NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,852 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 Pontiac Grand Prix brakes problems

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2002 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #11

Mar 082012

Grand Prix

  • 110,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix. While traveling 5 mph, the contact noticed that the ABS and the trac-off warning lights were illuminated on the instrument panel. Moments later, the contact noticed that the brakes were not responding properly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was informed that the hub sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The current and the failure mileages were 110,000.

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #10

Dec 142011

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 111,000 miles
We were on our way to my father in law's funeral and the brakes went out. Then the accelerator stuck. I turned off the ignition and we rolled to a stop, then there was a fire under the hood.

- Cameron, MO, USA

problem #9

Nov 022011

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Driving in a residential area in annandale, va. Applied the brakes and the pedal went to the floor. Had the car towed to a shop and the brake lines were completely rust through! this is a 9 year old car! what kind of material is GM using for their brake line!

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #8

Jul 112011

Grand Prix

  • 120,000 miles


Bought a used 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix GT about two months ago and safety inspection sheet said car was up to par. Not so, just after buying the car the sway bar link was found to be almost broken and the brakes failed just after 5000 miles. Parts were replaced for both and the old parts to the brakes are available to view.

- Plainfield, WI, USA

problem #7

Jul 162010

Grand Prix

  • 65,000 miles
After driving to several stores, upon starting my car I noticed the brake pedal went almost to the floor. I started to pull from the parking space and it took me a long time to stop. I parked and had my car taken to a repair shop. The brake line was rusted through. The mechanic said that should not have happened to a car with only 69,000 miles on it and was a poor design as the brake line runs over the wheel well. He said there are others that will also fail soon. I am going to have them all replaced. My parking brake cable also broke a few weeks ago. Luckily this did not cause an accident.

- Montgomery, IL, USA

problem #6

Apr 092010

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 122,000 miles
Sudden rupture of brake line.

- Herron, MI, USA

problem #5

May 182009

Grand Prix

  • 57,000 miles


Brakes seem to stay locked up after hard stop or a lot of use.not the calipers because it doesn't pull or drag a tire. Having mech look inti ABS system but comp shows nothing.

- Lynbrook, NY, USA

problem #4

Apr 242006

(reported on)

Grand Prix

  • 21,370 miles
The rear brakes on the consumer's 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix were severely rusted and pitted and as a result the vehicle could not pass NY state inspection.

- Tuckahoe, NY, USA

problem #3

Jun 152003

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
The rotors warped......front & back....the dealership turned them and told me that it would happen again and that they are covered for only 14000 miles...and that it's just the way they are made anymore (cheap)...and there is nothing they can do about it..I read a lot of letters on the same problem for 2002 Grand Am's...and other GM & Chrysler cars & vans..... I went thru the same thing with my 1995 Dodge intrepid....35000 miles on it & the rotors were turned once & replaced 3 times at my expense... what is going on "....do we have any recourse"

- Auburn, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 242003

(reported on)

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, there was a weird noise and it felt like the rear brake were pulling. The consumer took to the vehicle to the dealer and the dealer replaced the rear pads and rotors.

- Villas, NJ, USA

problem #1

May 272003

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When the brakes were applied, the vehicle experienced extended stopping distance when on a wet surface. The dealer was notified. The brake was applied with excessive force and the pedal had gone to the floor. After 5 to 10 seconds, the brakes engaged and a loud grinding sound was heard along with pulsation while coming to a sudden stop. The vehicle collided with an SUV in front. The passenger side seat belt had broke during the accident.

- Mount Sidney, VA, USA

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