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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
126,256 miles
Total Complaints:
16 complaints

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  1. not sure (9 reports)
  2. have GM issue a recall on this engine fire problem (6 reports)
  3. car totaled (1 reports)
2000 Pontiac Grand Prix engine problems

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2000 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #16

Sep 292015

Grand Prix GT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 210,000 miles


We owned a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix. Our son was out of his car for 8 minutes, after which it had blown up due to the oil leaking onto the exhaust manifold.

A recall was sent to us regarding this matter one month after the incident. I have contacted GM regarding this and they are refusing to do anything because we do not have the car in our possession. The car was towed away and scrapped that day because it was so badly burned.

GM has done absolutely nothing. I have proof of owning the car and pictures of the charred heap!

- , Champaign, IL, USA

problem #15

Sep 172014

Grand Prix GT 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 204,000 miles

Car was totaled. For no apparent reason car just started smoking and engine burst into flames. Was this from oil leak problem in the recall, or what? Have no full coverage insurance, so now what?

- , Gackle, ND, USA

problem #14

Feb 052008

Grand Prix GTP V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

I had driven the car to my doctors office and parked in the parking garage. The car caught fire 15 minutes after I left. I was not aware what happened until I went out of my doctors office to get in my car and it was burned up. Everyone had already left and I was in awe. I received a copy of the fire departments report along with a separate engineering report from Donan Engineering. They could not determine the cause of the fire only that it started in the engine compartment.

Soon after this happened GM issued a recall notice of a problem with the Super Charger causing engine fires and they needed to fix the problem so the car would not catch on fire. I called GM and filed a report and they said that they would check into it. I told them the recall was too late for my car and I wanted them to pay the cost to replace my car. I never heard a word from them. They simply ignored me and never responded. Worst service oriented company ever. It cost me $14,500.00 just to purchase a vehicle similar to the one I lost and I had to pay that out of my own pocket with no help from GM. I still believe that they owe me a car. I will not hold my breath. They did not listen the first time.

- , Oakland, TN, USA

problem #13

Jan 222013

Grand Prix GTP Superchargehed

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,800 miles


So tired of car problems!!! Bought this car two months ago hoping it would not brake down on me and I leave the car for 7 Minutes and over the intercom they announce "The owner of a silver Pontiac Grand Prix GTP your vehicle is on fire". so now i'm thinking okay maybe not my car so I check anyway, and sure enough it's mine! The vehicle managed to burn the car next to it as well. so now I am being sued for the damages to the other persons car. I had the recall notice and I had it fixed then 1 day after this happens. Fricken wonderful!!

- , Charlotte, MI, USA

problem #12

Jun 092013

Grand Prix GT 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

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engine fire engine fire engine fire

I had the recall done on my grand prix in 2011. for the spark plug wire retainer, to allegedly prevent from engine fire. 6/9/14 I had pulled into a gas station to fuel up. noticed that smoke was coming from under the hood all of the sudden. popped the hood. saw nothing but flame. shut the hood, got an extinguisher right away from the store attendant. opened the hood and put out the fire... gas station was very busy at the time, a lot of people pumping gas wile my car was on fire. luckily the matter was dealt with in a timely matter. this problem has the potential go much farther than just someones car being burnt. and has already for some people. if i had not decided to stop for gas, its more than likely my car would have been torched on the side of the freeway. GM doesn't want to seem to take care of the damage caused to my car within a reasonable amount of time, or even if at all. this happen to me yesterday. and was nothing but tossed around to different departments at GM over the phone. why was i not given a loner/rental car until they fix the problem that they have created? Lives are at stake with this problem. Something has to be done by GM to make this right. i wont know an outcome of what is to happen with the repairs on my car for 20 to 30 days. in the mean time, i have no car to get to work, and already have lost wadges....something has to be done about this problem for not just me, but many of others. So.. Class Action Lawsuit has to be taken...

- , Salem, OR, USA

problem #11

Apr 122013

Grand Prix 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,000 miles

I have owned this the 2000 Grand Prix since 2003 enjoyed the car always maintained. Until today I was driving my car and saw smoke coming from engine. I was driving bay a school so I thought I would wait to get in an area I could pull over but before I could, the car would not brake the gas pedal was stuck I pulled out into traffic and grateful no one was coming. I was going to throw it into park but before I did the car shut off and a loud pop I jumped out of car and under the engine there was fire then more smoke. I am so lucky I was not on a highway or stuck in traffic and I was able to gt out of car safely. The rest is history my car is fried and the video tells all. I just found out there is a recall .


What a day!!

- , Watertown, MA, USA

problem #10

Sep 152010

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • 138,297 miles


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engine fire engine fire engine fire engine fire

Anyone interested in trying to get a class action lawsuit going against GM, please contact me. We lost out 2000 Grand Prix resulting from an engine fire, also burning a garage. GM has denied any liability and therefore will do nothing. This happened 9/15/2010. The fire started within about 5 mins of being parked. Let's try to get together and go after GM, this IS THEIR responsibility!! Please contact us at and put Fire in subject line please. Thank you!!

- , Hammond, IN, USA

problem #9

Dec 162009

Grand Prix GT 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 175,000 miles

I've had my Grand Prix for 9 years when I got the letter recalling it for the engine fire that might happen. I took it in on Nov. 2, 2009 to a Pontiac dealer to fix it. On Dec. 16, 2009 my car started on fire, shortly after I parked it, on the street. Thank God it wasn't in my garage! So, I got the fix and it still caught on fire. I believe that the dealer did it wrong. I drove it for 9 years without any problems until they "fixed" it. Strange don't you think??? It was a great car and I had just put several hundred dollars in it the past year . . maintenance stuff. . . and now I'm out of a car. I put in a complaint with GM and now waiting their answer. Anybody get any help from them???

- , Shorewood, IL, USA

problem #8

Jul 242009

Grand Prix GT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles

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engine fire engine fire engine fire engine fire engine fire

I bought my 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix GT about 3 years ago from a dealership with about 50K miles on it. I kept up with the oil changes, changed the fuel filter, got all new spark plugs...basically I kept it well maintained. I even checked out the recall they did a few months ago but they said I already replaced the part they were recalling on my own. Well, last Friday I was on my way home from work (about 15 minutes away) and when I was pulling into my parking space the car stalled. I saw a very light mist of smoke coming from the hood so I popped the hood. In the time it took me to walk from the driver seat to the engine, the hood was so hot I couldnt open the latch and the hood started to bubble. I looked under the car and saw flames underneath the car. I ran away from the car to find an extinguisher. The car was engulfed in flames less than 1 minute later. I called 911 and watched as the windshield, tires, and something in the engine exploded. The heat was so fierce it melted the blinker on a car several parking spaces over and the citing on the front of my apartment building and even my sneakers. I bought the car with the money I earned while deployed in a war zone (I am military) and owned it right out. The insurance company is doing the investigation right now but I am being told that I will probably get blue book value for my car...not enough to buy a decent car by itself. Seeing all these similar problems being posted with this car makes me sick. Why isn't someone stepping in and saying enough is enough?! This has to be a manufacture problem. The firefighters were only 2 minutes away when I called and by the time they got there the whole front seat was engulfed in flames. What if I couldn't have gotten out in time?!

- , Hampton, VA, USA

problem #7

Jan 122009

Grand Prix GTP 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

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engine fire engine fire engine fire engine fire engine fire

After a short ride my wife parked our 2000 Grand Prix and went into the store. Five minutes later she was paged over the store intercom to report to her car. The car was on fire. The fire dept. put the fire out and GM was notified of the problem. I received the recall notice six months ago but when my wife brought the car in they tried to sell us $375.00 worth of parts we did not need. They would not do the recall work till we replaced the parts. I'm waiting to see what GM will do to make good on this problem. I reserve final judgment on if I will buy another GM car or not. I understand problems happen, it's all how you handle the fix.

- , Trumbull, CT, USA

problem #6

May 132008

Grand Prix GTP 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


OK, so I didn't have the fire but I definitely experienced the burning for over a year before the recall. I almost had the valve cover gasket replaced myself over the last year but kept putting it off, so I was glad for the recall so I could have it done for free. Had the gasket replaced by the dealer, but they did nothing concerning the plug wires like the letter said they might. No more than two weeks later, the car starts driving like a 4 cylinder. My mechanic tells me one of the plug wires is so burnt, that the #3 cylinder isn't working. Had to have the wires and plugs replaced. I understand the car is 8 years old with minimum mileage, but the wires should have been addressed during the recall.

- , Chicago, IL, USA

problem #5

Dec 112007

Grand Prix GTP 3.8L V6 Supercharged

  • Automatic transmission
  • 162,000 miles

My wife was driving to work one morning and she noticed the check engine light was blinking continuously. She had not seen this happen before so she pulled into the nearest parking lot and shut the engine off. she got out of the car and went to go into a nearby building to use the phone, when she got to the door she turned around and saw a flame shoot out from under the hood. The car was claimed a total loss by insurance and 4 months later we received a notice by Pontiac that the car could potentially start on fire due to motor oil leaking into the exhaust manifold during hard braking. We were lucky this car was not parked in our garage when the fire occurred. To my knowledge the supercharged cars are the ones at risk.

- , Hugo, MN, USA

problem #4

Feb 142007

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles

My car was brand new, top of the line, bought off of the show room floor. Very sporty and fast. I loved it. I returned home after work, got out of my car, leaving it in the garage & 5 minutes later I saw smoke coming from the garage. I looked out the door, smoke and fire was coming from under my hood. I took my 84 year old mother, who is living with me ,out the back door while calling 911. Needless to say, my car & my Mothers both totally burned and also catching my house on fire. My husband came home too late to do anything. The nightmare doesn't stop here. It only got worse. We had to move to temporary housing which we stayed for 8 months while our contractor, Serve Pro, worked on our house. We had fire & smoke damage. When October'07 came (8 months after the fire) our insurance company (ALLSTATE) said they weren't paying anymore temporary housing, that the contractor should now pay. Serve Pro man said he didn't have any money to pay but would pay for 2 weeks. We then were thrown out in the street, WE HAD TO MOVE BACK IN OUR HOUSE. There was no bathrooms working/finished, no heating or air. We had to put up 2 beds, one for my spouse and myself & my 84 year old Mother. We are not wealthy people, when Allstate paid us for our car, we replaced my Grand Prix with a repossessed car and had to add a couple of thousand dollars to be able to get it. My Mother took the insurance money and decided not to drive any longer. Today is March 18, 2008 and I still have Serve Pro workers working in my house. This has been the two worst years of our lives. Years are especially precious, my Mother who probably doesn't have too many years left has had to endure this with us. When we asked her to come live with us, I wanted only to make the rest of her life a good life since she had a terrible childhood. I have now given Serve Pro the rest of this week to finish or I call local people in & pay them with the last draw. The moral of this story is: stay away from Serve Pro and ALLSTATE Insurance.

- , Chester, SC, USA

problem #3

Feb 082008

Grand Prix GTP V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

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engine fire

My car was paid for, I kept up with the maintenance, never had a problem. Bought it brand new in Oct 99. leather seats, supercharged engine, the sports package I guess it was. Car was sweet AND FAST. Loved it! Managed to pay it off in about 3 years b/c I had more money then...well...This past Friday, my friend and I got out of the car and 5 minutes later I was asked to come outside b/c my car was on fire. Went outside and sure enough, there was fire shooting out from underneath the engine and smoke everywhere. In the 5 minutes that it took the police/fire department to get there, it was up in flames. No smell, no lights, no warning while we were in the car. The car is completely totaled, the engine was melted, they had to cut the hood open with some kind of chainsaw to get in there and make sure it was out. Not fun. I don't have the money to shell out for car payments now. I loved that car and put alot into it. It was "my dream car". Now it's a pile of mangled and burnt metal at the tow yard and I have to look for a new car with money I don't have. Frickin' wonderful. :'(

- , Pompton Lakes, NJ, USA

problem #2

Feb 022008

Grand Prix GTP 3800 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

After returning home at 1 a.m. on Saturday night, I backed my car into the garage in my home and noticed smoke coming from the headlamps. I immediately disengaged the hood, noticed that the engine was on fire and immediately got it out of the house so as not to catch the whole house on fire. This could've been a complete tragedy burning down my whole house but instead only my car is totaled. I got the car onto the street, ran back into the house to call the fire department who responded immediately to the call. Not sure what the outcome of the insurance is going to be, but just put new tires on it before the winter, treat it like a member of the family cleaning it and taking really good care of it and now I'm out of a car. There were absolutely NO signs of any problems with the engine b/c I had just driven it home for l/2 hour, turned it off and the fire started. Why isn't Pontiac recalling this engine??? My whole home could've been destroyed possibly resulting in injury or even death to any member of my family in the home. Something NEEDS to be done about it. Besides mental anguish, I absolutely don't want to see anyone else have to go through this. No one should have to risk their life or the life of someone else because of a lack of negligence on Pontiac's part. Something needs to be done! Pontiac, please listen to your clients so nobody else gets seriously hurt!

- , Richboro, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 222006

(reported on)

Grand Prix GTP 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,000 miles

I had the car for 3 weeks, worked perfect loved it would fly. I drove it the lunch and came back to work and parked it. 10 minutes later I smelled smoke and walked outside to see flames shooting from under the hood. Total loss in engine compartment. There are many complaints about these cars catching fire this way. GM needs to figure out what is happening to them.

- , Hazard, KY, USA

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