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Average Mileage:
71,100 miles

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am lights problems

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #17

Apr 052014

Grand Am

  • miles


Takata. Everything has gone wrong with this car. Please me call me. Janet larch, brought the car new. Gave to my daughter her name is angela cusumano, her phone number is, 314-599-4867.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #16

Sep 012014

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
My car was not included in the NHTSA action number: EA02037 for the same issue. My car was manufactured 1 day after the deadline of 5/1/2001. The turn signals work intermittently. We are able to get them to function by putting the signal into the "on" position and pressing the hazard light button on and off and the turn signal will stay on until switched off. I contacted the dealer and the manufacturer and both confirmed I was not included in the recall. I found out this was happening prior to my purchase of the vehicle after purchase. I do not feel GM complied fully with recalling vehicles and still put in faulty switches after the date as I am not the only one that has the problem and wasn't included in the recall.

- Oak Harbor, OH, USA

problem #15

Jul 212013

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 165,000 miles
Turn signals work sometimes and stop working sometimes, the fuses and bulbs were checked, they were ok.

- Alliance, OH, USA

problem #14

Aug 042010

Grand Am

  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the hazard lights and the turn signals malfunctioned. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 03V327000 (exterior lighting:hazard flashing warning lights:switch). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 90,000 and the current mileage was 120,000.

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #13

May 212012

Grand Am

  • 95,328 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact was traveling 10 mph and discovered that both turn signal lights failed to illuminate. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was contacted but the vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 95,328.

- East Stroudsdurg, PA, USA

problem #12

Jan 012011

Grand Am

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, he noticed that the vehicle was running low on coolant. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the head gasket was leaking. The vehicle was repaired. The contact also stated that the turn signals only illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Perry, OH, USA

problem #11

May 012011

Grand Am

  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. The vehicle was at the dealer for routine maintenance when the technician advised the contact that the turn signals failed intermittently. The technician stated the failure could possibly have been related to the recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 03V327000 (exterior lighting:hazard flashing warning lights:switch).the manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised the contact that the VIN was not included in the recall. The contact stated that when the turns signal was activated and would not function, she would then activate the hazard lights and the turn signal would operate normally. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Lima, OH, USA

problem #10

Feb 252009

Grand Am

  • 97,795 miles
Turn signal work on and off intermittent failure to work.

- Greenwich, OH, USA

problem #9

Jun 102007

Grand Am

  • 113,000 miles
I have a 2001 Grand Am and I keep having the same problem with the security pass lock system. I first had this problem in 2004 and paid $400 to fix it. Well it started again June 07. I don't have the funds to fix it again so I keep resetting it.I also never received the info on the turn signals and hazard lights and now mine is messing up. They need to recall this system.

- Lynchburg, VA, USA

problem #8

Jul 132008

Grand Am

  • miles
I never received the recall on the exterior flashers. Had to have interior and exterior flashers changed at my expense. Also have had rotors and brakes changed 6 times in last 1 1/2 yrs. Was told its a problem but not on recall list.

- Wellsville, OH, USA

problem #7

May 092008

Grand Am

  • 52,217 miles


Multifunction switch went bad. It is a known problem from GM. However, there was never a recall on this switch because GM doesn't want to pay the costs. It could cause problems with turn signal blinkers posing a safety hazard to the driver and other motorists. I had to take my vehicle to the garage and parts were replaced for $316.40.

- Montoursville, PA, USA

problem #6

May 132008

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 81,500 miles
Related to recall #03V327000 had my hazard switch replaced via recall. New switch is same as old switch and is defective. Pontiac won't replace. Purchase new switch yesterday and is also defective. Replacement switches are also defective. Recall does not remedy problem.

- Gurnee, IL, USA

problem #5

Aug 012005

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
Contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. She noticed that there was a leak under her vehicle for a few years. On several occasions the dealer was unable to find the cause of the leak. The dealer later stated that the leak was coming from the gas tank line and it was a fuel leak. They also told her that there was a related recall; however, her VIN was not related. The contact is aware of the safety risk involved and request that her VIN is a part of the existing NHTSA campaign id number 07E021000. The dealer information is not available. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 98,000. The consumer stated the vehicle is still located at the repair shop awaiting word from the Corp office. The dealer stated replaced hazard lights switch, speaker radio rear door, molding windshield side pillar, exterior bulbs, and wiper blade. Updated 10/31/07

- Martinez, CA, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Dec 162003

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
2 weeks after purchase, floorboard was drenched and took to the dealership to be repaired.they said it was;however, the next big rain the car was drenched again. The car stayed for almost 2 weeks during which time, the mechanics could not "figure it out" and I was informed that some "experimental" fluid was used to try to stop the leak, but that did not work so it was being removed. The mechanics were putting it under the water hose to see if they could determine the leak. This was finally fixed, though I do not know what the cause may have been or what the final fix was done. 6 months later, the blinkers went out and were haphazard working. This was repaired under a different Pontiac dealership as I was leery to "experiments." 3 months later, the check engine light was on or the check vehicle light, headlights were acting funny. Dealership and was informed this was due to corrosion and was not covered under warranty. Last week, the traction off light kept coming on, the headlights kept blowing bulbs, the service vehicle light was on, the cigarette lighter would not work, and the daylights and fog lights would not work at all. I was informed that the map sensor was covered under warranty, but the headlight control circuit control module was not covered. I was informed by dealer#2 that the faulty parts could have been caused by the prior water leakage. Both the warranty company and dealer #2 told me that even though headlights and a lighting system was pertinent, there was nothing they could do to fix it at no cost to me. Dealer #2 fixed the map sensor and I picked up the vehicle. Now other problems after map repai. Since the car was waterlogged and it is only logical that any water damage should be covered by someone. I called dealer#1 and explained the situation. At this time, when they pulled up the record of the car, I was informed the water leakage was on a service bulletin I did not go put my car in the lake and I did not ask for this kind of hassle.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #2

Jul 062003

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
There was a short in the left rear taillight assembly which is causing left blinker to short out and/or blink fast. When checking for a used replacement assembly, we discovered that we could not find one that had not already shorted out.

- Parsons, KS, USA

problem #1

Mar 182003

Grand Am

  • miles
The turn signals and hazard lights became inoperative.

- Linden, MI, USA

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