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NHTSA — Engine Problems

2004 Pontiac Grand Prix (Page 3 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 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #30

Oct 152010

Grand Prix

  • 72,975 miles

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

While parked and adding engine oil, oil and engine caught on fire.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #29

Dec 282015

Grand Prix

  • 158,853 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. The vehicle leaked oil from the front end of the vehicle and there was an abnormal odor. The check engine warning light illuminated. The contact stated that the vehicle sputtered when driving uphill. The contact took the vehicle to a certified mechanic who diagnosed that there was an electrical short with the vehicle; however, the failure was not specified. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 158,853.

- Salinis, CA, USA

problem #28

Oct 142015

Grand Prix

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. While driving 30 mph, the contact observed a puddle of oil underneath the front of the vehicle and an unknown warning light illuminated. The failure was persistent. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the valve ring fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 120,000.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #27

Dec 112015

Grand Prix

  • 17,000 miles

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

GM recall 14574....I was driving with my girlfriend when she notice smoke coming from the air vent! I was parked at a red light then I notice smoke coming from under the hood of my car so I decided to pull over immediately into a half empty parking lot and quickly put my car in park in pop the hood, as soon as I open it flames shot right at me, I quickly shut the hood in told my girlfriend to get out because the car was on fire, I ran to a near by auto body shop in got a fire extinguisher in put the fire out. Mind you this was a week ago and im just now recieving this recall letter. My life was in danger and also my passenger. Iam glad my daughter wasnt in the car when this happen. If I would of got this letter sooner I would of not drove or sent this car to a junk yard in got a new one. This is a very serious situation in this is not the only problem I had with this car it use to cut off on me when I was in traffic for no reason. I got all the censors fixed and kept this car in good condition.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #26

Apr 012015

Grand Prix

  • miles
I am not happy with the lack of steps that GM is taking to address the recall on my minor son's car. The recall issued April 2015, but I didn't get a letter until today, December 18, 2015. Their letter states they don't have parts and when I called my dealership service department to ask when they would, they said "at least not for a few months". this recall states that hard braking can cause oil to leak....engine compartment fire. We can't avoid hard braking if trying to avoid a car accident and now we have to worry about the engine catching on fire! this is unacceptable. You need to force GM to fix these cars now, not in "at least a few months".

- Marysville, WA, USA

problem #25

Oct 132015

Grand Prix

  • 139,000 miles
The contact owned a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that while parked, he heard a loud noise. Upon further investigation, the contact noticed that his vehicle was on fire near the engine. The fire was extinguished by the local fire department. A police report was filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was towed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 139,000.

- Statesboro, GA, USA

problem #24

Dec 182015

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: 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 made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Centralia, IL, USA

problem #23

Sep 112015

Grand Prix

  • miles
The contact owned a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that the vehicle caught fire from the engine compartment. The fire department extinguished the fire. A fire report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Smithfield, NC, USA

problem #22

Dec 012015

Grand Prix

  • 104,451 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that anti-freeze was leaking from the vehicle and the oil level was low. The contact mentioned that the vehicle had been previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the failure recurred nine months later. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the heater bypass turbine, both valve cover gaskets, the super charge tensioner, and the intake manifold gasket needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 104,451.

- Calumet City, IL, USA

problem #21

Sep 092015

Grand Prix

  • 150,000 miles
The car recently had an engine fire about 15 minutes after turning it off. The entire vehicle was completely totaled. It was stationary and in a parking lot when the issue occurred, and the vehicle was not running.

- Romeo, MI, USA

problem #20

Jul 192015

Grand Prix

  • miles

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

Engine compartment fire shortly after shutdown, owner was in store shopping. Incident # 2015-00004694

- Fargo, ND, USA

problem #19

Aug 062014

Grand Prix

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and the brakes seized without warning. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, who replaced the rear calipers. In addition, oil leaked from the engine onto the ground. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #18

May 062011

Grand Prix

  • 201,000 miles
I have parked my vehicle at Chicago dough restaurant. I shut off my car and 15 minutes later the car started to smoke from the engine and subsequently it caught on fire. There was nothing wrong with the car at the time and this was an all of sudden event.

- Monee, IL, USA

problem #17

Apr 032013

Grand Prix

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that the engine oil was leaking from the valve cover gasket on the exhaust manifold and engine block. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V201000 (engine and engine cooling). The failure mileage was 90,000.

- North Syarcuse, NY, USA

problem #16

May 272015

Grand Prix

  • 170,000 miles
Within 10 minutes of arriving to my place of work, the Pontiac caught fire and the fire completely burned the engine compartment resulting in a total loss. 10 days after the fire, I received GM safety recall 14574 indicating the possibility of an engine compartment fire. When contacting GM, I am told there is nothing they can do for me since the car is no longer in my possession. This is extremely poor customer service and support for a problem they are aware of.

- Richmond, KY, USA

problem #15

Feb 262015

Grand Prix

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. While driving 55 mph, the engine stalled. The vehicle spun out uncontrollably and crashed into a ditch. The air bags failed to deploy. The driver sustained injuries to the neck, back, and both legs. The front passenger sustained injuries to the neck and both legs. The rear passenger sustained injuries to the back and both legs. The rear passenger sustained injuries to the back and neck. Medical attention was required for three occupants. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The contact believed the crashed was related to the recall. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Toledo , OH, USA

problem #14

Dec 162014

Grand Prix

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated while driving approximately 25 mph, the engine stalled without warning. As a result, the contact crashed into the side of a bridge. The vehicle was able to be driven from the scene. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- New Orleans , LA, USA

problem #13

Mar 132015

Grand Prix

  • 150,000 miles
I pulled up to a friends house, go inside, and 5-10 minutes later we hear a loud boom! so we look at each other wondering what caused it. We look outside and the car was engulfed in flames. The fire department ruled it as and electrical fire. I had the car only 34 days and it is now totaled! after all the excitement I did some research on the vehicle and came across similar stories, the GM crisis dealing with a large number of recalls. I also found that my vehicle is on the recalled list! a local dealership sold me the car and it is under recall what can I do about this?

- Dayton , OH, USA

problem #12

Mar 062015

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 147,000 miles
While sitting at a stop light, smoke was coming seen from under the hood. Driver attempted to move vehicle to parking lot. While moving to parking lot, black smoke started coming into the passenger compartment via the air vents. Driver called 911, and fire department was able to contain the fire. The entire engine compartment was involved in the flames, and the car is a total loss. There had been no prior problems with the car.

- Zebulon, NC, USA

problem #11

Nov 122014

Grand Prix

  • 143,479 miles
Mailing christmas packages and stopped to fill up with gas. Went inside to use restroom, came back out and as I approached the car, I smelled an unusual odor. Got in, started it, noticed smoke coming up on outside of window on passenger side. Since I was parked next to the gas pumps, I elected to put it in drive and pull forward away from people and gas pumps, yelled at employees to call fire dept. As by this time the smoke was coming through the vents into the inside of the car. By the time the firemen arrived, the front of the car was engulfed in flames (I took 3 pictures to show progression of the fire) that was so hot that parts were melting onto the asphalt. The firemen had to use a crowbar to open the hood to get to the fire. I think that the car should have been included in the recall of the 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix as the fire happened exactly as others describe - no problems running, no indication of trouble by way of warning lights. I'm just thankful that I didn't pull it into our attached garage at home.

- Darien, IL, USA

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