NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,167 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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1998 Pontiac Grand Am engine problems

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1998 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #6

May 232004

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles


: the contact stated the vehicle failed to start after being parked in the driveway for a few hours. The battery cranked, but the engine failed to turn over. There were no warning indicators prior to the failure. The dealer came to the house and indicated something was wrong with the engine, but gave no clear reason for the failure. The dealer indicated the engine needed to be replaced.

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #5

Mar 272004

Grand Am

  • miles
When driving at an undetermined speed engine check light appeared on the dashboard, then the engine vibrated. Consumer had informed the dealer about this issue. However, then mechanic was unable to duplicate the problem.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #4

Mar 052004

(reported on)

Grand Am

  • miles
Engine check light came on and will not go off. Consumer received a recall notice for an engine problem.

- Bryant, AL, USA

problem #3

Jan 052004

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


Chronic coolant leak, caused by defective, plastic intake manifold gaskets. Engine never showed it was hot. Based on my research this is a recurring problem with this engine. GM should stand behind their products and fix this instead of continuing to use the same defective parts for over 5 years in a number of GM vehicles. I will never buy another GM product!

- Tulare, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 072000

(reported on)

Grand Am

  • miles
I have had a new transmission, calipers, gear shift mechanism,2 lighters, alternator,2 sets of window motors, 1 broken motor mount, strut torque wasnt bolted to the car when leased, a radial pull in 1 tire in which I had to pay to have replaced, tire scraping on fender right after leasing, 2 new headlamps, fuel cap, battery, and have had a short somewhere and dealer refused to locate. Dealer and Pontiac customer division refuse a buy back or trade in. Sent package to General Motors to make them aware of the situation and they refused the package all together. Pontiac tells me their field rep went to talk to john moore and he refused a buy back so in turn, so did Pontiac. I just would like a car that runs. This is my second Pontiac that has been a lemon. I have all documentaion to prove it. How does a single mom working two jobs get help? its costed me a fortune in missed work.( dot number: Tire size: P195/65R15 )

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 251998

Grand Am

  • miles
Engine head block cracked.

- New Melle, MO, USA

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