NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2003 Pontiac Grand Am (Page 2 of 5)

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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
67,104 miles

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2003 Pontiac Grand Am electrical problems

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2003 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #69

Jun 122012

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • 132,000 miles


Turn signals work only randomly, sometimes there is a clicking noise that is continuous, light comes on in dash when you flip control but turn signals do not blink.

- Newton Falls, OH, USA

problem #68

Jul 302014

Grand Am

  • 69,000 miles
I have brought my car September 2013. I started having problems in July 2014. My car wouldnt start with the first turn. But I would try again and it starts. So one day driving down the road it stalled on the highway. Never started back up. The mechanic said it was the fuel regulator and oil pressure gauge which he changed. I still had the problem of not starting on the first try. I found out I had a recall on the ignitions switch which was finally changed. I received a letter after the recall was completed. But the recall said it was an electrical switch and they only fixed the key ring. I thought they would change the ignition switch. Now my car still doe the same and mechanics are stating they can not locate the issue. I can be driving down the road and it will stall on me. I need to get this resolved before the hazardous roads conditions are among us.

- Freehold, NJ, USA

problem #67

Jul 012013

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • miles
I am the original owner of this car and after my lease ended, I purchased it. As of a few years ago, I signed it over to my daughter. As she was driving it, all dash instruments went out, then on, then off. Sometimes it wouldn't come on at all. Eventually we discovered by bumping the dash, everything would come on.as this became a real issue, I called around and was told that the dash instrument cluster was bad, so I purchased a new one. Installed it, and found out it happen again. I sent it in for repair, got it back, re-installed it only to see the same problem. I then purchased a used one, ,,,,same thing. Finally decided that it might be the ignition switch. Replaced it and problem solved. I opened up the old switch and found it was all shorted and corroded. My issue is that Oct. 2014, my daughter just got a letter of that defect to get replaced. All that time she was driving it, anything could have happened not to mention all the money and time it cost me. 11 years later. Why was GM aloud to hide the defects that long putting safety of drivers and passengers at risk" they new of the problems and ignored them. I'm pissed and rightfully so. I just got a letter on my 2005 Cadillac Deville for the same issue, 9 years later. All GM ignition switches are bad!! where were you people all those years and what took so long to get something done ?? I blame you too. Maybe your organization needs a shake-up also. Oh, on my Cadillac, the dealer just reprogrammed something and never changed the switch and I was told it will be ok now ???? what ??" and, my daughter traded in the Pontiac. You people need to quit slapping these big companies on the wrist. Don't tell me that 9, ,,11 years, it took to realize a defect. Somebody allowed this to happen. I am a former GM employee, retired, 30 years. Let me tell you how screwed over I got by them. Enough said, .

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #66

Mar 022009

Grand Am

  • 62,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was driven to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 62,000.

- Prescott, AZ, USA

problem #65

Aug 022013

Grand Am

  • 150,078 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the ignition switch cylinder needed to be repaired. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,078.

- Sun City , CA, USA

problem #64

Aug 132014

Grand Am

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 70 mph, the all of the warning lights illuminated continuously. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was unavailable.

- Maryville, TN, USA

problem #63

Nov 032011

Grand Am

  • 125,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. When attempting to start the vehicle, the key was difficult to turn. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact felt that the remedy for NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system) would not be a permanent repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 125,000.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #62

Mar 012012

Grand Am

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the key became lodged in the ignition switch and failed to turn over to the on position. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer. The technician replaced the ignition switch and the tumblers. However, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to dealer who replaced the key. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was not available.

- Bath , NY, USA

problem #61

Jun 022014

Grand Am

  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 30 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was able to restart and the anti-theft security light illuminated. The contact also stated that the ignition switch was difficult to turn. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 115,000.

- New Oxford, PA, USA

problem #60

Aug 122014

Grand Am

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experience a failure.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #59

Apr 242007

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • 171,989 miles


Tuesday, 24 Apr 2007 1500 hours after workday ended, I-25 southbound at Colorado mile marker 104 right lane, weather partly cloudy with partly wet roadway, the Pontiac Grand Am 2003 I was driving at 55 mph started front drive shaking. The vehicle ran off the right side of the highway and rolled one and one-half times in the borrow ditch. Upside down restrained by the seat belt, I noticed the Pontiac's air bags had not deployed and the engine was not running. After unbuckling the seatbelt, I, with a scarred forehead, climbed through the drivers side broken out window and exited the vehicle. The Colorado state patrol arrived, investigated, had the vehicle towed to the salvage yard, and sent me to the local hospital, an outpatient for the forehead scar. 3 July 2014 NHTSA recall 14V400 and GM recall N140350 unintended key rotation for my 1999-2005 Pontiac Grand Am.

- Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #58

Jul 192014

Grand Am

  • 181,234 miles
The car won't turn on. The key won't work. The car doesn't recognize the key.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #57

Jun 032013

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
I've been having trouble with the ignition switch. Without warning the car will not start, and the security light comes on. After having it towed to a mechanic and 170 dollars latter I was told it was the ignition switch. It comes in two parts and no one know which part it needs. I've seen two other mechanics since, same story. This month finally, the Pontiac Grand Am was added to the recall list for the ignition problem, ,,,my model and year. No one can tell me yet if my car is or is not one of the cars being considered for the recall...this recall is on the Pontiac Grand Am 1999- 2005....mine is a 2003. Please help me find out if this car is safe to drive. Thank you

- Benton, AR, USA

problem #56

Jun 232014

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 104,800 miles
I was driving the vehicle on a freeway at 65 miles per hour. With no warning, the engine stopped. Luckily I was in the right lane and could coast onto the shoulder. I tried to restart the vehicle, it would not start. I called for help on the roadside and waited for assistance. The vehicle was sitting for about 10 minutes. I crawled under the vehicle and knocked on the gas tank. I tried to start it again. It started fine. The vehicle has also not started on a separate occasion after sitting for about 6 hours. We have owned the vehicle less than a month.

- Ramsey, MN, USA

problem #55

Jul 012013

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Parked car to shop. Upon returning, car would not start. Had towed and was told it was safety switch for ignition. During this time a clicking sound would emit periodically from the ignition or turn signal assemblies. Had ignition assembly replaced. Worked for a while and then December of 2013, clicking sound reappeared and hasn't stopped.

- Fox Lake, IL, USA

problem #54

Sep 112013

Grand Am

  • 97,000 miles
The dash is peeling and rolling up it has broke all the vents and has pushed the trim around the speedometer/ rim et down and off. My airbag light comes on often and it is a concern for the passenger side airbag that is starting to push up the cover. Starting to have electrical problems due to it pushing pressure on the fuse boxes. I also have it pushing on the door allowing water to run into my car at the fuse box speaker and into my floor. I see this problem in several other vehicles with the dash. These problems are a safety issue and should be addressed and fixed by GMC before a failure to one of these systems and cause injury or death.

- Calhoun, GA, USA

problem #53

Jul 112007

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Fast clicking sound around steering column (sounds like the blinker is going but it is not).

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #52

May 152014

Grand Am

  • 69,250 miles
Car will not start, security light blinking on dash. Car "thinks" it's being stolen and will not allow the car to start. I'm being told it's related to the passlock system.

- Owens X Rds, AL, USA

problem #51

Mar 012014

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • miles
It has been an ongoing incident with this vehicle. The car does not start consistently. I have had to pick my daughter up at all hours of the day. I have had to leave work because she could not get her car started. The car has turned completely off in intersections, and at high speeds. We are using my car because her car is extremely expensive to get fixed. I checked if it was on the list of recalls. It is not, but I do feel it is dangerous. Please compensate me or direct me where to get compensated for the amount of money it will take to replace the key and ignition module. That is what the dealer told me had to be replaced.

- Orangeburg, SC, USA

problem #50

Jan 102014

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 163,000 miles
While driving on expressway or street the car stalls without any warning. The car unexpectedly died cutting off while driving. Must try to merge off and out of traffic immediately. Happens on smooth and rough roads. Unsafe. Driving a 2003 Grand Am with same problems as the recalled vehicles. Please advise, support and service.

- Detroit, MI, USA

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