NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2001 Pontiac Grand Am (Page 3 of 6)

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am electrical problems

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments (Page 3 of 6)

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problem #73

Jun 142012

Grand Am

  • 83,062 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph the anti-theft warning light illuminated on the instrument panel, causing the vehicle to shut down. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The dealer replaced the ignition switch. The vehicle was repaired but the defect continued. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and the current mileage was 83,062.

- Detroit , MI, USA

problem #72

Aug 122009

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated the security system warning indicator illuminated and the engine failed to start. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The technician informed the contact that the malfunction was contributed to a defect within the engine. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure recurred six months later. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000. Updated 6/4/12 the consumer stated that security locks ignition for 10 minutes. These occurrences happen everday. Updated 06/07/12

- Newport Richey , FL, USA

problem #71

Feb 152012

Grand Am

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start. The anti-theft security warning light was illuminated on the instrument panel and the vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The dealer was contacted and stated to the contact that there was a malfunction in the security system. The vehicle was repaired by having a battery charger connected to the battery. The failure and the current mileage was 78,000.

- Vainesville, OH, USA

problem #70

Nov 022009

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 28,500 miles


The car was purchased with 26,700 miles from my father. He bought it new. There were no major problems with it other than the A/C, which needed to be recharged. The car had approximately 28,500 miles when the engine shutdown suddenly. It happened on a busy highway where the speed limit is 55 mph. The car could would not restart after several frantic attempts. Finally, it started after 10 minutes and ran long enough to drive it three miles to the house. The ignition switch was replaced and the car ran well for another 200 miles before the engine shutdown suddenly again. A battery cable had overheated due to a poor factory terminal connection that only used a portion of the cable strands to supply power to the main fuse box under the hood. The cable was replaced. The car ran well for another 300 miles when suddenly all the instrument warning lights started flashing, but the engine didn't shutdown. The battery was damaged during the battery cable meltdown. It was replaced. The car was driven the next day and the engine shutdown suddenly again. It eventually restarted. It failed again after making a left turn on the way home. It restarted and was parked on the driveway. A search on the internet indicated the problem could be caused by the body control module (BCM), which is located under the dashboard on the passenger side. The BCM was removed and one of the three electrical connectors (pink) was found to be wet and corroded at three of the male and female connector pins. It could not be determined where the water came from. The connector pins were dried and the corrosion removed. A dielectric grease was applied to avoid further corrosion. The car has operated properly, so far. Possibly, the passlock system was intermittently losing a critical sensor input due to corroded BCM terminals. Investigate the faulty battery cable connector, and water corroding the BCM terminals.

- Spring Hill, FL, USA

problem #69

Nov 302011

Grand Am

  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am GT. The contact stated that the vehicle would intermittently not start. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the dealer advised the contact to replace the pass lock sensor. The pass lock sensor was replaced, but the failure continued. The manufacturer was aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 135,000 and the current mileage was 140,000.

- Roundsburg, IN, USA

problem #68

Aug 082010

Grand Am

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the anti-theft system light would illuminate followed by the system activating and preventing the vehicle from being started. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 120,000 and the current mileage was 142,000.

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #67

Aug 042011

Grand Am

  • miles


Vats the anti theft that locks up GM cars because of the sercuity chip that's in the key people have got robbed sitting in a parking lot waiting on they car to start or for some one to come get them.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #66

Jun 152011

Grand Am

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop, where the technicians stated that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure continued. The vehicle was towed back to the repair shop, where the technicians stated that the failure was due to the pass lock interfering while starting the vehicle. The contact reset the pass lock twice, but the vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Marion, IN, USA

problem #65

Jul 122011

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
The security light on my 2001 Pontiac Grand Am GT remains on and the vehicle does not start. The car has left me stranded time and time again in the cold and in the heat while waiting for the passlock system to reset. I have replaced the locking cylinder twice and it is still not working properly. According to information viewed on the internet, this is a reoccurring problem with these type vehicles.

- Va, VA, USA

problem #64

Feb 232011

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
2001 Pontiac Grand Am GT wont start. Turn the key to start and nothing. After a day then the car will start... when the car start you can hear the gas pump turn on... when the problem starts there is nothing.

- Adelanto, CA, USA

problem #63

Dec 262010

Grand Am

  • 117,600 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph the security lock engaged and shut the engine down. The contact was able to avoid on coming traffic and pull over to the side of the road. The contact tried to restart the vehicle and it failed to start. The contact looked online to find a solution to restart the vehicle which stated to leave the key in the on position for ten minutes. The online remedy caused the battery to fail; therefore, the contact needed a jump start. The following day the security lock engaged again and shut the vehicle down. The contact called the dealer regarding the security system and they stated that the security system needed to be replaced. The contact removed the security system and that did not remedy the failure. The contact was concerned that there was no recall due to the amount of complaints. The failure mileage was 117,600.

- Ashley, PA, USA

problem #62

Dec 162010

Grand Am

  • miles
3rd time Pontiac Grand Am passlock failure. Have had to replace ignition cylinder with no guarantee this won't continue to happen. I have researched online web sites and this appears to be a rampant problem. There needs to be a recall and reimbursement to all owners who have this repeated problem.

- Binghamton, NY, USA

problem #61

Jul 292010

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 86,881 miles
2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE. Security computer code inside vehicle's computer prevents vehicle from starting for twenty minutes to over an hour with original key to vehicle. Every 2001 Pontiac Grand Am owner in the area is having the same problem. National recall to correct the problem with the microcode and/or ignition switch should be made.I am disabled and the vehicle left me stranded for over three hours today until I found a ride home. Cars should not have computer microcode that prevents starting vehicle.this is a dangerous safety issue. VIN number [xxx] 2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Saint Paul, VA, USA

problem #60

Sep 262010

Grand Am

  • 95,000 miles
I own a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. It uses the "passlock II" factory security system. I was told by a former GM mechanic that the passlock II system will fail when the car reaches approximately 95,000 miles on the odometer. The passlock II system now requires daily resets, causing the car to start normally only until it sits for any length of time. I have talked with the dealerships about this and they "aren't exactly sure" what the root cause is. I have done research across the internet, and it seems that hundreds, if not thousands of people are affected by this, specifically those who own Pontiac Grand Am and Oldsmobile Alero employing the passlock II anti-theft system. There are "shade-tree fixes for this problem, but now that GM is a government owned corporation, this problem should be addressed and remedied in the form of a recall. The owner of each vehicle should not be subjected to hundreds to thousands of dollars in dealership repair costs for parts designed to fail at 100,000 miles. GM as a whole can charge the subcontractor for replacement parts. Thank you for your time. Please contact me for any other information you may need. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lacey, WA, USA

problem #59

Aug 262010

Grand Am

  • 60,000 miles
I have owned my 2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE for 2 years. It was given to me from my mother. Before owning the car, my mother complained of the turn signal noise constantly going at a sporadic rate at random times. It still makes this noise at a constant rate to this very day. At times, I even notice a very tiny amount of smoke coming from the steering column. I researched this online and this is a common problem among Grand Am owners. Since I have seen others are having the same problem, I called the dealership to see if there is a recall on the vehicle. I gave my VIN and I was told that there is no recall on the car although I do see a recall about the hazard light switch online. I believe this could possibly cause an electrical fire. It has not happened to me yet, but if it does any I am hurt as a result, there will be a lawsuit.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #58

Jul 152010

Grand Am

  • 78,152 miles
Car won't start. Leaves me (widow) stranded wherever I am, awaiting tow truck. These are what have been repeated culprits - defective pass door lock, defective hazard switch (2 replacements) faulty ignition switch (2 replacements), faulty ignition pass lock sensor... this car has alot of faulty replaced over and over again since 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010... latest replacement of faulty pass door lock sensor is listed below...

- Scotts Valley, CA, USA

problem #57

Jul 182009

Grand Am

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start on an intermittent basis. The contact stated the failure was contributed to the pass lock mechanism. When the vehicle thought it was being stolen, it would not allow her to accelerate. She would make several attempts to turn the key in the ignition but to no avail. The manufacturer would not provide any assistance. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was approximately 120,000 and the current mileage was approximately 156,000.

- Star Prairie, WI, USA

problem #56

Jul 092010

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start. After repeated attempts the vehicle was unable to start. The failure was not diagnosed by a dealer to determine the cause of failure. The failure and current mileages were 120,000. Updated 09/29/10. Updated 10/25/10 the consumer stated vehicle finally started after leaving the key in the on position for 10 minutes or until the security light stopped blinking. Updated 10/27/10

- Merrill, WI, USA

problem #55

Jun 162010

Grand Am

  • 140,000 miles
01 Pontiac Grand Am having problems starting. It seems that it is an overall problem with these models of Grand Am. I research the web and find many upon many of other people having the same exact problems. When going to start the car sometimes it will not. When this happens you have to reset the security which you have to leave the key on for over 11 mins to reset it. I have had this problem with my car for over 6 months now. And today it has started doing it every time I start the car. There should of definitely been a recall on this. Like other models have had.

- Ravenswood, WV, USA

problem #54

Jun 222010

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
I have a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am GT V6 3400. The passlock/security system has proven to be faulty on numerous occasions. In the recent past the security light would randomly flash preventing me from starting my car for up to 10-15 minutes. It has more recently taken a turn for the worse. Now my security light is on solid. I can turn my car on but within 1-2 seconds it shuts off. I have not had any theft attempts, yet my car thinks I am trying to steal it. I believe the computer is faulty and recognizing problems that do not exist. Along with the problem of the car not starting, the keyless entry (also provided by my GM dealer, not second hand) is useless. I have no control over my car, for it is in shutdown. If I were to replace the ignition cylinder it would cost $200 for the part and another $2000 to get the part replaced professionally. I wish GM could stand behind this faulty product that so many people like myself have struggled with. I am a proud owner of my car and would love nothing more than to keep it, but I would like to be able to drive it. Passlock/security systems in this model are faulty and I'm not alone in this recognition.

- Lake View, IA, USA

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