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


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,263 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

fuel system problem

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2003 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 012013

Grand Am

  • 155,825 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated upon taking the vehicle to an independent mechanic for another service, the mechanic informed the contact that the vehicle was leaking fuel. The contact had noticed that the "check engine" warning light was continuously illuminated. The contact was then driving approximately 35 mph when vehicle began to shudder. The contact then coasted over to an emergency lane and the engine stalled. The engine did not restart and was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle had not been taken back to a mechanic for diagnostic test. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number :07E021000(fuel system, other). The approximate failure mileage was 155,825.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #2

Feb 122010

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the vehicle would not initially start up. After a few moments, the vehicle was able to be started and taken to a local repair shop, but the failure could not be duplicated. The contact also stated that when driving for more than 30 minutes with the heat or air conditioner on, the vehicle would suddenly stall and shut down. She let it sit for 30 minutes and it would restart, but the failure was intermittent. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop where a fuel pump was installed but the failure occurred again after the repair. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The current mileage was approximately 113,000. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 07/01/11

- Forest Park, GA, USA

problem #1

Feb 232009

Grand Am

  • 81,964 miles
Recently we experienced a very strong fuel smell in the passenger compartment after driving our car. When we opened the hood, it appeared that fuel was leaking from a part all over the hot engine. We got it to the dealership who diagnosed the problem as the fuel pressure regulator leaking. The fuel pressure regulator was replaced and there does not appear to be any fuel leaking at this point. Our mechanic stated that the slightest spark in the engine could have started a fire. Cost of repair: $196.19.

- Loris, SC, USA

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