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NHTSA — Electrical System Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,163 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 Grand Am electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #6

May 151998

Grand Am

  • 24,000 miles


Was driving on interstate 287 in New Jersey when engine cut off causing loss of brakes, power steering. Caused accident when ran off road due to lack of power steering and inability to effectively brake. Took to dealer who replaced crankshaft sensor that did not repair problem. After car was repaired incident continued to occur without any trouble codes. Now that issue has developed with ignition switches, it seems to me that this may be a longer term problem than currently thought. Finally sold the vehicle due to continuing problem that no one could solve.

- Toano, VA, USA

problem #5

Mar 282014

Grand Am

  • miles
1998 Pontiac Grand Am. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle engine made an unusual noise, when she started it. The consumer stated she turned the ignition off, thinking the noise would stop, but it did not. She took the keys out of the ignition and it continued to make the sound. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop. They made a temporary fix. However, there was a campaign on the vehicle. Either the dealer did not fix the recall on the ignition switch or it was not fixed properly. The local repair shop advised the consumer, to take the vehicle to the dealer. Once at the dealer, they stated there was nothing wrong with the ignition switch and it was a computer problem.

- Nixa, MO, USA

problem #4

Feb 032014

Grand Am

  • 161,470 miles
I was driving my 1998 GT Pontiac Grand Am from peoria Illinois on highway at 65 mph. She completely shut down no power no nothing...pulled over waited approximately 5minutes and she started right up...please help!!! [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Mount Pleasant, IA, USA

problem #3

Jun 162011

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • 115,786 miles


My 1998 Pontiac Grand Am theft system was engaged and the vehicle will not start I was told by the dealer that it was the dash cluster and key switch replaced both vehicle still will not start.

- Osyka, MS, USA

problem #2

Jun 132009

Grand Am

  • 143,723 miles
I have a 1998 Pontiac Grand Am that will not start due to anti theft keep from starting.

- Randallstown, MD, USA

problem #1

May 102000

Grand Am

  • miles
Vehicle's electrical system is defective, causing headlights and power steering to fail.

- Duluth, MN, USA

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