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NHTSA — Power Train: Axle Assembly: Axle Shaft Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,636 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.

2004 Pontiac GTO drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2004 Pontiac GTO Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 032007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 37,500 miles


Purchased 2004 GTO with 37,500 miles had the car a week, son was driving and heard and felt a loud clanging noise. Had car towed to dealer. They fixed under GM certification. It was missing left side axle bolts and all the right side were very loose.

- Ormond Beach, FL, USA

problem #3

Oct 082004

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 5,550 miles
While driving my new Pontiac GTO the bolts that hold drivers side half shaft in fell out causing the half shaft to fall out if I would of been going faster then 20 mph it could of caused serious damage and or injury. When I shifted from first to second that's when it fell out. It is at dealer currently will call to see what's going on. Do not know why they were not tight in the first place as I was on and found people with similar problems I do believe six of them all had the driver's side inner half shaft bolts fall out!

- Lodi, OH, USA

problem #2

Aug 092004

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 4,392 miles
Driving in 2nd gear (manual transmission), 25mph, I heard a loud clunk and the car no longer accelerated. Got out and found 6 bolts that hold the drivers side half shaft to the differential were lying in the road. Had the car towed to ultimate Pontiac, fredericksburg, va. It has been there since August 9th with parts on back order.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #1

Jul 022004

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 3,100 miles
When proceeding normally from a traffic light the car stopped accelerating right after shifting into second gear. Car was towed to local dealer. Found that all 6 bolts and 3 retainers holding the driver's axle shaft to the differential had fallen out. Next day I found all bolts and retainers within 50 feet of each other on the side of the road. I was severely harassed by the dealer and they refused to fix it. Had the car towed to the selling dealership and I was harassed there also, but they fixed it under warranty as a "favor". corrected by replacing the inner cv joint, output hub and installing new bolts and retainers. Since my mishap, this has happened to at least 3 other cars. Both dealerships are incompetent and do not know the car, their customer service is horrible.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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