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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,932 miles

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2004 Pontiac Grand Am brakes problems

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2004 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 092013

Grand Am

  • 178,000 miles


Lug bolts sheared off passenger front. Oem rotor had roughly 3/16 inch play causing the wheel hub to slam against it. There is lug thread marks on the rotor.

- Scipio, IN, USA

problem #6

Nov 212009

Grand Am

  • 39,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6). I have a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am. The other day I had front brakes put on the car. When I drove to the doctor the next day, I tried to pass a vehicle that was going to slow. The nut I tried to pass did not want me to pass, so he kicked his motor in and I looked down and saw I was doing 70 miles an hour. I went to brake so that I could fall back in behind the nut, when I applied brakes the car went side ways. I got lucky and straightened the car back. Thank god, or I would be dead. I took the car back to have the brakes looked at and the qualified serviceman said the problem was that the calibers were warped and that only 20% of the brake pad was touching the calibers. Problem is the calibers are made of aluminum and they warp with heat. There is no way of preventing this from happening again as there is no way to change metals. I have been told this is not a first, or even the first thousand that this has happened. I would like for you to contact me and let me know if this is true and if you have statistics that show this. Will there be a recall? please contact me and let me know what I can do to fix this problem. Thank you for your time [xxx] thanks again.

- Kannapolis, NC, USA

problem #5

Sep 142007

Grand Am

  • 80,000 miles
Bolt wore hole through brake line causing brake fluid to leak out and no brakes whets so ever. Cant find a brake line to fit both sides where it screws in at they are two different sizes and they only sell them with the same size. Didn't just happen once it has happen 3 times since 2007.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #4

Sep 172008

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,124 miles


The contact is a mechanic and has serviced four different 2004 Pontiac Grand Am. He stated that the rear passenger brakes have failed on each vehicle and caused a leak. The leak comes from the wheel cylinder, which prevents proper braking. He believes that the failure could cause a serious crash. The current and failure mileages were 120,124. Updated 10/16/08 updated 10/21/08.

- Wyoming, MI, USA

problem #3

Dec 012006

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle brakes had to be replaced on four occasions. On each occasion, the brake light would illuminate at various speeds, and the steering wheel shook and a shrieking noise could be heard like metal rubbing on metal. The condition was permanent, repeatable to worsening under normal braking conditions. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer and an independent mechanic who both determined that they could not find anything mechanically wrong with the vehicle, and that this was an unusual problem for a new vehicle to have extreme problems with the same component. The dealer recommended the contact to file a complaint with the NHTSA. There were no further repairs made. Updated 12/28/2006 -

- Alexandria, KY, USA

problem #2

Apr 152004

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 400 miles
While driving in rainy weather it sounded from the right front corner of the car under the hood like something was grinding or abrasion. It sounded like two bearings rubbing against each other. Took the car to the dealer, and they were not able to hear it. The dealer took it for a test drive, lifted it up onto the lift and was not able to hear any noise. Updated 8/14/2006 - the right front tire warped. The brake calipers warped shortly after the vehicle was purchased. Both front rotors had to be replaced due to warpage. The consumer heard noise on the driver's side front end. The dealer replaced the upper strut mount, bearing plate and aligned the front end. The vehicle would lose power while driving. The dealer reprogrammed the engine control module. The master cylinder leaked and had to be replaced. Power steering pump leaked and was replaced. The tramsmission was slipping.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 222004

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While applying the accelerator pedal vehicle would accelerate uncontrollably on it is own. Consumer applied the brakes and the vehicle continued to accelerate. Consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and drove it to the dealer for inspection. Mechanic informed consumer that the problem could not be duplicated.

- Wonder Lake, IL, USA

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