NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Exhaust System: Manifold/Header/Muffler/Tail Pipe Problems

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Average Mileage:
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2001 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 192005

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I have a 2001 Grand Am, which I do love. I have found out that a lot of people that have the same car, has the same problem that I have. The intake manifold gasket must be repaired, which cost 1000 to fix. I really think there needs to be a recall on the car.

- Hazel Crest, IL, USA

problem #6

Oct 102004

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Defective intake gasket. See complain #'s 79007,10086421,10065717. Low coolant light started coming on every week and a half or so, starting back in October of last year (2004). It came on every couple weeks so I just kept filling it with coolant and had my thermostat replaced. Problem still kept happening. Finally my car overheated on the way home from work on the interstate so I had to pull over. I put it in the shop on 3/7/05 and was just told that I needed my intake gasket replaced costing me $800. Mechanic says this is ia common problem due to defective equipment. Did some research and due to the number of complaints regarding this same problem, ponitac needs to be held responsible for this.

- Collinsville, IL, USA

problem #5

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

problem #4

Jan 022005

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles


I am one of many people with this same problem. I own a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. At about 53,000 miles I noticed a coolant leak on my garage floor. Upon further inspection I noticed that it was coming from the exhaust manifold gasket. I promptly called up my local dealer, jack walker Pontiac in dayton, Ohio. I made an appointment for January 4, 2005 to have my vehicle inspected for further diagnosis. When the phone call came in from the dealer with the estimation of $765, I was stunned, but knew it was a major issue that had to be attended to. So I ok'd the procedure. On Friday, January 7, 2005 my car was finally ready for pickup. I went to pick it up, paid the $780 and got in the car. After I turned it on, it flashed "low coolant". I proceeded to walk back into the repair center, and told them what was going on. The man there talked to the mechanic, who said that it was just air in the coolant line; it could be cleared in about 10-20 minutes. One hour later they finally released the car to me. I think it is ridiculous that GM is not forced to recall this manifold head gasket since it is such a prominent issue in most GM V6-style engines. Thank you for your time.

- Centerville, OH, USA

problem #3

Nov 072004

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Intake manifold gasket failure/signal failure/ window regualtor failure/rotors.

- Spring Hill, TN, USA

problem #2

Aug 022004

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,500 miles
This is a submission to note yet another General Motors V6 issue with failing intake manifold gaskets. My particular gasket has a leak that is getting progressively worse, requiring me to fill coolant. At this time, the leak is external only and has not leaked into the engine compartments containing oil. My car is a 2001 Grand Am GT. My wifes car (2000 Alero with the V6 also) had this same problem and pushed us to get rid of it. I only posted this after knowing of all the other people out there that have had this expensive problem. I only wish that everyone could submit the issue on here, allowing the NHTSA to have a better idea as to the scope of this poorly designed (and later fixed) engine gasket.

- Linden, MI, USA

problem #1

Aug 202003

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a friend that has a 2001 or 2002 Pontiac Grand Am GT. 2 weeks ago, the catalytic converter burned up. The dealer is telling him that the part needs to be order in from the manufacturer and in turn they need to actually build him a new one. I am searching for a recall on this because I have another friend who has a 2002 Chevrolet S10 who had the same exact problem. Both cars have less that 100 thousand miles on them and I would like to see if GM should be covering the cost of this repair as it seems to be a manufacturing defect.

- Faqyetteville, PA, USA

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