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Pontiac Grand Prix, Brakes, Sedan
#69 of 88 Re: Gran Prix brakes [carvip]
Jun 12, 2008 (6:27 pm)
Pretty discouraging what goes on with GM cars--reports point to Pontiac as most troublesome. My 98 bonneville was a very good car. I thought I was upgrading, at least getting something as good with Grand Prix, but that was not the case. The quality is definitely spotty, with some people reporting that their 2001 GP is a great car with few problems, while others have tons of them. My guess is that the situation is only getting worse, with GMs financial problems they`re putting cheaper junk parts into their cars. I`d never take a chance on another Pontiac, or maybe even another American car. Unfortunate situation for the US auto makers, but why should we pay good money for a potential problem car when there are proven more reliable foreign cars out there?
#71 of 88 Re: Gran Prix brakes [flip7]
Jun 22, 2008 (5:17 pm)
I see you`re from a Grand Prix owners web site and you have a right to be proud. You are very fortunate to have such problem free cars--seems like some GM cars get good parts and some don`t. Consistency in quality seems to be the big problem. Check out all the problems I had with my 2001 on a previous entry--if you care to. Good luck to ya mate.
Jun 22, 2008 (5:42 pm)
My 2002 GrandPrix had a complete brake job done last summer. Now the !BRAKE light won't go off, and the brakes work fine. What's up? Thank you!
#73 of 88 Re: abs light comes on [jmac74]
Jun 22, 2008 (8:04 pm)
I just wanted to let you know that ALL last year I kept smelling some thing like oil dripping on the motor coming through my vents. I got a recall from the factory 3 months ago stating that they needed to REPLACE a gasket and move some spark plug wires to keep the car from catching on fire. All last year I was having trouble with the ABS lights & Low Trac light coming on. I did have to replace the roters and have a front brake job. Mine is a Grand Prix 2000 GTP & it only has 46,000 miles on it. I kept telling them some thing was not right but running a diagnostic codes on it 3 times found NOTHING! Finally they ran it again and said it was the hub on the right front left wheel. They could not feel the grabbing like I could when I turned to the left to break. When you have had a car 8 years you know when some thing is different! Those ABS lights and Low Trac lights came on at any given moment and they reset once you turn your car off & back on. I had an extended warranty on my car until 2009 or 96,000.00, and they fixed a bunch of leaking gaskets and stuff and I had to pay a $100 deductable. The BAD hub was causing the ABS light and Low Trac lights to come on so the dealership said. They made me pay the $100 deductable again when the DEALERSHIP failed to diagnose and fix the problem the first time and GM VP told them too. I am going to FIGHT them on it tomorrow and will be giving them this web site address to see all of the problems that they have had on these models of cars! This is a NIGHT mare to read all of this!
How did you come out with your lawsuit?
#74 of 88 Re: Gran Prix brakes [ocjohn]
Jul 12, 2008 (2:29 pm)
Did you ever find out your issue? I purchased a 92 GTP w/29K miles (it was stored for a number of years) has the same issue. Thanks.
#76 of 88 2007 grand prix gxp brake issue
Sep 23, 2008 (6:42 am)
For those considering the purchase of a gxp or any other pontiac sedan, Beware!! I just had the misfortune of taking in the wifes car for what i assumed was warranty work. 21.000 miles and both front and rear brakes were shot, rear pads nearly to the rotors and in the case of the fronts, right pad completely gone. 25 years of doing business with this dealership (Waldecker Pontiac/ Buick) and the best they could do for me was tell me that it was due to my wifes driving habits but did me a favor by only charging me for repairs to the rears, they covered the front. You have got to be kidding me. I will spare you the conversations that took place between myself and the dealership personnel but they were willing to lose a long time valued customet over the $200.00 repair bill. Very funny that we had no issues with Sunbirds, or Grand am's. Bottom line is that GM is fitting this vehicle with poor quality parts. End of Story. Still cannot believe any dealership good or bad would have the gall to blame the cutomer for their short comings. Never again will we own a GM product.
#77 of 88 Grand Prix GXP bad brake rotor design
Sep 23, 2008 (11:35 am)
After being told my second set of rotors on the front of my 2007 GXP were shot with less than 40,000 miles, I bought after market rotors from a brake specialist in California. Wear with new brake rotors and ceramic pads is even and no sign of grooving on the rotors, which appeared almost immediately with the GM product. Here is my theory: The problem is the absence of enough bevel on the drilled vents on the GM rotors. The steepness of the drilling without the bevel causes the bad to be damaged, which in turn causes scoring along the rotor. There was a remarkable difference in the slope of the aftermarket brakes versus the GM product. Almost no chamferring on the GM rotor. Which begs the question, are they just in the rotor selling business these days? Why else would they design a product that is going to chew into the brake pads creating an uneven surface that will score the rotor?
#78 of 88 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP
Oct 01, 2008 (8:52 am)
On October 20, 2007, I bought a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix in which within three weeks of purchasing the car I had to take it back to the dealership three times. The steering wheel was shaking when slow down, the front end of the car felt like it was going to come apart and since I didn't know anything about it, they told me it was fixed the first time. I took a trip to a different state and on my way back the car wouldn't go over 50mph, so I called the dealership and as I figured, they couldn't do much about it since the car wasn't there (duh). So, I called to get the car towed and the lady told me there was a GM near where I was at, so she guided me to get there in which the people at that Dealership was very helpful. It was something with the computer that prevented the car to go over 50mph. In regards to the shaking issue, the guy told me that i had to get my rotors/brakes replaced. I took it back to the dealership from where I bought it and a 3rd time it was fixed in which they were looking at me like it was my fault... I never went back...Now I'm having an issue that the right front tire is making a noise, I took the car to two different mechanics, and apparently i'm crazy because they say they can't feel anything. I hear it making a clap clap clap noise (i know silly me trying to describe noise) and when driving and also when i steer i feel like a detaching noise... I'm scare that the car is going to fall apart one day...
My question: I want to know if grand prix's have a rotors/brakes/abs system factory defect??? (I called Pontiac and of course, they will not say anything in particular)...