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NHTSA — Exterior Lighting: Turn Signal: Flasher Unit Problems Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,667 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Pontiac Grand Am lights problems

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

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

Feb 232005

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
I have noticed a grinding sound coming from my brakes. I took the car to the shop and was told that I needed pads and rotors, I replaced pads and rotors and the ABS, trac off, and the service vehicle soon light started coming on. Took the car to the dealer for further analysis and they told me I needed a speed sensor because it was malfunctioning and because it is inside the wheel hub I also had to replace these things also. $700 later the lights were still coming on and the brakes was still making this strange noise. I returned the car and after inspection was told that the ABS wires were busted and needed to be replaced, $200 later the car is still making these noises and the lights are still coming on. No one seems to know what the problem is. I am taking the car back again for further analysis. I have also had a problem with the manifold replaced it at $700, the ignition fortunately for me it was covered under the extended warranty I purchased with the car. I also have a problem with the turn signals malfunctioning.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #4

Aug 092004

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Signal lights quit working the only way to get them to work is put on emergency flashers then turn them off. The traction gets stuck in the off position and will not go off until car is turned off. Have not replaced anything, mechanic said it is manufacturing problem with electrical system.

- Branchland, WV, USA

problem #3

Jul 152004

Grand Am

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles


The turn signal flasher failed and as a result the vehicle was rear ended while attempting to make a left turn.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #2

May 202004

(reported on)

Grand Am

  • 45,000 miles
Turn signals worked intermittently but flasher indicator did not working correctly. A recall was issued for this problem. However, the service technicians claimed they will not do the necessary repairs.

- Santee, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 062002

(reported on)

Grand Am

  • miles
The turn signals work only occasionally. Also a coworker has a daughter that is having the same problem with olds Alero. A dealer South of here says he has a lot of complaints on both cars.

- Baldwyn, MS, USA

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