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NHTSA — Exterior Lighting Problems

3.4

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,000 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 lights problems

lights problem

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1998 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 092010

Grand Prix

  • 163,000 miles

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

Turned heater on and headlights went off. Not repaired yet

- Oelwein, IA, USA

problem #4

Feb 152001

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
Service engine problems from the beginning. Almost every exhaust-related component was replaced before a new computer cut down on the problem. I still had an episode or two after that installation, but have had no episodes in two years now. Airbag light came on shortly after warranty expired, but I knew about the technical service bulletin on that one and it was fixed for free. Driver side window button died a few months after purchase, but it was replaced free under warranty. More recently two windows have stopped working when the weather is warm. I am living with my power window problems because I don't want to pay to have two motors replaced. No winter problems in the winter. Most recently my lens cover on the right headlight fell off. It cost me over $100 for an aftermarket replacement and home installation, but GM was going to charge me $250 plus labor.

- Saltillo, TN, USA

problem #3

Jan 152003

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
The passenger side headlight lens cover fell off and was not recovered. Just after I replaced this one the driver's side fell off. (the light bulbs explosed after being exposed to the weather)

- Painesville, OH, USA

problem #2

Jan 202003

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The lense on the passenger side head light just fell off in my driveway as I was coming home from work one afternoon. My husband found it in the driveway and a friend had ran over it. So now we have to spend $78 and buy the whole assembly in order to get a lense replaced because the thing just feel off.

- Scottsville, KY, USA

problem #1

Nov 131998

Grand Prix

  • miles
Consumer has exprienced 6 times failure of all lighting. There is no pattern for this, it happens at any speed and at any time. Consumer took vehicle to two different dealers, and had sensors replaced/headlight switch replaced, but problem still occurs.

- Kulpmont, PA, USA

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