    >> … aftermath of a rabid-Doberman-vs-weed-whacker battle …

    Coffee, meet keyboard. Awesome.

    Grand Ams? They’re just sad.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    I remember when I moved into my first house in Gallup there was a young married couple down the block that owned one. Guy looked like Duane Chapman (of “Dog” fame) and the girl was a Latina (JLo had nothing over her). Gray Grand Am GT sedan, Ram Air and two baby seats in the back.

    A few months after moving in I noticed she was pregnant again and a few weeks after that the Grand Am disappeared replaced by a Honda Pilot.

  • avatar
    Land Ark

    Mom had 2 of these. A 1999 and a 2002.
    The 99 was a red V6 SE2, I believe. The 02 was a green GT1.

    I steered her toward them both of them, trying to get her to get a GT the first time. Keep in mind, this was because she only leased cars from one specific Pontiac, Oldsmobile, GMC dealer. Not sure why she got it the second time, the driving differences were minimal if noticeable at all.

    I really liked these. I still like them. They have adequate power (it felt like a race car to me in 1998), handle fine, and are reasonably handsome. I never had a problem with the cladding. I’d happily drive one today, though I have wondered how they have held up over the long run. Any common major problems? I remember they went through tail light bulbs at an alarming rate.

    I also still REALLY love the 1992-1995 GA GT Coupes. They were cheap, awful, rattle traps, but I still think they are a beautiful design. Edit: Ok, maybe beautiful is too strong.

    • 0 avatar
      bryanska

      I had a 2002 Alero.

      These cars were a great value. Loaded with midmarket tech and a decent six, they could be had for under twenty grand all day. Dexcool was the only major issue. They looked good, had decent space, drove well. Versus a Civic or Sentra there was no contest.

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        I do know Alero owners really seemed to love them in a “don’t you say nothin’ bad about my Alero!” kind of way.

      • 0 avatar
        gtemnykh

        In a bang for the buck sort of way I’d agree, but 12-13 years on, the proof is in the pudding as far as how well these have aged. I remember my dad getting American cars as rentals in the late 90s and early 00s, off the top of my head an EcoTec Sunfire, one of these Grand Ams, and a Grand Prix GTP. The overarching impression I got was that they all had massively torquey engines and soft suspensions compared to the small Hondas I was used to, but they were very crudely assembled and finished and had ghastly interiors (Sunfire and Grand am in particular). Endearing in a way, but not something I’d want to live with on a daily basis.

        These sorts of ‘fodder’ GMs as maligned as they are still make up the bulk of the car landscape in working class (and sometimes not working class) neighborhoods in the Midwest. Most often seen with unrepaired body damage, limo tints, and on temporary tags. Rusty u body vans, Rendezvous, J-bodies of all flavors, 00-06, 07-11 Impala and 03-09 Grand prix, n-body Malibus. Only FoMoCo’s mid-00s Taurus comes close in terms of sheer numbers. As much as I wouldn’t care to own anything GM of that era myself, I have to respect their tenacity and ability to cling on in the face of total neglect and abuse.

        • 0 avatar
          mikey

          I bought a brand new 96 ran it 120 KLM . GM fixed the head gasket before it caused any issues.( I’m on of those fools that actually checks , belts hoses etc. ) the 96 did eat rotors, and they were dirt cheap . I replaced the 96 with a 2001 Grand Am GT . Oh yeah ,it too ate a head gasket . If you bought the good $$ rotors, they would last twice as long ,

          All in all they were a “good bang for the buck” I got top dollar for my 01 when it was 8 years old. I still see all kinds of Grand Am s on the road. every day.

          BTW…..I live in Canada

    • 0 avatar
      heavy handle

      Land Ark,

      If I recall, common problems include ABS controllers, wheel bearings, and brake rotors that last 15,000 miles. Parts for those jobs were relatively expensive too.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        AC Delco stereos failing, bulbs blowing out, sunroof leaks, window leaks, random electrical crap draining the battery.

      • 0 avatar
        Russycle

        As a former GA owner, I can attest to the ABS and rotor issues. Typical GM bean-counting, I hope they’re past that.

        • 0 avatar
          heavy handle

          Part of the issue with the rotors is that the replacement “OEM” rotors from AC Delco weren’t made to the same spec as the ones fitted on the assembly line. Your first set of brakes would last a short but acceptable amount of time, and then the replacement sets wear-out in are year or two.

          The other issue is that the front brakes were probably undersized. It could also be that the rear brakes were ineffective, which transfers braking effort to the front. I’ve seen that happen where a car goes through front brakes way too fast, but the cause is that the rear drums are glazed and the front is doing all the work.

          Short version: GM beancounting, like you said.

    • 0 avatar
      TrstnBrtt89

      My first proper car was a 1992 Grand Am… But it was an SE… Awful white on red interior with wheel covers

  • avatar
    Roberto Esponja

    I can only imagine the smell of the interior of this car.

  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    I remember that 2002 Grand Am commercial. I found it difficult to accept the premise even then, but years later I wondered if that was a hard-up Matthew Fox.

    • 0 avatar
      Drzhivago138

      “WE HAVE TO GO BACK!”

      Naw, it’s not him, but if it was, I wonder if he would be as embarrassed about it as Evangeline Lilly was about her phone sex hotline commercial.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    I had an MY02 SE1 V6 from new, incidentally the only new car I ever had. I very much liked it but always found the interior lacking in features.

  • avatar
    3800FAN

    I wanted one of these for a while till I test drove one and couldn’t believe how cheap and poorly assembled the interior was. The olds alero (same car) was the same way. They were fun to drive though. It’s funny how these were everywhere back when they were being made and they’re almost all gone now while I still see 92-96 camrys everywhere.

  • avatar
    FAHRVERGNUGEN

    Looks like someone pulled the K&N snorkel hood but had the sense to leave it on the floormat. Must have realized it was missing the filter element.

    • 0 avatar
      dolorean

      That snorkel hood was standard equiptment with the Ram-Air! GT. It was the time of Pontiac/GM where it was felt that more body cladding was the modern equivalent of old-fasioned chrome bling. This pig, the Bonneville GT and Trans Am Ram Air all were festooned to resemble the BatMobile from the days of Michael Keeton as the hero.

  • avatar
    banerjba

    These were dreadful cars in Canada. We not only had the dexcool issue but virtually everyone I knew that had one suffered the head gasket issue. This car represented the final nail in the domestic car coffin for a lot of people. To the last owner, everyone switched to Japanese or German after their ownership of this car. They were extremely poor quality despite a decent platform and engine (only the Sunfire had a worse interior IMO). I rented these and the plastic bits would creek and rattle on cold winter mornings. Unlike in the US, these were not that cheap here either. Nicely equipped could run into the $30K range which is Camcordima money.

    The Alero version was so much better and it was the Malibu that I usually preferred. I remember when Bob Lutz started back at GM – he took the cladding off the Bonneville and the car instantly looked better. If Maximum Bob was around when they launched this, it would never have this styling.

    • 0 avatar
      Arthur Dailey

      Got a 2002 Malibu new. 4 yrs and just under 90k of use and the only work done was regular oil & filter changes and replacing the front brake pads.

      Yes the interior was very plasticky but it held up well.

      It did the job asked of it very well. And frankly I think the exterior styling of that model of Malibu has aged quite well. As previously mentioned still see a lot of them on Canadian roads. The only issue being the large rust spots directly under the fuel filler cap.

    • 0 avatar
      psarhjinian

      “The Alero version was so much better and it was the Malibu that I usually preferred”

      What was worse was that the warmed-over Daewoos (the Epica, I believe they called it) that GM Canada was hocking as Chevrolets at the time also had a better interior than the contemporary Alero.

  • avatar
    Demetri

    Cheap, gaudy, trashy. Described pretty much every Pontiac of that time period, which is why the brand became viewed as faux sport for the trailer park crowd. They sold tons of these in middle America though.

  • avatar
    Lightspeed

    When these were in production, GM was also racing Olds Achievas in SCCA. The GM performance catalogue had a few parts for upgrading N-body brakes to H-body. I tried to figure out if I could do the same to my J-car (worst brake ev-ar).

  • avatar
    Superdessucke

    These cars were the very foundation of the sub-prime auto lending model. I had a friend who worked for a inner-city Chevy dealer during this era and I remember him once talking about how he got a customer to agree to pay 18% interest on a new Monte Carlo. Not this car’s twin but probably the same customer base. I never verified this but I remember totally believing him.

    • 0 avatar
      tresmonos

      In the midwest, 90% of these had an Earnhardt sticker applied to them. There was even an Intimidator package. God and GM only knows if the Monte Carlo came factory like that.

      As for the A bodies – you are spot on. These things wouldn’t even make it past the two year mark without being utterly trashed and disgusting. There were plenty of Grand Am’s that I would clean after an oil change that would be caked with baby crap and pet waste. Whenever I took a set of Grand Am keys from the service desk, it felt like there was a 50% chance that I would be utterly disgusted with it’s condition.

      These owners taught me how to time the carwash such that I could dart out of the vehicle before the automation started. There was no way I’d stay in the cabin for a 3.5 minute wash interval without vomiting.

      • 0 avatar
        bball40dtw

        Wasn’t there a Dale Jr package eventually? I had a neighbor that had an Intimidator package Monte Carlo…

      • 0 avatar
        Superdessucke

        Unfortunately, it came factory like that. The Intimidator was the 2002 Dale Sr. edition.

        http://www.daleearnhardt.net/chevy/signature/index.htm

        Occasionally, you’ll see one on ebay with like 15 miles on it, being sold by some schmuck who bought it new and salted it away thinking it would be the next Plymouth Superbird.

        There was also a Dale Jr. edition that came out in 2004.

        The comments say all you need to know about the socioeconomic status of GM’s target audience.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          “The comments say all you need to know about the socioeconomic status of GM’s target audience.”

          HAHAHA the top comment was all I needed to see. And that man’s voice is obnoxious.

  • avatar
    OneAlpha

    I always liked the 2003 GT coupe myself, and I’m probably the only guy on planet Earth who also actually liked Pontiac’s 90s body cladding.

    It made the car look more interesting than later Pontiacs, even if it wasn’t as good underneath. But one of those coupes would be an interesting project. I’m talking rotisserie rebuild here.

    Keep the exterior stock, but essentially remanufacture the car internally. Convert it to RWD and source a Nissan RB26 from a JDM importer. Use electronics and wiring from a 90s Toyota or Volvo and make a custom interior.

    Paint it with black and grey Rhinoliner and voila – done.

    I can’t wait to get started.

  • avatar
    Matt Foley

    Why did the 3400 V6 make 185hp in my grandmother’s Buick Rendezvous, but only 175hp in a Grand Am with Ram Air? Where did the extra 10 hp in the ‘Vous come from? Was the quiet single exhaust on the Buick less restrictive than the pseudo-duals on the Grand Am?

    I’m guessing Rashawn’s 3400 gave up the ghost when its crankcase contained more Dexcool than 5W30.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      Because Buick > Pontiac

      Actually, it’s probably because the Buick had a different transmission and things were programmed a bit differently.

    • 0 avatar
      Lack Thereof

      It’s not uncommon for the same GM engine to be rated at 5-10 HP more in a van/SUV application than in the passenger application.

      My understanding is the difference is the exhaust. The bigger platforms have more room in the engine compartment and under the vehicle, so they often get larger piping and better flowing exhaust manifolds.

      The same sort of thing was going on in the truck line with the 4.3 V6. The S-10/Astro exhaust system choked 10hp off compared to the silverado/express exhaust.

      Like bball says, they also usually had more aggressive final drive gearing in the transmission… but that didn’t necessarily translate into performance, after the SUV-diameter wheels & tires were bolted on.

      • 0 avatar
        dolorean

        What should really boggle your mind is how is it one paid a premium $3K for the Ram-Air for a whopping 5 HP bump from the standard GT 3.4L rated at 170 HP. C&D lampooned this choice upon Pontiac’s first iteration of the RA upon the non-drooling public and GM’s hyperbolic crowing that the Ram-Air GT was equivalent to a BMW 3 series.

  • avatar
    PRNDLOL

    Remember when GM took the doors from the Alero once it ended production and grafted them onto the 2005+ Grand Am as an ‘update’?
    I thought that was so lame.

    • 0 avatar
      MRF 95 T-Bird

      Actually they were always the same doors the only difference was Pontiac had cladding on them. Then when Pontiac went through its de-cladding period post 2005 they looked more like the Alero doors.

  • avatar
    tresmonos

    Either I’m getting old, or these things were unreliable piles of junk.

    I dealer prepped so many of these in high school. I definitely liked them over the SE’s due to their responsive (at the time) sound systems. Sure, they were boomy and lacked midrange but to a high school kid, they were an attractive vehicle. I think the diameter of the wheels weren’t proportional.

    The A body made the W look luxurious. GM still didn’t give a damn about interiors and it showed in warranty with numerous squeak and rattles. This was the last of the period engineering that generated insane amounts of warranty. From about 2004 onward, the service department increasingly felt the cost cutting squeeze from better tolerance stack ups, etc. The A body interior only became competitive after 20 yards of dealer applied felt tape was jammed in between most plastic interior interference fits.

    The GMX-381 was definitely GM’s first attempt at delivering competitive NVH characteristics.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      We’re both old now…

      Anyway, back in high school midrange didn’t matter. That Monsoon system had the bass and the treble. Plus, many good looking high school girls drove Grand Ams in my neck of the woods.

      • 0 avatar
        dolorean

        I’ve inherited a ’99 Corvette and love the car on the outside and in it’s sweet driving experience. The interior is quintisentially Made-by-Tupperware and the sound system, though it tries! is woeful in a flagship product even in 1999. I’m torn for what to do with it as I love to keep my higher end cars stock from the factory and that the Corvette club will ding it if the factory deck isn’t there. Still, would love some navi and a freakin’ USB port.

  • avatar
    mikeg216

    whith these cars if owned by female you were gauranteed two things. she had horrible credit and at least one abusive boyfriend,2. if you take her out, you will get laid. its the tramp stamp of automobiles.

  • avatar
    ajla

    I had ’87, ’91, and, ’92 Grand Ams. They were all of extremely low quality compared to any other GM vehicle I’ve owned (even the f-body).

  • avatar
    3800FAN

    These last gen n bodies were the rolling example of the worst of gm. The grand am/aleros were a fun engaging car where everything….EVERYTHING was ruined by bean counters. All cheap plastic interiors with simple components that should never break but did, like the shifter buttion and ignition switch and hazard light button…same goes for the drivetrains, suspensions, all of it but when you drove them you could say “man if Toyota or Honda built this same car instead of gm it would be the best in the class”. Sad because you could see gm COULD build a great car in them but then let the bean counters ruin the final product. It’s just sad.

    • 0 avatar
      dolorean

      See, I have to disagree a wee bit here. Yes, the bean counters are the ones who nit-pik over minute details that save a penny here, a penny there. However, they were getting their marching orders from Higher HQ who’s priority is short-term market growth over customer saisfaction. GM made a killing on the financing of these cheaply built POS and on the ongoing maintenance that the dealerships were charging to fix them. Win-win to shareholders.

  • avatar
    barryfaetheus

    Disappointed not to see a story written by one of the two regular authors yet. I would have thought the pictures would have inspired them by now. Go on, you know you want to….

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    youtube.com/watch?v=I6Mcp3fPrLw

    LIFE IS GOOD

    The line of fly girls went around the corner of the club as Rashawn stood with his thick arms crossed over his “SECURITY” t-shirt while casually leaning against a steel door. His head nodded with the beat coming from inside as he stared down the customers as they passed him. He had worked at the club for several years and always enjoyed the fringe benefit of the “scenery”. Low light danced on his big white teeth while he smiled as a group of three girls passed him. Life was good. He casually turned his head and observed Rick scanning IDs through the validation machine. Green, green, green it kept lighting up. The color of money, he thought. Snapping his left wrist back to check his shiny new watch, five to eleven; still too early. He felt a vibration in his pocket, pulling out his phone he unlocked it to reveal a text message.

    JAZMIN: When you off work boo?

    He smiled and texted back:

    RASHAWN: Won’t be back till 3. Can’t wait to see you.

    Clapping thunder in the distance pulled his face out of the phone to look up. The taste of rain was in the air as dark clouds begin to cover the man in the full moon. Rashawn’s stargazing was interrupted by commotion to his left.

    “What you mean it no good? It say I’m 21!” a brash young woman exclaimed.
    “Lady it won’t scan in the machine and I can’t see the hologram. I don’t know where you got this-” Rick replied
    “Oh so you think I be fake all up in here? I ain’t no lying a** b*tch-” she yelled as Rashawn stood in front of her.
    “Ma’am if the id don’t scan we can’t let you in. Next please” he said as he motioned with his hand to the next group of girls but the brash women stood her ground.
    “Oh hey boo, my name’s Tawna. Maybe you check my id and see I am who I am” She said very politely as her eyes took in the thick armed man before her. Rashawn smiled as his eyes looked her over from top to bottom and especially admired her generous cleavage. He opened his hand and examined her license, noticing it was in fact missing the hologram as light from inside of the club bounced off of it. He smiled at her from ear to ear as her hopes rose, and then dashed as he handed it back to her.
    “Get the hell out of here with that bad fake id. I see you again, I’m calling the cops” he said in a forceful tone. Tawna mouth some expletives and left the line heading in the direction of a parking lot.
    “Sometimes b*tches be trippin\'” Rashawn remarked to Rick as the latter resumed scanning ids.
    “Oh yeah” Rick replied. “You goin’ on break?”
    “Yea, then you can go.” Rashawn said then adding “I gotta piss. Ronny’s gonna come up from inside to help you”.

    Walking though the blackened hallway the beat soon overwhelmed him while he nodded his head. The men’s room door squeaked as Rashawn pushed it open and relieved himself in a urinal. Returning to the hall, the aroma of sweat and women was in the air as he entered the large open dancing space causally observing all of the customers moving about. He slowly proceeded past the bar with a wave and headed out a door marked “EMERGENCY EXIT” to go outside the building. He reached into his pocket and put a joint between his lips as the chrome plated Zippo burst alive with a flame engulfing it. He inhaled a deep breath, holding it, then letting go his breath as smoke danced through the air. His phone again vibrated which he unlocked to see the indecent picture of Jazmin she had just sent him. Life was good.

    Time passed as the joint withered down and Rashawn felt a drop of rain on his head. He checked his watch to see it was now twenty to eleven. Finishing the joint, he used his key to unlock the exit door and slowly headed back into the club stoked and toked. He noticed a group of girls very close to each other appearing to be screaming and approached them. The girls then threw punches at each other while screaming and he increased his speed to barrel between them as the other members security grabbed hold of the girls and held them with their arms behind. Rashawn lunged at the last girl of the fighting group but missed grabbing her and Tawna headed back down the tunnel to the entrance of the club and outside.

    Later in the club manager’s office Rashawn stood with his boss and tried to explain what happened along with Rick and Ronny. Since the surveillance camera caught him using the exit door and not returning for twenty five minutes, Rashawn had to turn in his keys and exit the premises. Walking across the street in the rain, for the last time, he found his Grand Am and the car sunk low to the ground as he sat inside. Turning it on, the dashboard lit up as it always did but the motor hummed as he threw the car in reverse and then straightened out as he pulled onto the city street. He waved at the club as he passed it and nodded his head to the beat coming from the radio speakers. Lighting a Newport with his chromed Zippo, he took in a deep drag as he drove the several blocks home. Suddenly the Pontiac began to lose power the and coolant light went off. Rashawn pulled the car to the side of the city street and observed white smoke coming from the hood of his car. He opened the door and stood outside puffing his cigarette as the rain seemed to let up. He unlocked his phone to again examine the picture Jazmin sent him and blew cigarette smoke over his phone. He looked up at the street sign and realized he was only two blocks from Jazmin’s apartment.

    “Well, at least it stopped raining” he said to himself as he slowly walked away from the Pontiac. Flicking the cigarette butt into the street, he thought: Life was still good.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Incidentally in the final picture, Zhu Zhu is also the name of a Chinese actress.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhu_Zhu_(actress)

    • 0 avatar

      A couple years ago around Christmastime I made a few bucks snagging Zhu Zhu pets (the toy, not the actress) when they were briefly in stock on Amazon and flipping them on eBay.

      A few weeks ago I saw an entire plastic bin at a yard sale for $10. I guess they are like the Pontiac Grand Am of toys.

  • avatar

    I actually though about buying Alero in 2001 – it looked good if to look at it from far away but there was some feeling that something is wrong with this cars – panel gaps were too wide, plastic in interior had funny quality, ride was not as refined compared even to Japanese cars. I was under impressions that Oldsmobile was a maker of premium cars. It might be true for Aurora but Intrigue I test drove did not feel anything special and interior was horribly cheap and had third world quality. I simply was not used to this kind of quality so decided to skip GM cars in future altogether.

    • 0 avatar
      gtemnykh

      As I recall the Alero and Intrigue were supposed to be true alternatives to imports and their goal was to lure import buyers back into the GM fold. I think the Alero in particular was gunning for the 94-97 Accord. But as others have mentioned, the efforts fell well short, at least in part to the bean-counter ravaged interiors and general lack of refinement. Intrigue was re-fitted with a more refined DOHC “Shortstar” engine but that did little except add another point of failure.

    • 0 avatar

      Olds were designed by Kip Wasenko. The problem was that American company simply were not capable making good cars because after 70s they were simply not viable businesses and more like Soviet era state run corporations intended to provide social security, employment resources for running Government instead of competing with mean, hungry and capitalistic in nature European and Asian companies.

  • avatar
    Drzhivago138

    All this talk about the Alero almost makes a guy wonder what this gen’s Buick Skylark would’ve looked like, or if it would have sold.

  • avatar
    spreadsheet monkey

    As featured in a great Lethal Weapon 4 car chase. GM were big sponsors of the entire LW series, but they probably got their money’s worth.

    http://www.empireonline.com/features/jaw-dropping-movie-car-leaps/p17

  • avatar

    Its true, its hard to find newer – and interesting- stuff at the junkyard. I mean, I’ve seen a few newer fords, scions and such, but nothing that’s caught my eye.

    Except recently I found a two-tone pink PT Cruiser (click my name to see it).
    Also, I did find a few months ago a 2012 Kia Soul with a lot of options. But needless to say it was pretty well gutted.

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    In 85 when the 1st generation N-Body Grand Am 2 door was introduced (the 4 dr came out the next yr.) they were all over my suburban NYC town. Usually in burgundy, white or blue and driven by single females fresh out of school with fluffed hair, shoulder pads and a collection of Van Halen and Bon Jovi cassettes in the console. I guess the price point at the time, a bit more than a J-Sunbird but less than a F-body fit the key demo. With the vaulted F-41 handling package and larger wheel and tire package they were almost a Euro sport coupe. As usual with GM the sum of the good parts can’t overtake the mediocre ones.


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