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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Antilock Problems Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 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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2002 Pontiac Grand Am brakes problems

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2002 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #8

Dec 192007

Grand Am

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,500 miles


Leaving work on December 19, 2007 I applied brakes for approaching traffic signal. Brakes seemed to lock without slowing down or stopping my vehicle. I tried three times applying increasing pressure and the car would not stop. Finally, after 4th attempt, brake seemed to give and slow/stop my vehicle. I was within inches of rear-ending vehicle in front of me at the traffic light. I took my vehicle to a mechanic and was told that they could not locate anything wrong. Brakes continue to malfunction particularly if my car is cold or not used for a period of hours. Now I have resorted to testing the brakes prior to driving. I am concerned for my safety and my 16 year old daughter who has recently started driving the car. My 2002 Pontiac Grand Am was purchased new in April 2002 and only has approximately 45,000 miles. Brake pads have already been replaced one and mechanic tell me that they are only slightly worn so do not need replacement currently.

- North Canton, OH, USA

problem #7

Jul 302005

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,742 miles
We purchase a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am SE in July of 2005 from champion Chevrolet in brighton Michigan, we had it in to dealer within the first few weeks of owning it, which they didn't repair that day because what needed to be done would take to long so it was taken in the following sat. Had the ABS, trac control and the service engine soon sensor was replaced and there was a noise under the front drivers side which was fixed but came back a week later they told us that the noise was normal, I don't believe this as none of our other cars make this noise not even our Chevy pickup truck. We also had it back in again for the sensors for the ABS, trac control and the service engine light that keeps coming on. We cont'd to have this problem and still don't have it fixed. When the lights come on I don't have my ABS brakes anymore and no trac control. My blinkers also have been giving me a problem as sometimes they work and other times they don't. most of the time I can get them to work if I put my hazard lights on for a few mins. But I should not have to. I have been a GM person all my life as my dad has worked for GM for 35 something yrs. But they need to fixs these problems as it is unsafe for me, my children, my husband or whoever else maybe in the car and the other drivers on the road especially here in Michigan with snowy and icy roads. I also have read some of the other complaints here and it seems that there are a lot of other people having the same problems. I was also told today while getting my oil change done that there is a problem with the dexcool in this car too. I did look around on the net and notice that there seems to be a lot of people having this problem. I have not had this problem yet as I only have 50,000 miles on my car but some of the signs that people are talking about I have notice so it will go into a dealer to have it checked and I will be keeping my invoices as I hope GM does the right thing and takes care of this problem to.

- Croswell, MI, USA

problem #6

Feb 242004

(reported on)

Grand Am

  • miles
On a rainy day, light pulsating was felt when the consumer applied the brakes. The consumer stated when the brakes were applied, the vehicle continued to move. The brakes only performed that way in the winter and on rainy days. There was a squeaking sound coming from the ABS motor and pump.

- Milford, PA, USA

problem #5

Jan 022004

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles


2002 Pontiac Grand Am. 62.000 miles, repairs so far as follows. 1. front brakes replaced, rotors, pads, caliper insp,28,000 miles. 2. front brakes replaced again, rotors turned few months later. 3. intake manifold gaskets replaced. replaced due to slipping on the wheel, dealer stated this is common and not unsafe! 5. sterring rack and pinion replaced. 6. fuel pump replaced. 7. sterring alignment has always been an issue and car still pulls right. I will give the GM zone manager a oppritunity to buy back the car 23 Jan 04. This car is unsafe to drive and a pain to own. There are several known issues with the Grand Am 107 tsb's alone and at least that many complaints, GM has a problem that needs attention asap.

- Granbury, TX, USA

problem #4

Oct 102003

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
I have had my car in the shop several times for problems and they can typically replicate the problem, but cannot fix it. I have had 3 brake jobs on my car, as well as the calipers rebuilt, and my brakes still do not work right. The ABS system fails constantly. I experience slides on dry surfaces even. I also have transmission, coolant, and fueling problems. I have had a fuel pump replaced finally, after the 3rd time of taking it in for not starting, 2 times prior there was nothing supposedly wrong. Also, I am still getting only 125 miles on a tank of gas. They an reciprocate the problem but will not fix it. I also keep getting a low coolant and check engine message lights but they say nothing wrong. The power windows also drag and make marks on the window surfaces. They are very slow rolling up. The light in the radio area fades in and out, and the radio goes off and on alot as well as only the front speakers work primarily. Back do not. Accelerator pedal sticks, and causes car to rev up to 5000 rpms very scary!

- Magnolia, TX, USA

problem #3

Jul 102003

(reported on)

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
When the brakes were depressed, the tires locked up, and the vehicle hydroplaned like it was on a wet surface. The seat back falls down upon acceleration when driving.. the consumer felt the ABS was not performing as designed. The seat collapsed while driving, and the front rotors were resurfaced.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 062002

(reported on)

Grand Am

  • miles
Car purchased new. Parking brake failed at 362 miles and 4670 miles. Brake will not engage and release button is loose. Brake failed suddenly both times.

- Marshfield, MA, USA

problem #1

Apr 152002

Grand Am

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, applied brakes and vehicle would not stop. Front brakes locked up, resulting in hitting another vehicle. Dealer contacted. This vehicle was a rented vehicle in which 2 accidents occurred within a 16 hour period, both accidents were caused by the faulty ABS, consumer was injured in one of the accidents.

- Sparks, NV, USA

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