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NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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 #6

Jun 012002

Grand Prix

  • miles


When this switch fails it causes numerous seemingly unrelated system failures in the car, making diagnosis difficult and time-consuming. The drl system loses power so that the headlights will not functiona at all in the daytime as GM intended and will go out periodically at night without warning unless turned on manually with the headlight switch. The HVAC system generally will not function due to this failure; although occasionally it will work with the fan on high speed. The electric rear window defogger will not function at all due to this failure. All of these safety-related systems pull their power from this poorly designed and inadequately sized component. Upon disassembly of the failed part I noticed that the (6) contacts inside this switch are woefully undersized for the current that is passing through the switch. Specifically, the drl contact and the HVAC contact are burnt and blackened, thus shutting off power to those systems. I repaired this myself at a cost of approximately $70 for the part only. I have spoken to others that have paid in excess of $400 for the repair. I believe that this requires attention by both the NHTSA and General Motors to correct this problem before someone who is not an electrical engineer has a serious crash due to no lights at an inopportune time.

- Landisville, PA, USA

problem #5

Feb 252002

Grand Prix

  • miles
Car had complete power failure after making a turn either right or left. Had no lights, ignition or power steering or brakes. Was able to put car in neutral and restart engine.

- Simpsonville, SC, USA

problem #4

Jan 122001

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Spark plugs cracked causing the check engine light to illuminate and the engine to run roughly. Nlm

- Schnecksvi, PA, USA

problem #3

Sep 262000

(reported on)

Grand Prix

  • miles


While traveling at any speed vehicle would stall without any indication. Dealer has been notified.

- Torotwood, OH, USA

problem #2

Oct 221998

Grand Prix

  • miles
Vehicle experienced failure of the recall component prior to notification resulting in additional repairs, consumer is having trouble obtaining refund for recall repairs that needed to be completed prior to notification. (spark plug wires)

- Collinsville, CT, USA

problem #1

Oct 071998

Grand Prix

  • miles
Intermittent problem of vehicle failing to start/stalling while driving and not restarting. After a failure, vehicle will not restart for at least 30 minutes. When it does restart, vehicle acts normally.

- Toledo, OH, USA

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