Intake Manifold Gaskets Failure

2000 Pontiac Grand Am (Page 2 of 2)

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Pontiac dealer. Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
103,556 miles
Total Complaints:
34 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace manifold gasket, manifold, don't use dex cool (12 reports)
  2. not sure (6 reports)
  3. replace intake manifold gasket (5 reports)
  4. replace intake manifold gasket, flush from time to time (4 reports)
  5. replaced both cracked heads (2 reports)
  6. sue gm (2 reports)
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2000 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #14

Sep 152007

Grand Am SE1 3.4L V6 Mpi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


In the spend of 3 days I probably used 5 gallons coolant!

I was leaking very bad

When It first happened I was on the highway (Couple weeks after I bought the car) in front of a 18-wheeler where I almost lost my life because all the coolant leaked out and the car drastically lowered then shut off (but luckily I was able to swerve the car over to the brake down lane.

- , Providence, RI, USA

problem #13

Dec 242007

Grand Am GT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles

My heater was not getting warm and the low coolant light kept coming on, so I took my car to the shop and they informed me that the gasket (manufactured by GM) was poorly designed, thus antifreeze was being blown into my motor oil resulting in a loss of heat. The cost was $850.00. I replaced the gasket and the heat still DID NOT get warm. I returned to the shop two months later and they informed me that I needed a new thermostat. Replaced the thermostat (another $200.00) and I now have HEAT!

- , Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #12

Feb 082008

Grand Am GT 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

same as everybody else. crappy "plastic" gasket failure, water pump shot, mechanic says he does LOTS of these...

- , Winnebago, IL, USA

problem #11

Apr 012007

Grand Am GT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


60 degree v6 as apposed to a 90 to produce more power. in turn this creates a pressure point on the intake manifold that will eventually break... 900$ no warranty.

- , Peabody, MA, USA

problem #10

May 192007

(reported on)

Grand Am GT 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,000 miles

My Grand Am has 127,000 miles... last April I drove from Ohio to Tennessee and the trip drained all of my coolant. Since then I've had to refill the coolant reservoir at least every two weeks. I had a mechanic look at it and he said he couldn't find a leak. About the same time, the "Service Engine Soon" light came on and stayed on. This time the mechanic did some diagnostics and it turned out I needed a simple tune up. The light never went off and now sometimes when I'm backing up, the SES light flashes after the car kind of hesitates. The fuel pump died a few months ago, costing about $800 to replace. I am just now finding out about these head gasket problems, now I'm worried about how much it's going to replace. I can't believe that GM is ignoring this chronic Grand Am defect.

Other than all of this, I've had to get the turn signals fixed from the wiring recall and my headlights burn out every few months. At least one tire goes completely flat every month.

- , Warren, OH, USA

problem #9

Jan 072008

Grand Am GT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 133,000 miles

Just dropped my car off this morning & already know it's gonna cost at least $600 & won't be done until Thursday or Friday so sharing my husband's crappy Dodge Neon. This is the same problem I had almost 3 years ago & the mechanic said that he has to replace the intake manifold gasket so far. This is the 2nd time I am having that same part replaced & it's not cheap. I plan on calling the other mechanic who replaced it before to get a copy of the receipt in case I have to replace it a 3rd time. After all the problems since I bought the car, it's not even worth the 4 tires that hold it off the ground. About a month after buying the car, I found out that the previous owner was a mechanic who worked at that same dealership & had traded it in (it only had 32,000 miles on it) for a new one. Guess he knew something I didn't. Nice huh?

- , Lowell, MA, USA

problem #8

May 202005

Grand Am GT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles


My car was leaking antifreeze really bad, not on the ground but it was spraying upward & all over everything. The engine hood was half-soaked & my then-boyfriend got sprayed in the face with antifreeze as soon as he opened the hood (good thing for him that he wears glasses). This happened in a parking lot so I took my car to the local Pontiac dealership right away. The next day they called me (they didn't start repairs yet) saying the repair would cost $1,600 & I told them not to start fixing it yet, that I didn't have that much money. I decided to pick up the car & have it repaired elsewhere & Pontiac gave me a hard time & they wanted to bargain with me, asking if I had quotes from any other garage. The manager of the service dept. went out back to get my car & when I got in it I found that someone spit a fresh wad of gum onto the passenger side floor. I went back in their office & had their manager clean it up personally. Bet they thought I wouldn't notice until after driving away. Who knows, maybe that $1,600 job was going to be their biggest job of the week. Needless to say, I went to another mechanic. While my car was at the new mechanic, the car's lifters broke when the repair was just about done. In the end this guy charged me a total of $1,100 which included fixing the lifters & installing a new intake manifold gasket.

- , Lowell, MA, USA

problem #7

Jun 012007

(reported on)

Grand Am 3.4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles

My beef is that dexcool was what I was told to add to this vehicle only to find out it was the culprit to my problems. I am keeping my receipt. Hopefully a lawyer will hear our cries

- , Fairport, OH, USA

problem #6

Oct 102007

(reported on)

Grand Am SE 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,120 miles

I own a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am that has been problems.I bought it used with 52000 mi on it and in less than a month my car was driving eratically. My gas gauge was jumping everywhere and my car was shifting very hard and also surging power loss as I drove, this first problem turned out to be my EGR valve, it took three diffrent mechanic shops to determine the problem. The first two mechanic shops said their Diagnostic recommends I replace every sensor on the car. After that my motor to the driver side window took a s#@*, one year later the intake manifold gasket went out along with my water pump and I also changed my thermostat trying to be safe, that new gasket lasted one full year and know here I am with my Intake gasket out again and my front driver side wheel is starting to vibrate really bad any time I apply the brakes.. I would not recomend a pontiac to anyone. I have had several people tell me about the Intake gasket and Electrical problems.

- , Fresno, CA, US

problem #5

Aug 132007

(reported on)

Grand Am SE 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

The FIRST defective intake manifold gasket was replaced was in 2005 by a small town mechanic that the car was towed to... no Pontiac dealer for miles. THAT defective manifold gasket failed two years later... now the manifold is cracked and must be replaced. Working "with" GM's Customer Assistance Ctr (1-800-462-8782) was a joke... rhetoric, rehearsed responses, "we'll certainly look into that problem," absorb and diffuse... final word... "Sorry. We don't know nothin' 'bout nothin' 'cause your car's just too old." and I was given a bogus 800 number to call for "further assistance." I used to trust GM products and thought it was a company with integrity that prided itself on quality products that they backed. Not anymore. GM is a 300 pound gorilla corporation that obviously doesn't care about customer service or resolving an issue that is CLEARLY their responsibility. I'm filing complaints with the Federal Trade Commission, Better Business Bureau, and joining any class action suit against GM that is allowed. I'm watching how the Canadian federal class action suite goes against GM regarding manifold gasket vs Dex Cool.

- , Monument, CO, USA

problem #4

Aug 042007

(reported on)

Grand Am SE 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles


Well, I'm joining in on the POS Grand Am's. In September 2006, car overheated so many times I can't count. We found out the cap was on crooked and therefore releasing pressure. So when it happened recently, I thought it was the cap. We have done everything including replacing the cap and it still overheated, sometimes after driving for several miles. I was just told by a Car-X mechanic that I definitely have a cracked or leaking intake gasket. Thankfully I had been to AutoBeef and read all the complaints, so I knew there was a good chance my POS was the same as everyone else's. We have already replace the belt, water pump and cap. These weren't very expensive. But....... since I am unemployed at this time, I'm wondering where I am supposed to sh** out the money to repair a problem that GM is well aware of. My mom works for GM. She said I have never heard of overheating problems on Pontiacs. I told her to get on the internet and type in 2000 Pontiac Grand AM and see how many she could find. If anyone knows where the class action lawsuit link is, I would love to have it. I have a beautiful car sitting in the garage and can't drive it!!!!!!!!!!

- , Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #3

Jul 282007

(reported on)

Grand Am

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

At 86000 miles started having problems. First had to replace the alternator at a cost of $245.00. Then at 92000 started having trouble losing coolant. The low coolant light kept coming on. After paying $100 to have them test the radiator and other items, taking back to the garage because light kept coming on they finally said it was the intake gasket. Had that replaced at a cost of $600.00 and then once again the low coolant light came on. Now it is the water pump at a cost of $500.00. Have spent a lot of money in the past 6 months.

- , Schenevus, NY, USA

problem #2

May 012007

(reported on)

Grand Am SE 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles

I've only had this car for 2 years and have had to dump a lot of money into it due to GM's failures. Given that there have been numerous complaints about this exact problem in all the 3.4L V6 cars that GM has made in recent years they NEED to have a recall. The fact that they do not care about their customers enough to pay attention to the problems that their products are causing is rediculous, and is going to cost them customers in the future. Hopefully there will be a lawsuit about this problem soon because it does not look like GM is going to do anything about it otherwise.

- , Taneytown, MD, USA

problem #1

Feb 282007

(reported on)

Grand Am GT 3.4 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

2 Months and 5,000 miles after I bought my 2000 Pontiac Grand Am Gt, I noticed the temperature gauge slowly rising above normal. I took it to a shop, they said it looked like the intake manifold gasket was leaking, and would cost $$. They refilled the reservoir and said to keep it full, but fix it soon. I called my warranty company, and they told me my 3 months wasn't up. (3 month and 1,000 mile gap) Piece of sh*t warranty. So I wait a month, take it back in, as I couldn't even go 5 miles w/out the damn thing overheating. Warranty doesn't cover gaskets. Piece of sh*t warranty. ($1800 to purchase 5 yr., 100,000 mile warranty that doesn't cover gaskets)

- , Merced, CA, USA

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