11th Jan 2004, 12:05

I am also having problems with the factory security system.

It arms about 3 times a week. I am very frustrated, as it takes 10 min of just sitting there waiting for it to reset.

Anyone have any suggestions.

25th Jan 2004, 19:24

I too am having problems with my security system. 99 Grand Am. Had it fixed by the dealership in May. Now it is acting up again. At first if I waited about 20 minutes I could get it to start. Drove it twice this morning and have tried twice since to start it and it won't start. The security light just starts blinking.

16th Mar 2004, 16:41

We are having the same problem with our security system. I did not even know that we had a security system in the car, until the security light started to blink. I have to wait about 10 to 20 minutes before I can start. I love my car and would love to know what I need to do to it. Is there anyone out there that knows what to do?

Please Help!

22nd Mar 2004, 20:28

We have been having the same problems with our security system in our 2000 Grand Am. Since August 2003 we have been experiencing starting problems almost once per week. It sounds like there are many of us having this problem. Has anyone been able to successfully fix the problem? If so, what parts were replaced and how much did it cost?



28th May 2004, 22:45

I have a 99 se. Same problem with the alternator and the security system. Other than these problems it seems to be a good car.

3rd Jun 2004, 12:41

I have the security problem as well. I wish they would recall it. It sounds like we all have this problem.

15th Jun 2004, 19:48

I, too, have replaced alternator, brakes, and the factory system has been a problem since I bought the car 2 years ago.

Please let me know what I can do as it keeps me from getting to work some days or stranded other places.

Thank you.

8th Jul 2004, 11:15

I too have had the same problems with brakes, rotors, alternator and the security light. Dealership replaced all the ignition coils and the ignition shaft a month ago and I'm still having the same problem. somebody please help.

23rd Sep 2004, 13:25

I love the way my car rides, drives, etc. I have had to put new brakes on the car and now have had to replace the Ignition Switch and cylinder because of the Security System, which has proved to be very costly. With all the Security System problems, why hasn't GM recalled these cars to have the systems replaced?

8th Oct 2004, 23:06

My mother has the same problem with her 99 grand am and the security system. We called a few dealerships and one and only one could tell us what to do. They said that the passlock code has worn down in the ignition cylinder. So, since the code is worn down sometimes we you go to start the car it can't read the code properly and thinks that someone is stealing the car. They told us she needs a new ignition/lock cylinder put on and to have someone with a coding machine put the new code on the ignition/lock cylinder and the key. The part would cost $150.00 and the with the labor and the use of the coding machine the total would come to about $400.00 There is a one year warranty with this procedure, but whose to say it won't happen again after a year. So I found something on the Internet about completely bypassing the security passlock system. I don't know much about cars, so we took it to the mechanic who inspects our cars and he is looking it over, but he said it sounds very promising. I don't want to give the info out right now, I want to make sure it works and if it does maybe this will be able to help all of you. My whole family shares each one of your frustrations and hope that this procedure will work.

18th Nov 2004, 11:05

I have a 99 Grand Am and have had to replace the water-pump and alternator this year, 2004. I also have issues with the security system. The headlight covers have corroded and need to be replaced. Other than the issues above, I love my Grand Am. It rides great and the interior is nice, not cheap looking.

19th Nov 2004, 04:32

I have a 99 Grand Am SE, 4 cycle. The engine has been great with putting 310,000 k's on it so far. I have had problems with the climate control, both mirrors falling off due to cheap material being used to hold them on. Now my security light is flashing. I've only had to replace the alternator SO FAR under the hood.

Other than that, I got my money's worth, so far.

26th Nov 2004, 19:23

I have a '99 Pontiac Grand Am which has also been acting up. The biggest problem is with the security light that keeps coming on for no particular reason. The only consistency it has had is it usually comes on when it is cold outside. I have to wait 10-15 minutes for it to start again. Sometimes it does this two or three times in a row. This is very a big problem and I don't have $400 dollars to pay for something that is obviously the company's fault. I say we all call and complain and get that fixed for free. I hope somebody figures out how to fix it.

20th Apr 2005, 16:05

I too have had problems with the Passlock system on a 2002 Grand Am, and had to have my car towed twice in the last three months. The mechanic replaced a coil pack that they said was causing a misfire and interupting my electrical system. The next day, I went to lunch, and boom my car won't start again. The mechanic came to me this time and we read about the security light in the owner's manual and it tells you how to get your car restarted. These are the instructions we found, turn the key to the on position, and leave it for about 10 minutes. While it is turned to the on position the security light will blink, when it stops blinking, turn the key to the off position, then try and restart it again. I called the Pontiac dealer and they said you usually have to replace the ignition switch for around $400. I have a call into GM to see what assistance they will give, I will let you know what I find out.

25th May 2005, 05:54

I have a 99 Pontiac Grand Am and I have just began experiencing the Pass Lock problem I believe. I the security light is coming on while I am driving sometimes. Then the other day I went to get into my car after I had just been driving it and it would not start the security light just keep blinking. I do not have 400.00 to spend to fix it I am hoping that someone has received information in regards to Pontiac correcting this problem.


12th Jun 2005, 09:34

I also have a 99 Grand Am with Passlock problems. I have had it replaced once ($400). Now it is doing the same thing again and it has been a year so they want another $400. I have also had the brakes & rotors done, new water pump, new alternator, and window problems. It seems like everyone has the exact same issues. CALL GM & PONTIAC!! The more complaints they get, the more likely they are to recall.