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NHTSA — Electrical System: Battery Problems

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,046 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 Prix electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #11

Jul 182003

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,307 miles

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

Battery blew-up and started small fire after I noticed the positive termanal leeking as I diconected the battery it blew acid all over the car and myself causing a small fire after replacing the factery ac delco battery the transmision slips when switching from 2nd gear to 3rd gear.

- Brooklyn Park, MN, USA

problem #10

Jul 162003

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The delco battery is either faulty or not properly secured and prone to leaking. We have had four batteries go bad in five years in this vehicle.

- Titusville, FL, USA

problem #9

Feb 152003

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,500 miles
Defective ac delco batteries installed in new vehicles leak acid from the positive terminal (known problem to dealer service department) posing a possible explosion hazard in a confined space (under hood). Leaks contribute to gases under hood and over time build up of corrosion on the terminal leading to arcing. Discovered this while inspecting vehicle during routine preventive maintenance. Ac delco and GM is unwilling to take responsibility for this product.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #8

Mar 292003

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,701 miles

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

Original equipment battery leaked with positive terminal post falling out.

- Stillwater, OK, USA

problem #7

Aug 012002

Grand Prix

  • miles
Battery leaks acid from postive terminal.

- Cliffside Park, NJ, USA

problem #6

Feb 222001

(reported on)

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
A check for transmission fluid leak, bolts loose on pan tighten and top off, pan and/or gasket transaxle oil replaced. Popping noice when braking now crunching noise. Brake pedal bushing noisey, blower motor noisey. R&R or replace pedal and/or bushing, brake, motor and/or fan. Vehicle will not start and battery is leaking, due to cracking, replace. Pass headlamp fills with water, improperly sealed.

- Schnecksville, PA, USA

problem #5

Nov 222000

Grand Prix

  • miles

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

Battery replaced.

- Grove City, OH, USA

problem #4

Sep 101999

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The ac delco battery was cracked, leaking and smoking causing the vehicle not to start, the battery leak also damaged the paint under the hood. Nlm

- Schnecksvi, PA, USA

problem #3

Mar 171998

Grand Prix 4WD

  • miles
The engine still having problems, battery leaking acid, power windos broke, etc.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 171998

Grand Prix 4WD

  • miles
The engine still having problems, battery leaking acid, power windos broke, etc.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 202000

Grand Prix

  • miles
Positive terminal attachment base on original delco battery failed, causing a large acid leak into the rh engine compartment. Failure gave no warning and looks to be due to metal fatigue. After failure, electrical systems were unresponsive and car would.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

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