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02-03-2004, 07:34 PM
Hey im really interested in this 1999 grand am se it has about 70,000 miles on it. I was reading some reviews of the car on other websites and i noticed quite a few people having problems with the brakes and rotors. I asume most of you all have a grand ams and I was just wondered if you had all experienced this problem and if there is anything to do to prevent the problems from happening?

02-03-2004, 11:02 PM
Get new rotors and pads. Almost every member has this problem.

02-04-2004, 07:42 AM
It shouldn't prevent you from buying the car if you like it. You can replace the rotors and pads yourself in less than an hour and it'll cost you less than $100 in parts.

02-04-2004, 04:55 PM
Yup, NAPA rotors solved the warping issue. F-bodies are prone to this problem also. Makes ya wonder about GMs quality.

02-05-2004, 05:28 AM
Never had a brake problem.

02-05-2004, 05:32 AM
It's not just GM, I've known several people who have had mid-sized cars by different manufacturers who had rotor warpage problems from the factory. It's whoever they're having supply their rotors. They're using a bad steel or something. You'd think it wouldn't take so long to correct though.....

02-05-2004, 08:23 AM
My car has 39,000 miles with the same rotors and pads on when I bought it brand new. I'm just now getting ready to put new pads and rotors on her. I bought some cheap drilled/slotted rotors off of ebay for 210.00 shipped. Now I just need to get some pads and put them on! I break like an old grandpa so my breaks have lasted. I could probably go another 10,000 miles on the pads but i want the cool drilled/slotted look!

02-05-2004, 08:54 AM
Originally posted by Gimli
Never had a brake problem.
Lucky you.

02-05-2004, 10:26 AM
It's a lot more common than you guys think, and it's obviously not restricted to just GM cars. It's a fairly common problem in some German cars, as well as Toyotas, and (I think) Hondas.
Think about it.
Heat + Metal + pressure = slightly warped metal

02-05-2004, 01:51 PM
I dont that problem either. I have a much bigger one.

02-05-2004, 02:40 PM
I had the same problem on my 97 Dodge Dakota . The front rotors warped at 13000 mile . Sucked big time Dodge wouldn't cover the new ones. Break warrenty was only good til 12000 miles .

02-05-2004, 03:29 PM
Pretty common problem. Had the issue on a 95 Aspire. Bottom line, don't worry about it. It doesn't cost that much if you do it yourself. If you like the car, get it!

02-05-2004, 06:21 PM
I guess unless you buy performance parts you won't get "performance".
I am on my second set of GM pads and my rotors have been machined once.
The rotors are now starting to get warped again.

When spring comes, I am going to replace those (squeaky) calipers, the pads and calipers with perfomance parts.....