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2001 Pontiac Grand Am GT starting problem

My car starts different every time. Sometimes it starts instantly but sometimes I have to hold the key over for longer that normal. I wouldn't mind but the inconsistency worries me. There is definitely something that is not functioning correctly. It always starts, just sometimes not right away.
I've had the oil sending unit and fuel filter replaced. I've also had the fuel pump checked and it's working fine. Once it turns over the car runs great. Do you think I am damaging the car by driving it with this problem? I'd love any suggestions. I've taken it to two mechanics and nobody seems to have any idea what the problem is.
Thanks so much.

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  • cnc0 Jul 06, 2008

    my 2001 pontiac grand am was running fine this past weekend. we drove it to Hobbs,New Mexico and we had no problems traveling. when my wife was on her way to school, she turned the key and the motor was turning but the car wouldn't start. the fuel pump was responding.

  • nate101a Aug 13, 2008

    I had the exact same thing happening. The one thing I did notice, is that every now and then my car would idle ******* start up and I would have to turn it on and restart, which usually resulted in a smoother start.

  • Anonymous Nov 19, 2008

    My car starts inconsistently just like yours. I hope you've somehow found a solution. I'm taking it in to a mechanic I really trust tomorrow. If I somehow get it completely fixed I will repost.

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Check to see if your security light is coming on?

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I have a 2001 Grand AM GT with the same problem. I bought it used and have owned it less than one year. Most of that time I have devoted to solving this problem. I've researched it online, and gone to my mechanic (who is very trustworthy) three times, all of which failed. I even tried a second mechanic for a different opinion, who also could not solve the problem. My conclusion, though I don't like it any more than you probably will, is that no one knows how to fix it. If GM does, they're not telling, as they have refused to reply to my mechanic's emails. The only thing we can do is leave it alone; DO NOT waste money on new fuel pumps, ignition coils, and other parts unless you absolutely have to, as they will NOT solve this issue. My credit card bill can attest to that...

This is the last American-made car I will ever purchase.

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I also have had this problem. Had it towed on 2 separate occasions to the local Hires and the problem doesn't duplicate there. Car starts right up for them. I'm thinking the solution(in my case) might have to do with the car being up on the tow truck bed. An airlock that gets cleared? Previous time this happened I let it sit for a week, banged on the fuel tank one aft. and it started right up. Any ideas let me know, as it happened again yesterday.

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PROBABLY the starter!

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