Transmission Slipping Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
116,714 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
  2. get rid of it now! (2 reports)
1999 Pontiac Grand Am transmission problems

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1999 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 192011

Grand Am 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 158,000 miles


ok when I first bought this car in mid July 2011 the guy told me that his daughter owned this car and didn't want it anymore due to the fact of it sometimes staying in neutral for a sec or two in drive and told me it needed a torque converter to get fix would cost $300 bucks plus labor.... but i don't want to sit here and pay all the money and it doesn't need it at all and ever since it had it tends to do that when I'm driving a lot if i parked the car turn off and come back to start it up it will go in any other gear but if i put it in drive it stays in neutral for a sec and clicks over to go doesn't idle anywhere i go or give me no problem in speed its has 158,000 miles on the car just want to know already got it a transmission flush told me the fluid was burnt/dark i like this car alot and gas is alright but its going to cost me a lot to fix that problem i don't even want to bother putting any money in it so if someone can help me and tell me what it is !!!!

- , Menasha, WI, USA

problem #6

Sep 232009

Grand Am SE 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 173,000 miles

I have had this car for almost 9 long years, the first transmission went out at 72,000 miles, when it was still under the extended warranty (that warranty more than payed for itself!) Now 100,000 miles later, it is slipping in 4th gear again. These are throwaway transmissions, they have dipstick, or even an easy way to add fluid! The manual says it is filled for life and the fluid never needs to be changed, which in my opinion is total crap. It has been nothing but problems since 30,000 miles. The only reason I kept this vehicle this long is from putting money into my house, but the time is coming very soon to kiss this lemon goodbye.

- , High Point, NC, USA

problem #5

Mar 262009

Grand Am 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles

Just found this out today when I was trying to get a trade in value for my little lemon....$500 trade in for my '99, 88,000 miles!! Tell me I didn't just waste my money.

- , Tipp City, OH, USA

problem #4

Jun 202007

Grand Am 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


Pontiac Grand-ams suck asshole. I've had this car for not even two years. Me and my boyfriend went on this website to see what all went wrong with this car because my transmission is currently going bad. It won't go up hills or in reverse, i have to drive in third gear and even that doesn't work. As i read through all the problems and complaints i realized i have had every single thing listed wrong with my piece of sh*t thing you would call a car. I've put countless amount of money into it and it still doesn't work like a car should. I will get something fixed and two months later the same thing will go bad. I'm buying a 1994 Integra off of a friend and looked for problems on those, there is one, which is nothing compared to this car. I dream about lighting this car on fire. Tell everyone you know, do not buy a Pontiac unless your dream is to put thousands of dollars into a sh*t car.

- , Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #3

Aug 062008

Grand Am GT 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,000 miles

well my transmission is going bad and i just got the car.i bought the car as is but now im paying for a useless car.

- , Jackson, MI, USA

problem #2

Mar 012008

Grand Am SE 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

I only saw one or two other people mentioning this problem so i want to put it out there to see if anybody else is having this issue and how you might have fixed it. It seems as though my transmission it about to give out. when switching gears to put my car into Drive from Park my car feels as though it's in neutral and will rev. but not go anywhere, then it will all the sudden kick in and catch but without switching gears myself it will feel as though it slips back into neutral when I'm idling, I get to a red light just fine, stop, idle, and then give it gas and it feels like it's back in neutral. I'll be taking my car in soon to get this check out more in depth but it's scary sometimes. And it usually happens when I'm on uneven ground, on a hill, usually facing up hill. NOT COOL!

Update from Jun 8, 2009: I had my tranny checked two weeks ago and my mechanic told me that he saw quite a bit of build up and black stuff in the tranny tank. This is bad! This means that my tranny is about to go now after I just got my gasket leak fixed less then a year ago. I'm trading this car in ASAP before it is worthless!

- , South San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 182006

(reported on)

Grand Am

  • 130,000 miles

The transmission is slow about going in to drive & then when it does it slips, so far the slipping only lasts a few min. then goes in to gear. (does not happen all the time) I think it may just be low on fluid, However I do not know this to be fact because the wonderful people at Pontiac decided NOT to put a dip stick in for checking fluid levels in the trans. Does anyone know how to go about doing this?

- , Forney, TX, USA

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