11th Jun 2006, 18:47
The fan only working on 3,4,5 is a common problem in the Grand Am. It is actually a very easy and cheap DIY fix. Just get a new blower motor resistor, and replace it yourself. The part is about $25 dollars and is located beneath the panel under the passenger side dash. Coolant leak may be your water pump or the LIM gasket which is a very common problem on the 3.4L engine, and there is actually a class action lawsuit being filed in Ontario about it.
7th Jul 2006, 19:51
I have a 2000 Grand Am, and I also have had problems with it, I bought this car brand new, 9 miles on it.
3 months after I bought it, both calipers had to be replaced because they were leaking.
One year later, my battery blew up, then my blinkers would sometimes work and sometimes not. To get them to work, I would have to turn the emergency blinkers on and off, and then they would work. GM sent me a recall letter to have them fixed, now the switch makes a flickering sound all the time.
Last August my intake manifold gasket blew along with the water pump, major bucks there. My mechanic showed me a letter from GM about the gaskets, it seems they knew the gaskets were bad and had to make new gaskets for this type of engine and others, so I called GM to tell them since they knew what was going on, they should do a recall and I should not have to pay for this replacement. Their answer, there is nothing we can do because it was not fixed at the dealer, I told them that this shop was GM certified, she said Sorry.
One year later and I think it is happening again, two more payments until it is paid for, and Toyota here I come.
10th Jul 2006, 09:48
My Grand am 2000 has had similar problems. I cannot believe how poorly made these cars are. My latest problem started when the car over heated on the highway. The GM dealership said it was the result of the missing air foil on the front of the car. Now, I am waiting to see if the extended warranty will cover it.
From my searchs around the web, it sounds like that a batch of Grand am 2000 SE 2 have had common problems.
11th Jul 2006, 00:00
Air Foil? Is that the little plastic grille or the little spoiler thing just under the front bumper? Because that is missing on my car (thanks to high speed bumps) and it runs a little hot too, someone told me it was because of that.
11th Jul 2006, 17:25
The plastic guard below the bumper is designed to throw air across the radiator while at speed. Your car will run hot while at speed. It is a large piece of plastic running into the fenderwells and the underside of the car.
12th Jul 2006, 23:27
Thanks for the info. This car is like a bottomless money pit, I swear, I will never buy another one of these.
3rd Jan 2007, 11:08
I recently sold my 2000 grand am and had the same problems. The final straw was the car kept cutting out around 2500 rpm. The fuel pump, oxygen sensor, were replaced. We finally broke down and took it to a gm dealer. They tried to replace the same parts we just put on earlier that week. They guaranteed us that it was the coil pack, they replaced it and it kept doing the same thing. Here it was a burnt wire, but gm would not give us back the old coil pack (which was fine) and charged us another $800.00 on top of the $800.00 we just spent. Oh yeah, the transmission was slipping as well. We recently sold it (dirt cheap) and purchased a new KIA sorento. Hopefully we'll have better luck!!!
24th Jan 2007, 08:27
I bought my 2000 Grand Am new and it has been an excellent car. I had to have the turn signal switch fixed once, when it was still under warranty. I've only just recently had to replace the tires!!! I had a gas smell recently, when I turn the heater on and just had it repaired. There was a leak in something, and when it is very cold is the only time the fuel would be up far enough for it to leak, which is why it only happens on very cold days. The part cost about $80 plus labor. I don't have my car serviced at the dealership, but at a reputable service station. I have been extremely happy with this car.
16th May 2007, 08:44
I have a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am Se and like everyone else I have experienced similar issues. I'm glad I stumbled across this page. 3,4 and 5 only work on my cark and I'm glad to know that its not too much to fix. I also received a recall on my turn signal defect. Some new problems are now occurring. First, when I turn my wheel my trac/service engine light pop on which is very annoying. My brothers told me its just a sensor that's off so I have ignored it. But it is slighty annoying to hear that noise randomly when I turn my wheels. My car is actually sitting at a gas station right now because it will not start. About two weeks ago, my car wouldn't start, which I haven't had this issue and I've owned it for 4 years. My brother towed it back to his place and right before he started to troubleshoot to find the problem, it started up. Weird, I know. So I went on my merry little way and I got stranded at WaWa last night. Went in the store to buy some cigarettes and now it will not start. I'm not sure what the problem could be. My car apparently has a mind of its own, it will start when it feels like it...haha. I still love my car though. Its paid off and hopefully this will be an easy problem to fix!!
17th Jun 2007, 01:07
I have a 2000 Grand AM GT and have experienced similar problems. My most recent being the ABS, TRAC OFF and SVS and occasionally the LOW TRAC light coming on while I'm driving. Then when I shut off and restart the car, all the lights are off. Until out of the blue, they all reappear for no apparent reason. Anyone agree with the wheel speed sensor theory? I'll take any and all advice.Thanks!
19th Jun 2007, 21:24
I posted the comment about not being able to start up my car. My brother replaced my fuel filter, ignition module and my coil packs... still didn't start. Then I got on-line checked out this site... saw the reply above. Went down stairs, put the key in the ignition for 10 minutes... started right up. Haven't had a problem since... so thanks a lot for the tip!!! Really appreciate it!
29th Sep 2007, 15:11
The loss of 1 & 2 fan speed is very common. I have a 2001 Olds Alero and it had the same problem - pretty much identical cars. I also had to replace the fan blower and that cost me $120.00. I bought the blower motor resistor for $27.00 and I had them both replaced in about an hour. All you need is a 1/4" socket set and 9/32" & 7/32" sockets. A 1/4" swivel really helps for the resistor swap which is right against the fire wall. Pulling the glove box out and the blower motor if you're just replacing the resistor makes things a lot easier. Front disk brakes are the biggest problems that I've had with these cars. I've got 75K miles on my Grand Am and I've replaced calipers, rotors, and pads twice. They still rust up after sitting for a few days. Other than that, I've had good luck. Sounds like I'm lucky compared to others!