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Engine Overheating Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
100,328 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2002 Pontiac Grand Am cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2002 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 022009

Grand Am V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,000 miles


disconnected hose going from water pump to engine. cant find the damn thermostat

- , Shafter, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 152008

Grand Am GT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,655 miles

I hate my car! If someone wants my advice on Pontiac's, please, please please, don't buy one!! Believe me, you'll save yourself some money. I just bought my car last year and I've had nothing but problem after problem with it. I had the car only two weeks and the service engine soon light came on, so I took it back to the dealer and all they did was clear off the light & say "Well, with these new cars, the sensors tend to go off for no reason". Then, a few months later I noticed a greasy, sludgy goo in my antifreeze. I wasn't for sure what it was , but thought maybe there had been a leak somewhere and that the sludge was stop-leak or oil. I had it flushed out. Then a couple months later, it happened again & flushed it out a second time. That didn't help, so I had it looked at and was told it was the intake gasket. Since I had just had the car a few months the dealer paid half & the place that fixed it cut me a deal of $400. Before winter I had to buy tires for the front end , along with brakes/ rotors too. Last week the car wouldn't start and had it towed because the security light had been coming on when driving. Come to find out, it was the ignition cylinder which cost me $500 to fix. Now, this week is another story. The low coolant light comes on and it gets hot like it's going to overheat. I was going to try flushing the radiator thinking that might help, but I'm just a stupid female who has no idea. Where's the radiator? Underneath all the plastic in the front? I really regret buying this car, everyone thinks it looks nice, but I always tell them "Looks are deceiving" . PLEASE DON"T BUY A PONTIAC

- , Greenfield, OH, USA

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