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NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Switch Problems

6.1

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,800 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Pontiac Grand Am electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #10

Jan 012005

Grand Am

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Upon receiving a recall letter and taking the vehicle to dealer for recall repairs consumer stated that the vehicle was in very good condition until she took it to dealer. However, the dealer claimed the vehicle needed an ignition switch and chip. Also, consumer was told that the problem was the security system.

- Clio, MI, USA

problem #9

Sep 012004

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles
1998 Pontiac GM recall ignition switch high current flow, the dealer red mccombs supirior Pontiac added a relay switch, and never replaced the original ignition switch that had been subjected to the high currency flow, now the vehicale is back in the service department needing the ignition cylinder and the ignition switch replaced if the original defect recall would have been sought out correctly by the dealer the vehicle would have been safe. The dealer billed the manufacure for a installation wire harvest, and on my work order from the dealer I show only the relay kit to be repaired, the dealer told me that they had the option of replacing the ignition switch but the chose not to this was an incomplete recall work.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #8

May 152004

(reported on)

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • miles
Problems with ignition switch on 1998 Pontiac Grand Am. Consumer still having problems after recall repair on ignition switch.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #7

May 142004

(reported on)

Grand Am

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer's vehicle experienced the same failure as described in the ignition switch recall 04V036000. But this vehicle was not included in the recall due to VIN.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #6

Jul 202003

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brake pads and rotors needed to be replaced after 20,000 miles. Have had to replace 5 yr batteries 3 times now at my own expense. Last time resulted in car needing to be towed and key not being able to be taken out of ignition. Tried jump starting and electrical system over heated. My complaint is this I just received a safety recall stating that if the car is hard to start it could start on fire if jump started more then 3 times and if the key is on the on potion to long. They want to install a relay device to prevent fires but why is the electrical ignition problem not being fixed. Why do we have to replace the battery every year. The relay device will not fix the original problem it will only fix the fire threat. Also side mirror adjustment knob has fallen inside car door and windows will not roll down or up. Car will not shift into reverse at times. Front tires wore on the inside out and had to be replaced shortly after purchase.

- Winona, MN, USA

problem #5

Jun 092003

Grand Am

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles
When attempting to turn off my vehicle the key would not go to the off position to release my key. All electrical devices (head lights, dash lights, etc...) would stay on. I disconnected the battery and then brought it to a dealer the next morning. They stated there was a failure in the shift interlock solenoiv and the ingnition lock cylinder also needed to be replaced. My car has 33,000 miles and has maintanance regularly(oil change, etc...). the dealer wants to charge $520 to fix a failed part. They also stated it could happen again. Any information on this would be wonderful. Thank you.

- Muskegon, MI, USA

problem #4

Jul 102002

(reported on)

Grand Am

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

After taking key out of ignition switch steering wheel would not lock in place. Dealer has been contcted.

- Inter Laken, NY, USA

problem #3

Jun 172002

Grand Am

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When stopping vehicle consumer cannot get key out of ignition. When key does not come out it is set on alternator.she cannot leave key there because it will run the alternator down. Just had an alternator put on. She took vehicle to dealer, and paid for it to go on dianostic machin., yet, dealer could not find out why it was hard to remove key from ignition switch.

- Sonoma, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 151998

Grand Am

  • miles
Purchased vehicle 6/98. Three days after purchase car ignition switch failed. Vehicle towed 3 times for same problem. Found wires in harness bad causing problem. Brake problems since owning wheel cylinders leaking brake shoes soaked with oil. Rotors machined @ 10,462. Excessive brake dust. Brake pads worn at 10,465 miles. Rear shoes out of adjustment @ 10,465. 13,985 miles ABS light failed. While lights and ac or heat on when applying brakes interior and headlights dim. Can't find problem! when heater is on smell of antifreeze. Can't find problem. Front suspension noise. Stabilizer bushings bad can't find problem. No brake pedal at times. When road surface is wet and brakes applied car will not stop.

- Rittman, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 241999

Grand Am

  • miles
The key kept getting stuck in the ignition. Took it to a Pontiac service dept. They said it needed lubing. A couple of days later the key startied to stick again. Took it back and the ordered a new floor shift.. a month later my wife stopped on top of a hill at our mail box and she couldn't get the car to go in park, the car cut off and began rolling down hill barely missing children playing in our driveway. Service dept. Picked up the car and they couldn't get it into reverse. They ordered a new gearshift lever. Three times for similar defects shows there is a problem with our vehicle that has my wife refusing to drive it.

- Fort Leonard Wood, MO, USA

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