NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2004 Pontiac Grand Am (Page 4 of 5)

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2004 Pontiac Grand Am electrical problems

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2004 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #40

Mar 142012

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles


Won't start without holding key to on position for 10 minutes. Turn signal keeps making clicking sound for up to 2 minutes after turning off signal.

- Lincoln Park, MI, USA

problem #39

Sep 072012

Grand Am

  • 159,000 miles
Fire started under hood and continued through dashboard.

- Edgewood, KY, USA

problem #38

Mar 212011

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • miles
There are times when I go to start the car and nothing happens, all light work fine just don't start. The security light flashes and you wait 10 mins and then the car starts. I had the sensor replaced and now a year later the same problem. I have done lots of research online and this is a huge problem and GM never owned up to by doing a recall. This affects Pontiac, Oldsmobile and several others. I think they need to step up here and come up with a solution to what is their problem. Thanks

- Fostoria, OH, USA

problem #37

Oct 092010

Grand Am

  • miles


Turn signal keeps making a clicking sound minutes after signal is off, also theft light comes on once a week not recognizing key.

- Lincoln Park, MI, USA

problem #36

Mar 262012

Grand Am

  • 150,100 miles
I drove home Sunday night and Monday morning when I attempted to start my car it would not start the radio and lights came on but the engine would not start. I was told it was the pass code and now that I look it up online there are many other people with the same problem.

- Port Huron , MI, USA

problem #35

Jan 282012

Grand Am

  • 95,695 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that while stopped, she began to use the vehicle cigarette lighter and the vehicle became engulfed in smoke. The contact attempted to exit the vehicle, but the doors and windows would not open. The contact then attempted to sound the horn, but the horn would not function. The contact was able to successfully unlock the doors and exit the vehicle after repeated attempts. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, but the vehicle was not examined. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 95,695.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #34

Jun 162011

Grand Am

  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The manufacturer was contacted and had a computer technician inspect the vehicle at the contact's home. The technician ran a diagnostic test and determined that the pass code needed to be replaced within the ignition system. The technician was able to start the vehicle but did not guarantee the failure would not recur if the pass code was not replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #33

Nov 012008

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
My 2004 Pontiac Grand Am makes a constant clicking noise like the turn signal is on, but they are not. The noise varies from a very slow speed to really fast and just starts and stops at random.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #32

Mar 132011

Grand Am

  • miles
GM vats/passlock system shuts down vehicles anytime, anywhere, without warning....even in -10 degree temps in blizzard conditions ten miles from the nearest house. The dealers soak people for $600 - $1200 to replace fuel pumps, key cylinders, ecms and bcms but the problem persists. Your organization shows a post for a few drops of oil while braking but this passkey issue is a danger to anyone who owns a 1999-2005 GM vehicle. The car just stops right in the middle of the thruway, during rush hour, in some cases. Thousands of people are having this problem and GM refuses to issue a recall or even offer a reliable solution that we're more than willing to pay for. Our cars turn into lawn ornaments and that's about all.

- Cowlesville, NY, USA

problem #31

Mar 202010

Grand Am

  • 68,000 miles
Fast clicking noise coming from radio/hazard light area. This happens when no signal lights is on.

- Aylmer, 00, USA

problem #30

Dec 282010

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


2004 Pontiac Grand Am with approximately 65,000 miles. Clicking sound normally associated with directional/turn signal is being heard, even when directional is not in use. Sometimes the clicking is activated by moving or turning the steering wheel. The clicking is not constant or consistent, but it does occur every time the directional signal is used. The sound appears to come from the dashboard area (near the radio and hazard light button). The dealership is aware of the issue and has diagnosed it as a faulty/dirty multifunction switch, which he says he replaces frequently. If this is a known issue, I believe General Motors (Pontiac) should address the issue before it turns more serious.

- Marietta, OH, USA

problem #29

Feb 232008

Grand Am

  • 37,071 miles
On 02/23/2008, vehicle would not start and was taken to GM certified auto center. Performed diagnostic circuit check - passlock systems failure. Replaced passlock cylinder and switch. On 05/22/2008, taken to a different GM certified auto center. Diagnostic found ignition cylinder loose internally causing loss of contact. Replaced ignition cylinder and switch for the second time in only four months. On same day (05/22/2008), driver reported a clicking type noise as if turn signals were on when they weren't. diagnostic found internal failure in multi-function switch - replaced. On 12/29/2010, clicking noise returned and vehicle taken to GM certified auto center. Diagnostic found internal short/failure in multi-function switch and it was replaced for a second time. When leaving auto center, "service engine soon" light on. Diagnostic indicated ignition switch needed to replaced, for a third time.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #28

Nov 172010

Grand Am

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am. The vehicle will not start because the battery was drained. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was contacted and informed her to take the vehicle to the dealer to be repaired. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- New Riegel, OH, USA

problem #27

Nov 252010

Grand Am

  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am. Upon starting the vehicle she noticed that the security light located on the dashboard was illuminated. After driving for approximately 30 minutes the warning light shut off. The failure continued to recur intermittently for approximately two weeks until the vehicle would no longer start. The failure was not diagnosed nor was the vehicle repaired. The failure and current mileages were 92,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- South Paris, ME, USA

problem #26

Aug 012010

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Passlock security system is failing. Car will start up perfectly one day but then the next day it may not start and the security light will be flashing. Takes ten minutes to reset. Basically you don't know when and what day that your car will start and its a huge nuisance. I'm not spending over 600 dollars to get this fixed when this product should have already been recalled. It's ridiculous.

- West Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #25

Aug 012010

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
I own a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am. There is an electrical problem with the car that causes a security malfunction. On numerous random occasions when I put the key in the ignition and try to start my car and security light comes on the car will not start. I have to wait 10 minutes until the security light turns off and then re-start the car. I have not been able to correct this failure. I bought the car August of 2010 and have had the problem the entire time.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #24

May 012010

Grand Am

  • 50,000 miles
The turn signal switch in the car or the hazard switch seem to be defective. It constantly keeps clicking after I use it and sometimes rarely I can see smoke from the steering column. I have seen multiple complaints on this issues I am not sure why it hasn't been recalled.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #23

Aug 202010

Grand Am

  • 63,922 miles
Security light came on while driving in interstate 80 to kearney Nebraska. Dealership in fremont told me not to turn off car until I got to destination. Told it may not start again. Talked to two different dealerships one in kearney Nebraska and one in fremont Nebraska. The dealership in kearney said they could not get to it due large volume of business. Told me to leave it in on position for 10 minutes then restart car. I got back to fremont and the dealership in fremont verified the problem. The security sensor was having trouble acknowledging the key and thought someone was stealing the car. The car possible not start again or shut down.the fremont dealership replaced the ignition cylinder and wiring harness. It cost $630. I asked if they had heard of this problem. They said yes, that they had seen it quite frequently. I checked the internet and there were numerous blogs and statements to the same situation that others had experienced the same problem.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #22

Aug 022010

Grand Am

  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that when the security light came on, the vehicle stalled. If the key was left in the on position, the system would reset itself and the vehicle would function normally. A mechanic told the contact that resetting the system could cause the electrical system to fail. The contact previously owned a Grand Am that caught fire because of this failure. The dealer stated that the pass lock system was failing. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileages were 52000.

- Wyandotte, MI, USA

problem #21

Apr 032010

Grand Am

  • 105,000 miles
My 2004 Grand Am I have a clicking noise from the dash area and ever so often smoke from the steering column. Also the driver side weather stripping does not fit right. Weather stripping flew off while driving on the highway.

- Wichita, KS, USA

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