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2003 Pontiac Grand Am (Page 1 of 2)

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Average Mileage:
44,923 miles

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2003 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Apr 222015

Grand Am

  • miles


My daughter was driving my wife's 2003 Pontiac Grand Am and the accelerator stuck, almost causing a serious accident in heavy traffic. When the accelerator is pressed, it now fails to return to the idle position, requiring one to physically pull the pedal back up. After the near accident, my daughter did some research and discovered that there had been a recall for sticking accelerator on the 2003 Pontiac Grand Am, but we have never been contacted about the recall. I called Pontiac on the toll free number listed on the recall notice on your site and they told me that they would do nothing to fix the problem. After asking to speak to a supervisor several times, I was finally connected to the supervisor who also said they would do nothing. I told her that there had been a recall and she said there wasn't a recall for the accelerator on a 2003 Grand Am. I gave her the recall number and she said she couldn't find anything on that recall, and that the car was too old so Pontiac wasn't going to pay anything to have it fixed. She said I would need to pay for it myself and if they ever did issue a recall and I kept the receipts, they would issue a refund. The car is now totally unsafe to drive and there are many more people with the same model car whose lives may well be in danger because of this issue.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #21

Nov 072014

Grand Am

  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that while driving at 45 mph, the vehicle independently decelerated without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 77,000. Updated 2/24/15

- Centerline, MI, USA

problem #20

Sep 142014

Grand Am

  • miles
My car has an ignition switch recall. In said recall it describes that in the event of ignition switch failure my airbags may not deploy. I have young children in my car 99% of the time and this makes me extremely nervous. I called a number to get a rental car until mine can be fixed due to the fact no dealer has the parts and they don't know how long it will be. The man on the phone told me I didn't qualify because it wasn't that big a deal. I feel that it is a big deal and because I have children and I should entitled to a rental courtesy of GM. I am very displeased and hope that this situation can be rectified. I will go to the local news and express my concern if something is not done.

- Woonsocket, RI, USA

problem #19

Jun 222014

Grand Am

  • 39,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the vehicle accelerated to 60 mph independently. The contact had to apply force to the brake pedal in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle resumed normal acceleration after the vehicle was restarted. The failure occurred on two different occasions. The dealer was contacted and did not offer a remedy. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 39,000 and the current mileage was 41,594.

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #18

Jun 292014

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
I bought the car a few months ago, but haven't been driving it very much as it was going to be for my daughter, who does not have a license yet. I was driving down the road and it kept accelerating. I did not even have my foot on the accelerator. It got up to 60 mph. I put on the brakes very hard and switched it into neutral when I got it slowed down, then into park. I pumped the gas and it went down to idle speed. Just a few minutes before that I noticed I had to press really hard on the brake to get it to stay stopped at a stop light. I know cars can idle a little fast sometimes and move some, but I was pressing on the brake really hard and was on an incline.

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #17

Jul 162010

Grand Am

  • 20,000 miles
I had 2 kids in the car, the accelerator pedal stuck, car kept speeding up.. I was using both feet on brake & er brake as well!! I was swerving in & out of traffic, running red lights & praying for our lives, we got up to 85 miles per hour in a 35mph zone!! the car was revving out of control & black smoke was coming out from under the hood! I managed to slam it into park & we all jumped out & ran, very frightening & almost ended in a collision. The intake manifold gasket cracked at 1yr old and 10,000 miles, the tires needed resealing at 5000 miles. Ridiculous!!

- Westlake, OH, USA

problem #16

Oct 012013

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 85,337 miles


Car died unexpectedly while driving but restarted after vehicle had stopped.

- Valparaiso, IN, USA

problem #15

Jan 012014

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • 156,000 miles
My 21 year old daughter was driving down the highway. The accelerator got stuck near the floor. The vehicle continued to accelerate. She pushed sharply on the brake and threw the car in park. She noted that the RPM's revved above 3000.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #14

Oct 292013

Grand Am

  • miles
Cpsc:I13A0533A. 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. Consumer stated her car accelerated unexpectedly, when she removed her foot from the accelerator.

- Elwood, IL, USA

problem #13

Feb 262013

Grand Am

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the accelerator pedal arm stuck to the attachment of the bracket causing the vehicle to erroneously accelerate. The contact placed the vehicle into park in order to stop the acceleration. Also, the contact mentioned the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign id number 04V528000 (vehicle speed control:accelerator pedal). The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage and current mileage was 130,000.

- Mountain Iron, MN, USA

problem #12

Oct 012008

Grand Am

  • 85,000 miles


This didn't involve anything tragic. I have a 2003 Pontiac grandam and it was having problems with leaking coolant and I have found out that my intake manifold gasket is needing to be replaced and also learned from the mechanic that I took it to that this model of car is infamous for having that problem and his does several repairs of the same type of car for the same problems every month and I think this should be addressed by the GM manufacturers because they put a faulty part on this type of car and it is going bad and could subsequently cause the head gaskets to blow on the car if it is not repaired and also I am having problems with the accelerator and when I called about a recall they told me that for my VIN on my car their was currently no recalls which is a bunch of bull because my car is also having that problem my accelerator is sticking and the car keeps going even when I am not pushing the gas pedal and it is really scary sometimes but it doesn't do it every time I start the car its just unpredictable and happens out of the blue.

- Skiatook, OK, USA

problem #11

Dec 292008

Grand Am

  • 98,000 miles
I own a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am that the throttle sticks. I have done extensive research and found there was a recall GM (4092) (NHTSA campaign number 04V528000) had issued addressing this but only in a specified serial number range. My car does not fall in that range but is affected in the same manner. The VIN # is. The car is becoming a safety hazard to my family and is one of our primary vehicles. I have contacted GM and they are not willing to do anything because of the serial number range. I feel that the NHTSA needs to investigate this further and widen the serial number range. The date of incident is the most recent time it happened.

- Jackson, MI, USA

problem #10

Sep 092006

Grand Am

  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the accelerator pedal arm sticks at the attachment to the bracket. The pedal arm does not return to the engine idle position when the accelerator pedal is released. Over the past year, the failure progressively worsened. The dealer stated that his VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 04V528000 (vehicle speed control:accelerator pedal); therefore, he would have to replace the accelerator pedal arm, accelerator, and brake pedal assemblies at the contact's expense. The contact is in the process of having the vehicle repaired. The failure mileage was 8,000 and current mileage was 17,000.

- Zanesville, OH, USA

problem #9

May 012008

Grand Am

  • miles
I am the owner of a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am which has a safety and non-compliance recall that involves the accelerator pedal assembly, (safety recall # 04092). When the initial recall was delivered I took my vehicle to a GM dealership in kendallville Indiana. They inspected the device, and at that time stated there was no problem and no parts were replaced. I am currently living in Virginia and have found in hot, ambient conditions, (in the afternoon and almost daily), my accelerator pedal sticking, failing to return to the normal idle position. I took my vehicle to a GM dealership in harrisonburg va to have it checked and they advised a new pedal assembly would be needed although they are unwilling to correct this safety issue under the recall # 04092 since the initial inspection was performed in Indiana. When I took my vehicle to the dealership in Indiana the recall was performed on October 19, 2005 which is not during the hot and ambient weather that is associated with this safety concern. I have contacted GM and they state since my vehicle has over 100,000 miles and is a 2003 they are not willing to replace this required procedure under the manufactures recall. I seek your assistance in a successful outcome for the safety of not only myself and my family, but for other's on the highway.

- Staunton, VA, USA

problem #8

Apr 082008

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 33,913 miles
Accelerator pedal sticking. When the weather would warm up the pedal would stick holding the throttle open. There was a recall on this but my vehicle was 900 cars out of the VIN number break point for this recall. The recall needs to be expanded on this failure. The parts that the dealer replaced were the same parts that were on the recall vehicles. My vehicle is a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am with a V6 engine in it.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #7

Apr 242007

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 174,000 miles
2003 Pontiac Grand Am front wheel driver's right drive surged forward of driver's left at highway 55 mph. Right rear of Pontiac Grand Am surged forward. Vehicle on the right shoulder of the highway rolled one and one half times. Seat belt restrained driver. However, air bags did not deploy.

- Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #6

Apr 072006

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
NHTSA campaign id num 04V528000 recall date Oct 27 2004 Pontiac Grand Am car accelerates when foot is not on peddle when braking it takes time for engine to idle down which is ware on my brakes this problem has increased.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #5

Jul 272005

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The vehicle accelerated suddenly although the consumer didn't touch the accelerator pedal. This happened 3 times. The consumer stated that there was a rubber burning smell coming from the vehicle when this happened. The vehicle went from 0-6 rpms in less than 3 seconds, it went to 60 mph. Consumer had to slam on the brake and the emergency brake and put it into park. The consumer had it towed to the dealer on 7-27-05, who ran a diagnostic test on the vehicle. They could not find anything wrong with it. They did say that the oil filter was dirty and that it had to be changed. The consumer states that it was changed at the end of June. They changed three filters and the PCV. The consumer picked the vehicle up on 8-3-05. She only drove it home and parked it. She felt the vehicle was unsafe to drive. A recall on the accelerator pedal was issued back on Nov. 2004. The manufacturer claimed that the vehicle was inspected at 32328 miles and it was determine at that time that the recall was not applicable.

- Hopatcong, NJ, USA

problem #4

May 072004

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles
While applying the brakes the engine commenced to accelerate. The consumer had to shift the vehicle out of drive into neutral to gain control. This problem occurred on two separate occasions, and the dealer was unable to resolve this issue.

- Elmira, NY, USA

problem #3

May 282004

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,500 miles
Consumer said that the vehicle is accelerating very high on its own even when the brakes were applied, vehicle will still take off. This problem has occurred 3 times this week. Owner has taken the vehicle to the dealer, however the problem has not been corrected. Owner said that she doesn't want the car back. Consumer is very paranoid of the vehicle's ability to perform properly. The idle had been running higher even after two repair attempts. The vehicle was still in the shop as of 06/15/2004. GM had not sent the gas pedal to the dealership. (throttle plate sticking/throttle cable binding)

- Royal Palm, FL, USA

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