Won't Start Intermittently

2000 Pontiac Grand Am

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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
67,258 miles
Total Complaints:
10 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (9 reports)
  2. replace fuel filter & flush injectors (1 reports)
2000 Pontiac Grand Am electrical problems

electrical problem

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2000 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #10

Apr 112014

Grand Am SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles


Car will run well. Periodically after running, get back in the car, and it won't turn over or anything. No clicking noise or anything. Go back 20 minutes to an hour later, and it starts right up.

Could this be the ignition switch?

- , Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #9

Aug 052006

(reported on)

Grand Am GT

  • 79,000 miles

me and my kids were running late for court i went to start my car and the damn car wouldn't start . all of a sudden the security light flash on and i have to push the trip button that's beside my speedometer, and wait for 10\15minutes and as soon as the light stopped blinking (which is the "security light") MY CAR WILL START , BUT AS SOON AS I am driving the car the light will flash on again. Last but not least, I am in a situation where I can not afford a new car because I am not financially stable enough to get another car. I have had this car for 4 years and I am almost finished my payments. I can't afford to put it in the shop.

- , Charlottesville, VA, USA

problem #8

Jul 142007

(reported on)

Grand Am GT 3400

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

i bought a 2000 grand am gt 4 door from a friend... really a hot car. It drove great all day... for the first day. then i tried to start it the next day and it did but after driving for a few minutes it died on me and wouldnt start up again for another hour! then i drove it home and it did the same thing again! as of right now it is on the side of the highway. i bought a fuel air filter for it which is what the mechanic said was the problem and that worked for a couple of minutes... then died again! mabey it is the cables going from the filter... idk but i want my car to work! any suggestions please!

- , Mt. Pleasant, IA, USA

problem #7

May 022007

(reported on)

Grand Am SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


I have experienced the same problem as has been mentioned. I get into my car and try to start it, the engine sounds like it's about to start but never completely turns over. This was frequent back in 2003/2004, and after taking it in a couple times, the service professionals determined it could be solved with a new fuel filter and an injector flush. The problem did go away, until today, when it came back.

My research taught me that the security light will come on when the correct key is not used or the ignition lock cylinder is tampered with. The Passlock system will then disable the fuel. The manual says that if it comes on, just "wait 10 minutes, until the security light stops blinking and try again." Obviously, everyone else has figured this part out, but what is amazing to me, is that it is in the manual, as though it's known that it doesn't work correctly and can be triggered for the owner, so they included what to do when it happens. Is there a way to disable the Passlock system or somehow override it?

- , Vashon, WA, USA

problem #6

Jul 222004

(reported on)

Grand Am GT

  • 55,000 miles

every month or so the security light will come on and then the car will not start for about 10 minutes or so. I have heard that numerous grand am owners are having the same problem and this should be a recall!! would like to know what other owners have done to fix this problem without going to a dealer and spending $1000 only to have it happen again. thanks

- , Leavenworth, KS, USA

problem #5

Feb 042007

(reported on)

Grand Am SE 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,579 miles

I can't count how many times this car has made me late or have to wait to go somewhere. The car will not start sometimes. When it doesn't start I have to wait ten to twenty minutes and wait for the security light to go off and then it usually starts. I just want to know what is going on.

- , Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #4

Mar 052006

(reported on)

Grand Am SE

  • 25,000 miles


The car, when it starts is great. Sometimes does not start, happens every once in awhile approx 18 times in the last year. There are times when your security is in question, and than getting in to your car and having it not start is a real concern. So far it has always started eventually but at different time intervals. It seems that all of a sudden the starter will kick in

(It has been replaced by GM). It is a real pain

- , Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

problem #3

Mar 312004

(reported on)

Grand Am

  • 57,000 miles

occasionally (once a month and usually after a significant rainfall) the car won't start. it won't turn over when i turn the key. the SECURITY light begins to flash on the dashboard for exactly 10 minutes. after that time, if i turn the key again, the car starts. a big pain if i'm in a hurry and can't be 10 minutes late. after reading the other two complaints regarding similar trouble, i have decided not to take this into the dealership. if you have any information, please contact me.

- , Iowa City, IA, USA

problem #2

Mar 222004

(reported on)

Grand Am SE

  • 50,000 miles

Since Aug. 2003, we have been consistently having trouble with our car not starting. Each time this happens, the Security light blinks and we must wait 10 minutes for the security system to reset itself. This happens at least two or three times per months. Because it is so intermittent, I am hesitant to bring it in for service and spend a bunch of money without a resolution to the problem. Any similar complaints?

- , Loveland, CO, USA

problem #1

Jul 272003

(reported on)

Grand Am GT

  • 82,000 miles

I have had my car towed 5 times in the last 2 months because my car doesn't start sometimes. The reason it STILL isn't fixed is because it's an intermittant problem and when the dealership receives the car it starts for them! They said they need to receive the vehicle with the problem in order to diagnose the problem, so needless to say this could go on for months! they did say there are some communication code errors on the diagnostic test which point to either the fuel pump, ignition, or a couple of other things that could be wrong. I'm about to drop my car off in a parking lot somewhere and buy a new one! If anyone has ANY advise PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME! Funnythang21@aol.com

- , Bethlehem, PA, USA

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