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Leaking Coolant, Cracked Intake Manifold Gasket

2001 Pontiac Grand Am (Page 3 of 4)

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Pontiac dealer.

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8.6

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$1,030.00
Average Mileage:
89,816 miles
Total Complaints:
63 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace intake manifold gasket (32 reports)
  2. not sure (10 reports)
  3. replace intake manifold gaskets (6 reports)
  4. re-imbursement of expense due to GM and Dex-cool Corp. deals (4 reports)
  5. replace intake manifold (3 reports)
  6. gm should replace all models with these problems (2 reports)
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2001 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #23

Jun 302007

(reported on)

Grand Am SE 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

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

The reservoir cap was broken, but i hadn't realized this when i purchased the car. So I went to put water in it, drove off, and it severely overheated in a matter of a couple minutes. I thought that this was due to the water being spurted out through the overflow valve. So i went to buy a new cap, and had to end up buying four of them because the damn things kept breaking. Once i finally got one that worked, it kept overheating. So I had a mechanic look at it, and he decreed that the head gasket was blown, the intake manifold was cracked, and i was getting water in my oil pan. On top of all this, the thermostat needs replaced. All this just because i tried to put water and coolant in it.

- , Lubbock, TX, USA

problem #22

Jul 252007

(reported on)

Grand Am GT 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles

Well disappointing, still like new but with engine open repairs it's not good. And is too bad that manufacturer knew in advance and no notification or support.

- , H. Matamoros, Tampaulipas, Mexico

problem #21

Jun 272007

(reported on)

Grand Am SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 129,000 miles

This is the second time I had to replace this!!! Fortunately it was still under warranty under the repair shop. The gasket didn't even last a year after the first one was replaced!!!!

- , St. Charles, MO, USA

problem #20

Jun 272007

(reported on)

Grand Am SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 119,000 miles

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

I have had nothing but problems with this car!!! I have been told by two different repair shops that there is a law suit against Pontiac regarding this. Could someone please give me information regarding this. I have moved residence just prior to the problem.

- , St. Charles, MO, USA

problem #19

May 012007

(reported on)

Grand Am SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

The problem with intake manafold gasket was handled through the dealership at a fair price Pontiac Corperation paid 50% of the cost of repairs. Although we were off warranty, company and local dealership stood behind us all the way. All of our complaints with our car have been handled profesionaly. All other complaints were paid for by Pontiac corperation when problems arrose with off warranty items. I do not work for Pontiac or the Local dealership, just a happy customer.

- , Bremerton, WA, USA

problem #18

Aug 172006

(reported on)

Grand Am

  • 60,000 miles

How does gm get away with this crap? I have heard so many stories about this same problem,, i cant believe a engine with only 60000 miles on it can have this problem, i have a 1981 gmc van and its great, never a problem,, just shows what kinda crap they are makin these day,, lotsa money for a big pile of crap, I will never buy another new car,, esp, a GM

- , Vancouver, BC, Canada

problem #17

Mar 092007

(reported on)

Grand Am GT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

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

Bought this car used with 70,000 miles on it. At 100,000 miles the intake gasket goes out along with a water hose and water pump. Paid to have everything replaced. Ended up costing me 1,100. Drove it for a while got up to 122,000 miles and bam. INTAKE GASKET gone AGAIN!! Trading the car in on monday and will never buy an American made car again, especially a GM.

- , McDonough, GA, USA

problem #16

Feb 212007

(reported on)

Grand Am SE1 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles

I bought my car six months ago. Things were good until an antifreeze leak. I got it checked out, manifold intake is damaged. The car is still being paid for, gm i will never buy a pontiac again.

- , Chicago, IL, USA

problem #15

Feb 132007

(reported on)

Grand Am SE 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

This POS vehicle has caused me to blow my own gasket.

I bought a 2001 Grand Am SE in 2002 (used as a rental vehicle from the dealership I got it from). In 2004, my low coolant light came on so I bought coolant, added it and brought it in to the dealership that day. They did a pressure check which came back ok and a dye test (results only during next oil change). During the following oil change I had asked the mechanic if he had noticed any dye and he said no.... soooooo I assumed it was just my imagination and that the coolant only needed to be topped up (maybe someone forgot to top it up during a previous oil change). I brought the vehicle to the dealership a few times to have oil changes done since '04 and no one mentioned that there was a LARGE pool of coolant sitting right under my engine (vehicle was still under extended warranty). It wasn't until I took it to Canadian Tire (once warranty expired) that their mechanic informed me I had an intake gasket leak. I called GM and no one returned my call so I decided to email them. First and foremost, I must say that the Canadian GM Customer Service is HORRIBLE. It took days of playing telephone tag in order to actually speak to someone AFTER the case had been unknowingly transferred to someone else. They instructed me to bring the vehicle in and have it tested, so I did and GUESS WHAT? Not even within 1 hour, they confirmed what CT had said.

Now CT had given me an estimate for $1200 CDN and GM said there was nothing they could do because I was 10 000kms over the 100K mark and I was no longer under warranty EVEN THOUGH I had brought it in while under warranty and they were WELL AWARE of this problem 3 yrs prior to me even bringing it in.

What pisses me off is the fact that after they said no to repairing it, I sent them a registered letter asking them to review the case again and tell me why the vehicles had not been recalled. I asked for a response via MAIL, not email and oh what did I get? an email saying no yet again. 2 weeks ago a sent a reply to that email stating it was not what I had asked for and that I wanted the name of the supervisor/manager of the customer service rep. that i was dealing with. Still no response... Soooo now what I will be doing is sending a registered letter to the President of GM and have added myself to 1 of the 8 class action lawsuits here in Canada.

All in all, my advice- stay away from GM vehicles, or make sure your stinking rich before purchasing this vehicle. If you've had this problem as well, I suggest researching info on the net for a US class action lawsuit and join it (but be forewarned, it is a lengthy process so don't expect results right away.

Next vehicle will be a Toyota or Honda, not GM!!!!!!!!!!

- , Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

problem #14

Feb 032007

(reported on)

Grand Am GT 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles

Car only has 57K miles on it and as soon as I have it paid off, the large expenses start up. Some wear and tear is expected, but for GM to know about this and intentionally keep it from the public by sending out acknowledgments to service dealers is incriminating on their part. Hopefully a class action suit will arise were the victims actually get there money back (plus a few Million for the lawyers of course). $800 to fix. I will never buy another GM car

- , Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #13

Jan 292007

(reported on)

Grand Am GT1 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

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

I know you all feel betrayed and let down by the mighty hands of Pontiac, but just be thankful that you all had 1 of these motors to deal with. Me and a friend did the labor on this (I don't recommend it) and the parts cost $54. I had a quote of $500-$550 and was told that it happens to ALL GM 3.4L motors around that year... My wife has a '99 Oldsmobile Alero and yes, the same 3.4L V6. Her car only has 64K miles, and is already showing the "puddling" up in the V's and what are we to do, fix this every 60K+ miles... These company's are getting away with GRAND THEFT. What happens to us when we stop paying our car payment, after about $600 or so, they'll come to repossess it. How about we bring these damn cars back to them, and tell them we want out money back... ALL OF IT.... Where is the justice in this country... Theres no pride in America anymore, and I'm saddened by it. As a Union worker, I've been brought up to buy American made products, and I have always bought an American made car or truck, but how many more cases like this can I afford... I'm done helping them, and not getting any help in return.

- , Canaan, NH, USA

problem #12

Jan 222007

(reported on)

Grand Am GT 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

I've never heard of intake manifold gasket or head gaskets going so early on an engine - just 65,000 miles, and easy usage. Definitely not a typical wear part, this is a defective design from the start.

- , Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #11

Jan 172007

(reported on)

Grand Am GT 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

Has anyone been reimbursed by GM for this problem. The car was leaking antifreeze into the oil and cost me over $800 to fix. That was this summer, now.. the transmission is bad and will cost $800 to $3,000 per the Pontiac dealer. The car just turned 90K miles. I just made the last payment on this thing. I don't want to buy another car but don't know if I should put anymore money into this one.

- , Lordstown, OH, USA

problem #10

Jan 102007

(reported on)

Grand Am GT 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

I'm through with GM products, they have known about this intake problem for many years and have turned a blind eye to it. Piss on em'. I'll spend the extra couple thousand and buy a Toyota or Honda and not have to worry about costly problems.

- , Red Deer, AB, Canada

problem #9

Dec 142006

(reported on)

Grand Am GT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles

My wife purchased this car about 2 years ago. We have had a few small problems with the climate controls, but now it's major. The car has been running hot from time to time. It said low coolant, so we added coolant. I noticed the o-ring on the coolant tank was cut into. I thought this was the culprit, since newer cars require pressure in the coolant system. Without the o-ring it was letting water blow out the overflow tank. Well after fixing what we thought was a small problem, the blasted thing is still running hot! Turns out it is the intake manifold leaking. From what I gather this is a real problem for this model car, as my mechanic informed me. We will never own another pontiac again!

- , Lafayette, GA, USA

problem #8

Apr 242006

(reported on)

Grand Am GT

  • 52,000 miles

My mechanic happens to be a friend of mine that has told me there is an alert on this problem due to GM knowing full well they messed up. Being a single mother on a VERY tight income - this is a real mess for me. I can't drive my car until I can get it fixed.... can't afford to fix it. Gm SHOULD BE RECALLING THIS ! They give strict instructions to use THIS coolant that is ruining the cars! I owe more on this piece of sh*t than I can sell it for (with this issue ) my hands are tied tight - I intend to address this with GM directly and would appreciate an update from anyone else that has been dealing with them on this issue. Strength in numbers -

- , Auburn, ME, USA

problem #7

Dec 052006

(reported on)

Grand Am SE 3.4L

  • Manual transmission
  • 151,000 miles

We have noticed Anti-freeze sitting in a puddle on the engine bottom directly under where the thermostat is housed. Also, it appears to be leaking onto the Starter causing some difficulties starting especially now since it's cold. The Coolant light stays lit on the dash. The Anti-Freeze w/Dex-Cool cost at least $10 a gallon. At times the car would smoke as is it's overheating and the temperature gauge would go pass 200, that's really really BAD!!!! After giving the diagnosis to a few mechanics, I was told that the Intake Manifold Gasket is defected and it cost a pretty Dollar to replace. What's really going on with Pontiac if this seems to be quite prevalent w/most of the Grand Am 3.4 engines. Why won't they reimburse the owners of these cars or just do the repair work. It's not fair.

- , Park Forest, IL, USA

problem #6

Nov 092006

(reported on)

Grand Am GT 3.4 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

I bought my car used with 45000 miles on it and at 56000 I blow a Head gasket! I was told by a dealership I was not under warranty so I have to pay out of my pocket. I find out later that alot of people have this problem and nothing is being done about it. I just hate the fact of that because the dealership replaced my old gasket with a new one and at 68000 miles the same thing happened.

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #5

Nov 132006

(reported on)

Grand Am 3.6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

I too have a 2001 Grand Am. I took in my car for an oil change and talked to them about the Cooland Fluid Low light coming on and asked them to fill up fluid. The service person came back and said the head gasket is damaged and needs to be fixed or the engine would get damaged. It is going to cost over $900 to fix. I'm not very happy with Pontiac right now. I too welcome any assistance.

- , Chambly, Quebec, Canada

problem #4

Oct 272006

(reported on)

Grand Am SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles

I bought the Grand Am in 2001. I took in the car for a head lamp replacement and talked to them about Cooland Fluid Low light coming on and having to fill up fluid. The service person said he found coolant fluid and oil leaking from intake manifold and said if not taken care of soon could lead to engine damage. It cost over $800 to fix since the warranty had expired. What a rip since it sounds like this is a well-known problem among their mechanics but the problem is passed on to the consumer. I'll see how far I can get my complaint to go through the Pontiac chain. I welcome assistance.

- , Marion, IA, USA

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