Engine Stalls/Dies When Driving

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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
100,073 miles
Total Complaints:
10 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (6 reports)
  2. Pontiac should recall these cars (2 reports)
  3. fuel injector needed to be replaced (1 reports)
  4. replaced fuel module (1 reports)
2003 Pontiac Grand Am engine problems

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2003 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #10

Aug 312014

Grand Am GT 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 149,000 miles


I purchased in Aug-31-14, need new fuel pump to get it running, did that. So it would run ran great for about 2 1/2 months. Now we are what I would call back to square one because it stalls terribly and dies. Most of the time it won't start back up for 5-15 min, so I need to pin point what is causing all this stalling so I can have a dependable car to drive to work, currently has 153,000 miles on it.

- , Holton, KS, USA

problem #9

Aug 042014

Grand Am GT 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles

This car randomly stalls!!! It started it a few months after I purchased it (purchased May, 2013, with not quite 75,000 miles on it, it now has 81,000 miles). I noticed on the way home that it didn't really want to hold it's speed and lacked power, which wasn't a big deal (turned out to be the catalytic converter). A few months after purchase, it stalled on my way home from work, it was driving fine, and then just shut off! I was at a good area, though, so I can't complain too much, I guess! I pulled over, restarted it, and drove home with no problems. Since then, the problem happens everyday. I assumed at first it was just choking on the exhaust, knowing the cat was bad. I had the catalytic converter replaced, and before that changed out the spark plugs and spark plug wires, the throttle position sensor, and also the PCV valve. So I was trying to correct whatever underlying problem was causing the stalling as I went. I live near a busy road, one that sees a lot of traffic, and unfortunately, has NOWHERE to pull over. When I pull out into traffic, I have anywhere from 1 to 5 minutes before it shuts down. There isn't much of a warning to it, it bucks/jerks, then stalls. It then restarts with NO problem, and drives like nothing happened. It does not stall more than once per day. I can only hope there isn't anyone behind me, or if there is someone, that there is a road to turn onto nearby. There are NO codes being thrown when this happens, and I saw a few days ago, that there is a recall on it, for the ignition switch, but after taking ALL my keychains off, and driving with the key ONLY, it's still doing it. I need a fix for this problem!!!!!

Update from Aug 4, 2014: I forgot to add that the fuel filter was changed as well. That was done about 5,000 miles ago. The mechanic that had it told me that it was dirty, but that it wasn't dirty enough to cause that kind of problem.

- , Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

problem #8

May 262014

Grand Am SE1 3.2L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 195,732 miles

I do not know what's wrong with my car, I had it looked at and fuel filter was changed however that did not fix my car. It shut off on me while I was driving which is life threatening, especially when that has happen while I was on a highway with my son! We were lucky no one hit us while I struggled to get out of the way of other vehicles and get my car to start again. It has happened several times now, I no longer will drive that car until the problem is fixed.

- , Ohsweken, Ontario, canada

problem #7

Jan 012009

Grand Am GT 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


This car is scary to drive. Within the first few miles, or about 3-7 minutes, the car will begin stalling (to me it is like it just stops getting gas/ it just dies). The RPMs go down to zero and I lose power steering. I've learned to throw it into neutral, turn it off, turn it back on, and put it back in drive. It is MOST common after sitting at a stop light/sign within the first few miles, but it still occurs even if I'm going 60mph. I've taken it to mechanics and they've scanned for problems, but nothing shows. People say it's my fuel pump, but I'm not a mechanic- I don't know. I've spent a lot of money for a problem that apparently does not exist but is extremely unsafe.

A brief history: this car has been handed down from my grandma, to my mom, and finally to me. My grandma took great care of it. My mom, however, was harder on it. She had to drive about 60 miles everyday (interstate) to work, which threw a ton of miles on it. It currently sits at about 165,000 miles. It began having this issue about five or more years ago (around 2009).

- , Alexandria, IN, USA

problem #6

Jan 092012

Grand Am GT 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles

I started my car before school and left, just as I always did. It was almost a month after I had purchased my new car. After school, I started the car and left, but I noticed something was very different. The car felt very bogged down - like there were multiple misfires. I figured I'd make it home. At first, I thought dust had gotten into the engine because there was heavy construction going on at the time. Then I thought someone might have put something into the gas. I thought it would get better. It didn't get better. In fact, it got so bad I had to pull over and see just what the problem was. Nothing looked amiss in the engine bay, so I got in the car and tried to leave. The car wouldn't start. We had to call a tow truck and foot a $600 repair bill.

- , Johnston City, IL, USA

problem #5

Feb 112012

Grand Am SE 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 152,000 miles

The car started hesitating and skipping on acceleration. Changed the spark plugs and pcv valve. Problem continued and then changed the fuel filter, to no avail. The vehicle then bucked, skipped hopped and jumped and then dies while driving it. The fuel pump was dead so replaced that. Problem still occurs but only intermittently. the car starts and idles like a dream, put in drive and stalls a couple of times. Then able to keep it running, it hesitates and skips for several miles then seems to work itself out. Seems only to do this when it is warm. Finally, service engine soon light came on. Had it coded and it said a bad ignition control module, replaced that. Now it will start and drive fine for a while. If I stop to get groceries or gas, it will then stall when it goes into drive 2 to 3 times. Goes perfectly when put in reverse. Once it gets started and i can keep it going, it spits and sputters for a while then works itself out. I am at my wits end and would hope beyond all hope that someone out there can help me! Any ideas????

Update from Mar 6, 2012: Finally figured it out. Only took 2 weeks, 2 tows and more than a thousand dollars but, hey, it runs now!! Turns out is was a break in the white wire attaching the ignition control module to the main computer of the car. Granted the fuel pump did go as well, just wish that that wire was checked when I first mentioned it. Oh well, so far so good since and hope that "she" can take it easy on my wallet for a while.

- , Newark Valley, NY, US

problem #4

Dec 122008

Grand Am 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles


Can anyone tell me what is going on with my car? any takers? As coming to a stop or even while driving, the engine cuts off and the cars dies. I turn the key in the ON position, wait to here the fuel pump then start her up. The other day, I got in my car and turned it on to start up, and didn't hear the fuel pump start up and the car just turned and turned and never started up. After a few tries, it started. Later that same day, I was driving down the road coming to a stop at a red light and the car completely died in 5 traffic. yuk! then started right back up. As it died I heard a buzzing sound in my dash. Perhaps almost sounded like electrical wires shorting out. I was wondering if anyone had heard of this or had it happen to you. I've had it checked out, and the garage removed the pump and it was working fine. They've hooked it up and checked everything and nothing is coming up. Does anyone know whats going on?

- , Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #3

Dec 092007

Grand Am V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles

I was going out of town so I made sure everything was working on my car before my trip. The one thing I completely did not expect was to make sure I had more then a 1/2 a tank of gas for the ride to my destination. On the highway I almost ran out of gas until finally I hit a gas station (this could have been a lot worse). I filled up and went the rest of the way to my destination. On the was home my car started to randomly start slowing down. Thank god I was able to pull over to the side of the road, but I couldn't get my car to start again. It turned over once. So I had to get a tow and wait for an hour on a very busy highway. I got my fuel injector replaced the next day. If you own this car it is a good idea to put fuel injector cleaner in every other fill up so you don't have to fork over 600 bucks. My coworker's wife who has the same car as me had the same exact problem. I don't know if adding the cleaner will completely eliminate the problem, but it must help. Its also winter here in upstate New York, so that couldn't have helped matters either

- , Albany, NY, USA

problem #2

Dec 042007

Grand Am

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles

My car stalled on me back in October of 2006 on a busy road. Luckily I was able to pull off onto a side road. It had problems starting but would eventually turn over. Thought it may be the battery, so I changed that out and thought it was fixed until the thing started having problems again. Turned out it was something with the Anti Theft System shutting the car off. Cost $500 bucks to fix the Passlock sytem and ignition on a relatively new car with low miles. 14 months later I am having problems again similar to that. Car does not fire up the first time unless I turn the key to On or Acc for a couple seconds. The other day the car died on me as I was pulling into the gym parking garage. Got someone to jump. Went to the store to check the battery, but it has plenty of juice. I hate this car and will never buy American made again. Worst thing is I got a phone call last Spring 07 about a recall on the repair that cost me $500. Called Gm and at first they were helpful and willing to look into reimbursing my expenses. They ended up calling me back each day and trying to hassle me about the repairs and said that the recall was not exactly about what my repairs were for. I just gave up. If GM builds there cars like this I hope they go out of business soon. Right now I fear driving my car on the interstate because of the thought it may stall on me at any moment. Totally unsafe. Any help much appreciated. I like to refer to this thing as my Death Mobile.

- , Dallas, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 222006

(reported on)

Grand Am

  • 66,000 miles

Driving down a busy freeway car died in middle of morning rush hour. Required crossing numerous lanes of traffic with no power. Very unsafe.

- , San Marcos, CA, USA

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