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#6 of 25 Re: Pontiac Grand Am - Help [dianna52092]
Aug 17, 2006 (6:01 am)
In my opinion it's time trade on something newer. From this point on you will probably put more into maintenance than you will get out. There's no such thing as a motor that will last forever, and besides that what's next?
#7 of 25 Re: Fuel sensor or fuel pump [ss3]
Oct 10, 2006 (5:54 pm)
Thanks so much for the tip. My husband was stranded at work tonite because the POS car would not start, I told him to leave the key in until the light stopped blinking and then try to start the car and it worked!!! You saved us alot of money in towing and repairs that we do not have. Thank you so much!
#8 of 25 just got a 2002 grand am gt ! help
Oct 14, 2006 (6:09 am)
i just got a 2002 grand am gt and i have a problem already. everytime i make a left turn i feel and hear something under the drivers side floor hit. i took it back to the dealer and they dont have a cklue what it could be. they replaced my left, front control arm and that was not the problem. any ideas??
#9 of 25 Turn signal problem
Oct 20, 2006 (11:17 am)
I own a 95 Grand Am and the left turn signal blinks rapidly and none of the left turn signals burn brightly. The right signals and flashers work ok.
We tried changing the bulb but it didn't solve the problem. I also notice the radio light blinks in conjuction with the left turn signal.
What needs to be done to fix this problem?
#10 of 25 should i fix or trade? please help
Oct 26, 2006 (5:07 pm)
When i first got my 99 grand am se with 38,000 miles i thought it was a sweet car i liked the style it had going for it and have had many dreams of things that i wanted to do to fix it up. But now its just so many small things went wrong with it i dont know if i want to invest anymore money in this car or not..... beginning to wonder now if i should fix or trade or sell.... the car is paid off completely but the kelly blue book is only like $3,500-$4,000 private party sell or $2,800-$3,200 trade in.... now do i fix whats wrong with the car or get something else and runaway from grand ams all together after seeing the stupid things that can go wrong with them... i have i experienced several problems with this car which as i been reading so have other people.... list of problems so far....
1. my seat motor thing that adjust the seat hight went out..
2. my turn signals/ hazard light switch has a mind of its own it goes crazy on me... clicks when ever the hell it fells like.. very annoying.. but not major yet
3. Driver side window broke... the piece the connects the pulley to the window that pulls the window up or down or something broke off along with several other plastic pieces that broke too.. the cables inside are all tangled up i dont know know if " I " can fix that myself or not since all that crap is hard to get too inside the door... i have notice a number of grand ams with window problems too though.. should of got the manual windows...
4. ABS lights comes on alot... i need new struts and shocks but i dont know if i can tackle that one by myself( i live in an apartment which makes it kinda difficult to work on your car ) i mean it rides rough like i got 20in rims or something but i dont... u fell every bump... i think i'm looking at about $600 dollars or more to get my suspension back to a "semi smooth" ride
5. my passenger side window broke just like my driver side did dammit... so in the summer time u know i got the ac on all the time lol... now i have two broken windows that dont wanna stay up.. i managed to shuve a blanket inside both my door 4 when the window falls it dont fall all the way and i can pull it back up. Now i just hope that my back windows dont break also.. so now i gotta get both of them fixed... i wonder if it would b cheaper to find a 2 doors off another grand am in a salvage yard but i dont know
6. my brakes or abs have somthing wrong with them... its like when i go to stop sometimes i have to roll though stop signs... its like the pedal gives out but not really and it seems like the brakes delay a few seconds b4 it stops almost like the car goes into nuetral but not really... i dont know
7. no hard turns 4 my grand am anymore.. when i turn not TOO fast but kinda fast or hard or even when im pressing the back to turn into a parking spot the suspension? or auto arm? or power steering or something i really dont know... but it makes a "buzzing" sound or a "heeellpp me dont turn so hard cry" but i mean i dont turn that hard though
8. my transmission is goin out... well i think it is... it is now making a hard banging noise inbtween shifts and has been getting worst latly.... yes the car has 95,000miles but damn is it time 4 a new engine already or whats next the head gasket blowing and whats that another $1000-$2000 int the future...
9. Oh and my keys comes out when the car is in acc or on or running... b4 it would only come out on off... i guess its a good thing that i can take my keys out and leave the radio on lol... but its not suspose to do that...
if i were to add up all the cost of the repairs i might as well trade it in 4 something newer but should i just try to fix it and it may not b as expensize as i think... i dont know??...does any one have any comments or suggustions
#11 of 25 Re: should i fix or trade? please help [damngrandam]
Oct 27, 2006 (1:46 pm)
I feel your pain. I am also the proud owner of a 99 Grand Am. I bought mine in 2002 with about 50000 miles on it. Big mistake! I have had nothing but problems with it. The first thing was my brakes, I was replacing my pads and rotors every couple of months. I was told that my car was just hard on brakes and there was nothing that I could do. I also started having problems with the trac off light coming on whenever it wanted to and then I couldn't turn the trac system back on. During that time my gas gage quit working and the oil pressure light started coming on. When I took the car in to be looked at I was told that it just needed an oil change. Not true. The last time that I took it in I got it back and there was an unmistakable rod knock. I need a new engine which is at least $1200 because it is v6. So my wonderful Grand Am has been sitting for over a year now. I still owe $3000 on it and have since bought a new mini van. My advice is get rid of the Grand Am before you can't. I wish that I would have.
#12 of 25 Re: should i fix or trade? please help [carissa14]
Oct 28, 2006 (3:52 am)
I am sorry to hear of the problems you've had with it. I understand the v6 is problematic. My is a 4 cylinder and it runs great. It currently has 198,200 and I love it. The turn signal issue was a ground wire and it's all fixed and clicking properly.
#13 of 25 Re: Fix or Trade??? [dianna52092]
Oct 31, 2006 (4:48 pm)
It's not a reliable car. IMHO, you should probably trade it in for a Honda or Toyota (Nissans have their own problems!) unless you prefer repair expenses to a car note. I have a 1994 Grand Am SE (3.1 V6) with 177K miles on it. I have replaced the turn signal switch as well as the headlamp switch. Moreover, I've replaced the front right strut twice on this car. I've also gone through two alternators and replaced the entire A/C system (compressor, dryer, etc.) plus the radiator and heater core. I've also replaced the rear ? master cylinder. (Never replaced the rear one in any other car.) I've replaced the transmission once at 96k (no surprise--automatic trannies don't usually last more than 100k). Oh, I need to replace the EGR valve soon.
However, I will say that the body is solid. I got rear-ended by a flatbed on I-10. The car took a hit and did equally costly damage to a brand new Peterbilt cab. As a result, I will drive the car into the ground as my haul crap from Lowes/IKEA/Home Depot car. I won't trade it in ever since it's only worth $500 according to Blue Book.
I agree with the above--no motor will last forever. However, IMHO, a GM (not a necessarily a Ford or Audi) motor properly maintained should last to at least 200k. Everything else around the motor will probably break first.
#14 of 25 2001 grand am warning
Nov 01, 2006 (4:16 pm)
We had a 2001 grand am the water pump went out at 126Kmi. Warning the water pump is also connected to the timing chain. When the water pump went out it caused the timing chain to skip tearing up the engine (ball bearings in the oil pan) The only warning was a low coolant light and less than 5mn later the damage was done. I still can't believe that they designed a car so irresponsibly. I hear the newer ones have the water pump on the outside of the engine...(like it should have been all along) If you own one from 01 get the waterpump changed asap it will run about 35. for the part and 500. for 8hrs of labor.
#15 of 25 Re: Fix or Trade??? [allargon]
Nov 01, 2006 (7:21 pm)
Hello, question about a couple of the things you mentioned. I've recently developed a "turn signal" problem... They say it's costly to repair?? Can it really be that much that they're warning me? No estimate, that's all that was said. And another thing - like in the last day or so - is my car started squealing - like the serpentine belt (sorry if I spelled that wrong). The belt is brand new, it was something with everything else I had fixed about a month ago. Could this be my alternator??? God I hope not! My bearing (just replace also) is out again, they say its not the bearing, but the sensor, either way it cost money. I also had the rear struts replaced about 2 months ago and I have a terrible banging noise in rear passenger side that sounds like the wheel is going to come through the floor. I JUST WANT IT TO LAST UNTIL SPRING Can you give me some insight? Oh - and when I do go new - I've already decided on Toyota or Honda