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NHTSA — Power Train Problems

3.2

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,969 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.

2001 Pontiac Grand Prix drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2001 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 222013

Grand Prix

  • 109,000 miles

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

After having the transmission replaced 2 times by dealership, we had to replace it at 99,000 miles again out of our pockets. The intake manifold exploded in my husbands face in 2012! we also had that fixed for $480 out of our pockets. Then on February 22,2013 after parking the vehicle, the engine caught fire within minutes and completely engulfed the car!( we had taken it in for the engine compartment fire recall at our Pontiac dealership previously to be fixed.) fire was so severe it went under the car and down the street. We have 4 children and this has been not only a constant inconvenience for us, but a danger to my family! it is time that this be taken seriously.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #5

Feb 132003

Grand Prix

  • 20,000 miles
I bought my Pontiac Grand Prix GT (3.8L) in late '01, I mostly serviced everything with my original dealership where I bought the vehicle. After about 3 years (under the mfg warranty) the car began hesitating when accelerating uphill & under load at about 50-60 mph, I brought the car to the service department (at the dealership) the took me for a road test where the problem was duplicated then they did some diagnostics (charged me for it) but they could not find any specific problem (no codes either). My father has a Chevy Impala ls '00 and he has the exact same issue, so I decided there must be some kind of issue with these cars that GM service people should know about. So I called the GM service center, left a message & a technician called me back only to tell me that there's absolutely "nothing" he can tell me more about it and there's no know issue / he has no idea why both of our cars (similar makes) have developed the same issue. I went all over the place to many different & independent mechanic shops to no availability. I finally was told that there's a known (& confirmed) issue with these vehicles (this was an issue from '99 to '01) and that the problem was a faulty PCM (powertrain control module). So I called up my local dealership to find out the price, which they told me would be over "$900" for the part plus labor charges... I thought that it would be nice of GM to offer me some repair for this faulty part that has driven me nuts for years, but they refused to do anything even a request to simply update the PCM software free of charge was denied to me. So I checked in to a dealrship & ordered the PCM software updated, the problem was resolved! so after going thru all the suggestions & eliminating part after part myself, I finally figured it out! the problem was faulty software on the PCM (power control management) chip that was reflashed & now works flawlessly. Shouldn't GM at least reimburse me for this?

- Highland Mills, NY, USA

problem #4

Jul 012004

Grand Prix

  • miles
Problems with transmission on 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix SE.

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #3

Feb 152003

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,406 miles

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

Mileage/date complaint resolution 24736-10/29/01 rt ft power window replaced motor regulator 59454-12/5/02 error code 20 on cd replaced cd player ($537.59) 62469-1/30/03 rt rr power window regulator cables worn gears stripped 62469 tach intermittent replace crankshaft sensor 62469 trans slipping computer said no problem ($1,050) 64406-2/25/03 won't go into reverse replaced transmission 70758-5/23/03 key won't come out replace shifter assy ($510) 70758 rt rr power window intermittent - could find no problem 83769-10/24/03 engine coolant recall perform recall 83769 rt rr power window replaces cables worn gears 83769 engine oil leak replace upper intake manifold gasket 83769 loss of power replace catalytic converter

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 152003

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,406 miles
Mileage/date complaint resolution 24736-10/29/01 rt ft power window replaced motor regulator 59454-12/5/02 error code 20 on cd replaced cd player ($537.59) 62469-1/30/03 rt rr power window regulator cables worn gears stripped 62469 tach intermittent replace crankshaft sensor 62469 trans slipping computer said no problem ($1,050) 64406-2/25/03 won't go into reverse replaced transmission 70758-5/23/03 key won't come out replace shifter assy ($510) 70758 rt rr power window intermittent - could find no problem 83769-10/24/03 engine coolant recall perform recall 83769 rt rr power window replaces cables worn gears 83769 engine oil leak replace upper intake manifold gasket 83769 loss of power replace catalytic converter

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 152002

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
I'm not sure on all dates of car problem's. carfax has all that information. It's been in the shop 6 times, now my service engine light has come on again. This will be the 7th time within 1 year. One thing was fixed 3 time's in same month, I beleave.the dealer ship in tx, said the dealer ship in il never fixed it the first 2 times.

- Fannin, TX, USA

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