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NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Module Problems Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,898 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am electrical problems

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 102008

Grand Am

  • miles


Ignition switch was difficult to turn, and wouldn't consistently start the car. It finally ceased to operate completely. Was told that it was my switch and the passlock module. Had to replace both. Have read many, many complaints regarding this issue. My son also has a 2001 Pontiac, with the same condition.

- Columbia, MS, USA

problem #5

Apr 122008

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
Service bulletin March 01,2002 re: Ignition module for 2001 Pontiac Grand Am # 020604011 I have two ignition modules and now am told I need a third. This seems excessive for this car.

- Tustin, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 152007

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,389 miles
I have paid over $400 to replace the ignition module in may 'O7 in the 2001 Pontiac Grand Am GT. Today 7-15-07 I wa S having the same problem. It will crank, but won't start, causing me to miss a day of work.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #3

May 132007

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


System will not let car to start.

- Lafayette, TN, USA

problem #2

Jan 022006

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle stalled intermittently for about seven months. There were no warning indicators before the vehicle stalled. Additionally, when the vehicle stalled it will not restart without the computer being reprogrammed. Every time the vehicle was towed to the dealer. The only thing the dealer did was reset the computer. After the vehicle was in the dealership 5 times for this problem the contact began resetting the computer. The dealer's service manager showed the contact how to reprogram the computer by turning the ignition on, allowing the security light to flash ten minutes, turn the ignition off, and restart the vehicle. The dealer identified the problem as a short in the ignition switch. The vehicle is currently at the dealer awaiting repair of the ignition. The dealer offered two options for repair, to replace the entire ignition system or jump the security system. If the security system was by passed it will no longer activate. There are two technical service bulletins (tsbs) concerning the ignition, tsbs 010849020 and 020604011. Updated 02/27/06.

- Birch Run, MI, USA

problem #1

Feb 232005

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
I have noticed a grinding sound coming from my brakes. I took the car to the shop and was told that I needed pads and rotors, I replaced pads and rotors and the ABS, trac off, and the service vehicle soon light started coming on. Took the car to the dealer for further analysis and they told me I needed a speed sensor because it was malfunctioning and because it is inside the wheel hub I also had to replace these things also. $700 later the lights were still coming on and the brakes was still making this strange noise. I returned the car and after inspection was told that the ABS wires were busted and needed to be replaced, $200 later the car is still making these noises and the lights are still coming on. No one seems to know what the problem is. I am taking the car back again for further analysis. I have also had a problem with the manifold replaced it at $700, the ignition fortunately for me it was covered under the extended warranty I purchased with the car. I also have a problem with the turn signals malfunctioning.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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