This version of the A-body also received some sheetmetal revisions for 1981. Also, a new cut-pile carpeting replaced the nylon loop rugs of previous years. Variable-ratio power steering was made standard equipment as well. Some more rarer options specific for the 1985 Pontiac Grand Prix include a factory rear spoiler, rare aluminum turbo finned wheels, and a full size spare tire. This forum is an excellent way for back yard mechanics to save each other lots of cash and headaches. Problem solved, huge amount of money saved.
Plus, Pontiac added an Stereo tape player. The similar but less luxurious followed in 1970. A three-speed manual transmission was standard, with a T-10 four-speed with Hurst shifter and three-speed as options. The newly redesigned model mostly received positive reviews from critics regarding its distinctive styling, performance, and reliability. The standard engine for 1985 was the 110 hp 82 kW Buick built 3.
Included were a padded instrument panel, deluxe steering wheel, courtesy lights, and other features. This was a near-exact preview of a redesign for the Grand Prix, due within the 1996 calendar year. A new and one-year-only option this year was a four-speed manual transmission available with the 301 cu in 4. I replaced that part and then it went out again after a couple months. A mechanic ran a computer test on the car, and told me it was the wheel speed sensor unit on the driver's side front wheel. The base trim is offered with a 200 hp 150 kW V6 engine and 16 in 41 cm wheels. Some models of this generation have the rare feature of a split front bench seat with a column shifter.
Among the changes were positioning in the market segment and offering from the 2nd generation to the 5th generation for the sedan and from the 2nd generation to the 6th generation from the coupe; it returned to a full-size car from the 6th generation to the 7th generation for the sedan, positioned above the larger in Pontiac's model lineup. The introduction of the Monte Carlo and Cutlass Supreme did, however, cut into the Grand Prix's dominance, and sales dropped 40%. Both engines received substantially lower compression ratios 8. Right before I got rid of the car I found a crack in the radiator. The radial donuts, provided by the division's usual tire suppliers, included Firestone 500s and B. Just be certain the soft drinks are out before it's folded back up.
Sales reached over 112,000 units, almost quadruple the 32,000 full-sized models built in 1968. A new option this year was the Turbo Hydra-Matic 200-4R four-speed overdrive automatic available with the 305 V8 for improved highway gas mileage. This turned out to be a major miscalculation and 301 equipped cars became much less desirable among Grand Prix enthusiasts and collectors in later years. True technology addicts may also opt for the well-executed Head Up Display, which shows speed on the windshield, immediately below the driver's line of sight. Archived from on May 9, 2013. A wide assortment of options were available including power steering, brakes, windows and driver's seat; air conditioning, eight-lug aluminum wheels with integrated brake drums, Safe-T-Track differential and other items.
Other changes included a revised instrument panel and door panel trim. That's market-speak for a coupe and sedan styled and engineered with a sharp focus on people who enjoy road-going firepower. The feeling of being in control is, in the end, ultimately more relaxing and comfortable than the too-soft, flabby sensations we used to get from all the mobile sofas that were standard fare for American sedans for far too long. The 1970 Ford Thunderbird styling change was reportedly ordered by Ford Motor Co. Order it and you will have charge of 240 hp and 280 lb.
All Grand Prix received a sport package with five-spoke alloy wheels and dual exhaust. No gasoline-powered V8 engines were offered this year in the U. Grand Prixs of model years 2001 to 2002 have OnStar systems that are Analog cellular capable only. This system, first introduced by in 1964, was available in addition to the regular Circ-L-Aire Conditioning. I am currently at 110K, which is good for me, but bad for the car. The Strato buckets were standard equipment along with a console, but a notchback bench seat with center armrest was a no-cost option. An extensively revised suspension does a very good job of isolating road noise and vibration from the passengers while delivering precise, responsive handling, a difficult compromise.
Power front disc brakes became standard equipment this year. Under the improved remedy, dealers will replace the engines front valve cover and gasket. This generation was larger and heavier, due partly to the federally mandated 5 mph 8. Engine offerings again included the standard Buick 3. Smaller than the hulking and , but positioned to be nimbler and more performance oriented than the slightly less bulky and , the new Grand Prix was designed to outshine the upscale and B-bodied performance-oriented intermediate. Air conditioning was standard, and the 2. We were pleased to find the freeway ride to have a feel more commonly associated with better European sedans.