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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine: Gasoline Problems

1998 Pontiac Grand Prix (Page 1 of 2)

8.5

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,393 miles

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1998 Pontiac Grand Prix engine problems

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1998 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #28

Mar 022007

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

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

My 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix gtp spontaneously combusted on March 2, 2007. Visiting freinds in blacksburg va. The car was driven up hill for about 1/2 mile with the supercharger engaged the whole time. We parked at the top of the hill and went into the house. 10 minutes later a neighbor informed us that the car was on fire. 14 foot flames from the engine compartment. Fire department was called to put it out. The car was totalled. It was only by the grace of god that we had not pulled our car into our garage and gone to bed when this happened. At the least, our house would have been burned to the ground. At the worst my family would have been burned alive.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #27

Jul 312001

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On two occasions 3.8 V6 engine shut off while traveling at highway speed of 65 mph. Vehicle was taken to dealer on two occasions, and was unable to duplicate problem. The fuel pump fuse is blowing, but dealer does not know what is causing the fuse to blow and therefore can not fix this problem.

- Caldwell, NJ, USA

problem #26

Mar 132001

Grand Prix

  • miles
Consumer experienced oil leak and had the dealer repair on two occasions prior to the motor completely shutting down while driving at 65 mph, complete motor replacement was necessary.

- Grove City, OH, USA

problem #25

Apr 302001

Grand Prix

  • miles

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

On at least 5 or 6 separate occasions this car stalls when I am leaving a stand still position. It has not happened for quite a few months, but it happened again today, and my wife is pregnant and when we have the baby this car is supposed to be hers but I fear that if she were driving with the baby in the car and went to pull out onto a highway, or a side street and a car coming at her could not stop in time for her to get the car restarted it could be a real problem. I also am aware that other drivers have complained about the same thing at a website devoted to this car. Point your browser to: www.grandprix.net/?clkd=iwm and check out the section marked "under the hood". the one marked "engine shut down while driving." By timothy johnson is the exact same problem I am experienceing. There is a dashboard light marked "tcs off" which turns itself on, and cannot be shut off. Tcs stands for traction controll system. The only way to get the light to shut off is to turn the car off.

- Oakland, NJ, USA

problem #24

Sep 192000

(reported on)

Grand Prix

  • miles
Vehicle stalls while driving and dealer is unable to find the problem.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #23

Oct 182000

(reported on)

Grand Prix

  • miles
I am experiencing intermittent stalling condition. When completely stopped at a light and then you would press the accelerator to go through the light my car would move 10 feet and then stall out. It would also stall when slowing down to make a turn applying the brake and when you would take your foot off the brake and press the accelerator again the car would stall. The warning lights on the dashboard will come on and there would be loss of power steering. I have also experienced sluggishness when needing to accelerate. I press the accelerator and a few second later you can feel the transmisson jump into gear.

- Palmryra, NJ, USA

problem #22

Mar 171998

Grand Prix 4WD

  • miles

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

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

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #21

Mar 171998

Grand Prix 4WD

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

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #20

Feb 082000

Grand Prix

  • miles
On four separate occasions this car has stalled. All four times the car had been at a full stop, and when you hit the gas it stalled out. Each time I mentioned it to the dealer they ask me what do you want us to do about it? fix it.

- New Milford, NJ, USA

problem #19

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine experiencing a knocking sound.

- Thousand O, CA, USA

problem #18

Jun 161999

(reported on)

Grand Prix

  • miles

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

Vehicle hesitates when accelerating.

- Unknown, UN, USA

problem #17

Jul 071999

(reported on)

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The oil gauge: Indicator on the dash information center illuminated while checking the oil. Engine suddenly ignited into flames. The fire was put out with a gallon of water. Dealer has been contacted.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #16

Jun 221999

Grand Prix

  • miles
While traveling vehicle would stall without indications. Dealer has been contacted.

- Apollo, PA, USA

problem #15

Mar 121999

Grand Prix

  • miles
When driving at any speed vehicle stalls intermittently, and dealer is aware of the problem.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #14

Oct 071998

Grand Prix

  • miles
Vehicle stalls when stopping and then accelerating.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #13

Feb 141998

Grand Prix

  • miles
Engine stalls out intermitinly and has happened numerous times once car stalled causing car to travel thru red light almost causing accident with my children in car dealer can not fix problem and cant get it to happen when they road test car interior lights do not operate properly wont come on when doors are open or when I manually try to put them on heater motor makes a cricket like noise on the low speed annoying noise dealer cant fix all these problems

- Franklin Square, NY, USA

problem #12

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 #11

Aug 201998

(reported on)

Grand Prix

  • miles
This vehicle stall upon acceleration and on all incidents except one it occurred during a right hand turn and acceleration, the other incident occured during the take off from a complete stop, these incidents have happened now on several occassions and have resulted I 3 near accidents because of stalling in front of traffic, one other note that the speedo needle occassionally accelerates to around 90-100 mph when starting vehicle but the engine does not race when this occurs. I currently have the vehicle in the shop for the 3rd time since my purchase for this stalling problem, it is to the point I am afraid for the safety of my family and others, that this vehicle may end up in an accident as a result of this problem.

- Davison, MI, USA

problem #10

Jan 221998

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine stalled.

- Cold Spring, KY, USA

problem #9

Jun 051998

(reported on)

Grand Prix

  • miles
While driving the engine shuts down, causing vehicle to stall.

- Norman, OK, USA

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