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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic Problems


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,333 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Pontiac Firebird brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Pontiac Firebird Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 012006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles


: the contact stated while driving 40 mph on normal road conditions, the brakes made a consistent vibration when applied and extended stopping distance occurred with no prior warnings, under normal braking. The vehicle was taken to the local dealer, who cleaned the brake pads and rotated the rotors. The vehicle problems persisted, but no further repairs were made.

- Riverview, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 152004

Firebird 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I have had multiple electrical issues with the vehicle with the keyless entry and theft deterent key chip system malfunctioning and the radio face display not working at all unless I turn the radio off and on until it work sometime 5 or 6 times. The vehicle when it was brand new had a noise coming from the 6speed manual transmission in third and fourth gear now the vehicle has 17000 miles and it is much worse with some difficulty shifting on accasion. The differential has a whining noise at 50-60 mph at cruising RPM and the dealership tells me this is normal. I am severely irritated with GM for the disregard to customer service and even if you are within your original warranty you can forget about getting a loaner vehicle during any repairs. That is one of the major things keeping me from giving them my car. Three different dealerships in the houston area have all told me that wear parts are not covered in warranty which is "bumper to bumper" full warranty. I just don't think a transmission should be doing this at 17000 miles. Not to mention I have already had to replace most of the braking system out of my own pocket when the vehicle had less than 10000 miles on it from a sticking brake caliper. I am very displeased since I bought this vehicle new.

- Friendswood, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 152003


  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles
I have had numerous problems with my Firebird which I bought less than a year ago brand new from the dealer. I don not have the exact dates and mileage of the problems at hand. In short the following have been reported to the purchasing dealer and/or repaired: Roters(brakes) 2X, antena 3 or 4X, open circuit(remote keyless entry-trunk/windows/doors and alarm)1 or2X, cd/stereo still isn't repaired and unsure of problem, suspension off, left blinker malfunctioning, misc. Fuses continuously blown, power steering column leak.....I think thats it! that's enough though.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

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