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NHTSA — Engine Problems

2004 Pontiac Grand Prix (Page 2 of 4)

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 23
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,789 miles

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2004 Pontiac Grand Prix engine problems

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2004 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #50

Mar 122016

Grand Prix

  • 125,536 miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start after being serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The contact mentioned that there were bolts not placed back into the gasket when the remedy was performed. Also, repair tools were left inside the vehicle and underneath the hood. The contact had not experienced a failure until after the recall repair. The vehicle was not repaired a second time. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 125,536.

- Santa Monica, CA, USA

problem #49

Mar 142005

Grand Prix

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that the original keys to the vehicle became inoperable while trying to open the doors and trunk of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the cause of the failure was not determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact also stated that the engine stalled and the steering wheel became inoperable. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #48

Oct 152014

Grand Prix

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that there was a premature internal fracture that caused oil to leak onto the motor and exhaust manifold. The dealer was notified of the failure twice and stated that they did not have a part to remedy the failure. The dealer did not inspect the vehicle to determine the origin of the fracture. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop who replaced the motor. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling) more than a year after experiencing the failure. The contact was unable to determine when the part would become available for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure, but was unable to specify when the part would be supplied to the dealer. The failure mileage was not available. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #47

Aug 102015

Grand Prix

  • 95,000 miles

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

Regards to GM recall 14574. The mentioned oil leak that supposedly is coming from the engines left front valve cover and gasket is in fact coming from the intake plenum gasket. I have recently replaced it in August of 2015 because there was also antifreeze pooling in the engine left side intake plenum along with oil. Since replacement there is no more oil leakage. I believe GM is trying to fix a cheaper alternative to the initial oil leak problem in the intake plenum gasket. I am an original owner, and ase certified technicianand the vehicle has been meticulously maintained.

- Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #46

Apr 022015

Grand Prix

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V201000 (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 made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #45

Feb 152016

Grand Prix

  • 190,000 miles
It caught on fire while parked in driveway. I had just got back from the store, about a 6 mile trip, when it happened. I had been home less 5 minutes when I noticed flames coming from under the hood. We tried putting it out but it was too late. The car was in good running order and didn't show any signs at all that there was an issue. No system warnings went off, it was recently serviced. The car ran perfect everyday. I then learned of the recall on it but was never notified of recall. It was registered in my name. When I got out of my car moments before there was no evidence of a fire. No noise, or smoke, or chance in how it ran. It had never caught on fire before or showed sign of issues. All gauges read normally.

- Iuka, MS, USA

problem #44

Dec 192015

Grand Prix

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V201000 (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 made aware of the issue and informed the contact to wait for a letter stating that the parts were available. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Salem, SC, USA

problem #43

Feb 082016

Grand Prix

  • 235,000 miles
I was notified that my 2004 Grand Prix was under recall 14574. My question involves owner responsibility. This vehicle is 12 years old and has 235,000 miles on the factory engine. At what point is the individual owner responsible for his or her own maintenance. Virtually every V design engine is suspect to fluids collecting in the valley between the heads. Heart felt sorrow goes out to anyone that has experienced loss due to oil catching fire, but is it not an automobile owner's individual responsibility to maintain a safe vehicle" at what point is the oem released from responsibility of normal wear and tear items" I assure you that my 2004 Grand Prix will not have this recall performed because I am a responsible owner and I maintain a safe and functional vehicle. I will promptly decline this recall at the GM dealership.

- St Clair Shores, MI, USA

problem #42

Dec 152015

Grand Prix

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V201000 (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 made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Hull, MA, USA

problem #41

Feb 032015

Grand Prix

  • 145,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. While driving at various speeds, smoke appeared from the front of the vehicle without warning. The failure was persistent. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was not determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the part to do the recall repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was approximately 145,000.

- Trotwood, OH, USA

problem #40

Dec 082015

Grand Prix

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V201000 (engine and engine cooling) however, the part needed to perform 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 issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. The VIN was not available. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Menomonee Falls, WI, USA

problem #39

Apr 022015

Grand Prix

  • miles
Recall has been open since April 2nd 2015 it is January 27th 2016, GM recall # 14574 and still no resolved issue. I am advised to keep my car outside in the middle of winter so there is no accidental fire started. I would like this issue resolved. I drive my car everyday and everyday I'm thinking, is today the day I "brake hard" "causing oil" "to leak onto the manifold" and my engine bay catches fire. This is not right. I feel as thought they are trying to push this off until less people have held onto their older Pontiac vehicles. Please help

- Lindenhurst, IL, USA

problem #38

Dec 152015

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
NHTSA recall campaign number 15V701000. We have been notified by General Motors that planning is underway to conduct this recall, which is intended to prevent engine fires caused by oil leak. As part of the plans stated in their letter, they will be permanently removing an oil fill extension and engine "beauty" cover during this recall. We have spoken to GM recall phone number about our dissatisfaction with the plan to permanently remove the engine cover. We see that as lowering the value of the car. It is obvious that they can fix the problem without removing the cover, and they are just doing it cheaper this way. From NHTSA's perspective, the planned recall, which will lower resale value on cars where it is provided, will not be as effective as it could be, because once the word is out that the recall makes the engine uglier, some owners will choose not to conduct the recall. GM and the dealer are aware of the concerns, but will not commit to providing our feedback to the engineering group that is working on the problem. We are asking you to convey these concerns to GM. Thank you.

- Germantown Hills, IL, USA

problem #37

Dec 152015

Grand Prix

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V201000 (engine); however, the part for the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Sheboygan, WI, USA

problem #36

Dec 012015

Grand Prix

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V201000 (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 made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Brookfield, IL, USA

problem #35

Dec 152015

Grand Prix

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V201000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the part needed to perform the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Colorado Spring, CO, USA

problem #34

Jan 112016

Grand Prix

  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that while parked, the vehicle check engine warning light illuminated. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign: 15V201000 (engine and engine cooling) however, the part for the recall repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 118,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

problem #33

Dec 132015

Grand Prix

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V201000 (engine and engine cooling) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. The VIN was unavailable. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Estamola, NM, USA

problem #32

Jan 092016

Grand Prix

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owned a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. While parked, the unoccupied vehcile ignited into large flames. The fire department extinguished the fire and stated that the fire originated in the engine compartment. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to a salvage facility. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Deland, FL, USA

problem #31

Jan 052016

Grand Prix

  • 158,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that five minutes after the vehicle was parked, the front end of the vehicle caught on fire. The fire department extinguished the fire. A fire report was filed and there were no injuries sustained that required medical attention. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and the contact was notified of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The failure mileage was 158,000.

- Flint, MI, USA

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