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NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2002 Pontiac Grand Am (Page 5 of 5) Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,450 miles

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2002 Pontiac Grand Am electrical problems

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2002 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #14

Nov 112005

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,842 miles


Continuous problems with Pontiac 2002 Grand Am passlock system. I have had it replaced 2 in less than a year and the car is still doing the same thing. Sometimes it will start, sometimes it won't. I am very fed up with this ongoing problem.

- Ambridge, PA, USA

problem #13

Jan 012006

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,144 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle had a defective multi-function switch, which produced a buzzing sound. The service dealer stated the switch had to be replaced. The manufacturer stated they would not replace the part because it was not the part they were reimbursing for. Updated 09/06.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #12

Mar 012006

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles
I have a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am 2.2L that has a constant clicking from the dash above the stereo. I have been told that it is a faulty multi-function switch. I have found numerous complaints of this on this model car. I see there appears to be a recall for 2000-2001, but no 2002? the switch is very expensive and should be covered under a recall since it appears to be a problem that Pontiac knows about and has yet to fix.

- Lafayette, IL, USA

problem #11

Jan 282006

Grand Am

  • miles


On my 2002 ponitac Grand Am the ABS light/ trac off/ and service vehicle soon have come all come on within a month of each other. This seems to be a very common problem with Grand Am (GM cars as wel).

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #10

Feb 152006

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
My wife 2002 Pontiac Grand Am SE with 61,000 miles has been making a turn signal noise even when the turn signals are off. It is a clicking noise that sounds like it is coming from near the radio. It is very irritating and I must now drive this car until it is fixed per my wife. I've been told it is the multi-function switch....and I might add it is a pretty costly fix. From looking at websites on the internet it appears to be a common complaint yet there are no service bulletins or recalls. Hopefully this report will help consumers. Also, this has been going on for 3 months....I guess my wife is a saint.

- Shoreview, MN, USA

problem #9

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 #8

Dec 182005

Grand Am

  • miles


I own a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am SE 1. I have been having problems with the pass lock system. The security light comes on in the car, and eventually the car has problems starting. The engine cranks but the car will not start. I have been stranded because of this problem and there is no recall on it. I believe that this problem could create particularly unsafe situations, and should be recalled. Many people have been having problems with the pass lock systems in 2002 Pontiac Grand Am. I have looked at the forums.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #7

Jan 172005

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • miles
2002 Pontiac Grand Am developed problems with the brakes and the emergency brake equipment. The vehicle stalled as the consumer backed out of the driveway when the vehicle was placed in drive. The emergency brake would hang up. The traction control light stayed on. There was an occasion when the consumer could not get the traction control to re-engage. The dealer claimed to have found nothing. The rotors were replaced along with the emergency brake pads which was stated to be beyond specifications. Three loud bangs had come from the left rear wheel. The consumer experienced numerous electrical problems and oil leaks.

- Uniontown, PA, USA

problem #6

Mar 222004

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles
Blinkers malfunction on 2002 Grand Am. I had to replace the multi-function switch to fix the problem. GM said that there is no recall for this item. A clicking noise from the dash indicated that the switch was bad. You had to wiggle the blinker lever to get the clicking noise to stop. The problem got worse as time progressed.

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #5

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 #4

Jul 192002

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I purchased a brand new Pontiac Grand Am GT1 in July 2002. Shortly after, I noticed that it was hard starting. Usually the third time started in one day, it would sound like it was turning over but nothing happened. I would shut it off and try again and it would work. Took it to the dealer where I purchased it, they kept it for 4 hours while I waited. Told me nothing was found. Immediately went to my car to start it and it did the same thing. Went back in, told the mechanic it just happened. They checked it again and came up with nothing. No repairs done. The fog lamps stay on when the car is off. At least once a week my neighbor calls me to tell me my lights are on. I have to start the car and toggle the switch until they go out. A few hours later they are back on and the switch is in the off position. When closing the windows, there is a scratching sound. Both windows in the rear are scratched. The car is clean and was checked by another mechanic who found nothing inside the door that would cause the scratches. There is also a high pitched sound coming from the front of the car. It sounds like the wheel on the driver's side. It seems to go away when I apply the break but comes back. After it rains, there is a gurgling sound coming from the front passenger's side door. Can't tell if its the speaker or what. Just little things that bother me considering this is a brand new car only owned by me and well taken care of. There are just under 16,000 miles on the car. So far, no repairs done.

- Jim Thorpe, PA, USA

problem #3

Apr 172002

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,100 miles
I have a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am that is not so grand. At 1100 miles the transmission was replaced after fighting with Pontiac. They finally authorized the dealership to drop the transmission pan and they found metal shards in it from the transmission. I had the molding around the rear window replace, both electric mirrors fixed because they get "stuck." The ignition has been replaced three times since I got the car, twice in the last 4 weeks. The key will not turn in the ignition and the steering wheel is not locked. This really affects the usage of the car. I am waiting to get stranded somewhere because the car won't start. I have spoken to a Pontiac rep several times, been lied to and brushed aside.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #2

Feb 242002

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
When the vehicle is not start in two to three days, the electrical system is some how draining the battery. The dealer has replaced the battery on three occasions so far. They could not find the problem. The dealer stated that if the vehicle is not started within ten days, the battery will lose its charge. When the problem occurs, the remote locks will not work. There is no power to any of the instrument panels. Car will not start.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

problem #1

May 302002

Grand Am

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle shut down while traveling on highway without prior warning. Dealership is aware of problem. Also the drivers power seat is inoperable at times, it makes a grinding noise, and at times would not move at all, there was a pulsation when brakes were being applied, brakes were replaced and the rotors were resurfaced, starter was replaced, there was a clunking nosie when driving straight or making turns, the dome light fell off, trunk is hard to close, consumer has to slam trunk to get it to close, the dealer found the latch out of adjustment, when starting vehicle there is a noise from the engine area, there was a noise coming from the wheel area, dealer could not duplicate consern, alternator was replaced, vehicle stalled, delaer replaced fuel sending unit, the clock radio was loosing time, the remote keyless entry will only work when consumer is close to the vehicle, the windows were making a scratching noise when being rolled up, the air conditon has an odor, steering wheel has a mild vibration when driving.

- Clay, WV, USA

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