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NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Anti-Theft Controller Problems

2001 Pontiac Grand Am (Page 3 of 3) Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,785 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am electrical problems

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

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problem #13

Apr 102006

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


1. a flaw in the 2001 Pontiac Grand Am passlock security system thinks the car owner is trying to steal the car and shuts off the fuel to the car, making it necessary to turn the key to the on position and wait 15-20 min before the car will start... (Pontiac is fully aware of this issue they even have instructions to reset the computer in the owners manuel) what happens if U are in an emergency situation and the car will not start for 20 minutes? this started at 50,000 miles and happened maybe every 3 months now at 67,000 miles it is a daily occurrence... Pontiac really needs to repair/recall these cars!!!! my father (a mechanic for 40 yrs) advises that if U continue to keep the key turned to on (the fix for this) that eventually it will burn the electronic ignition out please look into this if U need more stories about this just look at the Pontiac forum at the edmunds site I am not the only one having this issue!!!

- Piney Point , MD, USA

problem #12

Feb 202006

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,023 miles
Security light came on but went off after next start. Next day key fobs not working. Reprogrammed at dealer. Afterwards car had been making beeping noise constantly while on and parked and inside lock switch not working. After driving over a certain speed beeping noise stops. Called dealer was advised passlock issue on that model car.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #11

Jul 012005

Grand Am 2-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
Security light keeps coming on. Car will become disabled and will not start until system is reset. Took car in for repair on this problem once. A year later light started coming back on. Ask service personnel about this situation and he said it could be a number of things causes this problem with the security system.

- Austell, GA, USA

problem #10

Oct 182005

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,632 miles


When trying to start the car it will not start and the security light is lit. A reset procedure is required that takes over 10 minutes. This has happened many times and makes the vehicle useless for emergencies. The first time this happened they replaced the fuel pump and the fuel filter at quite some expense to me.

- Winnebago, MN, USA

problem #9

Jan 102005

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
Several problems with 2001 Grand Am V6. When apply brakes at any speed over 35 km a pulsating can be felt. The pass lock system continuously goes off stopping me from starting my own car. Had to replace spark plugs and wires 4 times within last year. As they corrode and cause starting problems (so says the mechanic)

- Port Perry, 00, USA

problem #8

Jun 242005

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles
Pass lock system a complete failure. The security light comes on and the car won't start. The owners manual says to wait 10 minutes then turn the key off and try again, but it keeps doing it. Can we please have a recall?? please.

- Ormond Beach, FL, USA

problem #7

May 152005

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles


Consumer complained about hazard light switch problem. Was told by the dealership that the model years 1999 -2001 had the same problem. The part number 226247990961E that was on this car, and was under recall. Has a recall. The recall number was unavailable. The part was replaced in May 2005, and still had the same clicking noise from the hazard switch. Also, complained about security system problem. When I trying to start put the key in ignition and the light flashed, car would not start. Had to reset the system. Turned the key to the accessory position for 15 minutes for the car to start. Dealership wanted to charge $45 diagnose, and to replace the part with the same kind of part that was already replaced it with once. This has been happening since first purchasing the car in June 30, 2004. This happened every time consumer drove the car.

- Detriot, MI, USA

problem #6

Nov 032004

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,241 miles
I turn car off & now two times car would not start with theft security light on. Clearing trouble codes seems to work. This needs to be addressed by GM because this is dangerous and ridiculous that it has no known fix or been addressed by any Agency. Peoeple should not have to deal with this when GM knows there is a problem. I would think that a recall would happen but I guess no died yet so it is no big deal. The bottom line is GM is selling faulty vehicles with the knowledge of the problem hence misrepresenting that these are new fully functional vehicles when in fact if they don't start they are not functioning. We as consumers are not protected at any level for the most part in this country as long as big business pads the pockets of the government.

- Gresham, OR, USA

problem #5

Aug 202004

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,855 miles
Friday morning I was on empty, so I went to the gas station. Turned off car & filled up, started it no problem. Then went to get breakfast, turned off car. The came back after no more then 5 minutes the car would not start. No sputtering, no failure to fire, no stalling before this occasion. Nothing. I have had the car for about 1.5 years. I have had no problem with it starting. I took it to auto repair shop & they said it was common problem. That they have had a lot of 2001 Grand Am with this exact problem. It was fixed. I was told to watch the car because if it happens again they will report the problem. When we first go the car the front head lights would go off by themselves at night. That happened at 12:30am. Also the taillights went out at the same time. We reported that to the dealership & they fixed it.

- Scottsburg, IN, USA

problem #4

Mar 012004

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,775 miles
Turned of the vehicle and it would not restart. The engine turned over but it would not fire.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #3

Mar 212004

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,800 miles


My 2001 Pontiac Grand Am continues to shut down with the anti-theft system being activated. Have rpl fuel pump and had it towed 2 times to dealership to have computer reset in last 2 months. I have been told there is no way to deactivate the program. Now have an unreliable car. Don't know when it won't start and need a tow again!

- Lincoln City, OR, USA

problem #2

Aug 222003

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,238 miles
I just purchased a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE1 in August of 2003. It seems the "passlock" theft ignition is not working properly & the car will not start unless reset per the procedure in the manual.

- New Ulm, MN, USA

problem #1

Jun 042002

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,076 miles
I have a 2001 Grand Am with less than 40,000 and am having promblems with parts that shouldn't be a problem this soon. Upon talking to other Grand Am owners they are or had the same problems. The security system is messing up and I have already had to replace the fuel pump and fuel sensor at my expense.

- Dayton, OH, USA

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