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NHTSA — Electrical System: Starter Assembly: Solenoid Problems Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,280 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

electrical problem

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 032002

Grand Am

  • 44,559 miles


The solenoid chip, located behind the steering column, failed and caused the entire vehicle to lock up. This failure occurred when the vehicle was restarted after it had been driven and parked. The parts the dealership replaced are 12458191 and 670487. Dealership indicated that this is a common failure with these vehicles. The two failures occured with 20000 miles of one another.

- Powder Springs, GA, USA

problem #1

Jun 302003

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 2001 Grand Am GT and it has problems starting sometimes. It has had a fuel pump, solonoids, and a new starter put in it within the past 2 weeks and nothing seems to be fixing the problem and I've only had the car for 2 months!!

- Tekonsha, MI, USA

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