What about 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix SE Sedan ?

hergehen

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Hello,

I know, I asked a lot of questions about cars ... hope this is the last one ;)

so ... my dad's corporation is selling off-lease cars ...

Here we found a good one (there were only Grand Prix SE and Silverado) not far from us (~7 hrs) ...

2000 Pontiac Grand Prix SE Sedan (4dr) 70,000miles ... price is below private party, but above trade-in...$5,500

is it a good car ? ...

should I get it for me ?

is it powerful ?

good for driving ? ... I like to usually drive fast, but carefully ... like to go into the turns with nice speeds ... hope it doesn't roll-over?

Didn't ask yet, but I presume it's 3.1 :( ..not 3.8 ... but I think 175hp is good enough for me .... 3.1 is the standart for this car, right ?


also, for how much should we sell my old '94 Chevy Cavalier V6 4dr 150,000miles ? ... a little engine leakage, a little body damage , but no accidents ... is $1,200 a good price ?


thx a lot.

 

Frodolives

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The short answer is it's a good car, I have an older model, but am looking at a Consumer Guide report on the 2000.

They call the acceleration from a standing start with the 3.1 liter "adequate" but that's not a bad rating. They have a lot of good things to say about features and value of this car, and it looks to me as though pretty much any significant mechanical troublespots had been reworked by the time they built the 2000. It's had a couple of recalls for an airbag and seatbelt issues, so be sure yours is up to date, no charge for that.

These aren't the quietest when it comes to interior road noise at highway speeds, but not bad either. I like em, and aside from my own, I've leased these before and been very satisfied.
 

psteng19

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Wow, talk about domestic resale dropping like a brick...

Yesterday I went to look at a 1998 Maxima SE with 75,000 miles and it's worth almost double.
That's 2 years older with more miles! :Q

 

mithrandir2001

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Originally posted by: hergehen
yeah, forgot to mention , the price is $5,500
Well, $5500...

If it's clean and you have some proof that the car has seen a regular maintenance schedule then it would be something to consider. $5500 is getting near the point where you can't be too picky.
 

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I'd definately have a car fax done on it.

I'm not a big fan of the 3.1, but for $5,500 I'd take it. With proper maintanence, you should get another 75,000 miles out of it pretty easily.

Just be sure to check the tires for wear, see when the last tranny service was done, and when the timing belt/chain has been changed/serviced.
 

hergehen

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Originally posted by: mithrandir2001
Originally posted by: hergehen
yeah, forgot to mention , the price is $5,500
Well, $5500...

If it's clean and you have some proof that the car has seen a regular maintenance schedule then it would be something to consider. $5500 is getting near the point where you can't be too picky.

This car is being sold by corporation, so that guy who drove this car doesn't have a point of hiding any info from us ...

he says that brakes and tires have been never changed (so that's another ~$400) ... but oil was changed every 5,000 (or 4,000) miles - the corporation requires to do that ...

 

RossGr

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We have a '98 Grand Prix Se, I like it, drives fine, its not a sports car though, ride is nice and it is comfortable. At $5500 I don't think you can go wrong. (as long as it is mechanicly sound.) It would take an idiot kid driveing to flip one, hope you don't fit in that catagory, not real clear from some of your comments.
 

CurtCold

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We have a 99 Pontiac Grand Prix.....and umm, if you like doing alot of BS maintanace, then get the car. Ours has about 75k on it, and already the main computer has gone out that controls all the other bells and whistles....$700, hard on brakes, needs new front about every 25-35k miles. 2 of the sensors for the traction control have gone out $300 a set. Other than that its ok. I won't be guilty of paying o another one though....jmo
 

RossGr

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Over 100K on ours, with no extrodinary maintenance done. Oil changes, tires, timing belt.

hard on brakes, needs new front about every 25-35k miles

LOL, you blame the car! I think it is called "riding the brakes" keep your foot off the brake pedal and the brakes will be find.
 

mithrandir2001

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Originally posted by: hergehen
he says that brakes and tires have been never changed (so that's another ~$400)
Well, hell, if the car has the original tires at 70K then you know the car wasn't abused. 70K on a set of tires? Wow. I go through 'em every 25K or so and not even the rubbery Z-rated stuff.
 

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Originally posted by: mithrandir2001
Originally posted by: hergehen
he says that brakes and tires have been never changed (so that's another ~$400)
Well, hell, if the car has the original tires at 70K then you know the car wasn't abused. 70K on a set of tires? Wow. I go through 'em every 25K or so and not even the rubbery Z-rated stuff.

He said it was a company car. Most of those miles were probably largely due to highway. Those goodyears they put on there are pretty high milage tires, and running highway on them, instead of doing lots of turning and accelerating will help them to last longer.
 

Kadarin

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I have a 2000 Grand Am GT Ram Air, with the 175hp 3.4L engine, and it has had zero problems since I got it. It's nice, it's quick (for what it is), it's comfortable, it handles pretty well... And it has a little wing. It's the first car I've ever owned that's had a wing..
 

RU482

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3.1, while a sturdy motor, is fairly weak for a car that size, relative to the 3.8. I rented a monte carlo w/3.1L and was very disapointed. Especially compared to my Olds Intrigue

While the price isn't bad, there are better deals to be had for not much more money
 

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Originally posted by: psteng19
Wow, talk about domestic resale dropping like a brick...

Yesterday I went to look at a 1998 Maxima SE with 75,000 miles and it's worth almost double.
That's 2 years older with more miles! :Q

Yeah, kinda makes a person seem foolish to buy a used Import ;)
 

psteng19

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Originally posted by: redly1
Originally posted by: psteng19
Wow, talk about domestic resale dropping like a brick...

Yesterday I went to look at a 1998 Maxima SE with 75,000 miles and it's worth almost double.
That's 2 years older with more miles! :Q

Yeah, kinda makes a person seem foolish to buy a used Import ;)

Yes, but you get soo much more car with the Maxima.
The V6 in there was purring like a little kitten at idle, but at WOT it was a whole different beast :D

And out of the big 3 imports, you get your most bang for the buck with Nissan because they tend to have lower resale with the same reliability, and a lot more sporty fun.