I have just made a deal with a girl to buy her 2000 Grand AM GT. After reading everyone's issues, I am terrified I have made a huge mistake. Being that it is 10 years old now, if these problems were going to happen, wouldn't they have popped up by now? She is selling the car because she recently bought a '07 G6, which means she is still a Pontiac fan. Fingers crossed, here's hoping I didn't just buy a money pit.
Had my 2000 Grand Am GT for 4 years now. Everything worked for at least a year, then the driver's side window stopped working, occasionally worked during really cold weather (odd). Also the brakes, rotors, pads. Same mumbo jumbo as everyone else and they have been replaced once while I've had it. Blower 1 and 2 do not work. The clock sometimes does not work. My cigarette lighter does not work. Electric seat has never worked. I love my Pontiac, or something like that.
I have a 2000 GA SE. I bought it 1 year ago and I have loved it.
Then, all of a sudden, the air quit blowing cold air (it still blows, just not cold) and my ABS and brake light came on. Before this my low traction light would come on periodically, but has quit coming on since my brake lights came on. I also noticed that my cruise control quit coming on when the brake lights came on.
I have a 2003 Grand Am SE, but I have not had that many problems with it. It has a little over 70,000 miles now and I haven't had any of the electrical problems that people are talking about. My wife drove for short distances to work and back mostly, but we did drive out west with no problems a few years ago.
I did replace my fuel pump last year. It's not that hard, takes a couple of hours, and you do have to drop the gas tank. I've been told that it uses the surrounding fuel to cool itself. So if you run you're tank below a quarter full, it will overheat and eventually fail. My wife always let the low fuel light come on before she would (make me) get gas.
As far as the brakes, they are light duty to keep costs and weight down. I change mine myself @ 20,000 to 25,000 miles intervals, usually. It's very easy and not that expensive. Depending on the type of pads you buy (lifetime warranty for $45 down to $15 for lower grade). The rotors are usually at the low spec. and need to be replaced each time (app. $20 each), also. Shop around.
I usually change my own oil, but the dealership sent me a coupon for 4 free oil changes. These usually turn out not to be free if you let them perform any extras (change air filter or some other minor thing) and they charge outrageous prices for them. My first "free" oil change was fine, but on the second, I was told my front lower control arm bushing were worn out, my brakes needed work and my tires were worn. I knew about the tires. I replaced my brakes myself @ $50 for pads and rotors in an hour. I could not find any problem with the bushings, so I didn't fix them. I think they were just going to charge me $300 + for nothing. You've just gotta watch 'em, especially you ladies (no offense). They will give you a list of what else needs to be done. Either do it yourself or find a reputable friend or mechanic. That will save you a lot.
Somebody said that their bright lights don't stay on when they pull the lever back. That is because you push it forward for your brights to stay on.
We had a '96 GA before this one. It was recalled and had to have the head replaced, but that was free and we had no problem afterwards. I replaced the alternator and had the same brake issues.
I can't believe what I'm reading. I have had the following problems with my 2000 Grand Am SE, which I got with 50,000 miles on it. In the last couple of years, I've replaced both front window motors, I've had the security light issue, and have had to wait ten minutes to start the car at the worst possible times. I had a problem with the gas tank, which has created problems getting the car inspected.
The A.C. and heat don't work unless the fan is on three, I can't tell what radio station I'm listening to because the light doesn't work on the radio. I was told about the manifold leak, but I've dealt with it. I had no heat two months ago, spent $750.00 to get numerous parts replaced including the radiator, and the car overheated today.
I figured I would check to see if anyone is having the same problems, should have looked into this before I got the car, live and learn.
I own a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am SE. Very nice looking car, with great performance for the money. I bought it for my wife about 2 years ago at 60,000 miles.
At 75,000 miles the brakes started messing up and shaking whenever the brakes are applied, no matter how many times I replace rotors or shoes. The fan for the A/C quit on level 2 and 3 around 80,000 miles. The blinkers quit at 98,000 miles. No coolant leaks or any major problems yet, and now the car sits at 110,000 miles.
The check engine light came on yesterday, and reading these comments about coolant leaks and intake warping and flywheel falling apart makes me afraid to start it.
2000 Pontiac Grand Am SE, looks nice, make me an offer! LOL.
Hello, I am having the same issue with the front brakes. I have a 2000 Grand Am SE, and when you brake, it shakes like like no tomorrow; more so above 50MPH. I replaced the pads and rotor twice, and it still does it. I read your comment, and it seems likely to fix the problem. Do I need to change my wheel bearing and put shims in also? If I need shims, where do I get them, and where do I put them? Because I've never heard of putting shims in. Thank you for your time, and I hope to hear from you soon.
I had a Grand Am. Worst car ever for premature brake wear. The rotors warped every 6 months, no matter how easy I drove it.
Fan motor quit on speed 1 and 2, which was fixed by replacing a part under the dash.
Intake and head gaskets let go within two weeks of each other.
Poor design to replace headlight bulbs - was too labor intensive.
Cheap plastic power door switches melted in the sun.
The car was not safe in slushy highway conditions - would tend to get pulled side to the side too easily.
Ignition switch locked up, and had to have a tow to my mechanic to have it replaced.
Cheap, cheap, cheap design. Got $2000 for it on a trade in. Good riddance.