21st Jun 2004, 20:21
WOW, I laughed so hard reading this stuff. I also have a 99 G/A, All of the problems are identical throughout all of the comments, the volume knob is like that even in the trans am CD radio, just thought I would fix it with an upgrade and all I got was a CD player with the backward special pull and turn to lower method junk radio, the rotors about shake your teeth out and you cannot see straight until your at a full stop and even then it takes a second, the humming noise from front end could be Pontiac's way of saying thank you for buying a heap, or a trans bearing or wheel bearing, I'm looking into that after getting that pesky blower control going from off to typhoon in just a click. Well looking at the rest of these comments I better get rid of it before the head starts to leak. If you're a buyer, well it's a great car and just email me and I'll get it ready for you. "firstname.lastname@example.org"
23rd Jun 2004, 10:31
I had to shake my head when I read these comments. Man! I thought I was the only one! So, may I ask how much a caliper, brake, and rotor job cost?
24th Jun 2004, 12:24
I also own a 1999 Pontiac Grand AM SE and have noticed many of the above problems. The car now has approximately 95000 miles. The front end produces a grinding noise whenever I brake. I used to have the rotor chatter problem, but replaced them after a suggestion that they may be warped. The chatter problem was remedied, but the grinding noise persists. I also hear a squeaky, creaking sound coming from the front end that I think is attributable to shocks/struts. There's no problem with the radio because as soon as I bought the car I put an Alpine CD player in it. The last time I was at the dealership they told me that there's a leak in the manifold gasket that I'll have to have fixed. The job was estimated at $700. I also have recently experienced the problem with the blower fan. At setting 1 and 2 there is no noticeable air being blown and at setting 3 it blows me away! I've also noticed that when the blow-path is set to front windshield it uses air conditioning even when the A/C button is not on. Other problems I've noticed is a constant leak of coolant and a leak from windshield washer reservoir.
2nd Nov 2004, 14:19
I have a 99 GT, and I saw that someone had mentioned a bad hazard light switch that was causing the blinkers not to work. My blinkers work very selectively. The first time I noticed the problem, my blinker was on and it just stopped. I tried to turn it on again and it wouldn't work, so I automatically thought I blew a fuse or something. But then the next day it worked fine. Today they weren't working at all. I'm wondering if my problem also is related to the hazard switch, or if it's in the wiring somewhere. Any suggestions?
13th Nov 2004, 22:21
I have a 1999 Grand Am GT with 114,000 miles. I have had multiple problems with the vehicle. The auto trans-axle has had three shift solenoids replaced before the trans-axle failed at 106,000 miles. The hvac blower resistor has been replaced twice. The engine blew the manifold gasket and the low coolant sensor failed at the same time, resulting in upper engine rebuild with two new heads. The variable steering rack and pinion has been replaced due to a leaking seal and GM does not offer a rebuild kit for the seals. The head light retainer rings have been replaced due to failure of the plastic. Two of the electric window switches have been replaced. At the present time the fog lights and the directional lights are intermittent. I will be replacing the directional lights relay this weekend. The vehicle has another peculiarity in that when the ignition is turned from ON to ACC, the engine continues to run, but the transmission is disabled, need to turn ignition to off for approximately 5 seconds before restarting. I enjoy the car when everything is working properly.
11th Jan 2005, 23:21
Well...all of these reviews make me feel a little better. I am having serious issues with my Pontiac Grand Am GT, and will never own another Pontiac or Gm car for that matter. First my alternator went, had that rebuilt and thought I would sell the car then, I should have, now I have the manifold gasket (intake valve and coolant leak issue), and yep its expensive, my power steering is gone, my engine mount bracket cracked, and a grinding noise in my tires! I am told this may be the hub bearings!? Holy, there are only 108 000 Kms on my car! I bought second hand at 50 000 Kms through the dealer, and I loved my car... until just recently when all the problems started at once, and it could not come at a worse time, I am a new single mom with a four month old baby at home, I rely on that vehicle to get her to the Dr., right now, the bus is a lot more reliable, but what a miserable time of year to not have a car to drive! I paid good money for that car, and now it sits in my underground parking keeping our care-taker busy replacing the cardboard under the car to absorb all the leaks! I will be fixing this car and trying my hardest to sell this lemon... I wonder what its worth? The delear really should be held responsible for some of this...? Their product is defective
12th Jan 2005, 11:36
Wow, I thought I was the only one as well. This is the first and last Pontiac car I'm buying ever! I thought I was getting a great deal I bought my 99 Grand AM SE v6 for 3,500. Since then I have had to replace the rotors and pads. Replace the whole fuel system, pump, injector, sensors, and now the heap is stalling on me and loosing power. I had the battery and alternator tested they say they are working fine, but I'm doubting them. From what I've read here the alternator is a fan favorite to go bad. Plus the car has an aftermarket security system in it. This thing is also causing the car to stall and makes a ticking sound. I had to take that to an aftermarket garage to have it removed. (right under the driver side behind the fuse box) just incase anyone else has one. So far I have almost spent what I paid for the car in repair bills. My suggestion to anyone wanting to buy a grand am SE 99 is think about it... take several cold showers... think about it some more and buy something else!
26th Apr 2005, 21:38
I own 99 GA. My blinkers worked when they wanted to. The dealership couldn't find the problem (go figure) and told me to play with the hazard switch to see if they came on. Long story short, was going to have it fixed (the hazard switch) but I received the recall in the mail (early 2005)! I didn't have to pay for it. So for all you that have problems, if you haven't gotten it fixed, there is a recall out there. I went to the dealership for an oil change for which I had a coupon for 5.95. I had them rotate my tires - 19.99. They also told me I needed a water pump and my oil pan was leaking. To fix both these problems would cost 1200+. Being a female, is the dealership pulling my leg, does it really cost that much to fix those two things and how do I know I need a water pump? No leaks on garage floor and my car temp never gets over 200. Any advice will be GREATLY appreciated!