NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2001 Pontiac Grand Am (Page 5 of 6)

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am electrical problems

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments (Page 5 of 6)

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problem #33

Jul 042008

Grand Am

  • 86,000 miles


Ignition lock/security will not allow car to start and in rare circumstances lead to instant shutdown.

- Matthews, NC, USA

problem #32

Jul 052008

Grand Am

  • 121,989 miles
I have a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am that I have had issues with since I bought the car. Now for the second tim in three years I have had to replace the passlock sensor and the ignition switch cylinder. This fix has cost me over $700 each time not including the tow. I am a mother of two kids that works full-time and goes to school part time, this problem has drained me of money that I use to support my children. I have missed work and school because of this problem. There are forums that I have looked at and read with people going through the same issue. I have taken it to a GM dealer and also a mechanic in order to fix this problem that's when I realized it was the same issue. I compared notes. I believe that this is going to be happening again in the next few years according to my mechanic, who has also heard people discussing this same issue.

- Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #31

Sep 282001

Grand Am

  • miles
The very same problems/issues are occurring with/in my 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. I am the only owner of my vehicle and have experienced every single issue others have wrote about. From the security issue to the driver side seat not moving at all..... GM really needs to research/investigate these matters and place re-calls on all of them asap. This is a very serious matter and apparently they are overlooking this completely.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #30

Jul 062008

Grand Am

  • 85,000 miles


We were on our way home from vacation, we heard what seem to be a clicking noise that sounded like one of the turn signals was on. They were both off but the clicking sound kept going on and off. On our way to our house, we put the turn signal on to turn and it would not shut off and smoke started coming out of the steering column, like it was starting a fire or something in there. It got hot so we shut the car off. When we turned it back on the turn signal was off and the smoke was not noticeable. So we continued to take it home. I am afraid to drive it in fear that it might do it again and catch fire. Please help me. I seen that there was a recall on the exterior flasher and turn signal parts but what about the interior electrical parts.

- Joliet, IL, USA

problem #29

May 092008

Grand Am

  • 52,217 miles
Multifunction switch went bad. It is a known problem from GM. However, there was never a recall on this switch because GM doesn't want to pay the costs. It could cause problems with turn signal blinkers posing a safety hazard to the driver and other motorists. I had to take my vehicle to the garage and parts were replaced for $316.40.

- Montoursville, PA, USA

problem #28

Jun 092008

Grand Am

  • 56,000 miles
This is my procedure of start engine. Turn on the key, I can see the sign of security. Wait 10minutes until lights off. Turn off the key and start the engine. That is too annoying me. I already towed my car 3 times and replace the fuel pump. It costs $500. Is that not serious? recently it occurs too often!!!

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #27

May 222008

Grand Am

  • 157,000 miles


About a year after I got the car, which was around 3 years ago, I was in a parking lot & turned it off for a few minutes and then when I went to start it again it would not start. Also, the security light was flashing. That happened again 6 months later and then 3 months after that and then every month. Then about 2-3 weeks ago the interior chime and interior lights wouldn't shut off. It was exactly what it would do if I had just put my key in and the door was open. However, my key was not in and the doors were closed. We disconnected a fuse and that at least made the noise and lights go off and kept my battery from dying. My radio also didn't work but I could live with that. Then about a week and a half ago my car started locking itself every 30 seconds and the trunk opened every time the car locked. I opened the drivers side door and smoke came pouring out. I called a neighbor and he disconnected my battery and took my car to his house to work on it. He called me back the next day and said that a module underneath my passenger side dash was misfiring and if we had not disconnected the battery when we did the car would have caught fire. I saw the old computer module. Half of the plastic was melted away and the wires were burnt. He got a new one from a junk yard for $50 for me and reset it, with a machine from work, to my passlock. That seems to have fixed the problem but I've read complaints from other owners of Pontiac Grand Am and the same things are happening to them. I just listed a complaint and let them know what I did to fix it but if this is happening to that many people someone could get hurt if they don't know what to get fixed. My car almost caught fire and it wasn't even on!

- Milford, MI, USA

problem #26

May 062008

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
Security feature will not allow the car to start, you have to turn the key to acc. For 10 minutes before it will start, in my mind this is serious safety problem, what if your having an emergency and do not have 10 minutes to wait or you have to sit in the hot car with an infant this problem should be addressed.

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #25

Aug 182007

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Grand Am. While driving 35 mph the vehicle shut off. There were no warning lights illuminated on the dash board. She was able to coast the vehicle to the side of the road and after five minutes she was able to restart the vehicle. 24 hours later, the vehicle operated normally; however, after parking the vehicle, it failed to restart. Prior to towing the vehicle the mechanic checked the battery and alternator to determine the failure. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop. The mechanic is currently unable to diagnose the failure; however, after 48 hours, the vehicle started and operated normally. The mechanic also confirmed with the owner that the electrical system is a possibility. She has owned the vehicle for almost two weeks. The diagnostic computer also didn't determine the cause of failure. The dealer where the vehicle was purchased stated that she has no warranty, its a used vehicle and it cant be anything too serious. The current and failure mileage were 89,000. The dealer information is unavailable.

- Madison Heights , MI, USA

problem #24

Aug 182007

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles
TL 2001 Grand Am. Went on a website other than NHTSA. She was told by the dealer that they will check it to see what they can find. The vehicle is at the repair shop and they advised her that they are unable to diagnose it. The vehicle started on its own. She is the second owner, 89,000. She owned it almost 2 weeks. While driving, the vehicle shut off, no warning, no warning lights on the dash. She was able to coast the vehicle to the side of the road. She sat for 5 minutes and was able to start it. 24 hours later, she drove it, no problem. She attempted to start the vehicle and was unable to do so. 2 hours later it would not start and the tow company check to see if it was the battery or alternator. The vehicle was towed to her home 24 hours later, it didn't start. The mechanic attempted to restart it and it did start 48 hours later. The diagnostic computer also didnt determine the failure.

- Madison Height , MI, USA

problem #23

Apr 012007

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 149,500 miles


I own a 2001 Grand Am SE 2.4L. I've had nothing but troubles with this car since I bought it. Here's the list of some of the things I've had to replace on the car: Alternator, starter, ignition module, coils and housing unit, and now the passlock system is junk!! this car has several times put me in danger because of it stalling just after stopping or just after going after a start. Which means I'm in the middle of an intersection when it stalls. I'm taking it to the dealer Friday to get the passlock system fixed because my security light is on. I want this car to be recalled or to get reimbursed for the cost and time I've had to put into this car which is a lot$$$

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #22

Jun 152003

Grand Am

  • miles
I own a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. I have experienced several of the same problems/issues noted in previous complaints. My 1 and 2 function on the fan is no longer working, the turn signals appear to have a short/wiring problem, the driver and passenger side window motor/brackets needed to be replaced, the driver seat adjuster is broken, the(gear shaft) button that puts the car in gear(P, R, N, D) pops out frequently, driver floor has been soak and wet periodically, and numerous braking system problems(need to replace rotors and brake pads frequently, had to replace brake calipers/hubs/wheel bearings). The only problem that was covered under a recall was the turning switch, which the problem has re-occurred. I would like to see the manufacturer cover these problems that have become repetitive in several other vehicles.

- Chaptico, MD, USA

problem #21

Oct 082006

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Well I've called and talked to the dealership that is located in lexington, ky (paul miller Ford). I have talked to the sale's man that have sold this car to me that I'm having problems with that I have only been having for about three weeks now. Talked to him and he told me that their wasn't nothing to be done at all... in other words there is nothing we can do for you. When I got this car they have told me that it's been checked out and there wasn't nothing wrong with it and also that a older lady had it already maintained before we got the car. The problem with the car is that it wont start when it's cold, brakes make some time of funny noise, turn the air up to level 3 for it to come on, security light is coming on, it's eating up gas really bad. I'm hoping that someone can help me then tell some bull and find a problem to my solution. Also, I have a warranty on the car that I'm having problems with and I work. I'm in risk of loosening my job over this matter. No money, no car payment and no job!

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #20

Jan 012005

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Turn / flasher switch was recalled..I had it replaced by dealer and after a month it has started again with the constant clicking noise. My security system also has failed costing me $500 to have repaired..and now my auto door locks do not work, my automatic dash lights come on and off..my guess is a major wiring problem!

- Washburn, IL, USA

problem #19

Aug 262006

Grand Am

  • miles
Passlock system shorts out and ignition does not start. This happened several times, each resulting in tow & repair fees. Solution: If you turn the key to the "on" position & wait 10 minutes, the security light will go solid and them disappear. The car will then start. It's still a pain, but at least it's only 10 minutes of my time. No more towing. If you want to keep this car, I highly recommend giving it a try.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #18

Dec 102001

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Where to start...I have a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. Within 2 months of buying it, my fuel pump & computer went out at the same time. Next was my water pump & timing chain. Then was the security system, then the turn signals, then the windows wouldn't roll down. And now my brakes are having to be replaced on a consistent basis. The only thing covered by GM was the turn signal switch. All other replacements were at my expense. After researching on this site, I see numerous complaints of the same kind. I notified GM and they refused to help at all. I explained that since there are multiple complaints for the same things, it has to be a manufacturing defect. They shrugged that off. They finally sent me a letter stating that they would no longer "entertain" any of my comments or complaints. Do not buy a Pontiac!!! junk city!!!

- St Joseph, MO, USA

problem #17

Jul 012002

Grand Am 9-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
: the contact stated the computer module went out which caused the security system to lock the vehicle. The vehicle was disabled from starting and the horn and the alarm would continuously activate. The incident occurred 4 times and the module was replaced everytime.

- Marion, IA, USA

problem #16

Aug 102005

Grand Am

  • 82,750 miles
The body control module caused two batteries to fail. The turn signal switch failed causing clicking noise in the ash. When the BCM failed the consumer noticed a 1 amp draw. The dealer could not duplicate the problem but replaced the BCM per the consumers request. The vehicle was bucking and felt as if there was a major miss. This was due to faulty #4 injector. The injector was replaced and the PCM was reprogrammed.

- Leesport, PA, USA

problem #15

Oct 112005

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
In the 2001 Pontiac Grand Am, the theft protection system "passlock" will fail and the car cannot be started. I fist thought it was only my car. Until I found a website and it appears this happens to a lot of people over and over.. the car has to be towed to the dealer to be fixed, because it acts as if the owner is trying to steal the car and will not start.. here is a copy of the info on a consumer reports site>>> bug in 2001 Grand Am won't start car. A bug in 2001 Pontiac Grand Am's causes them to simply not start, right out of the blue. Better hope you're not in the wrong neighborhood when it happens 'cause almost nobody knows what the fix is. (prweb) February 21, 2005 -- if you own a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am, you'd better hope you're not stuck somewhere bad when this hits: You go to start your car, and the engine cranks, but it seems like your out of gas, and won't start. Numbers of people then have the car towed to a shop, only to find that the car easily starts after being towed, but no cause is ever found. The problem is that the rke (remote keyless entry) system has a defect in it that causes car not to start. As of now there is no recall on the passlock systems. As for a fix, the experts are honestly not sure. To reset the computerized system, put key in the ignition and leave it in 'on' position for about ten minutes. Then turn it off, and try - it should start then. Warning: Continued resetting of the computer this way will eventually damage computer and will cost lots to replace/fix. And here is a link to a car forum where U can see its not just my car townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.ee9E52F/2082

- Piney Point, MD, USA

problem #14

Apr 012004

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
After starting the vehicle all electrical systems don't engage. Including radio, heater, A/C, speedometer, all gauges, power locks, power windows, all interior lights and head lamps if in the auto day lamp status. It then randomly starts sometimes, and other times you can drive for 30+ and it never comes back. Most of the time if you turn the vehicle off and back on 3-7 times then all works. This has been an ongoing problem coming up on a year now. I have submitted symptoms on web forums and the majority of the people blame it on faulty body control modules and claim that the Grand Am has a problem with them. I have yet to see a recall on it.

- Pleasant View, UT, USA

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