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NHTSA — Electrical System: Wiring: Interior/Under Dash Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,000 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 #4

Jan 062016

Grand Prix

  • 124,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix. While driving 25 mph, smoke emitted from under the dashboard on the passenger side. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling) and stated that the part needed for the repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 124,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Lemoyne, PA, USA

problem #3

Feb 071999

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving one of the circuit board breakers on the instrument panel started smoking and melted the wires down in the dashboard. Dealer determined problem caused by faulty I/P cluster.

- Woodbury, NJ, USA

problem #2

Sep 091998

Grand Prix

  • miles
While attempting to pass another vehicle at 70 mph, the vehicle does not have the ability to down shift out of overdrive. This is caused by a problem in the programming of the electronic module. The vehicle's engine will now completely shut down after pulling away from a stop sign.

- Hobbs, NM, USA

problem #1

May 261998

Grand Prix

  • miles
When driving below 45mph the engine will totally die. Vehicle will jerk so hard that the consumer is thrown foward. The tackometer will register 0-RPM. Engine will die when in reverse. Vehicle has been in shop April 27th computer was reprogramed. Problem occurred again on May 11th. Consumer was denied service, and again on May 26th. Dealer is ordering a cluster module. Manufacturer states that this should work since the tackometer was not the problem. Vehicle is at the dealership at this time. Consumer is being told that they do not know what the problem is. Ronaldson Pontiac chevroletdealership--913-294-5375, payola, Kansas.

- Olathe, KS, USA

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