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NHTSA — Engine Problems

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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,810 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Pontiac Grand Am engine problems

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2002 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #11

Sep 142016

Grand Am

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Oil leak oil leaking on hot exhaust manifold causing fire while either running or driving may cause engine fire don't seem safe to me someone ownng and driving this car as I smell oil burning when I shut off car not safe to me if GM knows about this problem that's the way I wanna go car fire safty issue hmmmm.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #10

Jun 252016

Grand Am

  • 152,000 miles
Oil leak oil leaking on hot exhaust manifold causing fire while either running or driving may cause engine fire don't seem safe to me someone ownng and driving this car as I smell oil burning when I shut off car not safe to me if GM knows about this problem that's the way I wanna go car fire safty issue hmmmm.

- Danielson, CT, USA

problem #9

Apr 222015

Grand Am

  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am. While driving at 35 mph, the vehicle stalled and the rear wheels seized. As a result, the contact lost control of the vehicle and the rear driver side crashed into a curb, deflating the tire. The air bags failed to deploy. The ABS and the check engine warning lights illuminated. The contact did not sustain any injures that required medical attention. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The failure mileage was 25,000.

- West Plains, MO, USA

problem #8

Nov 102014

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • 182,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I was driving along I-90 East going through South Dakota. The weather was bad and the road was icy and very slick. There was an 18 wheeler that rolled over on the road and I did not see it until it was too late. There were about 10 cars in back of the truck and I could not stop. I had a head on collision with the back end of a 1 ton truck. It did not do any damage to the truck but it completely totaled my car. I hit the windshield with my head, left arm and hand. I suffered serious injuries and my head hit the windshield and cracked it the size of a grapefruit before the air bags deployed. They did not deploy until after I was seriously injured which is bs. I was taken to the hospital and an xray of my head was never done. They took an xray of my arm and hand and said I had a contusion. My head was big and swollen and so was my arm and hand and I had headaches for a month and a half and I still don't feel very well since the accident. I tried to file a claim against GM for the defective air bags on the car and they wont do anything about it. The accident happened in sturgis sd and the state patrol determined that the driver at fault was the driver of the 18 wheeler truck. I got no compensation whatsoever from the accident and the tow company ended up stealing my car.

- Lakewood, WA, USA

problem #7

Feb 022015

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • miles
2002 Pontiac Grand Am. Consumer states vehicle have many problems including car shutting off at any time while in motion. The consumer stated the engine and transmission mounts were replaced.

- Cross, SC, USA

problem #6

Jul 012014

Grand Am

  • 151,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicles decelerated and began to sputter without warning. Also, the contact stated that there was a foul smell in the vehicle. The vehicle was powered off and back on before it resumed normal function. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 151,000.

- Spring Valley, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 192011

Grand Am

  • 95,798 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am. While driving at an unknown speed, the engine stalled and the vehicle did not restart. The failure recurred three times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was repaired, but the repairs were unknown. The contact was concerned that the failure would recur. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 95,798.

- Athens, TN, USA

problem #4

Nov 042014

Grand Am

  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am. While reversing out of a parking lot, the vehicle suddenly shut off and the engine could not be restarted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 83,000.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

problem #3

Jul 082013

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated the vehicle failed to start until after numerous attempts at turning the key. The failure recurred daily over a period of six months. The vehicle was not taken for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000. Updated 5/19/14

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #2

Jul 122013

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 136,116 miles
While driving on the highway, the engine stopped running. There was no indication that anything was wrong with the car prior to the engine shutting off. The engine started back up again and the issue did not occur again for several months. As of Mar 8, 2014 the vehicle has stopped running in this fashion 5 times. Twice it would not restart and had to be towed. The vehicle has been seen by two mechanics for this issue with no resolution to the problem.

- Eagle River, AK, USA

problem #1

Aug 052009

Grand Am

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated the intake manifold gasket was leaking. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure also occurred prior to the recent failure. The failure mileage was 65,000 and the current mileage was 96,000.

- Albany , NY, USA

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