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NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition Problems Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,085 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 electrical problems

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #11

Jul 082013

Grand Am

  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled. The contact also stated that the key was replaced due to the ignition failing to start the vehicle. In addition, the contact stated that when the steering wheel was turned there was an abnormal noise. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and the diagnosis was that the rack and pinion needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Lutz, FL, USA

problem #10

Dec 242011

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • 142,000 miles
Car started shutting off while being driven on numerous occasions. Car was evaluated by GM dealer and another independent auto repair shop, neither could determine why car was shutting off, GM dealer technician stated possible ignition switch problem on 11/22/2010. On 12/24/2011, the Pontiac Grand Am 2001, was being driven and ignition shut off causing the car to hit an unoccupied parked truck. Car lost power steering and could not avoid the accident. Car flipped on its top, injuring the driver of the car. Airbags did not deploy. Car was total loss. Have all documentation to confirm claim.

- Beatrice, NE, USA

problem #9

Aug 122009

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated the security system warning indicator illuminated and the engine failed to start. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The technician informed the contact that the malfunction was contributed to a defect within the engine. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure recurred six months later. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000. Updated 6/4/12 the consumer stated that security locks ignition for 10 minutes. These occurrences happen everday. Updated 06/07/12

- Newport Richey , FL, USA

problem #8

Mar 102008

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,833 miles


Three times passlock ignition lock needs to be replaced. Tumbler internals replaced. Problem seems to be a GM product dependability design flaw. $300-$500 per repair. The first time was under warranty. I am only 35 years old and love Pontiac but I will never stand behind a product that Pontiac will not stand behind themselves. Very unprofessional and very disappointing. P.S. Pontiac will eventually fold due to poor sales, poor service, and a lack of effective pm. Sincerely, dr. Howard

- Nampa, ID, USA

problem #7

May 092006

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles
I have a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE, and three times last year (2005), and currently (09 May 2006), my car is having problems with the dreaded passlock system. The system is supposed to stop thieves from stealing my car. All it has done is prevent me from driving it. Multiple times, I have had to sit for 10+ minutes waiting for the system to reset in order to drive. Once, the security light flashed on while I was driving and the car suddenly shut off. This is getting to be a severe safety hazard, as the car loses power steering and power brakes, leaving me in a perilous position should the fault continue to occur.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #6

Feb 092006

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front driver side wheel bearing failure. I have had me wheel bearing replaced twice in the last year and it is going bad again so that will make it 3 times in 12 months. The first failure was under warranty and was replace free of charge. The second failure happened just after is was out of warranty and I had to pay to have it fixed even though it was replaced 5 months earlier. Now is it bad again. I have never had so many problems with one car. The turn signals work sometimes, the car doesn't start all the time.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #5

Nov 102003

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,999 miles


Ignition cylinder, and ignition switch failure.

- El Dorado, KS, USA

problem #4

Jun 072001

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
I have a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am GT with currently 10.000 miles and I am constantly having problems with intermittent hard starting since I bought the car new. I have brought the car to three different dealers with no results, they said since the problem is intermittent and they cannot duplicate it they cannot determine what it is.

- Pawtucket, RI, USA

problem #3

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

problem #2

Jan 232003

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Computer and fuel pump had to be replaced due to malfunction in computer cause fuel pump to fail. Consumer tried several times to start vehicle before replacing fuel pump and computer.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 202001

Grand Am

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle has stalled numerous times at any speed. Dealer has replaced ignition switch three times, but has not remedied the problem.

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

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