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NHTSA — Power Train Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 2
Average Mileage:
24,291 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 #5

Nov 032013

GTO 8-cyl

  • miles


I was driving my clutch and gas went to the floor and my steering wheel broke and I ran through the woods.

- Carrollton, AL, USA

problem #4

Mar 312013

GTO 8-cyl

  • 91,250 miles
I got new tires put on yesterday. They are the stock sized tires. Shortly after I heard a loud sound coming from the back right side. I noticed the tire was rubbing on the fender. The car sags more and more each day. Then yesterday, I was just driving normally from stop light to stop light, and my car would wouldn't go into 3rd or 4th gear. So I checked fluids and it was ok on that. I had to drive 30mph back home.

- Smithville, MO, USA

problem #3

Jan 022007

GTO 8-cyl

  • 100 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac GTO. The contact stated that the vehicle was manufactured in australia, and that they should never have been allowed to ship the 2004 defective models to the united stated. He is experiencing suspension failure, in which the vehicle does not drive in a straight line. The vehicle veers from left to right. The contact must use both hands to drive the vehicle. He stated that the suspension and motor were changed. The motor was changed because it was very difficult to shift and it would slip and make noise. There was also transmission failure with the vehicle. While driving over a minor bump at any speed, the vehicle would break down. He also stated that the vehicle had piston slap. When the vehicle was idling, he could hear a ticking noise. The noise was caused by the piston striking the top of the motor head. When the vehicle was taken to the dealer with these concerns, the contact was informed that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. The mileage when the vehicle was traded in was 3,600. Updated 07/29/08 updated 07/29/08.

- Purchase, NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 192006

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 29,222 miles
I have 29,222 miles on my 04 Pontiac GTO when this happened the first time. Over time all 6 bolts that hold my half shaft to the right rear wheel had backed out it left me stranded in a busy intersection right when I got off the freeway. I5 and 17th St. With no bolts holding the half-shaft in it was free to spin freely and hit other parts underneath my car, damaging the axle, and ripping the boot. I researched, and found out this has been a common problem with the early production 04 models. I told the dealer this and they refuse to replace the parts under warranty. They tried blaming me because I had installed different rear springs, and said I had removed and re-installed these bolts for the spring install. These bolts did not need to be touched during the spring install, I've tried explaining the install to them, but they wont listen... horrible service...

- Laguna Hills, CA, USA

problem #1

May 062005

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 885 miles
I had been waiting for traffic to clear to turn right on red at a traffic light. It appeared that cross traffic was begining to slow down to stop. I pulled out only to realize I had made a grave error in judgement and that the cross traffic was still coming. In a moment of panic I hit the accelerator only to get little response at wide open throttle. The car did not down shift nor accelerate properly creating a very dangerous situation.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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