1st Apr 2007, 17:42

I have a 04 grand am v-6. The ac stopped working I have checked all fuses and relays.. The clutch on the compresser is not engaging..Has anyone else had this problem.

6th Apr 2007, 14:47

I have noticed a lot of these problems as well. I have a 1999 GA GT 4-door, and luckily my wife has driven it from brand new up until about 6 months ago. Under warranty we had to have all 4 door panels replaced due to vinyl peeling. We also had to have repairs made to the right front wheel/hub because of noise, although I don't know what they did. The radio volume problem is still there, haven't had any of the heater fan speed problems. I am currently working on replacing my power steering pump, I hope I don't get into rack & pinion problems like I've seen here.

I do have a comment on the window problem though. I had no choice, but to replace the driver's side front regulator, it was shot. I did have two other windows that were falling, taped up, that kind of thing. That little white piece you guys all talk about, I apologize I can't remember what exactly I did, but I do remember I took a simple screw and ran it through the white piece directly below the window, and it has held everything in place just fine since last summer. The only problem I had with it is the fact that I busted the reflectors getting the door panels off :)

16th Apr 2007, 12:14

Where do I start? I have had so many issues with my '99 Grand Am SE that I have probably paid for the car twice. I have replaced the water pump twice, lower intake manifold gasket twice, numerous brake jobs which included replacing the rotors on two occasions, alternator, a/c compressor, and three power window motors. Now I have hit 150,000 miles and I have either a blown head gasket or a cracked head. Needless to say this car has been nothing, but a money trap for me. I should have let this car go a long time ago, but after putting so much money into the car I feel I would be throwing away money.

17th Apr 2007, 07:03

I have problem with windows falling down. My main problem is my dashboard is coming loose from where it's connected at the bottom of the windshield. It's curling backwards toward the inside of the car. The dashboard has popped out from under my window dials, where the speed ohmmeter and other info. on the car is. I've had several people look at it; they say they have never seen that on this new model of car before. The air bag on the passenger side looks like it's about to bust out any minute. I'm afraid it's an accident waiting to happen.

This is my 2nd Pontiac. I've been driving them since 1998. My 1st one had some problems, but this one, it's the dash board curling back and busting the vents on top of the dash.

20th Apr 2007, 10:15


My '99 Grand Am with 150,000 is finally done. After shelling out anywhere from $300-1000 a year the past few years for repairs I have finally thrown in the towel. My car overheated and blew the head gasket and cracked the aluminum head. The cost to repair this would be $2700, which is $1200 more than the Blue Book value of the car. I was also informed that my rack and pinion is shot, which is the reason I have had to have my power steering pump replaced 2 times in the last 6 months. That would be an additional $1000 to replace, bringing the grand total to $3700. Needless to say I have had enough. I finally decided it was time for a new car. I will never own another Pontiac as long as I live. I worked out a deal with the new car dealership to pay to have my car towed in for trade-in and they gave me $300 for the piece of junk. What really blows is I just spent $1900 last year replacing the lower intake gasket for the second time, along with replacing all of the cooling hoses. I also spent $650 replacing the power steering pump at the end of the year. With all of the money I have spent repairing this piece of crap car I could have purchased another vehicle. Pontiac should be ashamed that they haven't addressed any of the common issues on the '99 Grand Am.

24th Apr 2007, 09:28

I too have a 99 Pontiac grand am, left right window fell down, replaced that, few weeks later right window broke. Car has been in and out of the shop since I purchased it in 2000. In 2001 I had to replace the transmission. Today I get the good news that I have a blown head gasket, oh and my drivers window fell down again yesterday. Knob for radio doesn't work, lights for clock and radio go on and off. I could keep going and going, but I must get back to work. great car we all purchased!

24th Apr 2007, 14:27

I am so glad that I have found this site. I was afraid that I was the only one drowning in the sea of bad Pontiac Grand Ams. I just had my '96 Grand Am towed for the second time this month. At the beginning of the month... the alternator. This time... lower intake gasket. I walked out to the car yesterday and there was a river of Dex-cool headed down the parking lot. In the 2 years I have had the car I have done over $1500 in repairs. The theft system kicks in whenever it wants to, power locks don't work, the windows slide down and then get stuck there all the time, the radio volume knob seems to be reversed (every other time anyhow), had brake problems last year, and it has it's own array of odd noises (it must be wallowing in self-pity!). Needless to say the gasket replacement is going to run around $1000, and I am thinking that it's time to say enough. I am looking forward to a day when I can go through a week without calling work to say, "I'm stranded in my driveway again."

7th May 2007, 12:03

Update: Well it has been several weeks since I posted that my '99 Grand Am finally gave out when I overheated and cracked a cylinder head. Just for grins I went back through my files to add up all of the maintenance cost that I have receipts for. Mind you that this only accounts for the major repairs I had done on my car, and doesn't include routine oil changes, etc. I would say these receipts account for 80-85% of my overall maintenance cost since I purchased the car. I almost passed out when I added them all up. I spent over $10,000 in repairs between May 1998 and April of 2007. I could have purchased another car for that amount. I am half tempted to send a copy of every receipt directly to Pontiac. I am soooo glad I no longer own this vehicle!!!

9th Jun 2007, 06:52

I absolutely love the look and feel of my 99 Pontiac Grand Am, but, will be forced to sell it with only 70,500 miles on it due to constantly dealing with the engine coolant light going on. At 40,000 replaced the manifold intake, at 50,000 did the head gasket and now need the intake manifold worked on again. Never had any brake problems, both windows fell down and needed to be fixed, and my fan 1 and 2 do not work. The console is separating. Thanks to the comments posted, even though it breaks my heart, it's time for the for sale sign while it is running.