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NHTSA — Latches/Locks/Linkages: Doors: Latch Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,667 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.

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1997 Pontiac Grand Am accessories - exterior problems

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1997 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 012001

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles


This is the worst car (lemon) I have ever had. I bought this car from a used car dealer ship called new car alternative in livonia mi. I am now on my third engine in the car. The first 2 failed due to the head gaskets blowing and anti-freeze was mixing with oil in the engine causing engine failure. All car window motors have be replaced 4 or 5 times each and still don't work. Back two doors are broke one wont open the other wont close. The sunroof wont close the dealer told me 1500 to replace motor and put back on tracks. Lol I have the brakes replaced 3 times in 5 years. I bought the car Dec of 99 and have had all these problems since. I don't recommend anyone to buy a Grand Am or a car from this dealership they were no help at all. The first engine was covered by warranty second one was at my cost of 3500. Then another 1500 for new radiator and heater core. Then alternator needed to be replaced. After that I needed a new transmission hose. This is such bull crap. What a lemon! plus I was pulling out of a gas station one day and my air bag decided to come out on it own no accident occurred and hit me in the face resulting in injuries and I had to go to the hospital.

- South Lyon, MI, USA

problem #2

Feb 152002

Grand Am

  • miles
All of the door locks failed.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #1

May 151997

Grand Am

  • miles
On its own the door would lock/unlock. When ignition is engaged or shifted into drive, will not lock at all. Intermittent. Dome light flashes on/off during day/night, rain/shine. Chimes on seat belt would sound when seat belt is worn. Taking to dealer.

- Cumming, GA, USA

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