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Alternator Failure Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
48,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced alternator (2 reports)
2000 Pontiac Grand Am electrical problems

electrical problem

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2000 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 202006

(reported on)

Grand Am SE

  • 37,000 miles


I actually had to have 3 alternators put on this car. They kept going out

- , Atascosa, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 232003

(reported on)

Grand Am GT

  • 60,000 miles

Just one of many things that this "piece-of-crap" car has had to have fixed. Let's see...@ ~12,000 the oil pan gasket went, @ ~20,000 the transfer/axel something gasket went, ...shortly afterwards, BOTH tie rod ends where replaced, ... recently, BOTH wheel bearings had to be replaced! THIS WEEKEND --> new alternator

ANTICIPATION BEFORE SUMMER IS UP --> BOTH struts will need replacing (they are popping right now!)

DO YOURSELF A FAVOR --> DON'T BUY FROM PONTIAC!!!!!!!!! When I contacted them, they "shook their finger" at me because I had someone other than a Pontiac dealership do the work I (since the work was NOT under warranty). Basically, they feel as though my troubles with this car "are customer maintenance items."

- , Oswego, NY, USA

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