4th May 2007, 19:32
Beware of the goop in the overflow tank of your coolent. It is probably a sign that you have a blown head gasket and you have oil getting into your coolent. We just went through that this year and had to replace the head gaskets and all the hoses as they were saturated with oil and deteriating.
8th May 2007, 10:56
I own a 2000 Grand Am GT that is nicely tricked out with custom everything. And I am so happy to know I am not the only one going through crappy car problems by myself. Currently there is a stick propping up my driver side window because some plastic part broke. How much will this cost? I went through the leaking coolant issue, but since I have 18 inch rims and low pro tires I don't and have never come across any brake issues. Someone please tell me there is a recall on this window problem.
16th May 2007, 17:51
I've got a 2000 Grand Am and the ABS, Trac Off, and Service Vehicle Soon lights keep coming on and going off randomly. Anyone know what's causing this?
24th Jun 2007, 07:59
I'm going through the same thing myself. I have visited about 100 car sites. What I have done so far: replaced both front wheel bearing hubs, replaced ABS computer. I read on some site and I'm getting ready to purchase one. I don't know if it's true or not, is that the ignition module needs replaced and these lights will go out. I have no idea what the module has to do with these 3 lights, but I will try anything.
10th Jul 2007, 08:05
2001 Grand Am SE: Ran out of gas. Poured 2 gallons in... still will not start. Any ideas? The old-school method of spraying a little starter fluid in the carb clearly does not apply here...
12th Jul 2007, 19:06
2001 Grand Am 148k miles.
Amazing. I can't believe I found this page while searching for the ABS / Trac Off / Service Vehicle issue. Since it's dark out right now, I was unable to check the daytime running lights, but I'll be looking into that...
As for issues I've had:
- Rotors... I replace them every other brake job I do.
- Fuel pump replaced. $700 rip off.
- Power Steering whines and loses a little fluid every week
- Security light and car failed to start. Replaced for $150 at private garage
- Blower motor resistor assembly (only highest level worked) Replaced once with OEM and again with knock off I found on eBay that has lasted for about 2 years now. I just checked and eBay has an AC/Delco for 17 bucks as of this posting!
- Weird creaking noise from passenger side front. Not quite a shock sound. Kind of plasticky rattle sound.
19th Jul 2007, 16:10
I would like to add sometimes we all have experience a bad product. I have had several Pontiac Vehicles and this one is the only one have given me the most problem. I have a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am I have had to replace Ignition Lock Cylinder, a Starter, Ignition Switch, Fuel Pump, Hub Bearing, and Tie Rod, so I am so tired of putting money in this car. I know this is no the end. I purchase this car brand new. I have called Pontiac Headquarters because I wanted to know if there were any recalls on my vehicle. (None) but, I still love my car. I had a 1999 Grand Am didn't have to put no money in it at all drove it for 7 years straight none whatsoever. One experience to another bad and good.
2nd Sep 2007, 08:55
Well, I own a 97 Grand Am GT. I know it's used and everything, but the girl who I bought it from was a close family friend, who always had oil changes, fixed everything that went wrong with it, and never was hard on the brakes or gas. Well, I got the car yesterday morning and drove it to work, which is about five, six miles from where I picked it up. I was on my way home from work last night and I went to stop at a stop sign and that's when I noticed... the car wasn't stopping. I coasted through about six red lights before a cop pulled behind me and flashed his lights. By this time I was hysterical; not only because of my breaks, but I couldn't stop for the police officer either. Finally, with two cops behind me, the car finally stopped in a grocery store parking lot. I was bawling my eyes out when the officer walked up to my window with his gun drawn. I told him that my breaks were out and thank god, he believed me and drove me home. That stupid car is still in the parking lot, and I'm not going to get it. I called up the girl who I bought it from and she said that what had happened was so weird because she replaced the brake pads, rotors and everything else just a week ago. So yeah, I think I'm going to stay away from Pontiac's for now on.
2nd Sep 2007, 15:56
That is terrible that you had the brakes fail. Thank God neither you nor anybody else were not hurt. If the brakes were changed a week ago however, there is a very high probability that some aspect of the repair failed, and it was no fault of the car's. If one of any number of things that would have to be touched during a brake job were to "let go" due to careless installation, it would/could cause the car not to stop, as you experienced. I would get the car investigated, by somebody OTHER than who did the brake job initially. Any COMPETENT mechanic should be able to determine what happened very easily. Then, the mechanic who did the faulty brake job, assuming (as I very strongly suspect) that is what happened, should be held accountable.
24th Oct 2007, 11:11
I have a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am GT. As with most others, I have and had the same problems with this vehicle.
Brakes replaced a couple times.
Intake gasket leaked antifreeze, was a problem for years. I finally had it repaired although I still see signs of leakage around the engine and smell antifreeze sometimes through my vents inside the car - ($700.00 repair). Blinkers were fixed through the recall. Passenger window was stuck for a year, drivers side acts up a lot. Tie rod replaced. Have had problems with front tires leaking air a lot. Radio knob doesn't work right. Heater fan doesn't work on 1 or 2. Blower motor doesn't come on in the summer when it should, I've found that turning on the A/C will kick it on when car starts to overheat. ABS/Traction lights come on because of bad wheel bearings. I've had three bearings replaced and another has gone bad. Don't spend money on cheap bearings from what I've been told, I will try it when I can ever get the money to fix it again, about $150 for the bearing (not including labor). Now my security light came on yesterday, I had to walk home in the cold rain. But it started after I went back to check on it. Hopefully the comments I read about the 10 minute wait will work for me. I wonder if that eventually the car won't start at all. I really regret buying this car. There should be a recall on these common problems that everyone is having.