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NHTSA — Electrical System: Starter Assembly Problems

3.6

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,644 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.

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1998 Pontiac Bonneville electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Pontiac Bonneville Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 012003

Bonneville

  • miles

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

Consumer disappointed with reimbursement for 1998 Pontiac Bonneville. The fuel pressure regulator was replaced. Recall campaign: 04V090000. The recall is related to the fuel pressure regulator leak. The temperature gauge was fluctuating while the vehicle was being driven. The check engine light did not come on. The consumer turned the engine off and allowed it to cool off. The consumer restarted the vehicle and heard a loud back fire with a loud bang. The vehicle did not restart. The consumer smelled fuel shortly after. The vehicle was towed to a nearby dealer. The intake plenum and the intake plenum gasket needed to be replaced. The thermostat blew out again. The consumer stated that he feels that the failures are a result of the recall issue therefore the reimbursement check was not sufficient. The consumer stated that the brakes had a ticking noise.

- Evans, CO, USA

problem #3

Jul 222004

Bonneville

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,513 miles
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 #2

Jun 012004

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,062 miles
While exiting the freeway, the engine gasket blew out. The starter had gone out as well. GM stated that nothing was wrong with the vehicle.

- Hastings, MN, USA

problem #1

Nov 292000

Bonneville

  • miles
Car would stall hard to start ground problem blamed for poor gas pressure to carb, also could of been problem that failed the starter, engine lite would go on then off, door locks would not work. Problem was intermitten until the last time when the ground problem was found. Major expense to me not happy it took this long to find problem. As of today car seems to be

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

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