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2001 Pontiac Grand Am (Page 2 of 6)

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am electrical problems

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments (Page 2 of 6)

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problem #93

Oct 132014

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 201,384 miles


I was driving my car to the store in the rain and it was pouring outside when all of a sudden my service engine soon, check engine, & security light came on. Nothing happened until I left the store and tried to start my car back up. It would start and just shut off. It would stay running with my foot on the gas, but as soon as I let off the petal, it would stall and shut off. I waited about a hour for the car to maybe dry before I started it back up, thinking that maybe the rain got something wet, it started right up. Took it to advance auto parts and they said it was a cam sensor. And about 10 other things wrong" I was like wtf? how when I had my car serviced and everything was fine just a month ago. I had taken the car to a mechanic but they still said that they couldn't fix everything and that I have to take it to the dealership because the bad ignition switch and a bad security system. The security light will not turn off and it's making me scared to drive my car that I have taken care of. Told me to be careful, and drive with safety. They said that GM made these very crappy and they have to be replaced. Now I'm going back to the dealership Nov 7th because of this recall with the ignition.. does this mean this problem will be fixed now"

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #92

Sep 012005

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Ignition switch failure,3 times, 1st occurrence in 2005 car was parked and would not start. 2nd occurrence in 2008 car was parked and would not start. 3rd occurrence in 2012 was traveling on highway and re-started only to stall at a stop light, re-started and took to dealer to diagnose problem, which dealer failed to diagnose. Took to a local mechanic who replaced the ignition switch which solved the problem. So said ignition switch has been replaced 3 times. In my opinion there is a wiring problem which causes the ignition switch to overheat, thereby shorting it out over time.

- Eastman, GA, USA

problem #91

Aug 082014

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • 117,340 miles
Vehicle key, which is part of key ring (2-3 house keys) slipped out of the ignition on a highway, in a tunnel. Vehicle functionality ceased. Now power steering or brakes. I put on my hazards but with no shoulder or breakdown lane in the tunnel, I used my emergency brake to come to a stop.

- Somerville, MA, USA

problem #90

Jul 162014

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • 176,452 miles


2001 grandam SE ignition stop working at work.had to tow home.

- Orient, OH, USA

problem #89

Jun 012014

Grand Am

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. While driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle shook and the steering wheel made a popping sound when turned. The dealer stated that the electrical system was the cause of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- West Medford , MA, USA

problem #88

Apr 122014

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
Went to get in my car at the store and the security light was on and car wouldn't start had to have it towed across town. Then I read that it is a common problem with these vehicles. Now I hear GM is recalling for ignition switch. Which is what is wrong with my vehicle. Im afraid it will happen while im driving. Lets hope not. Went to the GM web page they said it wasn't recalled and then I see it on a recall list. I guess I need to pursue this a little more to get the problem solved.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #87

Jun 252014

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • miles


Carshalton out and all lights and dashboard minaj car stopped completely and was not able to operate.

- Ogde, UT, USA

problem #86

Aug 132011

Grand Am

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start on numerous occasions. The contact had to make numerous attempts to turn the ignition and reset the security system in order to start the vehicle. The service engine soon, security sensor, and traction control sensor indicators illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic several times, but the failure could not be duplicated. The contact also stated that while driving various speeds, the vehicle stalled, the radio volume could not be adjusted, and the turn signals failed. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Fayetteville, AR, USA

problem #85

May 012007

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
I was driving along at 55 and the car just shut off. It didn't do it again for a almost 2 years.nothing was predictable and sometimes months would pass and sometimes it would happen within miles of the last occurrence until about January 2014 I made a 50 mile trip and on the return 50 miles it would shut down every 1 to 2 miles while I was on the interstate. I last drove it when it shut down as I was pulling out into traffic across lanes and it stalled leaving me sitting with a fast approaching car onto the driver's side. I took it home where it now sits, mechanically in good condition with a bad starting system that seems common on the internet although no one site can pinpoint the cause.

- Milton, FL, USA

problem #84

Feb 252014

Grand Am

  • 144,000 miles
Security passlock issues. Initially it started with the car not starting unless I sat with the key turned to the on position for 10 minutes. This happened several times before it gradually got worse and then the car wouldn't start at all.

- Flushing, MI, USA

problem #83

Nov 012001

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 500 miles


The ignition switch of the new car shut off multiple times while I was driving almost causing me accidents. The steering wheel and electrical system locked-up because the ignition switch was defective and shut off while I was driving. This happened multiple times from 2001, when I purchased the car, until 2003 when I sold it to another dealer at a personal loss of $5000 due to concerns for my safety. I had taken the car to the GM licensed Pontiac dealer in St. Petersburg for repair of the ignition switch problem on 4 (four) different occasions from 2001 to 2003 and they did not adequately repair the ignition key switch or solve the dangerous problem. But, the car shut off many more times while I was driving. So, I sold the car due to my concerns for safety and took a significant loss on the value of my car. I would not have sold the car if the GM Pontiac dealership would have properly repaired the ignition switch and system of the car.

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #82

Aug 012005

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • miles
Everyone knows that the dashboard of all 2001 Pontiac Grand Am are worthless. Before I mention that the window regulators go out frequently, and the blinker modules are pure junk causing the blinker to blink at high rate of speed when turning. They all go bad and make the cars look and sound like hell. This has been going on for many years like all the others writing in with the same demands. There must be a recall and if there isn't one, then GM is the sorriest bunch of unconcerned auto manufacturers in the business. It makes them look like thieves and I believe strongly about this and am following through with everything in my power to see that all of us are compensated. I will not cease to stop this pursuit. And this is not personal information. I will do whatever it takes to damage GM publicly, should this not be addressed. Anyone can call me at [xxx], my name is [xxx]. I live in [xxx]and I'm sick and tired of being walked all over. Just read the responses on-line concerning this issue. It should appalled the entire working staff at GM. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #81

Aug 282013

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • 118,947 miles
On my way to work (2nd shift) in rush hour traffic as I was preparing to merge onto the highway the car simply shut-off blocking traffic. (I was eventually - 20 minutes - able to get help to push the car off the road.) everything shut off and car would not restart....everything including the power-steering. This has happened one other time and the vehicle is now nothing more then a two-ton paperweight in my garage - and about as useful. On a second occasion it cut-off as I pulled into traffic and almost caused a collision...fortunately I was able to coast far enough to get into the turn lane and then when traffic cleared to push it back off the road. An online search told me this is a well-known problem with the security system of the vehicle but there seems no agreement on a solution/fix. Evidently the security system simply does not recognize the key (even when it is the correct one) and thinks the car is being stolen and thus shuts itself off. What would/could have happened if this occurred while I was at speed in traffic" if Pontiac knows about this why is there no recall....does someone have to die first"

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #80

Apr 012010

Grand Am

  • 970,000 miles
My security light stay on all the time or car wont start or shuts off 2001 Pontiac Grand Am.

- Cherry Valley , MA, USA

problem #79

Aug 122013

Grand Am

  • 40,000 miles
For the past three years we have had a problem with the passlock system on this car. Before we were aware of the problem we had the fuel pump replaced, ignition replaced and several diagnostics, costing us nearly $1000 dollars. When we researched the problem online we realized there literally hundreds of complaints on various websites about the same problem with the same car. Not only is this an unjustified expense for a faulty device, but it could also be a legitimate safety issue. I have read several complaints where the car has cut out while actually driving. As I stated it has been three years we have dealt with this problem and it still continues to happen. I do not understand why nothing has been done to force a recall, does someone need to actually get hurt??

- West Simsbury, CT, USA

problem #78

Jul 212013

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 165,000 miles
Turn signals work sometimes and stop working sometimes, the fuses and bulbs were checked, they were ok.

- Alliance, OH, USA

problem #77

May 012013

Grand Am

  • 133,000 miles
My Grand Am has a security electrical problem and cranks and wont turn on and after 10 mins it will how do I fix this?

- Colchester, CT, USA

problem #76

Sep 032012

Grand Am

  • 240,000 miles
My car has a security device that when driving will completely shut down the car and I have to drive on I26 to get to work this is a major interstate what happens when im driving this car and it shuts down in front of a big truck and I cant steer it because the power and electrical control has completely quit. This is a death trap waiting to happen Pontiac or GM should really recall this I had to replace my complete coolant system and fuel system only to be told its the cars anti-theft deterrent security device it is a just a matter of time before someone is hurt or even worse by this defective device. How many complaints do we have to make to get this part recalled and fixed? it's too late when your dead to make a recall.

- Wildwood , FL, USA

problem #75

Sep 032012

Grand Am

  • 108,000 miles
The A/C stopped working on buttons 1-2 and was only working on 3 4 5 and now completely quit working all together.

- Wildwood , FL, USA

problem #74

Jul 182012

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • 132,000 miles
There have been several occasions that while driving my 2001 Pontiac Grand Am it shuts off. I can be on the highway during rush hour traffic and the oil and battery lights turn on and the car dies. I have replaced the battery, alternator and fuel pump all within the past 6 months. We have done a full tune up to the car as well. The problem started about a year ago and after a while it stopped, now it started doing this to me again yesterday. Today while driving in the rain during afternoon traffic the car shut off 4 times on the highway and 1 time while I was at a red light. The car does start back up right away but this is very dangerous, I have my kids in the car with me most of the time and I do not want something horrible to happen. I have looked online and have found no recalls on this type of issue but have found several complaints about it. Something needs to be done to get this fixed before there is a fatality!

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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