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NHTSA — Fuel/Propulsion System Problems

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
180,714 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.

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2001 Pontiac Grand Prix fuel system problems

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2001 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 212016

Grand Prix

  • 186,000 miles

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

I started smelling a strong gasoline smell - so opened the hood to check what was the cause. I took off the engine cover and discovered that the 3/8" quick connector at fuel rail was dripping fuel all over the intake manifold. Yikes!!! the potential for a fire is/was huge. I do not know how long this has been happening.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #6

Dec 202015

Grand Prix

  • 170,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix. While warming up the parked vehicle in the driveway, the contact depressed the accelerator pedal a few times and the vehicle exploded. The impact caused the contact to black out. The contact noticed flames and black smoke. The fire was extinguished by the fire department. The contact required medical attention due to pain in her neck, shoulders, chest, and back. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 170,000.

- Gainsville, GA, USA

problem #5

Feb 022015

Grand Prix

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that while driving at 20 mph, the vehicle began leaking oil and smoke appeared under the hood of the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000

- Plantation, FL, USA

problem #4

Dec 262014

Grand Prix

  • 201,000 miles

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

Car just dies while driving replaced maf sensor map sensor was replaced previous. Took car of problem. 2 month later sputtering code came back catalytic converter. Had that cut off. 2 weeks later car won't start changed crankshaft sensor started but misfire coil packs changed and ignition control module. New spark plugs and wire. Car started ran perfect. Next day car wouldn't start. Went back to shop mechanic started looking at some wires car wouldn't still start. Next day car starts up just fine N running perfectly. When its not starting it will crank just not fire. Haven't checked to see if it will run yet today though. Brought it home yesterday. Could a key cause it to crank and not fire.

- Mankato, MN, USA

problem #3

Nov 292014

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 159,000 miles
As I was driving (approximately 1 mile from home) I let up off of the accelerator because I was almost ready to turn O to my destination, when I took my foot off of the accelerator the engine began revving up and the accelerator went to the floor, the RPM needle went up to 7 and it sounded as if the engine was going to blow. I put the car in neutral and had the brake pedal to the floor and the car was scooting as if it was still in gear and trying to pull itself. I had to put the car in park to get it to stop and I turned the engine off. After sitting there and calming down because I was scared to death, I started the engine and it ran normal, I probably shouldn't have but since I was so close to home, I drove the car home without any issues and am now afraid to even start the car anymore. Is this an issue with this vehicle? I had my grand daughter and 2 of my daughters in the car with me and am grateful that no one was injured.

- Hazard, KY, USA

problem #2

Jan 092014

Grand Prix

  • 225,000 miles
Second request...on Jan 9, 2014, I was parked in my car having lunch with the motor running. For no apparent reason, the engine caught fire, causing the fuel lines to burst. The car was not drivable after that. That evening, when I got home, I had a recall from GM for my vehicle in the mail. (code 07035) I called GM the following day, told them of the incident and they became my best friends, especially when I told them no one was injured. GM made an appointment and had me tow (at my expense) my car to sam swope auto center where it was evaluated. At no time did sam swope say the fire wasn't caused by the recall issue. The bill to repair was going to be $4,700. Sam swope said they could not fix without authorization from GM. After 2 weeks of getting the runaround and being asked questions like, "how many Pontiac have you owned" and "how loyal of a customer are you", they decided the car was too old and had too many miles to repair and stated that GM's liability ends 4 yrs after purchase, but did offer to fix the recall. I asked why if they didn't assume any liability after 4 yrs, why send a recall. The rep stated that they are computer generated. I explained that I didn't want to sue anyone, I just wanted my car either fixed or totaled out so I could purchase something else. By the way, I've owned 7 Pontiac, and 12 GM cars total. I'm 62 yrs old. And, the car wasn't a worn out piece of junk. It had every option GM offered including heads up display, bose sound system, heated 6-way seats, sun roof and more. The car is mint. When I purchased in 2005, it had 10300 miles on it. I'd be glad to supply photos as the body wasn't hurt. The GM rep asked me if I had fire and theft on the vehicle and I told him no. In his sarcastic voice, he commented, "well, I guess you should have. I also hired a lawyer, but GM wouldn't budge. Can you help me? this is so wrong.

- Mt Washington, KY, USA

problem #1

Jan 092014

Grand Prix

  • 224,000 miles
On Jan 9, 2014, I was parked in my car having lunch with the motor running. For no apparent reason, the engine caught fire, causing the fuel lines to burst. The car was not drivable after that. That evening, when I got home, I had a recall from GM for my vehicle in the mail. (code 07035) I called GM the following day, told them of the incident and they became my best friends, especially when I told them no one was injured. GM made an appointment and had me tow (at my expense) my car to sam swope auto center where it was evaluated. At no time did sam swope say the fire wasn't caused by the recall issue. The bill to repair was going to be $4,700. Sam swope said they could not fix without authorization from GM. After 2 weeks of getting the runaround and being asked questions like, "how many Pontiac have you owned" and "how loyal of a customer are you", they decided the car was too old and had too many miles to repair and stated that GM's liability ends 4 yrs after purchase, but did offer to fix the recall. I asked why if they didn't assume any liability after 4 yrs, why send a recall. The rep stated that they are computer generated. I explained that I didn't want to sue anyone, I just wanted my car either fixed or totaled out so I could purchase something else. By the way, I've owned 7 Pontiac, and 12 GM cars total. I'm 62 yrs old. And, the car wasn't a worn out piece of junk. It had every option GM offered including heads up display, bose sound system, heated 6-way seats, sun roof and more. The car is mint. When I purchased in 2005, it had 10300 miles on it. I'd be glad to supply photos as the body wasn't hurt. The GM rep asked me if I had fire and theft on the vehicle and I told him no. In his sarcastic voice, he commented, "well, I guess you should have. I also hired a lawyer, but GM wouldn't budge. Can you help me? this is so wrong.

- Mt Washington, KY, USA

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