Crash Test 1999 -Discontinued Pontiac Grand Am / Oldsmobile Alero (Frontal Impact) IIHS
Pontiac Grand Am
results also apply to: 1999-2004 Oldsmobile Alero
FRONTAL OFFSET TEST
OVERALL EVALUATION: Poor
Structure/safety cage Injury measures Restraints/dummy kinematics
Head/neck Chest Leg/foot, left Leg/foot, right
Marginal Acceptable Good Good Marginal Poor
Important: Frontal crash test ratings can be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.
The Pontiac Grand Am was redesigned for the 1999 model year and the Oldsmobile Alero was introduced in the 1999 model year. Note: 2005 model Grand Am sedans were sold as new cars only to fleets and were discontinued altogether after the 2005 model year. The Alero was discontinued after the 2004 model year.
Restraints/dummy kinematics — Dummy movement wasn't well controlled. During rebound, the dummy moved toward the driver door, which had bowed outward, and its head hit the window sill. Then the head moved up and back and hit the B-pillar. Plus there was too much upward movement of the steering wheel.
Injury measures — Measures taken from the neck and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the B-pillar, indicating that injuries to the head would be possible. Forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible. Head acceleration from the window sill hit was low.
2009 Chevy Malibu vs 1959 Bel Air Crash Test
This crash test between a modern sedan and the classic 1959 Chevrolet Bel
Air shows just how far passenger protection has come in the last fifty
years. The Institute for Highway Safety staged the test to commemorate its
50th anniversary. Find more crash tests on our web site:
SUVs and pickups pose less risk to people in crashes
IIHS news release • September 28, 2011
Effort to make SUVs, pickups less deadly to car occupants in crashes is
ARLINGTON, VA - Today's SUVs and pickups pose far less risk to people in
cars and minivans than previous generations, a new study from the Insurance
Institute for Highway Safety shows. Until recently, SUVs and pickups were
more likely than cars or minivans of the same weight to be involved in
crashes that killed occupants of other cars or minivans. That's no longer
the case for SUVs, and for pickups the higher risk is much less pronounced
than it had been.
Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr092811.html
1995-2005 Chevrolet Cavalier - IIHS Crash Tests
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Front crash test for the
Chevrolet Cavalier, presented by Consumer Reports
The Chevrolet Cavalier received the following ratings in the IIHS's crash
Frontal Offset: Poor
Supercharged Alero getting tuned
This is my car on a Dyno at Done Rite Automotive
Performance (http://www.doneriteautomotive.com/)in Mosinee. This was one of
the last runs while being tuned for the Supercharger. I'm using the limited run Eaton Gen
4 M62 which was found on the Grand Am SCT concept car. This is a rare Supercharger but sometimes can be found on
grandamgt.com. The blower can take more with a smaller pulley. My friend
that had this before me was running 11-12 psi with a smaller pulley and
really no other supporting modifications. The car is making 200 hp at the
wheels with 5 pounds of Boost.
3.4 Liter GM 3400 Engine Replacement / Swap 1999 Alero / Grand Am 4 Door
Bought this 1999 Oldsmobile Alero For $800 with a known bad motor. Engine
was shot, knocked and burned antifreeze due to a bad head & intake gasket.
So, I found another 3400 from a wrecked Grand Am. Was smoked in the back.
Got the replacement engine for $500 (ouch). Put on a new intake manifold
gasket on the replacement motor as well. Pulled out the old engine and
replaced it with the new one. Runs like a champ now! These engines are
good, if the intake manifold gasket has been replaced. Put lots of
silicone to each edge of the gasket. Sealed up great! No smoking and no
leaks like these are natorious for.