NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition Problems

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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,607 miles

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2003 Pontiac Grand Am electrical problems

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2003 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 042010

Grand Am

  • 58,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. When the contact attempted to start the vehicle she noticed that the key would not turn inside of the ignition switch. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The ignition cylinder was replaced 3 years prior to the recent failure. The current and failure mileages were 58000.

- Hazelwood, NJ, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Jun 232007

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. When the key was turned in the ignition, the vehicle did not start. The contact stated that the failure could be with the path-lock system. The VIN and engine size were not available. The current and failure mileage were 80,000.

- Rosemount, MN, USA

problem #2

Nov 272006

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,840 miles
: the contact stated when the key was turned in the ignition, the vehicle did not start. Previously, a roadside service was contacted, who shifted the vehicle into neutral, and the vehicle started. On this occasion, shifting the vehicle into neutral did not work. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer, who was unable to determine the cause of the problem. The manufacturer was also notified.

- Malden, MA, USA

problem #1

Aug 152006

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,195 miles
For several months the security light on my 2003 Pontiac Grand Am would come on and would not go off until I stopped the car let it sit for awhile. On 8/15/2006 the car would not start and had to be towed to Goodyear. The Goodyear store informed me that they could not start the car and suspected that the computer was bad since they could not get a negative feed to the fuel injectors. They suggested that I tow the car to a dealer. I had the car towed to the dealer when the car was unloaded it started. I was informed by the service person that it appeared to be a result of the ignition not being able to identify the chip on the key. After they diagnosed the problem I was told that it was the ignition lock cylinder was activating the kill switch and that it had shorted the BCM thereby preventing the car from starting. I was also informed that I would have to replace both of them or the car could shut down at any time. The car has 40,000 miles and is out of warranty the cost to replace these items was $752. I have noticed on several websites that this problem is common to this vehicle and is very expensive to repair. Furthermore, based on the information provided at the dealer this could happen while driving which could cause an accident.

- Jacksonville , FL, USA

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