NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Anti-Theft Controller Problems

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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
61,212 miles

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2003 Pontiac Grand Am electrical problems

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2003 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #15

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 #14

Dec 012009

Grand Am

  • 74,797 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am with a factory installed security system. While approaching a parking lot, the vehicle stalled. She was able to turn the key in the ignition and all electrical components of the vehicle were operating, however the vehicle would not start. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where they replaced the entire computer system in the vehicle. On a later date, the failure occurred a second time. The vehicle was towed to a local service shop. The mechanic found the security system was defective. He advised putting the key into the ignition in the on position without starting, wait for the red security system light to stop blinking (10-15 minutes) and then proceed to start the ignition. On a separate occasion, the failure occurred again. The contact followed the mechanic's previous advice and was able to start the vehicle. The manufacturer had not yet been contacted. No additional repairs were made to the vehicle. The failure and current mileages were 74,797.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #13

Sep 102009

Grand Am

  • 102,999 miles
Malfunction in the security system, where the car will not start. A 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. When go to start the security systems acts as if someone is stealing the car, which our son is just trying to start his car to go to school. He was stranded at a gas station 3 months ago, & just last night stranded at a car wash. He had to push his car back home, since, everything was closed at the time. I have also noticed that, there have been many other people that has had the same problems with their vehicle as our son has. The car space automotive forums has got a whole list of complaints on their web-site of alot of people having the same and similar problem with their vehicle. The security pass lock problems, where the security light comes on flashing & then it shuts the car down, where then it will not start, until it is reset or fixed.

- Waterloo, IN, USA

problem #12

Sep 012008

Grand Am

  • 74,500 miles


A local Pontiac dealership worked on my car for unrelated issues. When I went to pick up my car, the dealership could not find my keys. I had to get a spare set of keys from my home and finally pick up my car. After this incident occurred, I noticed the "security" light would come on randomly. Eventually, it would not start. Also on a random basis. This has happened countless times and I am absolutely frustrated. It is now happening on a weekly basis. I can't afford for this to happen any longer. The Pontiac dealership has advised me that it will cost $400+ for this to be fixed. Again, I am unable to do that. I keep very good maintenance on my car and this is out of my control. I have re-set the passlock system as the Pontiac dealership has advised me to and now it is happening more often. This is ridiculous and I should not have to deal with a situation like this.

- Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

problem #11

Feb 012008

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
Car stalling in starting. Car would attempt to turn over without success. Taken to 2 mechanics who could not identify the problem and one stated they could not even duplicate the problem. After getting stranded over a 2 week period around the holidays, the car was taken to the dealership which stated the module and coil needed to be replaced. Paid $500 to replace the items to be stranded the same day the car was picked up from service. Was then told it was short in the "new" module which shorted the PCM (?). 2 weeks later the car began acting up again with the same issue for me to take it to a different dealership, for them to lock my cylinder and then want to charge me $700+ dollars for them to repair something they broke. Then advised me that I would have to pay that for them to fix the lock cylinder and ignition switch for them to continue diagnosing the problem.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #10

Jan 252008

Grand Am

  • miles
Passlock system doesn't allow car to start.

- Stella, NC, USA

problem #9

Aug 072007

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,750 miles


Passlock system on 2003 Pontiac Grand Am GT made my daughters car go dead and it would not start. Left her stranded on side of road. Car was towed and passlock system reprogrammed. Total cost of $250.

- Powell, OH, USA

problem #8

Jun 242007

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,212 miles
Passlock theft deterrent system activates for no reason, which shuts down fuel pump and will not allow car to start.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #7

Jun 172007

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,414 miles
On a trip to the mountains ignition:anti-theft controller failed to start. Family stranded in mountains. $213 tow. I was told it would cost between $450 and $1000 to get it fixed. Still won't start after following owner's manual instructions. I would like to know how to disable it to prevent being stranded in future.

- Vale, NC, USA

problem #6

May 292007

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles
Passlock system on 2003 Pontiac Grand Am made my daughters car go dead and it would not start. Left her stranded on side of road for hours. Come to find out, this is common problem with Pontiac Grand Am. Would this not justify a recall" don't know if this qualifies, but sure needs looking into. Agree"

- Lucedale, MS, USA

problem #5

Mar 282007

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,925 miles


While driving home as I do everyday and the 2003 Pontiac Grand Am spatters and stalls. Tried several times to start it up again, but no luck. The security pass lock malfunctioned, and have tried the reset procedure as described by the manufacturer, but no luck. Car cannot be driven, and there is no recall on this ongoing problem.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #4

Jul 252006

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,587 miles
Security feature failure on 2003 ponitac Grand Am. Light had been flashing off and on. GM stated this is isolated incident. Fortunately, car was in driveway, but had to be towed to dealership. Repair was $469. GM also stated no active recalls, but dealership informed computer update from 2003 needed. GM customer service is poor. Have had problems with brake, but will investigate further. Will research if same as other complaints.

- San Marcos, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 152006

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,486 miles
The car will not turn over properly because the passlock/securtiy systme is failing.I have to turn the ignition on to the on position wait 10 minutes until starts again. This is not very safe for myself and my family.

- Lone Tree, IA, USA

problem #2

Nov 252005

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,574 miles
Without any prior warning, GM passlock security system failed resulting in the inability to start the vehicle. This resulted in lone female driver to be stranded in a high crime area.

- Gas City , IN, USA

problem #1

May 292005

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,939 miles
Wife and child stranded by melted passlock ignition sensor, part number 12458191. No previous symptoms of problem. Found on various web sites other people had same, expensive problem. Car was less than 2 years old with less

- Hendrix, OK, USA

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