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NHTSA — Service Brakes Problems Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
100,318 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.

2002 Pontiac Grand Am brakes problems

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2002 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 052012

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 148,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the entire instrumental panel illuminated. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 148,000. Updated 1/7/15 updated 10/5/2015

- Radcliff, KY, USA

problem #7

Jan 012012

Grand Am

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the cruise control failed but returned to normal function when the engine was restarted. The contact also stated that the brake warning light remained illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Coco , FL, USA

problem #6

Dec 012010

Grand Am

  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the front brakes wore prematurely. In addition, the contact stated that the turn signals and the power window switch failed to activate when engaged. The contact also mentioned that water penetrated through the sunroof. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 95,000 and the current mileage was 100,000.

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #5

Mar 302014

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • 164,760 miles


I was driving my mothers car when I went to slow down coming up on a hill going down felt like brakes went to the floor. Coming down the hill is when I noticed my ebrake didn't even work. My brake light, oil light, trac off light and my security light were on. Then couldn't control the car went in wrong lane and hit head on with another car.

- Mayfield, PA, USA

problem #4

Nov 012013

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • 80,890 miles
I was parked at a shopping center. I started the car, put my foot on the brake pedal to shift into reverse and the brake pedal went to the floor. I checked under the car and it appeared to have leaked brake fluid from the brake line. Since I still had the parking brake and a little of the rear brakes, I limped the car to a garage. When I stepped on the pedal to stop, I had no brakes at all. Upon checking, the other brake line had burst also. I had it checked and confirmed by the mechanic that both brake lines had burst. I called the GM dealer and was told there was no recalls and that any repair would be at my expense. I called GM, explained what had happened and what was wrong and was told that there were no recalls and the car was out of warranty and that they would provide no assistance. I explained that this is extremely dangerous. The car suddenly had no brakes because the brake lines had burst. It could have caused a severe accident and injury or death if I had been on the highway or had to make a sudden stop. I had purchased the car new, had the brakes serviced and there was never any indication of a problem. The vehicle was never in an accident or had any other prior damage.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #3

Nov 012013

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • 80,890 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to respond to braking attempts. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was found that the brake lines had failed. The vehicle was being repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 80,890. Updated 01/23/14 the consumer requested to cancel the complaint, because he was unable to edit it. He stated he would file a complaint online. Updated 01/23/14.. updated 01-29-14

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 012013

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • miles
Steering locked up while turning and brakes failed.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

May 042012

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • 143,000 miles
A surprise storm hit on I-4 westbound in orlando, fl. I was driving at about 45 miles per hour. The roads got wet very quickly and traffic backed up fast. As I hit the brakes with force to avoid hitting the vehicle in front of me, the ABS light came on as did the traction control light and the service vehicle soon light, the car seemed to have a power drainage/loss for a split second. At this moment, with how hard I hit the brakes, the car slid, the ABS system did not engage and I had to release the brakes in order to get some traction and without warning swerve into the driving lane to the immediate right of the lane I was in so not to hit the vehicle directly in front of me. I was able to avoid an accident but that still does not fix nor does is change the fact that something went wrong and a vital piece of equipment seized to function. I have searched online for an answer for this and I am not the only one dealing with this. This is unsafe and the experience was very scary. Nobody should have to go through that kind of issue nor should feel that scared in their lives.

- Orlando, FL, USA

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