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NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Anti-Theft Controller Problems Seal Of Pretty Good


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,000 miles

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2005 Pontiac Grand Am electrical problems

electrical problem

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2005 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 142007

Grand Am

  • 36,000 miles


For the last year to year and a half the anti theft device on my 2005 Grand Am has gone berserk. It randomly prevents me from starting my car. I have to leave 10 minutes early for everything so I am not late because it takes 10 minutes to re-set the device. It is shameful Pontiac won't recall for this problem as many people are experiencing it. I simply cannot afford the 200 + dollars an hour to have the dealership fix it. The problem is if you attempt to fix it yourself (I've been told it's a sensor issue) you could end up setting the anti-theft/passlock device off and never get it to re-set. As it is, I know I can re-set it in 10 minutes (though by then I'm often hot and sweaty and grumpy with melted ice cream). Help! it's just not fair. My local dealership will not tell my mechanic how to fix it; they want me to bring it in.

- Lehigh Acres, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 162008

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
Went to the doctor's office one day and the my car would not start when I was leaving. Had someone pick me up. Took me back to my car a few hours later and it started. Seems to be a passlock issue. A couple of weeks later I was stranded again away from home with the same issue. Again waited a few hours and car started. Now the cars starter is going out and it needs complete brake repair. It only has 52K miles on it. Today stranded at work with yet again the same problem. Had someone else come pick me up and drop me off a half hour away. Will have to go pick it up tomorrow. Tried E-mailing Pontiac and calling the number in the back of my owners manual only to be told that is only for people who are still under warranty. I have also tried to find more information about what seems to be a very common issue with this type of vehicle. As of right now I have not replaced any parts on this vehicle. I am not willing to spend money that I don't have fixing something that seems as though it cannot be fixed. All fixes I have read about have only remained temporary with the original problem returning. I still owe 13K on this car and fear to drive it because it will leave me stranded again. I am 4 months pregnant and cannot just get stranded places. This passlock system is suppose to keep people from stealing my car not to keep me from driving it. It is the same as me using the correct password on my computer but the computer saying, "even though that is the correct password we are choosing not to let you in today."

- Papillion, NE, USA

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