2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2.4 from North America
Decent for the money
My accelerator cable broke and caused me to have an accident. There is a small cap-like piece that threads onto the end of the cable, keeping the wire from popping out and staying out when accelerator is used. This piece fell off, and caused my accelerator to stick. Braking and shifting gears did not work, the car continued to accelerate.
I have been fairly pleased with the maintenance free years I have owned this car, but now with this issue I am a little concerned. I will not feel entirely safe driving it, even when the cable is replaced. I don't know what caused this to happen, but I am glad I was not on the Interstate or around other people when it happened.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 26th April, 2006
3rd Jun 2006, 02:15
I agree these are serious issues. And if I were you I would get rid of the car, too. However, in fairness to the Grand Am, I have owned two-a 1990 and now a 2001, and the most recent one has never given me any problems. I would recommend it.
10th Aug 2006, 05:50
Almost the same problem. My accelerator cable frayed inside the plastic hose/housing causing the throttle to stay open while driving. Pulling back on the gas pedal did nothing and downshifting just revved the engine harder. Neutral just red-lined it. I was able to get into a parking lot and shut the engine down in neutral, but then I lost power brakes and steering.
My 1999 Grand Am has just under 80,000 miles and has been nothing, but a headache from the get-go.