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


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,353 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 #7

Feb 122009

Grand Am

  • miles


After having the 2nd catalytic converter in 2 yrs put on the electrical went haywire. The ABS, trac off & service engine lights come & stay on for no apparent reason. I've had it serviced and nobody knows why this is happening. I had the brakes inspected and given a clean bill of health so to speak & yet at random times I have no brakes even after having them inspected by professionals. The car now overheats due to the dex cool I was told to use because it ate thru the cheap gaskets put on by the dealership which they will not cover. The blinkers have a mind of their own and only work during the daylight hours, I've had those checked & new ones installed as well and they still only work in the daytime and finally the plastic window clips on the passenger side(both) break constantly. I've had everything replaced even he engine! this car has cost me over 20,000.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #6

Oct 022003

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
Bought the car in 03 had 30000 miles on it. Ran great, loved the power... then about 6 months later(36,000) it started.. first was the brake pads, replaced those, found out that the pads had been installed incorrectly, thus wore the rotors. Replaced the rotors. Heard the clicking sound from under the dash, took car to electrician, replaced the relay.... 1 year later, heard grinding from front wheels, again.... found out the calipers were stuck at full brake, so the pads, rotors and calipers needed to be replaced. Had the car stall as if it were out of gas.... could not restart, had to leave until morning(it was 3:00 am at the time), car restarted just fine in morning, still don't know what that was all about. Now radio antenna went out, cd player skips like I am running over speed bumps all the time. Also back speakers went out.. investigated and found that the metal on the speakers was installed touching the frame in the back window, causing them to short out... now car is surging at normal speeds, suspect bad fuel pump.. and once again the licking is back again. GM has paid $0 for repairs. They say it is not their fault... funny, I did not install these things and they are apparently problems that GM has been having. I love(rather loved) GM. I have always known them to be reliable and sturdy. This car has taught me otherwise. I can now see the direction that GM is going and I will never buy a GM vehicle again. If anyone has any other problems with their cars they can not figure out, let me know. I have been through this car about a 100 times and know what I am looking for. Hoping GM wakes up and makes quality cars again.

- Eden Prairie, MN, USA

problem #5

Apr 222004

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,468 miles
I bought this car in November 2003, in April of 2004 I started to have problems with the brake making noises. The car went into the shop and they replaced the driver side caliper and replaced front brake pads. In June of 2004 the car went back in for the same brake noise the shop resurfaced my rotors and replaced a missing brake clip. In July the car went back into the shop for the same brake noise again, the shop replaces the brake pads again and resurfaced the rotors again. It is now October and the noise is still there! in July 2004 the car went back into the shop for a knocking noise coming from the front end. The strut mounts were replaced. Again in July the car went back in for the same front end noise. The shop replaced the steering rack which did not fix the problem so they put the old one back in. They then replaced the right front strut and lower control arm. The noise was not fixed. In October they replaced the stabilizer shaft isolators and also replaced the two front tires due to a bulletin. Also in October they lubed all front end parts. With all the problems I decided to call to call GM themselves, sadly not much has been done though!

- Weirs Beach, NH, USA

problem #4

Mar 042003

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles


I have had many problems with the brakes on my car. I have had almost everything from pumping, noise, grinding, fading, and one time they didn't catch for a long time and I almost hit someone.

- New Albany, IN, USA

problem #3

Jul 152003

Grand Am

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
My wheel broke off while driving, had no steering and no brakes, not exactly sure what let go, was told covered under warranty and then after the car was fixed by the dealership the dealership said I had to pay, as this could not have happened. Company sided with dealership and said would have someone from the company meet with me and look into the matter but has not. I've been waiting since nov02.

- Copper Cliff, UN, USA

problem #2

Jan 122004

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brake pulsation when applying brakes. Had vehicle at dealership six times. Rotors replaced. Problem blamed on over-torquing of lug nuts even though car has only been serviced at Pontiac dealerships. Also, car constantly "floats" from side to side and intermittent front end "clanging". six repair attempts as well.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #1

Mar 122003

Grand Am

  • 25,000 miles
The front brakes did not hold, which caused extended stopping distance.

- Harts, WV, USA

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