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NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2003 Pontiac Grand Am (Page 1 of 5)

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Crashes / Fires:
5 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,104 miles

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2003 Pontiac Grand Am electrical problems

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2003 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #89

Aug 102016

Grand Am

  • 60,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the horn worked intermittently. The dealer diagnosed that the air bag melted onto the electrical parts inside the steering wheel. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- New Smyurna Beach, FL, USA

problem #88

Jun 102016

Grand Am

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the key was turned to the on position, but the vehicle failed to start and the ABS and brake lights illuminated. In addition, while driving various speeds, the vehicle would stall without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the key fob was replaced; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000. Updated 08/04/16

- Mcmillan, SC, USA

problem #87

Jan 012016

Grand Am

  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that while parked, the vehicle was not able to start and the security warning light illuminated. The failure recurred constantly. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the security system failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 72,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #86

Jul 162013

Grand Am

  • miles

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

2003 Pontiac Grand Am. Consumer writes in regards to receiving several ignition key recall notices after vehicle accident. The consumer as since sold the vehicle.

- Elk City, OK, USA

problem #85

Oct 112015

Grand Am

  • 236,755 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced a complete loss of power while driving 45 mph. The vehicle was able to be restarted, but the failure recurred. When the key was inserted in the ignition, the security warning indicator and air bag warning indicator illuminated. Prior to the failure, the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for the recent failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 236,755.

- Philpot, KY, USA

problem #84

Dec 012011

Grand Am

  • 98,000 miles
The car constantly will not turn on when you enter it. You have to leave the key in the on position for 15 minutes and then turn it off and back on again in order for it to start. It has already had a $400 ignition replacement and I am very frustrated with this problem.

- Warwick, RI, USA

problem #83

Jun 072013

Grand Am

  • 58,494 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. While the vehicle was at a complete stop, the preceding vehicle reversed and crashed into the front of the contact's vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact sustained injuries that required medical attention. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the vehicle needed a new fuel pump and ignition lock cylinder switch. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system), but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The contact mentioned that a technician from the manufacturer came out to assess the vehicle, but the contact believed the procedure was not done correctly. The failure mileage was 58,494.

- Pawtucket, RI, USA

problem #82

Jun 182015

Grand Am

  • 177,724 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the hazard lights and the low beam headlight assembly failed to work without warning. The dealer was notified of the failure and the vehicle was not diagnosed. The contact also received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The dealer performed the recall repair; however, the failure recurred. In addition, while pulling into the driveway, the ignition fractured without warning. The vehicle was not able to be driven. The dealer stated that they were not responsible for repairing the vehicle and provided no remedy. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 177,724. Updated 09/09/15

- Flat Rock, MI, USA

problem #81

Jan 122015

Grand Am

  • miles
It just cost me 611.oo because the wrong switch was put in, auto repair man is willing to talk to is aimesauto repair 88 earle St fall river mass tel 508-673-7510. I don't have all the information, but colonial auto dealer in dartmouth, mass I should not hae had to pay that.I reqest a refund.

- Fall River, MA, USA

problem #80

Jun 262006

Grand Am

  • 29,002 miles
At 29,000 miles in 2006 the ignition would not turn. Car towed to authorized Pontiac dealer where I was told the ignition cylinder needed to be replaced. The cost for the ignition cylinder was $327 I was struck by a utility truck while stopped at a red light in 2013 and the airbag did not deploy. At approximately 58,000 miles the car won't start.again towed to a Pontiac dealer. Told I need a new ignition cylinder for a cost of $447.82. Prior to this incident, when the key was turned the security light and airbag light would stay illuminated longer than usual. There has been a clicking sound coming from dashboard and at times while driving on a shifted level road (example: End of a highway ramp, backing out of an uneven driveway) the car has turned off. There has also at times been difficulty turning the steering wheel. Often times it turned easily and other times it wouldn't turn at all. 2015 General Motors told me this wasn't passed on for investigation because I didn't provide a photo of the vehicle before the bodywork was done although they received the repair bill. I still don't have a driveable car and am unsure if this car would even be safe to drive.

- Pawtucket, RI, USA

problem #79

May 152014

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • miles

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

2003 Pontiac Grand Am. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle lost power while driving before receiving recall notice 14350. The consumer stated she hit a ditch and flipped over.

- Boaz, AL, USA

problem #78

Apr 292015

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • miles
Vehicle has been "repaired" as per NHTSA recall #14V400000 within the last two (2) months. On Wednesday April 29, 2015, at approximately 7:30 pm cdst, when driving the vehicle is shut off again just as it did prior to the recall "repair". keys on key chain are minimal (6). Vehicle restarted with no further issue or indication that there was a issue with the engine (no check engine light, etc.).

- East Grand Forks, MN, USA

problem #77

Feb 162015

Grand Am

  • 179,000 miles
The contact owns 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that after the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V4000 (electrical system), the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the vehicle needed a new ignition. The manufacturer was contacted, who stated that the ignition was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was 179,000.

- Dreuster, OH, USA

problem #76

Nov 052014

Grand Am

  • 80,400 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the vehicle stalled and all the instrument panel warning lights illuminated.the vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,400.

- Cinnaline, MI, USA

problem #75

Jan 082015

Grand Am

  • 190,000 miles
Normally the anti theft system kicks on and the security light blinks and you have to put the key in the on position for ten min. And wait for the security system to reset. It was -7 degrees outside and I thought I waited exactly ten min. But maybe it was too early. If you don't wait ten min. Exactly then you have to restart the procedure all over again. I had my infant in the car, which made things worst. I got stranded at the grocery store right when they closed so me and my son had to wait 20 min. For the security light to reset. This is a known issue for all Grand Am ranging from 1998 to 2003 its called a passlock system malfunction. I don't know how many other ppl. Reported this issue but I just want to make sure I pitch in to get this issue known. I've been stranded in bad parts of Chicago before and at the worst times. Hope this helps. Here is a forum link to see all the other ppl who are dealing with issue. Its 40 pages long. Please look into this. It should be a recall, and this isn't the only site where ppl are complaining. Search google, youtube, yahoo questions and you will see its happening to everyone. forums.edmunds.com/discussion/15929/Pontiac/grand-am/Pontiac-grand-am-security-passlock-problems/P3.

- Hobart, IN, USA

problem #74

Feb 042011

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • miles
2003 Pontiac safety recall notice-the key ring is carrying added weight and the vehicle goes off road or experiences some other jarring event, it may unintentionally move the key away from the "run" position. According to the repair invoice, the starter assembly was replaced.

- Sun Lakes, AZ, USA

problem #73

Nov 042014

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • miles
2003 Pontiac Grand Am unintended ignition key rotation. The recall was performed.

- Merced, CA, USA

problem #72

Dec 172014

Grand Am

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that while driving at 60 mph, the emergency hazard lights were inoperable. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Tucson , AZ, USA

problem #71

Jun 012013

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
I have been having issues with the electrical systems in my car for the last 1-1/2 years. When I turn on the car the dash lights/headlights/radio/windows and heater/ac usually won't work right away. While I am driving, they will pop on or off depending on the bumps on the road. Six months ago, the "security" light on my dash started to give me trouble. Apparently, the car sometimes thinks that I am not using the correct ignition key and won't start. I now have to budget an extra 10 minutes into my drive time everywhere I go on the chance that the car's security system needs to reset itself (I had to find the "fix" to this issue on youtube.com which another GM car owner posted, since there was nothing remotely helpful about it in my owner's manual). I went to a dealer to get the insert to my keys and it has not solved any of these problems. My biggest fear is taking my car on highways since these issues still exist, and I am deathly afraid of the possibility of the key moving out of the "run" position and stopping completely which I am aware has happened to other GM vehicles that has caused accidents and fatalities.

- West Lawn, PA, USA

problem #70

Nov 102014

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The contact mentioned that several attempts had to be made before the vehicle restarted. However, the failure recurred on numerous occasions. The independent mechanic diagnosed that the ignition switch failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 53,000.

- Saginaw, MI, USA

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