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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
133,125 miles

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am engine problems

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 122015

Grand Am

  • 145,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. While driving 5 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for repair, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 145,000.

- Cream Ridge , NJ, USA

problem #7

Sep 052014

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • miles
2001 Pontiac Grand Am. Consumer writes in regards to head gasket and ignition switch replacement and is requesting reimbursement for repairs.* ld the consumer stated the vehicle was leaking coolant and the vehicle would not start.

- South Lyon, MI, USA

problem #6

Nov 092010

Grand Am

  • 125,000 miles
While driving the car it would shut down, the steering wheel would lock, and all that could be done is brake to a stop.

- Loveland, OH, USA

problem #5

Sep 082010

Grand Am

  • 123,000 miles


When I bought the car it was used with just a little over 100000 miles on it. I noticed anti-freeze leaking out of the intake gasket onto the engine. It got worse so I had my mechanic replace it with a oem part. He warned me against it saying that all the 6"S had this problem because the orig. Gasket that GM used was faulty and that he suggested a replacement gasket that was better but at over $100. Compared to the $35. Oem I went with the oem and two years later I ha to have it done again. This time I had the $100. Gasket used and no more problems. Seems that all the Pontiac 6 cyl. Between somewhere around 1998/1999 through 2002/-- have this problem. My son has a Chevy Corsica with the same engine and his blew at 124000. Anyway I spent over $2300 fixing a gasket that should have never leaked. I believe that is was bad when I bought it because it had stop leak in the cooling system the I thought was a little strange.

- Berthoud , CO, USA

problem #4

Dec 242011

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • 142,000 miles
Car started shutting off while being driven on numerous occasions. Car was evaluated by GM dealer and another independent auto repair shop, neither could determine why car was shutting off, GM dealer technician stated possible ignition switch problem on 11/22/2010. On 12/24/2011, the Pontiac Grand Am 2001, was being driven and ignition shut off causing the car to hit an unoccupied parked truck. Car lost power steering and could not avoid the accident. Car flipped on its top, injuring the driver of the car. Airbags did not deploy. Car was total loss. Have all documentation to confirm claim.

- Beatrice, NE, USA

problem #3

Aug 132011

Grand Am

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start on numerous occasions. The contact had to make numerous attempts to turn the ignition and reset the security system in order to start the vehicle. The service engine soon, security sensor, and traction control sensor indicators illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic several times, but the failure could not be duplicated. The contact also stated that while driving various speeds, the vehicle stalled, the radio volume could not be adjusted, and the turn signals failed. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Fayetteville, AR, USA

problem #2

Jul 172013

Grand Am

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the key would move in the ignition and the vehicle would shut off. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle would stall intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was unable to be replicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000 and the current mileage was 165,000. The VIN was not available.

- Big Rapids, MI, USA

problem #1

Sep 032012

Grand Am

  • 240,000 miles
Fuel system, gasoline details: @ times you can smell gas on the inside of the recently put $690 into changing the entire fuel system before that it cost me $1100 for the entire coolant system $250 for coil pack and cover frequently sparkplugs changed out the ac buttons wont allow the ac to turn on I live in the South we burn up down here with no ac in a car and again on this past Sunday I just put another 4170 into sparkplugs and coil packs only to find out that all my problems are caused from the cars security anti - theft device that is defective I lose power no RPM's car will die in the middle of the interstate that I have to drive in downtown greeville SC and towns like atlanta and chattanooga tn the small things are the radio the lights the headlamps don't shine no brighter than a candle on a birthday cake not to mention that I go thru breaks and tires like they are candy it seems to wear a groove on the inside back passenger tire and the front drivers side makes this loud grinding noise that I think could be the brake booster ball not sure on that but I have spent enough money on this car to keep it going I could have bought 2 new vehicles can someone please have Pontiac look into recalls.

- Wildwood , FL, USA

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