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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine: Gasoline: Belts And Associated Pulleys Problems Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,750 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

engine problem

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2002 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 162006

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles


: the contact stated while driving 75mph on the interstate, the vehicle lost all power without warning. The contact managed to pull over without incident, but the engine would not restart. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer for inspection. The mechanic determined the timing chain fractured which caused damage to the engine. The dealer suggested replacing the engine.

- Bowling Green, OH, USA

problem #3

Nov 082004

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles
While driving at 35 mph on a side street steering wheel became stiff followed by the vehicle stalling. The vehicle was towed to mechanic, who determined that the timing belt broke, which should not happen at this low mileage.

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #2

Apr 232004

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, the timing belt broke. This caused the engine to turn two different ways. This caused catastrophic engine failure. The head broke as well as the pistons and rods. A new engine is now required.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #1

Aug 272003

Grand Am

  • miles
While driving timing chain broke, causing vehicle to stall.

- Dunbar, WV, USA

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