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NHTSA — Interior Lighting Problems Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,500 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.

2001 Pontiac Grand Am accessories - interior problems

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 062008

Grand Am

  • 85,000 miles


We were on our way home from vacation, we heard what seem to be a clicking noise that sounded like one of the turn signals was on. They were both off but the clicking sound kept going on and off. On our way to our house, we put the turn signal on to turn and it would not shut off and smoke started coming out of the steering column, like it was starting a fire or something in there. It got hot so we shut the car off. When we turned it back on the turn signal was off and the smoke was not noticeable. So we continued to take it home. I am afraid to drive it in fear that it might do it again and catch fire. Please help me. I seen that there was a recall on the exterior flasher and turn signal parts but what about the interior electrical parts.

- Joliet, IL, USA

problem #1

May 022003

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have had many problems with my 2001 Grand Am. Like others many turn signals failed, I have had water leaks, the dome light fell out of its casing and was dangling by its wires. In may of 2003 the computer and its wiring were replaced (at only 31000) after an incident of very ruff shifting. A separate consistant problem that remains unsolved is the car's occasional episodes of not wanting to start. During these episodes it sounds as if the starter will crack, but it just will not start. The only way to get it started at these times is to tap the gas pedal! it has been taken to two dealerships for this problem. They have replaced a fuel intake valve and put new programming in the computer. Nothing they ever do solves this problem and usually they tell me that they can not recreate the problem and therefore can not fix it. Even after having a new computer the problem still occurs.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

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