NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2003 Pontiac Grand Am (Page 3 of 5)

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2003 Pontiac Grand Am electrical problems

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2003 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #49

Nov 152013

Grand Am

  • miles


The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the security warning light illuminated and the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that there was a short in the ignition. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage and VIN were unavailable.

- Theodore, AL, USA

problem #48

Sep 182013

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 116,141 miles
Passlock problems had the cylinder kit replaced, car still goes into the security pass problem, took it back same day after it was supposedly fixed, same problem car turns over but does not start, have to repeat several times then it stars, security red light flashes on when turning over key to start engine, no other problems detected by dealer ship, again going to take it in this Friday Oct 11th 2013, have read on forums of this repeated problem with GM cars forum is townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.F0F6220/52 Pontiac Grand Am security passlock problems.

- Dunnellon, FL, USA

problem #47

Apr 112013

Grand Am

  • 123,000 miles
Turn signals about every two tries will stop working and sometimes you can get them to come back on by hitting the hazards.

- Grand Blanc, MI, USA

problem #46

Jul 192012

Grand Am

  • 103,185 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked when the horn activated independently. The contact pulled the fuse and disconnected the horn. The vehicle was then taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that either the horn pad or the clock spring needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 103,185.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #45

Mar 012009

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Coolant leaked into engine caused problems, wouldn't start half the time, couldn't fill up without gas pump cutting off constantly (took 20 minutes to fill up). Took car to dealer and other shops spent tons of money problem not solved. Got so feed up with this car I pulled the tags and bought a Honda. It is really unfair how the manufacturer of this car was allowed to get away with putting out such an inferior product. There should have been a major recall on any number of these problems. I was never notified of any recalls or the class action law suit.

- Houma, LA, USA

problem #44

Dec 312012

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
Sometimes, when applying the turn signals, the turn signal does not activate, even though the turn signal lever is in the correct position. The relay does not click, and the turn signals do not flash. Also, at random times, the turn signal relay can be heard clicking rapidly on and off when the turn signals are not turned on. The turn signals do not turn on when this occurs, just the relay in the dash clicks. As stated, this happens randomly and can go on for hours over a long drive.

- Millersville, PA, USA

problem #43

Nov 152009

Grand Am

  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac grand-am. The contact stated that he attempted to start the vehicle but it failed to turn over. The contact mentioned that he attempted to restart the vehicle multiple times. Also, the contact stated that the horn would go off by itself at different hours of the day and in order to deactivate it he had to push on the horn multiple times. In addition, the contact also mentioned that the steering wheel did not lock after shutting the vehicle off. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who was unable to diagnose the problem. However, the mechanic advised the contact that the failure might be cause by an electrical issue and he would need to consult with his local dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was approximately 30,000 and the current mileage was approximately 50,000.

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #42

Jun 082005

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the anti-theft security system engaged erroneously, preventing him from starting the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the anti-theft warning lamp illuminated and he had to restart the vehicle in order to reset the system. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 60,0000 and the current mileage was 160,000. Updated 11/13/12 the consumer stated he must wait 10 minuntes to restart the vehicle. This occurs very frequently. The dealer would not service vehicle until a $100 fee was paid. Updated 11/27/2012

- South Gate, MI, USA

problem #41

Sep 112012

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 198,000 miles
We began having problems starting our car, the security light was on and stayed on. Some days it would start and others it wouldn't and then it eventually would not start at all. After being in the shop for a week and stumping the mechanics, we still have not solved the issue. Everything has been checked from the fuel pump to the sensors and they all tested good. Our ignition went bad and since we had it replaced it has been bad. This car has left us stranded places with three small kids. We have to leave the key in the on position for about ten minutes then turn to off then start and sometimes it takes three or four times before it works.

- Wilmington , OH, USA

problem #40

Jun 152010

Grand Am

  • 100,000 miles
Car will not start at times....it hesitates to start. Alot of GM vehicles have this same problem. GM needs to fix this problem with a recall.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #39

Aug 252012

Grand Am

  • 115,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the ignition failed to recognize the key. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the failure was due to an electrical short in the steering column. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 115,000.

- Colfax, IL, USA

problem #38

Apr 192011

Grand Am

  • miles
Car will not start at times. I have been on a forum and alot of people have the same problem. Its the security safetylock(faulty).

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #37

Feb 232012

Grand Am

  • 147,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact was driving approximately 60 mph and noticed an extremely small amount of smoke emitting from the steering column. In addition, over the past five years a clicking noise would emit from the instrument panel area. The clicking malfunction stopped whenever engaging the hazard warning control device. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 147,000.

- Pleasant Hill, MO, USA

problem #36

Nov 252011

Grand Am

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am SE1. The contact stated that the keys could not be removed from the ignition. This failure occurred at least three times in the past and the ignition switch was replaced once before. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, who would replace the ignition switch for a second time at the owner's expense. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Brattleboro, VT, USA

problem #35

Nov 092007

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • miles
For no reason the horn would start blowing constantly while it was parked, locked up, in the driveway. Pulled the fuse to stop it. Next day, replaced the fuse and it was ok. Few months later it did it again. Had three occurances after that. Local dealer wants $100 plus just to check it out and wouldn't tell me if there was a recall or problems with that. Searching the web lately, I found many complaints of similar electrical issues. I have my daughter driving it to college and want the horn working. I don't feel I should pay someone to repair this when it's an issue of the electrical system being defective. I have had this car since new and want my daughter to have the horn working correctly and not going off at will. I replaced the horn ring contact in the steering column and that was not the problem. How do I get this repaired? it is a safety issue driving it with no horn and I shouldn't have to pay for a defect' please respond to me on this issue. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #34

Oct 092010

Grand Am

  • 78,000 miles
Beginning in October 2010, the security light showed up on my car dashboard. It briefly was lit and would disappear. Over the next few weeks and months, my car would randomly not start and the security light would flash on. I had to have the car towed each time to the dealership which at the time of arrival, the car would then run and the light had disappeared. I was told there was nothing that could be done unless the car was not working. This was very costly in tows and missing work. Then I noticed as I would be driving, random single puffs of smoke coming from the steering wheel column. I described it to the dealership and they thought I was crazy. After this happening over and over finally I was told the ignition switch had been fried and needed to be replaced before a fire started and the car would not start again. I wish there would be a recall as I see this seems to be a common and expensive repair problem in Pontiac Grand Am's. what would have happened if my car had started on fire as I was driving!

- Miami Beach, FL, USA

problem #33

Jun 202011

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
My car randomly fails to start. We disconnected the battery to check the terminals. Terminals were clean. As we were tightening the nut on one of the terminals the vehicle started by itself. The keys were not in the vehicle.

- Northwood, OH, USA

problem #32

Feb 122010

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the vehicle would not initially start up. After a few moments, the vehicle was able to be started and taken to a local repair shop, but the failure could not be duplicated. The contact also stated that when driving for more than 30 minutes with the heat or air conditioner on, the vehicle would suddenly stall and shut down. She let it sit for 30 minutes and it would restart, but the failure was intermittent. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop where a fuel pump was installed but the failure occurred again after the repair. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The current mileage was approximately 113,000. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 07/01/11

- Forest Park, GA, USA

problem #31

Feb 202011

Grand Am

  • 152,482 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who stated that a fuse had blown from the ignition module, wires had broken and shorted and connectors of coil pack smoked and burned. They repaired and rerouted the power steering pressure hose because the hose was putting pressure on the wiring and connector. The manufacturer was contacted who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and current mileage was 152,482.

- Rockford, MI, USA

problem #30

Mar 012009

Grand Am

  • miles
2003 Pontiac Grand Am - turn signals as well as hazard lights not working. Also hood not closing/locking properly, very dangerous. Purchased from lima auto mall in lima, Ohio.

- Lima, OH, USA

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