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#403 of 2588 Help Please ...
Aug 12, 2000 (12:35 am)
I have an appointment with my dealer on Tuesday. I am trying to get the rotors replaced, and with upgraded parts if possible. The service manager has already been trying to downplay the problem, by saying that "the brakes are a non-warranty item" and that they will wear out and need to be replaced. I mentioned the T.S.B. that I heard about from you guys on this page, but got no response from him.
My question is this: What do I have to say in order to get the faulty parts replaced? From the information on this page, it sounds like this is indeed a problem that Pontiac is aware of, but it seems that the service manager is playing stupid. The car is a 1999 Grand Am, SE, with the V-6, and about 17,500 miles. Any input is appreciated. Thanks.
#404 of 2588 go to a different dealer
Aug 13, 2000 (2:42 am)
Nothing more to be said.
Aug 15, 2000 (12:30 pm)
I have a 1999 Grand Am GT. I have noticed that the back portion of the drivers seat is beginning to squeek rather annoyingly. It appears to have something to do with the lumbar control. It used to be that if I let out all the lumbar support, the sound would go away. Now it squeeks almost all the time, especially when getting in and out of the car.
Does anybody else experience this problem? Would a dealer replace the entire seat or is there a way to get the springs to stop being noisy?
#406 of 2588 2000 GT
Aug 17, 2000 (3:37 am)
Rudd, that's to bad that you have had those problems. I have a 2000 gt that I have had for 9 months, and have 15000 mile on it. I have not had any problems on it yet. I love the looks of the car and the way that it drives. I would look at a junk yard for those wheels, there has to be some bad drivers out there that have totaled their car by now.
#407 of 2588 Broken Gas Tanks
Aug 18, 2000 (12:56 am)
I have a 95 grand am (111,000 mi) in which the plastic baffle broke inside the gas tank and broke the fuel sensing module ($800 repair). Is anyone else seeing this problem?
I ask because the parts are being snatched up as quickly as they appear on the dealer's part screen and the junk yard has the same problem.
GM refuses to assist any customer after 100,000 miles no matter what make or model year.
I have been happy with the car and plan on getting 200,000 miles with it. The 3.1 V6 gives me 33-38 MPG on the highway at 75-85 MPH.
Aug 21, 2000 (4:26 pm)
On my 1999 Grand Am GT, I've also noticed that the vent fan has begun to sound louder, with a whirling/whining type sound. Especially when the fan is turned on to 3 or 4 speed, but it's noticeable even at 1 speed when the car is at a stop.
I've had stuff like leaves stuck in a vent before, but this sound is more consistent and is probably not a leaf or other obstruction. Oh - and it isn't related to the radio either. Anybody else have this problem?
#409 of 2588 2000 Grand Am Engine Noise?
Aug 21, 2000 (9:00 pm)
I have a '99 GT1 sedan with an audible ticking sound from the 3.4L V6 engine for 1-2 minutes upon all cold startups. My dealer has told me (after 2 visits) that this sound is characteristic to all '99 3.2L and 3.4L V6's, and let me listen to another used '99 model which also had the sound.
My question is: do any of you with the 2000 model V6's have this "issue"?
Aug 22, 2000 (11:50 am)
i have a 99 ga se 3.4 that doesn't make that noise.
what kind of oil and filter do you use??
i am using mobil 1 oil and filter.
numerous other problems as posted by others here...
reoccurring brake warp, blown power steering hose and numerous air leaks in the windows/doors...
squeaks & rattles the dealer can't seem to locate.
cd/radio display freaks out, but never at the dealership.
16,000 miles on the car. rotors turned 3 times already.
poor gas mileage. 20 mpg max on the highway,(driven easy, 65 mph, cruise on).
the dealer says thats normal, and cannot find any problem.
we are getting rid of the car as soon as the mustang gt gets here in september.
Aug 22, 2000 (2:58 pm)
Sprectre3: No way should you be getting 20 mpg max! I have a 99 GT and I've been getting 25 mpg consistently during mixed driving.
Never had any radio problems, guess I'll keep my fingers crossed.
I do have the ticking noise also - I noticed it again this morning. How is Mobil 1 going help?
Haven't had the rotor problems, yet. But I don't love the brakes on my car.
Can't blame you for wanting to dump the car. It sounds like a real lemon. How can you afford to go from a GA SE to a Mustang GT? Aren't you going to get killed in depreciation on the 1999 GA? I couldn't afford to get a different car even if I wanted to!
Aug 22, 2000 (4:34 pm)
I tried the Mustang before buying the GA but was disappointed with the comfort. My niece has one and I tried it. It was OK at first but after a while very uncomfortable, no leg room. Also, my insurance company quoted me a price that was 40% higher than the GA. The Mustang GT I was interested in was a 4.6L with 5sp. stick, however.
Every V6 GA I have heard has the cold start lifter noise, and I test drove quite a few used ones at my local Hertz car sales lot, most with 25K miles at least (all 99's). Ditto for other V6's of this type of design. Synthetic oil my help quiet it down, I havn't tried.
As far as mileage, I just returned from a 650 mile trip averaging 70-80mph (Arizona highways folks) and got 31mpg. I havn't measured my in town mileage but suspect it's about 25mpg.
Overall, were very happy with our GA's, the 99 and the 95. Brakes were a real problem at first with the 95, but after I gave up with the dealer and put high performance rotors and pads on it, the brake problems went away. Soon I will be doing the same on the 99, although the brakes on the 99 seem to be a lot better so far.
My daughter blew out the front speakers on the 95 (it's pretty much her car now) and I'm just now replacing them.