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NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2004 Pontiac Grand Am (Page 1 of 5)

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Average Mileage:
77,153 miles

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2004 Pontiac Grand Am electrical problems

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2004 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #100

Jul 122014

Grand Am

  • 148,000 miles

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

Takata recall. I was at work and I went out to start my car and it would not start. I had it towed to the dealer ship to have it worked on. They told me that I had a short in the wiring harness. I have talked to several people that has has a Pontiac Grand Am and the same thing has happened to them and they didn't know what it was. All the symptoms of each car was the same. My car will not start, my temp guage doesn't work, my turn signals doesn't work, my horn doesn't work, at night when my lights are on my cruise control doesn't work, my for lights doesn't work, my security alarm doesn't chirp when U lock it, my RPM fluctuates up and down at idle. All this happened when my wiring harness got a short.

- Calvert City, KY, USA

problem #99

Apr 012014

Grand Am

  • 171,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that all the electrical components remained on and illuminated when the vehicle was turned off and the driver side door was open. The contact stated that the electrical system was supposed to shut off once the vehicle was turned off. The vehicle emitted a fuel odor and the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 171,000.

- Dacula, GA, USA

problem #98

Jan 012013

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Regular occurrences started at 120K miles, these are all issues which previously complaints have been filed by current 2004 Grand Am owners but have not been corrected and I have called every 6 months filing these complaints. 1) gas fumes are coming in the car when it is running or sitting still idling, 2) blinkers start blinking on their own around 80 degrees F outside temperature, mechanic said it was because grease in steering column becomes thin and shorts out other wiring causing the smoke (fire) which comes from steering column, this occurs every summer to fall when temps are 80 degrees or higher), 3) horn does not work, mechanic replaced horn mechanism but it did not fix the issue & I am concerned the air bag system won't work either since they are inter twined in the steering column, 4) the dash is warping, cracking and breaking horribly, it causes a sticky haze (gas) on my windshield causing issues when driving at night, I continually wipe off but it does not help, 5) the service engine soon light has been on for 2K miles, the mechanic states it is a fuel system indicator code, indicating the fuel cap is not fitting correctly, which he has confirmed is incorrect. Starting at 142K the car overheats (I just got the water pump and thermostat changed), the car shakes tremendously and shuts off while driving when temperature gauge is indicating this overheating, leaving the car unable to be driven since no power steering etc, the replacement of the parts has not corrected the issue. I am very tired and worried about my family's safety in this car. Please assist as I have been calling since 2013 about the #'d issues. Thank you. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Parkersburg, WV, USA

problem #97

Mar 242016

Grand Am

  • 192,654 miles

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

Electrical system failure in 2004 Pontiac Grand Am: The electrical systems in my 2004 Pontiac Grand Am seem to have gone haywire. A few of the dashboard indicator lights have come on for no reason. These include the security indicator, brake indicator, and service engine indicator lights. The power locking system will lock and unlock randomly as well as with the vehicle's dome light. I fear that if it is a short in the system that it will spread to more vital aspects of the vehicles electrical system. These issues will occur whether the vehicle is stationary or in motion, and there is no pattern or order to how this events will occur.

- Columbus, IN, USA

problem #96

Dec 192014

Grand Am

  • 145,000 miles
Turn signals work intermittently, sometimes can press hazard button to activate turn signal for a moment. Power windows quit working all together at once with no warning. Headlight adjusters broke off (crumbled into pieces), can no longer adjust headlights which causes a danger with reduced visibility at night partnered with the intermittent turn signals this causes quite the hazard.

- Heath, OH, USA

problem #95

Jan 192015

Grand Am

  • 154,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that while the vehicle was parked, it failed to start. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was able to restart. 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 manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 154,000.

- Jasper, AL, USA

problem #94

Sep 262015

Grand Am

  • 131,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that while reversing, the ignition key was encountered and fell out of the ignition switch causing the vehicle to stall. The vehicle failed to restart and the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch had no connection to the starter. As a result, the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 131,000. Updated 12/03/15

- Hamburg, NY, USA

problem #93

Dec 242014

Grand Am

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer for a manufacturer's recall for the ignition switch. The contact stated that after the repairs were performed, the vehicle failed to start. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Virginia Beach , VA, USA

problem #92

Feb 282015

Grand Am

  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am. After turning off the ignition switch off, the vehicle was still running. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not taken to an independent mechanic or dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 83,000....updated 01/20/16

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #91

Jul 232015

Grand Am

  • miles
Car runs great shut it off next morning won't start wants to but won't that was the 1st incident the 2nd time ishut it off go to start back up an half hour later and does same thing changed everything again still doesn't work tried resetting the computer myself still didn't work.

- Ellwood City, PA, USA

problem #90

Aug 042015

Grand Am

  • 95,000 miles

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

My daughter went to start her Pontiac Grand Am 2004. It would not start, and the security light in dash was flashing. This happened 3 times in 1 and half hours. It was parked in front of the house 2 times, and once when I accompanied her to fill up for gas. This has happened 3 times with me driving her car in the past 8 months. And has happened atleast once a week with my daughter the past 4 months. I found out on line after doing some research into the problem that this is a recurring issue with the Pontiac the car does not start, not even a click. The security light flashes. Reading up on this. You have to turn the key on and wait approximately 10 long minutes. In the cold and heat. My daughter is a new driver, and should not have to deal with this known GM problem. If it stalls or does not start and an emergency arises. Now she has to wait. This is unacceptable for anyone, let alone a young driver. GM needs to own up and fix this issue.

- Maybrook, NY, USA

problem #89

Jun 092015

Grand Am

  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that when the ignition was turned to the on position, the vehicle did not start. The contact stated that the driver locked all of the doors and closed all of the windows. When the security light went off, the vehicle started. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the ignition coil failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 92,000.

- Davis Junction, IL, USA

problem #88

Dec 242012

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
Pontiac Grand Am 2004 - the vehicle's security passlock system is malfunctioning. There is also a warning light that indicates this and inconsistently by lighting "security." When this system is malfunctioning, the car will not start and is completely disabled / immobile. This causes many factors such as no use of necessities like heat, if you were in dangerous cold temps. You can not get away from a dangerous or potential dangerous situation. I believe this issue is widespread and should be a recall and fixed by GM. I've researched this issue online and found many, many other owner's of the same model with the same problem. This non-starting of the car can only be over ridden by turning the key to the "on" position for 10 minutes. Then the system will allow the car to start. I recently had a recall performed on my car "unintended key rotation" 14350 this recall does not deal with the passlock security system. But I think it is related because since that recall was completed it caused my security passlock system to fail more often. In conclusion I believe GM should issue a recall for "faulty security passlock system."

- Altoona, PA, USA

problem #87

Mar 102015

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Got key fob recall done, now the ignition switch is not accepting the key at all making it very hard to turn the key to on and start position as if the switch is in lock position before driving. After driving down the road a bit the ignition switch shuts the car off making me have to restart the car while im driving down the road. This should be a recall not only for my car but for all Pontiac like mine that are 2004 and up. This could cause serious injury or an accident if its not fixed. I drive safe and have kids in the car at all times. I shouldn't have to fight with the ignition switch to turn my key to start position. Another thing to get fixed, the traction light and ABS light comes on automatically in reverse and stays on until the car is parked.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #86

Jun 102013

Grand Am

  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that while trying to start the vehicle, the ignition key failed to turn to the on position. Also, the contact mentioned that the security warning light continuously illuminated. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced and the security system. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 180,000.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #85

Mar 022015

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • miles
2000 Pontiac Grand Am. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall problems.

- Dillon, SC, USA

problem #84

Oct 012014

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 179,053 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the security warning indicator illuminated and the engine stalled. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 179,053. Updated 4/30/15

- Eminence, MO, USA

problem #83

Mar 132015

Grand Am

  • 109,658 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that while approaching a stop light at 10 mph, the vehicle stalled. As a result, the contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle. A police report was filed and no injuries were sustained. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). However, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The failure mileage was 109,658.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #82

Feb 042015

Grand Am

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system), but the recall repair did not remedy the failure. The contact stated that the dealer replaced the tumbler in the ignition switch, but it became difficult to shift gears after the recall repair was performed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Paris, AR, USA

problem #81

Jan 032009

Grand Am

  • miles
In January 2009, the ignition switch locked on my Grand Am without warning or reason. It required me getting the car towed to a shop and paying $438.61 to have it repaired. Recently GM announced that there is a known issue w/the ignition switch. I've made several attempts to speak with someone about being reimbursed for the repairs w/out success. I'm being told that the only thing I can do is have the "key" covered so no other keys can be attached. I have my dated receipt showing the ignition had to be replaced including the lock cylinder. Please contact me back regarding this matter.

- Rockford, IL, USA

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