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NHTSA — Exterior Lighting: Headlights Problems

1998 Pontiac Grand Prix (Page 3 of 4)

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,029 miles

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1998 Pontiac Grand Prix lights problems

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1998 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #34

Mar 012001

Grand Prix

  • miles

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

The front and rear electric window motors are burnt out on passenger side. I've had the right wheel bearing hub replaced because it was defective and still have the same problem. Moisture in the left headlight assembly. Led read-out on am/fm/cd radio doesn't work at all times. Squeaking motor on heater blower.

- Portland, TN, USA

problem #33

Jul 062001

(reported on)

Grand Prix

  • miles
The glue that holds the lens to the light deteriorated allowing condensation to accumulate inside the lens, therefore causing the chrome to flake, GM will not provide any support to the consumer. Nlm

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #32

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 #31

Jul 242001

(reported on)

Grand Prix

  • miles

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

Plastic cover that protects headlight lens completely fell off, exposing the bulbs.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #30

Jul 142001

Grand Prix

  • miles
Day after purchase, pointed out to dealer excessive condensation in headlamps. Told this was normal. 1-1/2 months ago driver's side lens fell off and bulb exploded due to rain entering lamp fixture. Purchased entire new assembly and replaced myself. This past weedend, the passenger side lens has fallen off. Research indicates this is a common problem. So common the dealership is on a waiting list for replacement of the assembly. This is clearly a manufacturer defect.

- La Porte, IN, USA

problem #29

Jun 082001

Grand Prix

  • miles
I had the left headlamp cover fall off in December 2000, which caused the headlight to burn out. The dealer claimed that warrenty would not cover, so I had to pay $110. In June, the right cover fell off and I refused to pay. The dealer paid for the 2nd incident, since I paid for the first and specifically requested them to examine the right cover. In may, the bottom molding on the right side, front and back doors came loose, which would not allow the back door to open. The "Grand Prix GT" lettering on the left side also fell off. After complainng to the dealer, they fixed the Grand Prix lettering for free and split the cost of the door molding with me. I feel that Pontiac must be using a poor adhesive.

- Bay City, MI, USA

problem #28

Jun 222001

(reported on)

Grand Prix

  • miles

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

Glue that is used to keep tail light cover on taillight assembly is not sufficient, allowing water and moisture to get inside housing unit, and causing headlights and turn signals/ blinkers to completely malfunction.

- Jenison, MI, USA

problem #27

May 202001

Grand Prix

  • miles
Within 2 weeks, both headlight covers fell off of vehicle, resulting in loss of headlamp lights. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Benton Harbor, MI, USA

problem #26

May 312001

Grand Prix

  • miles
Re: www.grandprix.net/ -- the headlamp lens cover of 1997 and 1998 models is a high-failure item. Loss of lens in wet weather will cause immediate headlamp failure. This should be a recall. These lenses leak chronically, resulting in reflector corrosion and reduced illumination.

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #25

May 312001

(reported on)

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Plastic shield for lens cap in headlight assembly has unglued itself from bulb, causing bulb to burn out. Consumer must purchase a complete headlight assembly instead off replacing plastic shield. Consumer has original part.

- Zionsville, IN, USA

problem #24

Aug 012000

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Both headlamp covers have fallen off during operation of vehicle. Dealership stated that glue which pasted the covers to vehicle was not effective when condensation entered headlights. Service department stated Pontiac was aware of the problem, but were not going to do anything about it.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #23

Apr 062001

Grand Prix

  • miles
Cover on left headlight disconnected and fell off. Customer service representative for Pontiac would not elaborate on a reason for defect.

- Gurnee, IL, USA

problem #22

Feb 282001

(reported on)

Grand Prix

  • miles
The headlights have a buildup of condensation inside the lamp which reduces the amount of light projected by the lamps reflectors, told that this is a standard and normal condition. Nlm

- Pittsford, NY, USA

problem #21

Mar 122001

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Headlight lens cover had fallen off. Light bulbs have been blown due to contact with water and no covering. Problem was not covered under warranty.

- Albion, PA, USA

problem #20

Mar 102001

Grand Prix

  • miles
On March 10, 2001 I noticed that my left headlight lens cover and bulb were missing. The next day I called the dealer for a replacement and was told there was a backorder & I would be contacted when available. Three days later I was driving home from school at 9:00 pm when I realized on a dark stretch of road that I had no headlights. I turned on my high beams which illuminated, on the right side, for about 2 seconds and then the bulb blew out. The other headlight lens had fallen off the car and the bulb broke off while driving. I had the police check my car because the dealership inferred that someone must have tried to steal my headlights. The police concurred that there was no damage around the headlight area and it was more than likely that the loss of the headlight was caused by a defect rather than a thief.

- Holyoke, MA, USA

problem #19

Mar 222001

(reported on)

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front headlight lens is attached with glue. Glue has started to dissolve, causing lens to separate. Headlight assembly has to be replaced. Dealer has been ocntacted.

- Romeo, MI, USA

problem #18

Mar 082001

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driver headlight cover fell off.

- Huntville, AL, USA

problem #17

Feb 012001

Grand Prix

  • miles
Driverside headlamp cover fell off on 2/1/01. Contact of moisture with bulb caused bulb fail. Headlamp cover was not recovered. Pass headlamp cover fell off on 2/23/01 with same result. Part was recovered. Glue which holds cover on headlamp assembly obviously failed. Dealer said both assemblies need replacement @260/each + bulbs + labor. I believe my assemblies were defective as many identical complaints have filed with your organization as well as other consumer organizations. Complaints have been filed reguarding this problem as early as 1998. Will there be a recall or do people need to die for that to happen??

- Jamison, PA, USA

problem #16

Oct 131999

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The passenger headlamp was improperly sealed causing it to fill with water. Nlm

- Schnecksvi, PA, USA

problem #15

Oct 012000

Grand Prix

  • miles
Front headlight cover came off, then bulb blewout because it was exposed to snow. Took to dealer to get a headlight replaced. Consumer stated cover on driver's side came off. First, it was the passenger's side.

- Massena, NY, USA

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