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NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Switch Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,590 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.

2002 Pontiac Grand Prix electrical problems

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2002 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 132014

Grand Prix

  • 134,361 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that the engine remained on when the key was removed from the ignition. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was unable to be duplicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 134,361.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 202010

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact was driving approximately 30 mph when the heater was activated and the automatic headlights and rear defroster failed. In addition, the failures occurred when the air conditioner was activated. The failure was intermittent and progressed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where they informed that the failure was contributed to the ignition switch. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 85,000. Updated 01/13/11 updated 01/25/11

- Woodstock , GA, USA

problem #2

Oct 042006

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
1) none 2) when parking my 2002 Grand Prix SE it more often than not, will not release the key. The engine will turn off however, the switch will not turn back completely to release the key. 3) the only solutions that only sometimes work are to a) move to a different parking spot and try turning the car off again which rarely works, B) turning the steering wheel back and forth until a "click" is heard then key can be taken out, or C)sometimes just moving the shifter from park down through all gears and back to park again sometimes works. And D) just letting the car sit for over 5 minutes or so with no action being taken and then a "click" is heard and the key can then be released. See and search "key stuck ignition switch" for numerous complaints exactly like this for all years of Pontiac Grand Prix's.

- Lead, SD, USA

problem #1

Jun 012005

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
(1) no events (2) ignition switch key won't come out (3) nothing done so far as dealer can not give definite answer on what needs repair or replacement...either they have no idea as to the source of the problem or they are running a scam to bleed my bank account........ others have posted similar messages on forums with negative results and hundreds or thousands of dollars in repairs without solving the problem....... most likely response found was replace the parking lock relay.

- Tustin, CA, USA

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