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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components: Disc: Pads Problems Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,250 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.

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 292004

(reported on)

Grand Am

  • 45,000 miles


Consumer complained about a brake problem. Consumer replaced brakes every 4500 miles. Brake calipers were not allowing the pads to wear evenly, thus destroying the rotors.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #3

Oct 152003

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Every three months I ended up replacing brake pads and rotors on my 2001 Grand Am. Then one morning I was going to work traveling at the speed of around 60 mph when the car started to drift left uncontrollably. I ended up jerking the wheel to avoid a head-on collision, which resulted in a end to end roll over crash. At which time the part of the seat belt that you buckle in to broke causing me to become unbuckled and thrown to the back seat of the car.

- Lewiston, ID, USA

problem #2

Aug 152003

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At 23,000 miles had problem with my brakes pulsating, I took it to the dealer, they had to replace the brakes and rotors. At 41,000 miles had problems with the brakes pulsated again, it usually happens at speeds above 45, which makes it had to keep control over the vehicle, the dealer said my brake pads were fine, but I should have the rotors resurface when I get my brake pads replaced. At 43,000 miles had problems with the front end ( on the drivers side) and steering. The front ends was making alot of noise when I went over bumps like samething was broken, and it was going to fall apart. The steering, when going over 45 miles per hour with a 25 degree right turn would jerk, but if I had the ets off, the steering would be come very loose, making it seems like I had no steering at all. The dealer fixed the problem with the front end, which they tighten and lube, but did not find any problem with the steering.

- Leonardo, NJ, USA

problem #1

Feb 152003

Grand Am

  • miles
Brake rotors are wearing out, and when applying the brakes, vehicle will have a heavy vibration and extended stopping distance. Dealer notified.

- River Falls, WI, USA

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