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NHTSA — Steering Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
107,224 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 steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Pontiac Bonneville Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 032015


  • 105,673 miles


The back two cradle mounts on both sides rusted out and mounts pulled through the cradle causing the steering to become loose filling and causing steering to be out of alignment and when hit brakes front would dart one way or the other and lots of noise coming from under vehicle from cradle bouncing when hitting bumps tried the find one in junk yards and all are that way.

- Centralia, IL, USA

problem #2

Apr 112013


  • 164,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Pontiac Bonneville. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the power steering suddenly failed causing the steering wheel very difficult to turn. The contact lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a concrete road divider. The contact sustained a back injury that required medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 164,000.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 232002

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
As I was driving along the engine, power steering, and brakes failed. I had to restart the car and hopefully resume driving so the car coming behind me did not crash into me. This has happened numerous times since including times while on I-95, I-81, rural mountainous roads (which resulted in my car rolling backwards), and city traffic. I have taken it in numerous times to my mechanic and he has not come up with a reason as to why this is happening. I am given no warning by my car that this is about to happen. The warning bell chimes and the car fails at the same time. This happened last evening and the car behind me had to swerve to avoid a crash. Please add my car to your recall or give me some kind of answer to take to my mechanic.

- Edenton, NC, USA

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