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NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition Problems

5.5

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,086 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Pontiac Bonneville electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Pontiac Bonneville Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 222004

Bonneville

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,513 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Had tune-up and regulators changed (based on recall) on 7/19/04. Then on 7/22/04 smoke emitting from exhaust and then car would not start. Car towed and repaired (manifold cracked). On 7/26/04 car taken from shop, 2 hrs later car would not start again. This time claimed starter was the problem. Consequences: Over $1,500 in repairs.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #5

Aug 082003

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
1998 Pontiac Bonneville - on numreous occasions the vehicle has stalled for no apparent reason. Sometimes while moving, other times at stop signs or stoplights. Warm and cold weather. Warm and cold engine. The dealer has had it on the diagnostic machnies and even hooked up a recorder to record conditions when the stalls occur, but still no answers.

- Lawton , OK, USA

problem #4

Mar 112001

Bonneville

  • miles
Turned ignition on and there was an explosion, and then a fire broke out in vehicle sitting there for 8 days before. Contacted dealer, and they offered to repurchase vehicle.

- Chagirn Falls, OH, USA

problem #3

Dec 012000

Bonneville

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This is the 2nd time I've had to replace the ignition coil wire and about 5/6 times already the car has just completely shut off while I was driving it, usually when I was slowing down at a stop sign/signal or just taking off from one.

- Freehold, NJ, USA

problem #2

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Bonneville

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Spark plugs failed on three occasions.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

May 061999

(reported on)

Bonneville

  • miles
The alternator at a stop cannot maintain power for more than aa couple of minutes and if you have an accessorie (I.e.) your heat or defogger or the headlights it will dim to the point that if you are at a long light it will stall the car and if it is dark it is hard for other cars to see you while stopped at a light it will stall out after a min. If you have a defogger on I don't believe that I should have to go to park when I stop at a light if I need the defogger on so I can see and the dealer just told me to put it in park at a long light and they have had two other complaints that they mentioned and tech support tells them there is nothing wrong with the chargeing system thank you for your time

- Erie, PA, USA

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