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NHTSA — Engine Problems

2003 Pontiac Grand Prix (Page 1 of 2)

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 17
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
108,823 miles

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2003 Pontiac Grand Prix engine problems

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2003 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Nov 152016

Grand Prix

  • 182,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix. While the vehicle was parked, smoke emitted under the hood and caught fire. The fire department extinguished the fire. There were no injuries. A police report was filed. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 182,000.

- Wolrine Lake, MI, USA

problem #21

Oct 012016

Grand Prix

  • 179,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that the service engine indicator remained illuminated. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 09V116000 (engine and engine cooling) months later. The contact exited the vehicle, upon receiving notification of the recall, and smoke appeared in the engine compartment. A firefighter extinguished the flames and provided an inspection report of the failure. A fire report was not filed. The manufacturer stated that they would open a claim in three business days to further investigate how the failure occurred. The vehicle was parked at the contact's residence because it was damagad excessively due to the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 179,000. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Pulaski, VA, USA

problem #20

Jan 052016

Grand Prix

  • miles
I've been contacting the dealer jim hudson since 12/30/15, 3/8/16,4/20/16,5/10/16, concerning oil running down from the rear valve cover as well and you can smell the oil as well I'm afraid that the oil will reach a flash point and ignite the oil and burn the vehicle engine electrical wires and other parts. I've spoken to david outen at this phone number 1-803-7830110, still waiting for the recall repair.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #19

Mar 252016

Grand Prix

  • 134,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact drove the vehicle to the dealer to have it repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). While driving 40 mph, there was an abnormal odor and smoke entered the vehicle from underneath the hood. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who was unable to diagnose the failure or repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 134,000.

- Geenwood, IN, USA

problem #18

Mar 052016

Grand Prix

  • 177,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Grand Prix. While the vehicle was parked, the contact noticed smoke coming from the engine. The contact was able to extinguish the fire with a fire extinguisher. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that oil was dripping onto the exhaust manifold. As a result, the wiring harness, brake lines, and brake pads needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The part to do the repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 177,000. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Clinton, MO, USA

problem #17

Nov 192015

Grand Prix

  • miles
The contact owned a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix. While driving approximately 25 mph, smoke appeared under the hood without warning. The contact discovered that the vehicle was on fire. The fire department extinguished the fire. A police report was filed. The contact sustained bruising and scrapes to the left side of the body that required medical attention. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact later received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The failure mileage was unknown.

- Decatur, IN, USA

problem #16

Dec 012015

Grand Prix

  • 156,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that the vehicle caught fire. The contact observed smoke coming from the engine and flames appeared. The vehicle was damaged, but not destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 156,000.

- Archdale, NC, USA

problem #15

Jan 192016

Grand Prix

  • 90,000 miles
Drove to work and parked the car outside in the parking lot. Upon entering the building a fellow worker noticed smoke coming from under the hood. The engine was on fire.

- Franklin, WI, USA

problem #14

Aug 102015

Grand Prix

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that oil was dripping into the radiator and caused the vehicle to shake violently without warning. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling) however, the remedy was not available. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000. The VIN was not available.

- Winterhaven, FL, USA

problem #13

Oct 012015

Grand Prix

  • 165,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the engine started to overheat as the vehicle stalled without warning. In addition, the contact mentioned that on a separate occasion, the engine was leaking oil and the check engine warning light illuminated sporadically. The contact recently received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling, however, the part needed for the repair was not available. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic but the failure was unable to be diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 165,000.

- Chester, VA, USA

problem #12

Oct 212015

Grand Prix

  • 138,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that while driving at 45 mph, the temperature gauge increased and the vehicle started to overheat. The contact merged to the shoulder of the road and there was a fire coming from under the hood. The contact and the passenger were able to exit the vehicle. The fire department extinguished the fire. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a towing lot. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V710000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 138,000.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #11

Nov 082015

Grand Prix

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owned a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix. While driving 55 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact noticed flames coming from the engine compartment. The check engine warning light illuminated. The fire department was able to extinguish the fire. The contact did not sustain any injuries, but required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed from the scene to the police department, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #10

Sep 242015

Grand Prix

  • 168,000 miles
The contact owned a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that while driving at 15 mph, the vehicle caught on fire. The contact stated that the fire department was able to extinguish the fire. The contact stated that a police report was filed. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 168,000. Updated 05/24/16

- East Peoria, IL, USA

problem #9

Oct 282015

Grand Prix

  • miles
The contact owned a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix. While driving approximately 55 mph, massive flames ignited from underneath the hood of the vehicle. The vehicle was maneuvered safely to the side of the road. There were no injuries and a police and fire report were filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to a salvage facility. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Natchez, MS, USA

problem #8

May 152015

Grand Prix

  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix. While in park, the contact noticed flames in the engine compartment of the vehicle. The fire department was able to extinguish the fire. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 09V116000 (engine and engine cooling ). the failure mileage was 200,000.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #7

Aug 242015

Grand Prix

  • miles
Engine fire approximately 5 minutes after shutdown. Incident 2015-00005681.

- Fargo, ND, USA

problem #6

Feb 042010

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 0 miles
I bought the car in 2009, it was ok for a few months, the place I bought my vehicle provided a carfax and contained 0 information stating no repairs have ever been made. It was then beginning of 2010. It felt like the front suspension or ty rod came apart or broke. The steering is off and the the suspension jumps when I drive it and the "off trac light came on and has never gone off. Then I started smelling smoke or burning smell that was coming from the vents. Now I'm being told when I had a radiator flush that the compartment has massive amount of sludge at the bottom. The only way to get rid of that is to get a new radiator. Please advise if these complaints have been reported by other same vehicles. I need to know where to take my car for replacement repairs in the joliet/plainfield il. Area.

- Crest Hill, IL, USA

problem #5

Aug 252012

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 122,972 miles
2003 Grand Prix caught fire while parked.

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #4

Mar 142013

Grand Prix

  • 119,000 miles
Ran out to do a short errand at lunch time. Came back to work and was in the building approximately five minutes when someone came running in and said my car was on fire. Co-workers tried unsuccessfully to extinguish the fire and the fire department was called. Car was a complete loss. Car had been running perfect up until the incident.

- Ammon, ID, USA

problem #3

Nov 252012

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 156,000 miles
Car had been running great. Parked it at a friends house and someone noticed it on fire about 10 minutes later. Called the fire department and they put it out. Did some research and found that it had some recalls and this was a somewhat common problem.

- Poplar Bluff, MO, USA

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