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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,500 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 012005

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles


At times, vehicle RPM's will jump about 300 higher than normal. It can do it on up hills, on flat and on down hills. It is more prevalent when cresting a hill. The RPM's will not move all the way up the hill but when the car crests, it will sometimes do it. I've had it to the dealer three times but they haven't been able to duplicate it but they also only take it out for five or ten minutes for a test drive. I notice it more when I do a trip of some kind on the highway. I don't notice it very much in my everyday driving but I don't usually drive very far weekdays. It has been doing it for over six months. It doesn't seem to be getting any worse but it also isn't getting any better. It can happen 15 - 20 times on a two hour trip.

- Cohoes, NY, USA

problem #1

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

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