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NHTSA — Service Brakes Problems Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,500 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.

2003 Pontiac Grand Am brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #4

May 012012

Grand Am

  • miles


The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated while driving over a bump at approximately 25 mph, the steering wheel seized and the brakes failed. As a result, the contact side swiped another vehicle on the passenger side and crashed into a concrete ridge before coming to a stop. Also, the contact added that due to the failure one of the tires blew. The contact did not sustain any injuries and a police report was filed. The vehicle had not been taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The approximate failure mileage was unavailable.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #3

Sep 302014

Grand Am

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph, the steering wheel seized and the brake pedal was depressed but the brakes failed to respond causing the vehicle to crash into a garage. A police report was filed. The contact sustained a back pain and lacerations to the arm, chest and face area which required medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- East Louis , IL, USA

problem #2

Apr 092012

Grand Am

  • 90,000 miles
When I go to brake there is a grinding noise and when I brake and turn to the left all three lights come N, not all the time. I have changed brakes, and rotors and am still having the problem.

- Mandeville, LA, USA

problem #1

Jul 142005

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
I am seeking advice about a matter pertaining to the car I momentarily own. I believe that the car sold to me has been in accident and repaired. The brakes feel as if they are going to give out and have not been working correctly from the beginning. After informing and bringing the car to the dealership, they felt all that was needed was for them to be lubed. They say the car is fine but I am the one driving it and it has not been working properly. I went to a few dealerships to obtain other opinions and I was told the car was not running properly. I went back to the dealership I bought the car from and finally they realized the brakes were not in good shape. Parts were repaired. For a few weeks the car was running ok but the brakes were still not working properly. I felt a bucking everytime I put my foot on the brakes. The next time the rotors were fixed. I have invoices to back what has been repaired. I bought the car in November 2003 and in the beginning of 2004 the problems already started and have not stopped since. I did not drive the car until December 2003, since I was out of the country in November. The paint on the hood started in 2004 to come off. That needed to be repainted. The front headlights fog up, water condensation is building up. The car is running as if the bottom will fall off. It sounds like an old car. Every time I say that the car is not running correctly and ask them to test drive it, they only fix what I state what I think is wrong. I ask you to look into this matter and see if you can help me clear up this problem. Please let me know if any more information is required. I am stating the VIN [xxx]. thank you. [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Newington, CT, USA

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