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NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Anti-Theft Controller Problems

2001 Pontiac Grand Am (Page 2 of 3)

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Average Mileage:
69,785 miles

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #33

Jan 132008

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,500 miles

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

Passlock security system has prevented car from starting over the weekend.

- Solon, OH, USA

problem #32

Dec 092007

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,750 miles
Passlock system is engaging at least once a week forcing me to wait 10-15 minutes while it resets.

- Warwick, RI, USA

problem #31

Nov 182007

Grand Am

  • miles
For the past 4 months pass lock malfunction leaving me stranded, late for work. Currently, it will start and then stall leaving me in intersections during busy times of the day. This is a safety risk to others as well as myself. Plan to go to the dealership for repair.

- Tigard, OR, USA

problem #30

Nov 042007

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles

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

2001 Pontiac Grand Am - theft lock deterrent system - passlock. The car won't turn over and I have to put the key in the on position - wait for 10 minutes - turn it off and then turn it on again to start it. It has happened 3 times in the last month leaving me waiting 3 times. I heard from the dealer I took it to that they have approx 3 cars in every week with this problem. The problem is posted all over the internet.

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #29

Jul 302007

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
The remote keyless entry system in the 2001 Pontiac Grand Am, and other late models, have a defect causing the car not to start. The system fails in times of high heat or humidity, causing the fuel system to shut off, thus making the car inoperable. Only dealers are certified to identify and repair the problem, and they do not instruct owners on how to bypass system in order to get it started. The bypass method is posted on numerous websites, yet GM and their dealers instruct owners to pay to have the vehicle towed in and charge for repairs that are not covered in the warranty. This issue should be part of a recall to implement a permanent fix, versus owners having to pay hundreds of dollars every year to have this issue fixed.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #28

Jul 272007

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
My 2001 Pontiac Grand Am will not start...again. I know the problem is with the security passlock system, but the mechanic at the dealership acts like he has no idea what im talking about. I called GM customer service and they told me they couldn't help me unless a part they replaced was defective. I was in my way to have a diagnostic test ran today and the car wouldn't start. Now I have to get it towed, again. They still will not listen to me. I have read online forums, the nost helpful of which came from edmunds.com. I will keep trying with the dealer. This is the 5th time the car won't start. I've had a new battery and a new ignition switch put in. I know it is related to the security system because the security light is on...duh. It comes on every time I have this problem. I have turned the key to the on position for 10 minutes to reset the computer. That worked once and doesn't work anymore. I have put way too much money into this car and cannot afford to put any more into it over a problem that GM knows exists and will not fix. Maybe they believe if they ignore it, it will go away.

- Troutdale, VA, USA

problem #27

Jul 272007

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The passlock sensor is going out of my car again this is the second time this has happened... the car will not start until I have reset the system, I had the ign switch replaced 3 years ago and it started acting up again about 4 months ago. It makes it really hard for me to go anywhere in the summer and having to set in 95 degree heat waiting for 10 minutes for the car to reset....on the incident date I am putting today's date since it did it this morning before I came to work but it has been doing it for 4 months at least now.

- Marshfield, MO, USA

problem #26

Jun 202007

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2001 Pontiac Grand Am passlock syetemp the car has started hard fro 2 years. Now it starts and stalls and the security light is on. I had to purchase a whole new ignition switch to fix this. I have seen that this is common with these cars. #2 clicking in the dash. The car clicks like the turn signal is on. This happens all the time and I am also told this is a known problem. I have not replaced the switch and am disappointed that GM allows these things to happen with no recall. I will think twice before I buy another GM product.

- Remsen, NY, USA

problem #25

Jun 182007

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles
This is the last of many times this has happened to the car. It is a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. When I go to start it, turn the key in the ignition' the security light flashes on the dashboard. The owners manual says this means the built in anti theft system is malfunctioning, and to turn the key in the on position, and leave it there for 10 minutes until the security light stops flashing. Then turn the key off and start the car. So far it has worked every time, but I have been stuck in some rather unsafe places for 10 minutes or more at a time waiting for my car to start. And I never know when its going to happen. It can happen three times in a row and then not happen again for a month. No rhyme or reason. Very unsecure.D

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #24

Jun 012005

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
Car will not start after the security light has been flashing on and off thought no big deal the first time just a another everyday problem had car fixed and $500 dollars later the car is repaired and back up and running. Then it just keeps doing the same old thing wont start just have to turn the key in the on position for several minutes and it will eventually start which is becoming a very big nuisance to me and my family. I believe this is a unsafe problem that needs to be fixed before someone can get hurt or killed, due to the fact of the car shutting off going down the road which with no motor running you have no power for your anti lock brakes and your steering. I have read several complaints under the recall problems but this seems like an ongoing process that needs to be taken care of. Need to mention that it gets expensive for the repair bills and haul bills which occurred the first time this happen. I believe this should be a recall due to the danger and unsafe being of the car because you don't know where you'll be when the car decides to not start or if your in an emergency situation. Any information on this would help.

- Corbin, KY, USA

problem #23

May 242007

Grand Am

  • miles

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

2001 Pontiac Grand Am - pass-lock theft deterrent system continues to keep car from starting until 10 minute reset period with key in ignition

- Clinton, TN, USA

problem #22

Aug 062004

Grand Am

  • miles
The car has a big problem with the alarm system......it will not start for 10 + and im fed up with it.......

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #21

Dec 102006

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,270 miles
GM's anti theft device "passlock 1" system malfunctions and the car will not start. Once it starts to malfunction, it will get worse over time. I see this as a manufacturer defect and the manufacturer should take responsibility for this problem. So far it has only been a frustrating problem. We called the local dealer about the problem, and they said they could fix it at a cost of $450. I think GM should step up and admit a problem and correct it. There are several forums on the internet complaining about this same problem. This has become a 2 and 3 times a day problem, pretty much happen every time we try to use the car.

- Rocky Mount, NC, USA

problem #20

Sep 142006

Grand Am

  • miles
Passlock system shuts down fuel injectors or fuel pump for no reason. Ignition switch replaced twice, module behind ignition switch replaced twice. Each repair prompted by passlock system. Now the fifth occurrence means another repair. Each time at my cost not to mention tow bills. This problem requires a recall.

- Elkhart, KS, USA

problem #19

Jul 222006

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,300 miles
Twice now all of the sudden the car would not start when trying to start it. The first time the car was sitting for about 4 hours when it would not start and had to have it towed and the service garage said it was the security codes. They cleared the codes and it was fine for a few months. The next time, we turned off the car and went to start it again in a few minutes and it would not start. Again we had to have it towed to the service garage and again it was the security codes. We had to have the ignition replaced in order to get it started again because it was registering that the car was being stolen in the anti-theft system. So, now about $400 later, I pray it does not happen again, 2 jobs rely on this one car.

- Franklin, PA, USA

problem #18

Jun 262006

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,534 miles
For about a year this vehicle has had a problem with the anti-theft (passlock) system, rendering it disabled until the ignition key is left in the on position for about ten minutes. It can then be started. This is dangerous as well as it is going to eventually cause a failure of the ignition system. I spoke with the service writer at my Pontiac dealership and was told that it could be my ignition switch, but she had no definite answer to my problem. Also, replacing the switch would cost me about $400. We need a recall on this problem! it seems that a lot of these cars are problematic in this area!

- Brownsville, PA, USA

problem #17

May 262006

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Security systems keeps locking my car and it won't start. They say its the hall effect sensor on the ignition switch. I just purchased this car and I love Pontiac, but I will not purchase another one if this problems isn't resolved. This has happened at least 4 times since I purchased this car. No keyless remotes came with the car so I am not sure why this is happening. This is beginning to get really frustrating.

- Rock Island, IL, USA

problem #16

May 292006

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,000 miles
2001 Pontiac Grand Am, went to start my car and the engine cranks, but it seems like I'm out of gas, and won't start. The problem is that the rke (remote keyless entry) system has a defect in it that causes car not to start. As of now there is no recall on the passlock systems. As for a fix, the experts are honestly not sure. The mechanics I have spoken to can't figure it out and the only fix that seems to work is one found on a discussion thread: To reset the computerized system, put key in the ignition and leave it in 'on' position for about ten minutes. Then turn it off, and try - it should start then. Warning: Continued resetting of the computer this way will eventually damage computer and will cost lots to replace/fix. Is Pontiac going to replace or fix my computer when I get it messed up by resetting it like I described above? so many problems with the passlock system.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #15

May 032006

Grand Am

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles
I purchased my 2001 Grand Am in Aug of 2005 and have so far had the passlock go out on me twice and had to replace the fuel pump system as well. The first time I replaced the passlock was only two months ago and yesterday I got in my car to go to the grocery store and it wouldn't start. I have done research on this problem and it seems to be a common and extensive problem in this particular year. I am a single mother and can't afford to have my car taken to the mechanic every time this goes wrong - there needs to be a recall on the passlock!!! or Pontiac should have some kind of reimbursement for this problem.

- Lavergne, TN, USA

problem #14

Dec 212004

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Bought car 10-06, has failed to start 8 times, have replaced $2300 in various parts for mechanics trying to get started. All said that vehicle wasn't getting fuel. Dealership in asheville nc, even told me I needed a new motor. Quote $3000 to $5000. I towed to a reputable mechanic and car started right up. What if I had bought that motor. I started researching on the internet. 1000's of people are having this problem. Several times mone was towed and would start when mechanic went to fix it. Was told can't fix what isn't broken. 2 weeks ago did it again. Just won't start. Had it towed. Started up when mechanic went to work on it. Did it again last week. I followed advice from website. Leave ignition on for 10 minutes for passlock security to reset. It worked!!! this is definitely a problem for 1000's of people. Who can keep getting towed, buying expensive parts not needed, missing work, and not to mention what it does to your mentally, dealing with this over and over.

- Enka, NC, USA

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