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NHTSA — Engine Problems

2002 Pontiac Grand Prix (Page 3 of 4)

1.6

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 39
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
105,456 miles

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2002 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #26

Nov 202015

Grand Prix

  • 137,000 miles

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

Received a recall notice yesterday, December 15,2015 for this vehicle due to a potential engine compartment fire. A little too late as this car was totally consumed after the engine caught fire on November 20,2015. Fortunately, other than seriously frayed nerves, my daughter is ok, although many of her personal possessions and clothing is gone, not to mention the vehicle and all expenses involved. She was driving at the time when smoke started coming out from under the hood, made it as close to the right shoulder before flames started coming out

- Morgan Hill, CA, USA

problem #25

May 092011

Grand Prix

  • miles
The contact owned a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, another driver informed the contact that the vehicle was emitting smoke. The contact merged to the shoulder of the road and discovered that the engine caught on fire. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was towed to an impound lot. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Rappahannock Academy, VA, USA

problem #24

Oct 292015

Grand Prix

  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that the engine oil leaked onto the exhaust manifold. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Kinderhook, NY, USA

problem #23

Oct 052015

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix. While driving 35 mph, the contact smelled a burning odor. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling) and stated that the part needed for the repair were not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 88,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available. Updated 12/15/15.

- South Charleston, WV, USA

problem #22

Sep 212015

Grand Prix

  • 170,000 miles
After arriving to work, driving 22 miles without difficulty, parked the car where I work in pa. I was in work for 5 minutes and the engine caught fire. The car was totaled from my insurance company. I later found out there was a recall on this vehicle in October of 2015. I was never notified of 2 other recalls on this vehicle all three for oil leaks. Fire and police of hermitage pa, arrived at scene to put out the fire and it was towed to await to be evaluated by insurance company state farm. I am not please that I was not notified about the previous recalls on these Grand Prix vehicles since I got the car in 2008.

- Mineral Ridge, OH, USA

problem #21

May 062014

Grand Prix

  • 142,000 miles
My name is denise hoobyar and the purpose of this notification is to file a formal complaint against the General Motors corporation. I was the registered owner of a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix and through my research, I am aware of an active recall on this vehicle due to a small oil leak that could result in an engine fire. I no longer own the above said vehicle as the vehicle was deemed a total loss in an engine fire that resulted from a small oil leak. On May 6th, 2014, my husband was driving the vehicle home from work and observed smoke coming from under the hood. He parked the vehicle outside of our home and upon opening the hood, a fire erupted from under the engine. After further investigation from the orland park fire protection district, the cause of the fire was determined to be electrical that originated from the wire harness due to drops of hot oil from a small oil leak. This was also confirmed by a certified master automobile technician. I have since attempted to contact the General Motors corporation to tile a complaint regarding the matter, but General Motors has never responded to my complaint nor have they attempted to contact me regarding the issue. It is my belief that the General Motors corporation has had knowledge of this ongoing problem and because no remedy has been determined by the General Motors corporation to resolve this matter, I believe that they should be held accountable for the loss of my vehicle and their failure to communicate the faulty issue and their failure to properly investigate the matter. It is also my belief that the General Motors corporation should be held financially responsible for the loss of my vehicle by compensation or replacement of my vehicle. I am also submitting photographs that were taken after the fire was extinguished by the orland park fire protection district.

- Orland Park, IL, USA

problem #20

Jun 162015

Grand Prix

  • 188,100 miles

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

Car intermittently stalls from slow speeds (<30 mph) or after starting from a complete stop. Complete and almost immediate loss of motor and power steering making it difficult, if not impossible, to steer. Will sometimes not stay running right after starting. Might take two or three attempts to get vehicle to start. Crank sensor replaced, mass airflow sensor cleaned. No codes or check engine light so no good way to troubleshoot. This is extremely dangerous as it can stall at any time without warning. Will usually start again within a minute but then will stall out again at any moment without warning.

- Royalton, MN, USA

problem #19

Apr 022015

Grand Prix

  • 250,000 miles
The contact owned a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix. Upon placing the vehicle in reverse to pull into the driveway, the contact noticed smoke near the engine compartment. The contact and passenger were able to exit the vehicle. The contact attempted to lift the hood but was unable to due to extensive flames emitting from the engine compartment. The fire department was able to extinguish the flames. The vehicle was destroyed. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 07E021000 (fuel system, other), 09V116000 (engine and engine cooling), and 08V118000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 250,000.

- Dawson, MN, USA

problem #18

Jan 202015

Grand Prix

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix. Approximately ten minutes after the vehicle was parked, it caught fire. The contact did not disclose who extinguished the fire. The vehicle was towed to an unknown location. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries reported. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #17

Dec 172014

Grand Prix

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 55 mph, there was smoke and sparks coming from both the front and rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an unknown location and was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08V118000 (engine and engine cooling). A police report was filed and there were no injuries reported. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #16

Dec 102014

Grand Prix

  • miles

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

General Motors is recalling 1,497,516 my 1997-2003 Buick regal, my 1998-2003 Chevrolet lumina, Monte Carlo and Impala, my 1998-1999 Oldsmobile intrigue, my 1997-2003 Pontiac Grand Prix vehicles equipped with a 3.8L V6 naturally aspirated engine. Some of these vehicles have a condition in which drops of engine oil may be deposited on the exhaust manifold through hard braking.

- Visalia, CA, USA

problem #15

Aug 102014

Grand Prix

  • 191,000 miles
The contact owned a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix. While parked, the vehicle caught fire underneath the hood. The fire department extinguished the fire and filed a report. There were no injuries. The fire chief stated that the fire originated from the engine compartment. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 191,000.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #14

Apr 022014

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 90,500 miles
Vehicle would randomly just shut off while driving.there would be no indication beforehand(like sputtering or stalling). It would just completely shut off sometimes while driving at a regular speed sometimes at a stop. I would lose all power steering power brakes etc. I contacted Pontiac and they told me that there was a letter (not a recall) sent out on this car that could have a catalytic converter. They set up an appt. With a local dealer. Car was taken there to have converter checked (which they said was ok) and also to fix what was causing car to shut off. Bottom line, they informed me car was showing numerous codes on computer. I told them I only wanted to fix what was causing vehicle to shut off.they informed that any one of the codes could cause the problem. I left there with a bill over $1500 and vehicle shut off on me within 2 days of repairs(which we later argued would not cause the particular problem).they had me bring car back and told me there was nothing they could do unless it threw a code. With all the GM ignition problems, just wondering if perhaps this could be my problem also but have yet to see my car on recall. Any help or who I contact/complain to would be greatly appreciated. I have become very nervous driving and have grandchildren that I don't want to Transport if this is a safety issue because it can go several days ok then sometimes will shut off several times a day at random times. Afraid that one day it will shut off and cause a crash as I have been close several times.

- Apple Creek, OH, USA

problem #13

Sep 012013

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
I bought the car August 2013 and it seems like the cooling system has the issues. The engine light as well as the low coolant light have always been on even though there were sufficient coolant. I saw there was a recall regarding the issues back in 2008 or 2009. I called them today and they told me the recall has been closed. I checked the car fax and there was no recalled done on this car. Every time when I am driving, I kept looking at the engine temperature. Every time when I am driving, I am worry there will be a burning smell. It is a such metal burden for me. I wish I could buy a newer car, but I am a medical student and I cannot afford too much for the car. Please let me know if the recall is still open.

- Kirkland, WA, USA

problem #12

May 292014

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • miles
As im driving the vehicle stalls and turns off..then I hv to put it on neutro and turn it back on then it turns on like if nothing and stops again. It shuts down while im driving on freeway busy streets everywhere and I almost got hit straight on cause the car just turn off and stopped in the middle of intersection.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #11

May 052014

Grand Prix

  • 144,995 miles
Last Monday I was going to the ball field to watch my nephew practice baseball. I pulled in, shut my car off and went to get the stroller out of my trunk for my daughter. I started to see smoke, and then I started smelling it also. I hurried and got my daughter into the stroller and then saw the smoke starting to get heavier. I popped my hood and opened it and it was in flames. I tried to get water but I didn't have none. I then called 911 and the fire squad came and put the fire out. I had no clue at the time why in the world my car caught on fire I was just excited that neither my daughter or I were harmed. Unfortunately I only have liability on my car so there was nothing I could do for it. I decided to search google that night and see if this had happened to others before and there I found out that there had been a recall on my car for engine fires. I had no clue there had been a recall done in 2009 for my car. Was wondering if someone could help me out with my situation.

- Crittenden, KY, USA

problem #10

Feb 272014

Grand Prix

  • 101,000 miles
While driving, there was smoke coming from the engine compartment and onlookers were flagging down the car. When I got out of the car and call fire rescue the car caught on fire from the front engine part and then through the whole car. GM has already been notified and looking into the claim.

- Miami Gardens , FL, USA

problem #9

Nov 202013

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
My Pontiac Grand Prix 2002 caught fire in my driveway a mere 10 minutes after I got out of the vehicle. 5 days later I received a letter stating that there was a recall on my car for engine compartment fires. I contacted GM who took responsibility for the recall and they refused to compensated for the damage the fire did to me car. The fire was due to the exact recall that GM sent me in the mail. They neglected to notify me, until my car had already been totaled from the damage. They now say my car was "out of warranty" and refuse to help. If its "out of warranty" why did they said me a notice saying they would repair the recall free of charge. If they take responsibility for the recall how can they not take responsibility for the damage that the recalled part caused? I could have been in the vehicle, my house was a mere two feet from the car and the fire and could have burned down.

- Manville, NJ, USA

problem #8

Mar 172009

Grand Prix

  • 42,000 miles
Can not start up again after shut down have to wait till cars cools down.

- Pottsville, PA, USA

problem #7

Jun 152013

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
After ten minute drive from work to home, parked the car & 5 min. Later was informed by a neighbor that the car was on fire! I did not smell burning or anything unusual when I parked it. The flames were coming out of the air intake on the hood and burning plastic was dripping off below. My small fire extinguisher settled down the flames, however by the time the fire department arrived the fire and smoke had become larger than before. The car is now totaled and although I had previously received a notice for a earlier recall, and taken the car in to the dealer, I never received a notice for the fire issue. The representative at GM claims division said since the car was more than ten years old (despite the fact I bought it from the Pontiac dealer more recently) I had no recourse. After very little research I found this same scenario all over the internet and assume it will only become more common as these cars continue to age. Hopefully a class action lawsuit will emerge as those people who lost their investment in their vehicle continue to grow.

- Lake In The Hills, IL, USA

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