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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components: Disc: Rotor Problems

2001 Pontiac Grand Am (Page 1 of 2)

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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
11,479 miles

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am brakes problems

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #26

Nov 092006

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 300 miles

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

Grinding sound in front brakes. Dealer replaced rotors at my expense. Still making grinding noice. Breaks seem to have been a problem since I bought the car new in 2001. Recall of blinker switch. Blinking (inside above radio) noise came back after 1 year. Dealer says that recall was for the hazard lights not the turn signals? car won't start and security light on. Have to wait 10 minutes with car in (on) position and then car will start..this information is located in the owners manual (are they expecting this problem?) dealer said at first that my key was worn out that's why it's not reading it correctly and then later stated that the sensor was bad in the ignition switch. Had to replace ignition sensor switch at my expense. Rear floor board behind drivers side gets wet. No known cause. Recently the service vehicle soon lite came on. Dealer repaired at my expense. Dealer said that the headlights were out and a part was cracked. Heater/ac buttons 1 and 2 do not work. Recently noticed that when I drive I hear grinding sounds seems to be coming from the body of the car, like it's coming unscrewed. Just took my car in for repairs of ignition switch, 4 new tires, a back seat seatbelt replacement and my drivers side automate seat adjuster was working the morning I took it in. When I picked up my car it was making a grinding sound and the seat cushion was torn. Service manager says they will replace the seat cushion but they don't think they broke the seat adjuster and the service manager says that maybe the seat adjuster just decided to go on that particular day. I'm now fighting to have them repair what they broke. I will never go to nucar Pontiac in Delaware for repairs again. This is the worst car I've ever owned. I think most of these problems should be recalls since many people have them. I will never buy a GM car again. Please someone help to make the car makers responsible for their poor workmanship.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #25

May 122006

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
: the contact stated while attempting to apply brake pressure there was an increase in stopping distance and the brakes vibrated. This occurred at all speeds on normal roads without warning. The dealership suggested the occupant to alert the manufacturer. The vehicle was taken to a local independent repair shop. The mechanic determined the front brakes and rotors needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was alerted. The consumer stated he had to get the thrid set of rotors and brakes installed on the vehicle. Updated

- Burton, MI, USA

problem #24

Nov 232004

Grand Am

  • 61,000 miles
While braking at any speed the steering wheel pulled to the left/right, and consumer heard a grinding noise. Dealership repaired vehicle once, but problem recurred.

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #23

Dec 102004

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles

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

I bought a brand new GT and since I've had it the brakes made a slight grinding noise in the front, I just figured the car was new and 4 wheel disc brakes just make that noise. I drive a lot of highway mile so of course after the warranty expired the noise got worse. After 38000 miles I took it to my mechanic he replaced the front pads and resurfaced a rotor but could not figure out what the noise was, he thought it was a bushing or a boot worn out. He greased it and the noise dissapeared for about a weak. Then I took in with 56000 mile and it needed pad, a caliper and he resurfaced the other rotor.again, after a weak the noise came back. Now, with 64000 the noise is worse than ever, a constant grinding, scraping sound. I going take it to the mechanic again. For all the highway I drive I shouldn't be going through brakes like this.

- Oak Lawn, IL, USA

problem #22

Nov 072004

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Intake manifold gasket failure/signal failure/ window regualtor failure/rotors.

- Spring Hill, TN, USA

problem #21

Jul 152004

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
Brakes and rotors need replacement at 27000 miles. Brakes were squeaking at approx. 15000 miles. Apparently there is many concerns among Pontiac owners that the Grand Am has faulty brakes/rotors.

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #20

Apr 292004

(reported on)

Grand Am

  • 45,000 miles

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

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 #19

Mar 162004

Grand Am

  • miles
Consumer complained about a brake problem. Brakes made noise when coming to a stop. Consumer took vehicle to the dealer, who told consumer that was the way the brakes acted on this vehicle. Consumer claimed that rotors were worn out, and needed to be replaced.

- Tonica, IL, USA

problem #18

Dec 202002

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
I had to have the rotors resurfaced 3 times already, and the symptoms I am currently having indicate that I have to have them done for a 4th time. This car is only 3 years old, but the rotor problem has been a constant issue.

- Sparta, NJ, USA

problem #17

Aug 012003

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a Pontiac Grand Am GT 2001 V6 and it has 3 major problems. The car has 52,000 miles and I have had to replace the rotors/breaks twice already. Whenever the front brakes are applied they pulsate and drag the car to a stop. Best of all its starting to shudder again when I use the breaks. So, soon to be 3 times in about 3 years. Second, the speakers have blown 2 times. I dont understand why GM would put speakers in the car that cannot handle the power from the factory reciever. Finally, the engine cooling problem. The low coolant light would turn on when I started the car, then turn off after 10-30 seconds. This went on for a week or two and I brought it in to get checked out. They told me the dex cool coolant ate through the gaskets, which caused the loss of coolant. Its $800 to get it fixed. Please do something, this car's design is flawed.

- Bay Village, OH, USA

problem #16

Oct 152003

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

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 #15

Feb 012003

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Speakers have been replaced twice, calipers, electrical problems and only 3 months after I purchased the vehicle until now I have heard a grinding, scrubbing noise in the wheels when driving at slow speeds. And when slowing down the car shudders violently. I have only had the car a year and every month something has had to be fixed. The car is still under warranty and I am very displeased with the service that I have gotten from the dealership. I am now consulting a lawyer who handles lemon law cases.

- Gretna, FL, USA

problem #14

Aug 312003

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Purchased 2001 Pontiac Grand Am GT new November 2000. Six months later metal to metal grinding noise and vibration in front - dealer stated rotors warped and replaced under warranty. Six months later front brake pads replaced to same condition - rotor turned. Six months later another set of front brake pads. Still have grinding noise especially at speed under 30 mph-especially bad when turning. Front tires constantly losing air. Goodyear Eagle rs P225/50R16 original tires 42,000. Plan to contact local Goodyear dealer, General Motors & Goodyear national customer service after reading complaints exactly like mine.

- Hendersonville, NC, USA

problem #13

Jun 012001

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
I am an owner of a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE 4dr. 2.4 4 cylinder vehicle. Consumer is concerned about a braking problem that has occurred recently. Whenever the front brakes are applied they pulsate and drag the car to a stop. I have been informed that GM has had multiple problems with other consumers complaint regarding this same issue. It must be so pervasive that GM has issued a service bulletin to its mechanics. See. GM bulletin no. 00-05-23-002B. I have been wondering why there hasn't been a recall over this safety issue. Not only does it affect the Pontiac Grand Am but it also affects the Chevy Malibu 97-03, olds cutlass 97-99 and olds Alero 99-03. If you investigate your own web site there are more and more complaints posted. Something needs to be done before an accident does occur. Incidentally, I am also having a problem with my turn signal/hazard lights intermintently working. This problem has been pinpointed at the hazard light switch which I haven't replaced just yet. I understand that there is an open investigation going on over this issue.

- Winstoin-Salem, NC, USA

problem #12

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 #11

Jul 162003

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,148 miles
Bought car brand new. Returned car to dealer twice for grinding noise in front brakes. Each time they told me they could not find any problems. Last time it was in, Dec. 02 at approx. 18,000 mi. They told me my tires were low on air"??" now it has 25,148 mi. Took car in for third time with grinding brakes, this time they tell me I need front pads and rotors that are not covered under warranty at a cost of $350. The service manager also told me that these cars are know for unusually brake wear. I asked for assistance on the repairs since I had the car in previously for brake grinding noise and they could not find anything. Also asked them why, in Dec. 02, they didn't tell me that my brake pads should be replaced soon as they must of been worn down pretty good at that time. Their reply was that my brakes apparantly were ok at that time.....bull!! you cann't tell me that at 18,000 miles the brakes look that good where you don't say anything to the customer but 7,000 miles later you need to replaced the brake pads and rotors. Also, they offered me 10% off the total bill as their assistance to me. Itold them to keep their 10 %. I pulled car out of they shop and had a local repair shop that I trust perform the identical same work for $200. I have all failed parts if anyone wants to inspect them, just notify me. After reviewing your service bulletins, various other customer complaints and several other articles, I really believe that Pontiac has a front end brake problem that they do not want to admit to and I think that someone should look into this problem before the problem turns deadly.

- Fairless Hills, PA, USA

problem #10

Feb 182003

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have owned my 2001 Grand Am since the later part of 2000 and for the past two and half years I have had nothing but problems with the barkes. I have went thru three sets of pads and it has made a grrinding noise after about two months of ownership. The ABS light is know starting to come on and this car is the one my wife uses on a daily basis and I am worried that due to the frequency of barke problems it is not safe for her to drive. The car only has 41,000 miles and partly due to we do not trust the vehicle and due to the low book value of the car we will lose if we try to trade but are put into a psotion to for know hold on to it.

- Bonnyman, KY, USA

problem #9

May 302001

Grand Am

  • miles
I have had rotor problems with the car since I purchased it. The day I drove it off the lot I could feel the grinding of the front brakes but thought it was just new and needed to break in. What it does is when I slow down to a stop, especially from highway speeds, I can hear the grinding and rattling of the brakes and the pedal with the steering wheel wobbling to the point it is hard to control. The car is progressivley becoming worse and the stopping distance is becoming much longer as I drive it. I have not taken it to the dealer because from what I know from others who purchased the same car, the dealer seem to want grind the rotor down which does nothing. I believe it is larger problem than that and there should be a recall/examination before soembody get hurt.

- Piscataway, NJ, USA

problem #8

Aug 012001

Grand Am

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When braking at various speeds steering wheel vibrates. Dealer has resurfaced front rotors at 9000 miles, and they need to be replaced again.

- Monroe, NC, USA

problem #7

Jun 102002

(reported on)

Grand Am

  • miles
Brakes pulsate and front end shakes when stopping. Harder stops produce more violent shakes. Brakes make a grinding noise, especially when wet. During 4 regular service calls to the dealer the issue was brought up and no problems could be found. Rotors were resurfaced at 6000 miles. The problem became progressively worse. We were told "the pads fell apart" at 25,000 miles and the rotors would need to be resurfaced for the second time and that it isn't covered under warranty.

- Rochester, NY, USA

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