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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Cooling System Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,000 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.

1998 Pontiac Grand Am cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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1998 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 192002

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Vehicle smelled of antifreeze shortly after purchase. The vehicle was returned twice to the dealer for the smell. I have now been informed that the intake gasket has been leaking. Pontiac has been contacted, and I was informed by one representative that there had been a problem, but there was no recall on the particular year of the vehicle.

- Jenison, MI, USA

problem #5

Jun 282003

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles
98 Pontiac Grand Am air bag not working, water leaks on floor board when ac is on, runs hot, stops running, engine light comes on.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #4

May 012002

Grand Am

  • miles
Vehcle was leaking water. Took vehicle to dealer and they stated that water pump needed replacing.

- Natchez, MS, USA

problem #3

Mar 012002

Grand Am

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


No coolant light will come on and stay on vehicle. Also, leaking anti freeze.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #2

Nov 012001

Grand Am

  • miles
This coolant system has fluid that does not need to be replaced for over 100,000 miles. However, the water pump may have to be replaced at only 50,000. Pontiac called this normal. It seems a little deceptive to advertise a fluid that lasts so long when the mechnical parts may not. Pontiac and GM would not offer repair assistance. The repair cost over $800. Many local mechanics, some Pontiac, said this was not normal for this part, but GM and Pontiac still refused to offer any warranty assistance.

- Eden Prairie, MN, USA

problem #1

Oct 111997

Grand Am

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle when driving runs hot. Smells like it's on fire or something is burning. No indicator lights. Radiator fluid comes out when car is turned off. Dealer contacted seven or eight times. Also grinding noise intermittently, sounds like metal to metal, and dealer cannot duplicate the problem.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

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