NHTSA — Electrical System: Wiring: Interior/Under Dash Problems

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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,849 miles

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am electrical problems

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 272006

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


My 2001 Pontiac Grand Am smelled like something was burning. I took the car to the dealership who told/showed me that the insulation on the wire harness was literally disintegrating causing an extreme fire hazard. I was told it would cost over $2000 to replace the harness. Everything in the car was factory installed and the insulation should not literally be disintegrating into dust after only 5 years.

- Sand Springs, OK, USA

problem #6

Apr 172006

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,345 miles
Both the hazard switch and multifunction switch shorted out at the same time causing the need to replace both switches. The hazard switch subsequently became a recall, but GM would not reimburse me for the multifunction switch as well. The dealer's mechanic could not tell me which switch caused the other to fail.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #5

Mar 052005

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 57,600 miles
I am having many electrical problems with my 2001 Pontiac Grand Am: First, there was a recall for a faulty turn signal/hazard flasher relay which I had repaired at an authorized dealership, but now the flasher relay is displaying the same problems it did before it was replaced-causing me to wonder if Pontiac is using faulty parts to replace faulty parts!!also, this same car is having many electrical problems-including power windows that sometimes work and sometimes do not;after starting the engine and disengaging the emergecy hand brake, the lights are supposed to come on. Sometimes the lights will take a long time before they will operate;also, sometimes nothing will work, other than the engine running.please note that this is the second Pontiac 2001 Grand Am in which we have had electrical problems.on our first Pontiac Grand Am-the tail lights would intermittently work; please note that this was a new car with around 20,000 miles on it.I can go into greater detail about the many other electrical and non-electrical problems I have had with this car, and I have seen other similar problems people have been having with this type of car.my concern is for the safety of the people driving these cars, as well as other motorists on the highways.(these electrical defects in these Grand Am's could cause a dangerous situation on the highway, if the running lights were to fail at night-or at high speeds).would someone at NHTSA please look into this problem? this is a definite safety concern which should be addressed! thank you for your time.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 232004

Grand Am

  • miles


After making an appointment and leaving the vehicle at the dealership to have the hazard warning switch recall 03V327000 repairs performed, dealership didn't have the replacement switch. Also when the vehicle was picked up the clock, radio, display lights and the headlights were inoperative. The dealership did not accept responsibility.

- Bennettsville, SC, USA

problem #3

Aug 012003

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a Pontiac Grand Am GT 2001 V6 and it has 3 major problems. The car has 52,000 miles and I have had to replace the rotors/breaks twice already. Whenever the front brakes are applied they pulsate and drag the car to a stop. Best of all its starting to shudder again when I use the breaks. So, soon to be 3 times in about 3 years. Second, the speakers have blown 2 times. I dont understand why GM would put speakers in the car that cannot handle the power from the factory reciever. Finally, the engine cooling problem. The low coolant light would turn on when I started the car, then turn off after 10-30 seconds. This went on for a week or two and I brought it in to get checked out. They told me the dex cool coolant ate through the gaskets, which caused the loss of coolant. Its $800 to get it fixed. Please do something, this car's design is flawed.

- Bay Village, OH, USA

problem #2

Dec 102003

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Blower motor for heater/air conditioner has faild twice. First time did not work on 1 or 2. second time faild to operate on 1,2, and 3.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

Oct 222003

(reported on)

Grand Am

  • miles
Dash lights came on and off intermittently. Also, while braking there was a loud grinding noise. ABS warning light and engine check light kept illuminating.

- Modesto, CA, USA

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