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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems

5.6

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,600 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1997 Pontiac Grand Prix transmission problems

transmission problem

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1997 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #20

Mar 222008

Grand Prix

  • 125,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

97 Grand Prix, 3.8L high output engine,4T65E 4 speed automatic transmission, SE model 4 door. Transmission was at first hesitant to go into reverse at 100,000 miles. Around 125,000 miles the transmission has no reverse or neutral movement while pushing the car in reverse. In other words you cannot move the car in reverse at all, even with the engine off and in neutral. Shop told me I had a broken reverse shift fork. Transmission service center advised that the car's used value does not warrant the repair cost or purchase of new equipment.

- Croydon, PA, USA

problem #19

Oct 272002

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles
I pulled into a car wash stall and shut my car off to wash it. After washing it I got back in my car and tried to put it in gear, but the shifter would not move. Thank god I had my cell phone, I had to call my husband out of work to come check out the car. He concluded that I have to stick a ink pen in the shift release hole to put it in gear. I had our three month old with me and it was cold that day, it would not have been nice if I would have had to walk with the baby. Anyway I have put it in the shop to get it checked and they do not know the problem. I was told it may cost me a lot of money to get it fixed by the time they find the problem. This is a severe safety problem to me. What if this happens to someone else with small children and they do have to walk. I also know from calling around to part stores that this has happened to at least 6 others just in the muskegon area, that should call for a recall in itself.

- Muskegon Heights , MI, USA

problem #18

Apr 291999

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission slipping. Mr the transmission was first replaced at 22,748 miles. 8,000 miles the transmission had to be replaced again. The third transmission is now having problems.

- Springfield Gardens, NY, USA

problem #17

Jul 032004

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Transmission exploded for the second time and GM says they can't help me. I have done some research on this and it seems to be a common problem in these vehicles.

- Waukesha, WI, USA

problem #16

Sep 022003

(reported on)

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • miles
After the engine was turned off, the consumer was unable to remove the key from the ignition. The consumer was unable to remove the key without pushing the button in the steering column, and could not shift from park without pushing the shift release button. The dealer did not find what was exactly wrong but said it was an electrical problem. (poor connection at splicer in the middle of the dash)

- Lockport, IL, USA

problem #15

Mar 012002

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While attempting to shift transmission vehicle won't move intermittently. Dealership is aware of problem.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #14

Feb 202002

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving transmission was shifting. Had taken vehicle to dealer to be fixed.

- Lusby, MD, USA

problem #13

Aug 282000

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Escanaba, MI, USA

problem #12

Nov 222000

(reported on)

Grand Prix

  • miles
This car has a significant # of safety problems that the dealer/manufacturer have refused to address w/out significant cost to consumer. Until I sustain a significant injury &/or injure someone due to these product defects, I can not afford a legal challenge to have GM address problems, nor can I bear cost. My car is available as a sample of their junk! (signed;claims adjuster). No safety defect listed in summary.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #11

Sep 151997

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Mount Pleasant, PA, USA

problem #10

Oct 121999

Grand Prix

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Automatic transmission failure while driving vehicle, almost resulting in rear-end collision. Blower is also not working on ventilation system among several other problems encountered over a 2 year ownership period.

- Camden Point, MO, USA

problem #9

Jan 011999

Grand Prix

  • miles
Car can be shifted from park to reverse and drive without putting foot on brake. This is while the car is running. Please help, this is very dangerous!!!

- St. Amant, LA, USA

problem #8

Oct 091998

(reported on)

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driving at approxmately 65 mph, was changing lanes, experienced loss of engine power/complete shut down which caused loss brakes and steering, almost resulting in an accident. Dealer replaced transmission control module. Defect is still occurring. Dealer cannot determine problem.

- Woodbridge Ontario, CD, USA

problem #7

Mar 061998

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Automatic transmission failure.

- Wilmington, MA, USA

problem #6

Jun 191998

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failed resulting in a vehicle collision (rear ended).

- Mulliken, MI, USA

problem #5

Jun 121998

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Automatic transmission failure.

- Tyngsboro, MA, USA

problem #4

Jun 121998

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Automatic transmission failure.

- Tyngsboro, MA, USA

problem #3

Jun 121998

Grand Prix

  • miles
Automatic transmission/control valve body assembly failed.

- Tyngsboro, MA, USA

problem #2

Mar 191998

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
High pitched squeal that changes pitch when transmission shifts.

- Moreno Val, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 191998

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
High pitched squeal that changes pitch when transmission shifts.

- Moreno Val, CA, USA

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