23rd Feb 2008, 16:46

I love my 2003 Grand Am SE. I haven't had problems at all, until the past month. I had the security issue, which I got figured out. However, once in a while, when the engine is cold and I start the car, there is a ticking noise in the engine. The man who reset the security issue, said that it is the lifters? Other's have said that I don't have enough miles on the car (69,000). I love the car and do not want to get rid of it. Any ideas?

24th Feb 2008, 13:29

I have a 2000 Grand AM SE with the 2.4. When I first bought it as my first car, I loved it black with tints and rims with it, but as the time past, more and more problems emerged. Here is my list of problems:

- Water pump - $750

- Fuel pump - $650

- Spark plugs misfired blew my manifolds up - $900

- Alternator - $250

- Tensioner in timing chain when bad - $350

- Replaced calibers - $250

- Replaced battery - $100 (more because of sound system with subwoofer)

- The usual brakes and oil changes and stuff.

The car actually leveled off the past year and a half, but I'm hearing that sound everyone is talking about with the pulsing as you hit the brake, and the noise it makes. I've changed the brakes, bled them out, checked it all out, and can't figure it out. This car is killing me, and as an 18 year old kid it kinda doesn't help either LOL as it puts more holes in my pocket.

I love the car, but I'll never get a Pontiac again unless it's a Trans Am LS-1.

27th Feb 2008, 14:46

I have a 2000 Grand Am GT that has had many of the same problems listed on this site. This is a great site for this kind of info. Here is a list of problems we have or are still having with this car:

1) Power Steering whines

2) Engine overheats and loses water! Mechanic says $1100 and a new intake manifold will fix it!!! Can only drive 10 miles or so before it quits!

3) Key will not turn unless you jiggle the heck out of it and then maybe it will turn.

4) A/C no longer works

5) Wheel bearings went bad and had to be replaced

6) Window on driver's side fell to the depths of the door jam.

7) It is making a weird clunk noise from the passenger side engine compartment intermittently. This even happens when parked!

8) The hazard lites work if you punch the button about 12 times (sometimes less)

I have not seen the Security lite problem or other sensor problems...yet!

GM should be ashamed of themselves for this kind of engineering and workmanship.

29th Feb 2008, 20:04

I got a 2000 grand am gt with 85000 miles on it. when I got it was great. Not now the head gasket has to be replaced and I've only had it a month.

1st Mar 2008, 15:07

I guess it's because I'm a mechanic that I cringe when I read reviews and comments such as these.

First of all OF COURSE your head gasket blew if you drove the car until it QUIT due to over heating. That totally DESTROYS all modern engines.

Secondly, you need to find a friend who knows something about cars. $750 to replace a $50 (or less) water pump and $650 to replace a $100 (or less) fuel pump is ridiculous. Alternators run about $45 to $75, and I took all of 20 minutes to replace the front brakes on a Grand Am last week at a whopping cost of $22. Make friends with the folks at Auto Zone or NAPA and stop wasting your money.

Also, don't blame your car for blowing up if you run it with it over heating. My best friend some years ago ran his expensive Japanese sports car until it got so hot it stopped. The cost? $7000+. The problem? A little piece of hose that ran to the overflow tank. It cost about 50 cents. If he had stopped and fixed the leak he could have saved 7 grand. In your case I'd junk the car. If you ran it that hot the entire head and block are probably ruined.

2nd Mar 2008, 12:42

What is wrong with my 2000 grand am-fuel-?

The first of the winter my car would not start. Changing the fuel filter and it started right up. Couple weeks later the same problem after a trip out of town the next day it would not start.

I took the filter off and noticed the fuel not coming out when I tried turning the car on or starting it. I got online and read about the passlock system. Although my security light was not coming on I still tried resetting it. Some how it worked. (probably a stroke of luck)

The car done this several time and after screwing around with it I would get it to start. It would run 20 miles shut it off for the night and then not start up. It has never died and left me stranded it just won't start up. I took it in and the mechanic could not find anything wrong due to it starting everytime for him.

So here we are it ran 120 miles and it will not start up. There is no fuel pressure.

Do pumps slowly go bad? When it runs it runs fine, but when it dies its dead. Where should I start?

22nd Apr 2008, 21:13

OK Here goes. I have a 2000 Grand Am SE. Last Year I replaced:

1. Fuel Pressure Regulator

2. Drivers Side Window and Motor (because they won't sell one without the other/rather can't)

3. Timing Belt

4. Water Pump

5. Some dang sensor.

Oh and I did not notice anyone saying they burn oil! Between my last oil change and this one, I had to add 5 quarts of oil!! The Trac Off light comes on and then the car jerks like a bumper car. NOW every so often my low coolant light will come on AND if I sit at a light the car starts to over heat and I can smell oil burning.

And I loved this car when I bought it 7 years ago!!!

18th Jul 2008, 10:51

I have a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am SE, and have the same problems as many of you..

In the last 2 months the blower switch 2 times and it still only works on number 4.

The rotors and brakes, some little plastic piece that was leaking anti freeze... and now the car won't start.. I can hear the pump turn on and it's getting gas and the spark plugs are getting spark... can anyone help???

I am so sick of sticking hundreds of dollars every month... should I just cut my loss and sell it as is???

27th Aug 2008, 12:16

I have a 2000 Grand Am and I was on a trip in town and my car just stopped. I let it sit over night and went and put more gas in it, and it started and ran for about a mile then it did the same thing again, and again and again for about 15 times till I made it home.

We replaced the ignition coil pack; it went about 2 miles then stopped after it cool for about a hour it will start. It appears to stop when it get about a little past the normal heat range.

No windows work except the rt. rear.

Flasher makes crazy noises, same old things brakes, etc.

Anyway, I'm only concerned about running the car to the dealership, which is more than a mile away LOL. Fuel Pump?

Please help HJacks9190@aol.com