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NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Module Problems Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,250 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 122006

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


2002 Pontiac Grand Am SE security system locks out ignition causing the system to be reset which takes up to 10 minutes with the key in the ignition in the on position. This has happened approximately 4 times in the last 12-16 months. Everything I see on the internet about this is called a pass lock system that needs to be replaced. So far this has only caused the vehicle from being started, but is there a possibility that the system could fail during driving conditions causing the loss of brakes and steering? I would have it replaced but the cost $350-$400 is just outrageous this is based on the cost my dad had to pay to get his 2001 Pontiac Bonneville fixed that did the same thing.

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #1

Dec 162002

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,500 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle would not start and the security light came on. The vehicle was taken to the service dealer who determined that the vcm was burned out. The module vcm part was replaced, and within 4 months the same problem occurred. The vehicle was returned to the service dealer and the vcm was replaced a second time. Within the span of 5 years, the security module burned out 5 separate times, and was replaced by the same dealer each time.

- Amsterdam, NY, USA

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