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NHTSA — Exterior Lighting Problems

2003 Pontiac Grand Am (Page 1 of 2) Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,341 miles

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2003 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #27

Sep 212016

Grand Am

  • 117,000 miles


Directional signals and hazard lights only work occasionally

- Sussex, WI, USA

problem #26

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 #25

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 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 #24

Jun 122012

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • 132,000 miles


Turn signals work only randomly, sometimes there is a clicking noise that is continuous, light comes on in dash when you flip control but turn signals do not blink.

- Newton Falls, OH, USA

problem #23

Oct 142014

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • miles
I just received a letter about a recall I paid for last year. How do I go about getting reimbursed for this? also I'm noticing my signal lights don't work unless I hit the 4 way lights for a couple of seconds, then the signal lights will work.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #22

Nov 012013

Grand Am

  • 236,000 miles
Bought the vehicle used. 2003 Pontiac Grand Am 3.4L V6. Constant ticking from hazard light switch. Grounding problems. Looked for recalls at GM dealership. No recalls on the problem. No choice but to remove hazard light fuse until repair. Should have been covered by GM. Gonna cost us $500! the transmission cooling lines rotted away causing coolant spraying everywhere causing white smoke and overheating of the engine. Spraying the serpentine belt and water pump. With visual inspection and touching confirmed spot. 3/4 of reservoir is leaked out causing rust on sub frame. Also front rocker panel bad. Front passenger panel rotted out. Bad oxidizing on the manifold cover and exhaust manifold cover. Shame on GM for not covering all gas on the hazard light malfunction and multi switch issues.

- Camden, AR, USA

problem #21

Jul 152010

Grand Am

  • 19,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the turn signals failed intermittently. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 19,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #20

Apr 112013

Grand Am

  • 123,000 miles
Turn signals about every two tries will stop working and sometimes you can get them to come back on by hitting the hazards.

- Grand Blanc, MI, USA

problem #19

Dec 312012

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
Sometimes, when applying the turn signals, the turn signal does not activate, even though the turn signal lever is in the correct position. The relay does not click, and the turn signals do not flash. Also, at random times, the turn signal relay can be heard clicking rapidly on and off when the turn signals are not turned on. The turn signals do not turn on when this occurs, just the relay in the dash clicks. As stated, this happens randomly and can go on for hours over a long drive.

- Millersville, PA, USA

problem #18

Sep 272012

Grand Am

  • 87,950 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the turn signal switch failed. The contact stated that the turn signal would work when the hazard lights were on, but not during normal driving. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who verified that the switch needed to be replaced. The failure mileage and current mileage was 87,950.

- Coaldale, PA, USA

problem #17

Jun 012012

Grand Am

  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated the turn signals failed. The contact would have to engage the hazard lights and then use the turn signal in order for it to work. The vehicle was taken to a independent mechanic but the mechanic was unable to diagnose the failure. The dealer and manufacturer were notified of the issue and they both informed the contact that there were no recalls for the vehicle. The vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired. The failure mileage was 75,000. The VIN was not available.

- Hunstville, AL, USA

problem #16

Apr 182012

Grand Am

  • 182,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph and making a turn, the turn signals failed to illuminate. The contact activated the emergency hazard lights so that the turning signals would function. The vehicle was not taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was made aware of the failure but offered no assistance to the contact. The failure mileage was 182,000 and the current mileage was 182,200.

- Mount Sterling , IL, USA

problem #15

Aug 152011

Grand Am

  • 103,000 miles
The turn signals intermittently work. GM is aware of the problem. There are 2 other recalls for the same issue, but for different years. 2000-2001 Grand Am, Oldsmobile Alero, Chevrolet Malibu (NHTSA campaign id number 03V327000) and 1999-2000 Grand Am, Oldsmobile Alero, Chevrolet Malibu. I have called Pontiac, however they were unable to assist me with this issue. This is a very serious problem that could result in a crash.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #14

Jul 282011

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
Turn signals work intermittently. This was noticed about 2 weeks ago. I have not had an accident because of this situation but could very well be in one if someone is not able to know I'm making a turn.

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #13

Nov 202007

Grand Am

  • 58,000 miles
Turn signals would stop working at different times. Started researching and found some VIN#'s were recalled while others weren't. some complaints stated if you push the hazard button when they don't work that they will start working. I tried this and it did work. Numerous complaints all over the web about same problem. Contacted Pontiac who didn't want to fix the problem. They had no concern that there were numerous other issues with the same cars. Common sense would say if they are doing the same thing as the others that were recalled then it should be fixed by Pontiac. This is something that can very well cause a crash. I will continue to do what I have to for Pontiac to acknowledge the problem.

- Hendersonville, TN, USA

problem #12

Mar 012009

Grand Am

  • miles
2003 Pontiac Grand Am - turn signals as well as hazard lights not working. Also hood not closing/locking properly, very dangerous. Purchased from lima auto mall in lima, Ohio.

- Lima, OH, USA

problem #11

Nov 192010

Grand Am

  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that while he attempted to signal to turn left, he noticed that the signal failed. The contact called the manufacturer who took a complaint. The vehicle had not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were approximately 115,000.

- Ewing, NJ, USA

problem #10

Jan 022010

Grand Am

  • miles
2003 Pontiac Grand Am, the car turn signal malfunction that leads to flickering and sometimes failure of the turn signal lights. I need to know if this has been recalled or not.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #9

Aug 012009

Grand Am

  • 85,826 miles
The lamps on my GT Grand Am aren't right do to the low beams being brighter than the high beems. And water is in the lamp. And my car will not start and I called and told you all of this. And I worked on it some and moved some wires and it stared to work once again. And now down will not do a thing but light up the dash. So I replaced the keystarter and it still doesn't do anything. My daughters car is also a Grand Am and it locked up on her too and would not start.lord forbid if you were in the wrong place at the wrong time and the fact that we are women, hopefully nothing bad would happen. She replaced the ignition which was the problem with her vehicle but it is not the case with my vehicle. I was hearing click click in the dash a lot and can not tell what it is and not sure if it is a short. And it is not fair we bought the vehicle and it seems like a death trap. Thank you for all your help. Ps the car dose not like to stop right it has new brakes on it and been updated. But still dose not wait to stop. But I came really close to hitting some one.

- Roseland, VA, USA

problem #8

Apr 242009

Grand Am

  • 101,000 miles
My car has had a clicking noise ongoing for a few months now. It seems to be stemming from behind the hazard light button in the center of the car. Today the car started smoking behind the steering column on the inside of the car. Why isn't there a recall" I've read so many complains similar to mine. What could have happened if it caught on fire earlier today" please do something.

- Clemmons, NC, USA

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