Intake Manifold Gasket Failure

2002 Pontiac Grand Am (Page 2 of 2) Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
86,864 miles
Total Complaints:
36 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace the entire intake manifold (17 reports)
  2. not sure (12 reports)
  3. replace intake manifold (4 reports)
  4. replace intake manifold gasket (2 reports)
  5. replace the whole engine (1 reports)
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2002 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #16

Jan 152009

Grand Am Ram Air V 6 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,210 miles


have read about this from an expose'' about the GM automaker. it basically said that GM is aware of this problem and has no plans to correct it.... or make good on the repair. so, figure I am out the money I am going to have to pay to fix it. when I am back to working full hours (reduced right now) and the economy is better for my husbands work............ plan on getting rid of my GM product and switch possibly to a Ford.............. ooooh, thought I would never say those words....

- , Apollo, PA, USA

problem #15

Oct 012008

Grand Am V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles

My grip is about purchasing this car with extended warranty only to find out that the intake manifold wasn't covered. The car drives like crap, has 2 faults low voltage at heated oxygen sensor bank 1 & Mass air Flow fault. The dealership said the intake manifold gasket is leaking which is causing the problem. My grip is against the dealership that sold me the warranty and Pontiac for not having a recall the get the thing fixed. I have 3 1/2 years of making payments for this piece of crap and hope no one else buys one of these clunkers.

- , Decatur, IL, US

problem #14

Apr 162008

Grand Am GT 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

the intake is so bad. i have to put antifreze in almost every day. and i don't have $700.00 dollars to fix it and it is getting unreal. i hate this car.

- , Franklin, OH, USA

problem #13

Jun 182008

Grand Am SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


I realized when trying to accelerate at around 35-45 mph the car felt sluggish especially on an incline it felt as it was going to stall. I took it to the dealership and they said it was a gasket problem. The coolant and oil were mixing together. It cost me over a thousand dollars to get fixed. I was very pissed about this because it was the third costly problem i have had with this car and I took care of it very well and kept it main trained. Do not buy this car.

- , Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #12

Jun 272006

Grand Am GT 3.4L, V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

My low coolant light kept coming on, which usually means there's some sort of problem. I didn't have the opportunity to take it to the shop right away, so I kept filling it up myself. Finally, on my way to work one day, my car wouldn't start. My husband tried to jump start my car with no luck. Call the tow company to tow my car to a service place. Find out, my coolant system has been spraying coolant onto my alternator which fried my battery. So, had to get the battery replaced (no big deal), but also had to replace the intake manifold gasket, which was NOT cheap. They told me this was a common problem in the Grand Am. Those of you who paid less than a grand were lucky. That's still not the end to my coolant problems. The light kept coming on, so I took it back to the service place, who told me there must've been an air bubble in the system. Right.

- , Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #11

Feb 042004

(reported on)

Grand Am SE

  • 57,000 miles

I have no credit, so when i was told that i was approved for a new Pontiac i was extremely pleased. Little did I know the amount of money it would take from me to maintenance this piece of crap. I've owned the car for 5 months and so far the power window on both doors has needed replaced at $360 each. Now my intake manifold gasket is bad, and i don't know what to do with this car. I have to keep fixing it and driving it for the next 4 1/2 years. I just want to know if there are any other defects i should be aware of. Or should i just light it on fire and roll it down a hill.

- , Lyndon, KS, USA

problem #10

Dec 192007

Grand Am 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,500 miles


I started having problems with my low coolant light popping up all the time at the end of 2007, so I would fill it, and a week later it would be bone dry again. I took it into the dealer thinking it had to be a simple issue with a leaky hose or a cracked reservoir, but they told me it was my intake manifold gasket and it was going to cost me $1200.00 (after I negotiated it down from $1400.00) and that this was a common problem amongst these type of cars. So, I had the repairs done and it's now 4 months later and the light just started to pop up again. Back it goes to the dealership since that work is still under warranty. They better fix it this time. When this car finally dies, I WILL NOT be buying another Pontiac, that's for sure!!

- , Toledo, OH, USA

problem #9

Nov 162007

Grand Am SE! 3.4L Lt

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,261 miles

Overheated before I could pull over. By the time i got it repaired, $500.00 cash, found out my head gasket went so now i have to replace my engine. Rebuilt installed for $2800. plus tax. Thanks GM Keep up the good work. By the way, for your info out there people. GM knows that the intake gaskets are faulty and will cover the cost of the repair as long as you don't exceed the 100,000 km period. By the way I had 109,856.

- , North Bay, Ontario, Canada

problem #8

Mar 222008

Grand Am SE 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

I just bought a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am with 96000 mi less than a month ago I don�t even have the title yet. The low coolant light came I didn�t think much of it, then all of a sudden there was this huge leak below my car. I took it to the dealer and they said it would cost $700+ to fix. I don�t even think I can give them the car back. I thought this car would last though college�I guess I was freaking wrong. Im just mad because they tried to sell me a lemon.

- , Greenwood, MO, USA

problem #7

Aug 152006

Grand Am GT 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

In reality I had to replace the gasket three times within a year and at the price they charge it gets expensive. The first two times I did the job myself. Have done this type of work for quite sometime now. By the third time I was fed up and sent it to the repair shop. The car ran fine and didn't leak up until the warranty on the repair job went out. I noticed it leaking again just last month and have been babying it ever since. This seems to be an ongoing problem with the car. My sister had the same car but a 99 model and she replaced the gasket twice. It could be that the gaskets they are using are made cheap.

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #6

Feb 182008

Grand Am SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles


I've been reading on here ever since I've realized that there is something wrong with my car. I can't believe how many people have the same problem as me. My cars low coolant light keeps coming on so I refill it, well now its getting to where I have to refill it every other da. It's getting really bad. I brought it to a mechanic and they said its the intake manifold gasket. Whatever that is! I bought this car this summer hoping it would last me through college. Being a senior in High school, I know for sure that I'm not going to be able to afford this. I worked three jobs this summer to pay for this car. I thought it would be more reliable. I'm hoping my brother can replace this for me so I can save from paying for the labor. Today I left school and my service engine soon light was blinking and it sounded like my car wasn't running on all the cylinders according to my friend. I'm hoping this is from the same problem. If anyone knows anything about this problem please let me know. I'm just a poor high school student who doesn't know anything about cars. :(

- , Washburn, WI, USA

problem #5

Feb 232008

Grand Am 3.4 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles

WAY TO GO GM! I had accumulated GM credits thought their credit card and had bought four GM cars since. NEVER AGAIN! After the way they are treating us...FORGET IT GM - Next one will be a Toyota or a Ford

- , Westchester, IL, US

problem #4

May 152007

(reported on)

Grand Am SE1 3.4LV6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,758 miles

GM should be calling recalls if this is a real problem in the cooling system in the Pontiac Grand Ams

- , Wiarton, Ontario, Canada

problem #3

May 292007

(reported on)

Grand Am SE 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles

I have an 02 grand am, and it's been one problem after the next. I had the car not starting problem, had the passlock system replaced, ($600.00), that works fine now. My new problem, it is overheating. I had the radiator flush and filled, the thermostat changed, and still overheating. I took it to a different place, and they told me it could be the waterpump, or that there is 'gunk' stuck in the bottom of the radiator that the flush didn't get out. So, I decided to have the waterpump replaced, and all the sudden she changes her mind, and says my intake manifold is cracked and the gaskets are bad. Has anybody else had an overheating problem? If so, what was the problem? Has anybody had the intake manifold replaced because the car as overheating? I don't know anything about cars, so they could be bullshiting me, and I don't know. Any help would be great! Thanks

- , Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 062007

(reported on)

Grand Am 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

I first noticed my low coolant light was on and immediately refilled the tank. It wasn't 2 weeks later that I noticed the light back on again. I again replaced the coolant but began to suspect that something was wrong since I had just replaced the coolant. Only 3 days later it was low once again. That was when I had it taken in and had a coolant system diagnostic ran on it. I was told that the intake manifold gasket was cracked and it would require the entire intake manifold to be replaced. I was initially quoted around $850.00 bucks. I then was told that the part would take 2 weeks to get in since they didn't keep it in stock and the part itself would be about $250 bucks. I was pretty upset seeing I had only bought the car 3 months prior to this breaking. Sadly however, I bought the car used and it came with no warranty left. I was told by the repair man that until I had the funds to fix it all I needed to do to keep it running was always keep coolant in it and check it as often as I could. I've had to put coolant in my car about twice a week every week since I found the problem. I surely wish I had known about this default before buying such a car. I certainly will NEVER buy another Pontiac again. I've had MANY things go wrong with the car and haven't even had it a year and the car is only 5 years old. I can't imagine needing such major repairs on such a young car. My 1999 Mazada didn't even need this much work done on it before buying the pontiac. Thanks GM for another sh*tty car.

- , Newport News, VA, US

problem #1

Aug 222007

(reported on)

Grand Am GT 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles

I stumbled across this website while trying to figure out the best solution to fixing a cracked intake manifold on my Pontiac Grand Am. I was shocked to see just how many people are experiencing the same problems that I am. I just found out today that I have a cracked intake manifold and that it is going to cost quite a bit. I have not got the full estimate yet and I am sure that I am going to be in shock when I do. This makes the third Grand Am that I have owned over the past 15 yrs and always felt very passionate towards Pontiacs, but since I just purchased this one less than 2 yrs ago I am considering changing how I feel about Pontiac. If so many people are having the same complaints and the complaints are being posted daily instead of yearly, then why isn't anything being done about this? I like everyone else on this website would like to have some answers and would also be more than happy to have someone tell me where I can get help in taking care of this matter. It is not funny when you're a single mother struggling day by day just to get by in life and then have a problem such as this erupt. I, like everyone else, want answers to this matter instead of feeling like this is just a complaint board. It should be getting some results. I encourage everyone who reads this to not just stop at leaving a complaint on this message board, but to also go the step further and do something about the way Pontiac is treating its customers. If anyone has any information on what to do please let us know!!!

- , Catlettsburg, KY, USA

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