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NHTSA — Exterior Lighting Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,667 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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2008 Pontiac G5 lights problems

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2008 Pontiac G5 Owner Comments

problem #3

May 202014


  • 30,000 miles


Daytime running lamps stopped working on my vehicle. Took my car to a mechanic and he noted that the wiring harness for the daytime running lights and headlights was burnt to a crisp. Could not believe my eyes. My car is factory original and never been in a wreck so there is no excuse for this electrical failure. Daytime running lights are a safety feature according to General Motors and now I feel like my car is less safe because of this problem! help!

- Lucas, TX, USA

problem #2

Mar 032011

G5 4-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
Purchased Pontiac 2008 G5 coupe brand new in 2008. In 2011 I was informed by a coworker that I was driving into work with my brake lights on all the way. He also mentioned that when it looked like I tried to apply the brakes I would have no brake lights on at all. It seemed that my brake lights worked in reverse. This was an intermittent electronic problem that was hard for the dealership to replicate. Eventually, they replaced the brake light switch. However, no one ever stopped to mention to me that my Pontiac G5 2008 was still having the problem. In 2012 once again a different co worker informed me of the same problem as they traveled behind me into work. The dealership decided that they installed an defected brake light switch and replaced it. A year later the same problem in 2013 by another co worker that my brake lights stay on and when I apply my brakes I have no brake lights at all. I have scheduled another appointment to get another brake light switch installed again for March 19, 2013. This is a serious safety issue that needs to be addressed along with a recall it also seems to show up in Pontiac G6 as well. I don't want to be blinding people with my brake lights or confusing them especially in bad weather. The Pontiac G5 should be able to have a operating feature such as brake lights when brakes are being applied. I do not wish to be killed in an accident or cause one because of this issue, my brake lights should be working properly so that people behind me know that I'm slowing down or stopping before they rear end me. It seems that replacing the brake light which may not be helping at all. By human nature not to many people will put forth the extra effort to confront an individual to inform them that there vehicle has a malfunction they just want to go about there own busy schedules so who knows how long this brake light issue has really been going on.

- Bloomington, IN, USA

problem #1

Jul 102012


  • 78,000 miles
I noticed a while back that my daytime running lights were not on. I checked to make sure I had not turned them off by accidentally turning them off on the headlight switch, but that was not the problem. I then checked all my fuses in the fuse box, including the daytime running lamp fuse, and they were all good. Took my car to a dealership to have them tell me what's wrong and I was informed that many 2007+ year cobalts/G5's have faulty wiring with the daytime running lamps and the wiring will melt. The service advisor said that this happens all the time and it is very expensive to fix because to do it properly the whole wiring harness for the lighting system on the front of the car has to be replaced. I was quoted over $500 at the dealership (out of warranty) to have my daytime running lights fixed. $500 to fix a safety feature that my car came and GM knows about the problem but apparently isn't doing anything to help.

- Lucas, TX, USA

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