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NHTSA — Electrical System: Wiring Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,250 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

Feb 102005

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles


While driving at 25 mph and upon turning into a residential street smoke starting coming from underneath the driver's seat. Upon existing the vehicle, the driver's seat was engulfed in flames. The fire department was contacted and extinguished the fire. There was a large burnt hole, the size of a basket ball in the center of seat. The fire reached the rear driver's side seat. A GM investigator, after inspection, indicated that an umbrella caused the fire. The umbrella was on the floor in the rear of the vehicle at the time of the fire, but had not burned, melted or scoured marks on it. The motor wiring in the electric seat was found to be the cause of the fire.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #3

Dec 302003

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles
My 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix gtp was parked and the engine started on fire and melted the entire engine compartment to the ground.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #2

Mar 272003

(reported on)

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 16,000 miles
The keys had to be turned in the ignition twice, to start the vehicle. Also the A/C, radio, and defroster button malfunctioned. The dealership indicated the ignition wiring was lose.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #1

Oct 122000

Grand Prix

  • miles
Wiring problem; lost complete power to battery and then 3 window motors simultaneously.

- Milton, FL, USA

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