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NHTSA — Fuel System, Gasoline: Delivery: Fuel Pump Problems Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,399 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 fuel system problems

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2003 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 292013

Grand Am

  • 45,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, there was an abnormal noise coming from the steering column. The contact mentioned that when the dashboard was banged the abnormal noise would temporarily go away. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the 4-way flasher, ignition switch, and the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 45,000.

- Pawtucket, RI, USA

problem #5

Feb 142005

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
My 2003 Grand Am suffered a failure of it's fuel pump on Feb. Of 2005 during a trip to the bay area. I was fueling up at a willits ca. Gas station on a Friday afternoon. I filled up my gas tank and then attempted to start the Pontiac. It wouldn't start. I was told by the mechanic who looked at my car and who made the subsequent repair that it was due to a manufacture defect. I had just filled up and my tank was at one quarter full prior to this and when I attempted to re-start the vehicle, I could not get the motor to turn-over and start. Fortunately for me the repair shop was right next door to the gas station and so the car was looked at and diagnosed almost immediately by the mechanic. I was subjected to having to wait for the repair since it occurred on a Friday and the mechanic did not work on weekends and plus he had to wait for the part to be shipped from a ukiah Chevrolet dealership. This put a strain on my travel plans however the mechanic was kind enough to loan me his wife's car for I had to make my trip because I was picking up my son at U.C. davis and he was coming home to celebrate his birthday with us, his family. I was given the car back with the new fuel pump the following Friday. I understand that there is a defect on this Pontiac Grand Am also concerning the fuel gauge. It is not accurate. I seek remedy to the effect of total reimbursement of said repair bill of $850 dollars.

- Crescent City, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 032007

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,512 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the rotors on the vehicle at the time of purchase were completely worn. The dealer replaced the rotors, but would not replace the brake pads or the bearing. The hub bearing on the driver side needed to be replaced. While driving 50 mph, the fuel pump failed and was replaced by the dealer. The fuel filter was the initial cause of the fuel pump failure, but it was not replaced. The current mileage was approximately 57,000 and failure mileage was 53,512.

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #3

Apr 032007

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


In October 2006 the car would not start. It was towed to my mechanic. He replaced the fuel pump. Also, he told me that the security switch had been triggered so it stalled the engine. If it happened again I was supposed to turn the car to the on position and wait 10 minutes then start it. The car worked until April 3, 2007. The same poroblem recurred. The mechanic replacedd the starter, but couldn't find anythingelse wrong. Now I have to turn to the on position and wait for the fuel pump to engage then start it. This only worked about half the time. The other half I have to put it in neutral then start it. This was a safety concern because I never knew when I will be stgranded.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #2

Dec 192006

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,881 miles
- the contact's vehicle was sitting at a red light when it started shaking. The battery light turned on and the vehicle lost power. The car would not restart, and had to be towed away. The contact drove the vehicle earlier and there were no warning signs or lights. This was the first time this had happened. The repair shop diagnosed the problem as a fuel pump failure. The vehicle has been repaired. \ updated 02/22/07.

- Hendersonville, TN, USA

problem #1

Sep 192005

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
While driving the vehicle stalled. The first time it happened was February 2004, and the second time it was in July 2004. The most recent time it stalled was September 19, 2005. The first time they thought the fuel injectors were clogged. The second it was that computer needed reprogramming. And the third time they said the fuel pump/sensor needed to be replaced. The problem still occurred even after they made the adjustments.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

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