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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine Problems

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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,593 miles

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2002 Pontiac Grand Am engine problems

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2002 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #16

Jun 172010

Grand Am

  • 95,000 miles

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

My wife's car is a 2002 Pontiac grandam 2.2L ecotec engine. At 95000+ miles, the car just lost all power and my wife was able to get to the side of the road and the car died. Car was taken to 2 garages and found to have a broken timing chain (not belt). Gallagher Buick in new britain ct found that the engine is now destroyed and needs to be replaced. It is an interference engine. She has kept up with required maintenance.I have looked online for more instances of this happening and seems to be a common problem with this engine. One individual had his timing chain break at 57000 miles. GM is not accepting responsibility for this problem. They are telling us to deal with the repair dealership about this. Please investigate since you can read many horror stories online about this engine and the defective timing chain breaking premature (as my mechanic has said ) and engines being ruined.

- Newington, CT, USA

problem #15

Apr 042008

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
While driving a 2002 Grand Am with 77K miles, the car suddenly stalled in the middle of the street. After having the vehicle looked at I was informed the timing chain had gone bad- extremely rare for the year and mileage on my car. I did some research, and found out that GM recalled 20K+ Saturn for this faulty VIN F engine timing chain. This is the same engine in my car, and the same thing that broke. Once the chain broke the pieces got inside several engine compartments and caused a severe amount of damage to the car. About half of the engine needs to be replaced due to the damage of the chain breaking. I contacted GM, and the dealership where the car was purchased and neither want to do anything to alleviate the damage the faulty timing chain has caused.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #14

Oct 052005

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
My wife and children were driving on the autobahn and the engine died. She was able to pull over to the side of the road. The engine would not start and she had it towed to an authorized service center. The timing chain had broke and damaged the entire engine. I was told I would have to get a new engine shipped to germany at a cost of $9000. The car had 52000 miles on it and had been recently serviced. The warranty had just expired at 50000 miles and GM said the engine was not their problem anymore.

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #13

Jan 312007

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

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

I was driving when the engine shut off and the key in the ignition was turned to the on position. Had I been going faster instead of turning a corner I would have wrecked, been killed, or killed someone.

- Blytheville, AR, USA

problem #12

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 #11

May 022006

Grand Am

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
On my way to an event, I heard a pop and the steering wheel became stiff; then stalled. I had it towed to a mechanic, who declared the timing belt broke and repairs are going to be costly. I have low mileage on the car, and believe some remedy should be sought.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #10

Mar 142006

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,098 miles

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

: the contact stated while driving 40 mph the engine stalled. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop where they determined the timing chain had broken and destroyed the engine.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #9

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 #8

Nov 012004

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
I replaced the lower intake manifold gasket in my Pontiac grand-am (2002) at a cost of $700. The problem was well-known amongst the mechanics I saw and I was informed that this problem needs to be addressed. The mechanics could not believe that GM had not fixed this problem. I was told this was due to faulty gaskets and that the quality of gasket used was quite poor. I researched the problem on the internet and ran into numerous individuals with the same problem. The problem is common to the V-6 3.1L and 3.4L engines. It causes rapid oil loss and coolant leaks. This made the car undrivable and damaged the engine. My car is only two years old and this damage happened outside the warranty. I was treated rather rudely by Pontiac and offered no help. This issue is ripe for a class-action or recall scenario. Very dangerous to the driver and car. High cost of repairs for a twenty dollar gasket. No accident occurred, but was stranded.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #7

Aug 052004

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • miles
Consumer complained about multiple problems with this vehicle. While driving vehicle stalled on its own. Consumer tried to restart vehicle, but was unable to do so. Then, fifteen minutes later the vehicle started. Driver's and passenger side electrical windows rolled up and down on their own. Also, transmission failed while shifting. Consumer contacted dealer for an appointment for these problems.

- Sidon, MS, USA

problem #6

Jan 122004

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

This is the 2nd Grand Am I have owned and both times the intake gasket has started leaking the first on started leaking at 74.000 miles and my new one started leaking at 30.000 miles... what is wrong with the gaskets the first one was a 1999 and the new one is a 2002.

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #5

Oct 272003

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2002 Pontiac Grand Am GT intermittently the engine will just stop and all power is lost.. I have had this occur on the freeway and also on city streets. I am concerned about the safety of my family and others.

- Hayward, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 042003

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 45 mph, the vehicle shut down and would not start again. The vehicle was towed to the nearest dealer. The dealer inspected the vehicle and could not duplicate or correct the problem. The ses (service engine soon) light was intermittent, the day lights were inoperative and the dealer could not duplicate. The solution was a loose fuel cap seal. When the vehicle didn't start, the solution was reprogramming the engine control module. On another occasion when the vehicle didn't start the ignition switch was replaced. The RPM dropped/stalled and was diagnosed as no fuel pump pressure and the sender fuel pump/fuel tank unit was replaced. The vehicle experienced a hard start where the problem wasn't diagnosed and the solution was to place the washer on the ground wire. While driving, all the lights had come on, no power was sent to the gas pedal, the vehicle felt like it was in neutral, the speedometer registered, the gas gauge registered the fuel followed by the engine surging. (nothing registered the rpms)

- Homer Glen, IL, USA

problem #3

Jul 052003

Grand Am

  • miles
Consumer states that while driving at any speed and with no warning vehicle will shut off, causing consumer to pull over. It will be hard to get the vehicle back started.dealer notified.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #2

Jul 012003

Grand Am

  • miles
Consumer leased vehicle new in 06/02. After 1 month the head gasket blew without warning while driving. Dealer repaired, but incident occurred again about 3 weeks later. Dealer repaired again, but gasket blew 4 months later. Dealer has repaired vehicle 5X for blown head gaskets since lease.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #1

Mar 232000

Grand Am

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,396 miles
I have a 2002 Pontiac grandam GT. I purchased it in the end of 2001. Within my car reaching 10000 miles there were problems with it. The car started to overheat and there were performance problems. After taking it in I was told the the intake manifold need to be replaced and it was on back order. They finally replaced the manifold after two weeks. But the car has not performed the same. The car still slightly overheats and the dealership mentions that it is okay that the car runs slightly warm. And at time I smell the coolant when the car is running. I feel that if the manifold was fixed then there shouldn't be any other problems with the car. I also found out that alot of other GM vehicles are having problems with there manifold. I feel that after the warntee is over that the car will have problems later.

- Orland Park, IL, USA

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