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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems

2004 Pontiac Grand Prix (Page 1 of 2)


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 7
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,284 miles

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2004 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #26

Jun 012016

Grand Prix

  • miles


2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. Consumer writes in regards to recall notice 14574 states removal of engine main cover parts should be replaced with improved design parts. The consumer stated the main cover was missing, as the dealer did not replace it, according to GM's instructions.

- Arecibo, PR, USA

problem #25

Dec 202015

Grand Prix

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V201000 (engine and engine cooling) and stated that the part needed for the repair was 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 issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Dorchester, MA, USA

problem #24

Feb 152016

Grand Prix

  • miles
Cpsc:I1620250A. 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GT. Consumer stated the engine of the car caught on fire while sitting in the driveway of her home.

- Iuka, MS, USA

problem #23

Feb 012016

Grand Prix

  • miles


2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle check engine light recall #15757 issues. The consumer stated the dealer claimed the vehicle had an oil leak.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #22

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 #21

Aug 012013

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • miles
2004 Pontiac gran prix. Consumer writes in regards to drops of engine oil on exhaust manifold cause vehicle engine fire. The consumer stataed the vehicle has been parked ever since the fire. Also, the head gasket went out after the fire.

- Goldsboro, NC, USA

problem #20

Oct 012014

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • miles


2004 Pontiac GT Grand Prix. Consumer writes in regards to receiving recall notice and electrical issues. The consumer stated he experienced electrical issues, over the years. The instrument panel would go out. The A/C fan motor, and tail lights failed. The vehicle would shut off at any time. The ignition switch was eventually replaced. Also, the engine overheated.

- Goldsboro, NC, USA

problem #19

Jul 222014

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 115,784 miles
[xxx] insisted, "they're cars are safe, but this is far from the truth!" I purchased, this car on 02/26/2014, and there where no visible sign on how much the car cost, [xxx] was the salesman, who gathered my information, showed me two cars, and I test drove one, but none was what I was looking for, because I indicated, I needed and SUV for my work, but they said, "your income wasn't enough, and I asked, why none of the vehicles have prices on them, but they continue to avoid my questions. I was not satisfied with the two vehicles, and their manager, which finance the vehicle from [xxx]/cnac came out and showed me two other vehicles, and I kept asking for a SUV, but his explanation, 'it isn't in you price range, and we will do a budget after you choose a car, and out of the four choices, I chose the Grand Am, I test drove the car, I told them about the rubbing and a noise, and the indicated, you will have a warranty, and we will fix anything under the hood, and any thing that has to do with the brakes, tires, they are new, lights, because we refurbish all our cars, "that's why we charge what we do; everything is new on the vehicle!, but clearly this is a lie!" I have taken this vehicle to be fixed four times, this last time, I went to jiffy lube, and they took diagnostic, "the front brakes are going out, I had to purchase a air filter, and a PCV valve, the diagnostic test indicated, "I did not have a license light, left front light, left brake lights, turn signals do not work, nor do I have brakes!" I pay $339.91 a month, I indicated, to cnac, "I can not afford this price, I just do not want the car, and cnac finance guy told me, "you have already purchased the car!" a day after, I purchased the vehicle, the trouble started, check engine lights, oil lights, steering wheel clicking, and clacking, fixed after three months, never fixed brakes! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #18

Apr 042012

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 212,300 miles
The car was driven approximately 3 miles to school. It was parked and 15 minutes later it caught on fire.

- Joshua, TX, USA

problem #17

Dec 012011

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 126,000 miles
The spout where you put oil into the engine is directly over the manifold, when driving the oil low light came on so when putting oil into the engine some dripped down onto the manifold caught fire it is the 3800 V6 series non supercharged, after speaking to a local dealer ship most models have a spout that when oil is spilled it directs it over the manifold. My vehicle did not have one luckily my vehicle was saved.

- Benton, KY, USA

problem #16

Sep 132010

Grand Prix

  • miles


The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact was traveling 35 mph when the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact discovered that the spark plugs, the plastic guard atop the engine and the filler tube to add engine oil were all burned and melted together. The contact was informed by a local mechanic that there was a recall for the failure on the 2003 model year Pontiac Grand Prix but not the 2004 model (NHTSA campaign id number: 09V116000- engine and engine cooling). The current and failure mileage was not available.

- Kearney, KS, USA

problem #15

Feb 152010

Grand Prix

  • 60,000 miles
I have 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix with a 3800 series 3 engine. I had to get my intake gaskets and my valve covers replaced. Ive been told that this a is a common issue regarding this engine so I wanted to report it. Maybe it will be a recall someday like the 2003 and older models. This could have potentially been a serious fire and is a serious fire issue.

- Oshkosh, WI, USA

problem #14

Jun 022009

Grand Prix

  • 90,000 miles
Passenger cabin blower motor inoperative or intermittent, blower speed may drop or blower continues to run after key off. I feel this may lead to a fire. Repair bulletin can be found at some customers may comment on an inoperative or impenitent heating, ventilation and air conditioning (bv ac) blower motor. Others may comment that the blower motor speed may momentarily drop or that the blower motor continues to run after the key is turned off cause this condition may be caused by a voltage spike from the wiper motor. The voltage spike may cause a logic lock up in the blower motor control module that may be either momentary or pennanent. Technicians are to install a capacitor, pin 25073556, at the blower motor control module connector using the following procedure: I. disconnect the negative cable from the battery. 2. remove the right closeoutlinsulator panel. Refer to the closeoutllnsulator panel replacement-right procedure in the instrument panel, gauges and console section of sl 3. disconnect the wire harness connector to the blower motor control module. 4. install a capacitor, pin 25073556, into the blower motor control module connector using the following steps. Refer to the illustration above to locate the positive and negative leads of the capacitor. Strip a short length of insulation from the red wire in cavity C, circuit 442, of the blower motor control module connector using a splice clip from the J-38125 terminal repair kit, crimp the positive lead of the capacitor to the red wire. Strip a short length of insulation from the black wire in cavity a of the blower motor control module connector the circuit number for Buick vehicles is 1450 and for Pontiac vehicles it is 150. Using a splice clip from the J-38125 terminal repair kit, crimp the negative lead of the capacitor to the black wire. Why should consumers pay for this defect"?????"

- Palatine, IL, USA

problem #13

Jul 072009

Grand Prix

  • 100,000 miles
On July 7 2009 I was driving my 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix gtp. Through out the day the car seem fine, I even washed it. I took my friend home and came directly right back home. A little while after flames were coming from under my hood. I immediately call 91 and about 10 minutes later they came and put it out.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #12

Feb 102009

Grand Prix

  • miles
I bought a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GT2 and I have had a =few problems with it that appear to be quite common the problems are below through 1quart of oil approx every 1000 miles *trouble starting when it has already been warmed up. Ie after I drive around town and go into a store I come out and try to start and it dies right away. It can take up to 6 tries to get it started. I usually have to press the gas to get it going. *headlamps bounce *blower motor keeps blowing even when the car is shut off. After research I have noticed that these problems are all very common in the 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. I do not think its right that Pontiac has not taken responsibility for this. I bought my car about 3 months ago, I paid $11,000 for a car that is burning oil like crazy and obviously has a bad motor. I think Pontiac should be held responsible.

- Janesville, WI, USA

problem #11

Mar 092009

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
I have a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GT that has the 3.8 liter V6 and I just had to replace the engine on my car. Initially when I took the car in, they smelled a burning smell when they opened up the hood. The dealership replaced 2 gaskets and then a week later, my engine broke. It may not only be up to 2003. This could have been the real problem to begin with. The dealership/warranty company replaced the engine with a rebuilt engine. How do I find out if this engine is one of the recalled engines. Is there some kind of serial number on the engine that will let me know?

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #10

Sep 012007

Grand Prix

  • 40,000 miles
2004 Pontiac Grand Prix burns 1 qt of oil appx every 1500-2000 miles. No leaks after numerous checks. Started about 40-42,000 miles (post 36,000 warranty). Problem seems to be fairly common on this year Grand Prix given number of post on Grand Prix club bulletin board and other sites and all posters noting similar circumstances (ie no leaks). It would seems Pontiac has pretty significant problem with 2004 engines which they fail to admit to.

- Beverly, NJ, USA

problem #9

Jun 202006

Grand Prix

  • 40,000 miles
When I try to crank car sometimes it cut back off, I have too hold the gas paddle down to get it to crank. This don't happen all the time, but a lot when it is hot.

- Southern Pines, NC, USA

problem #8

Aug 152007

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
I have experienced engine stalling with my 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GT numerous, numerous times. The weather does not play a factor in this problem. I have gas in the car, so that is not the cause. The car was taken to the dealer and they could not pinpoint the problem. When the car stalls there is no warning. It has happen to me as I am in drive mode, when I am about to start the car, and sitting in the drive through at fast food restaurants. The time of day nor the time of season does not play a role. I have had this car towed over and over again. My 1998 galant with over 170,000 miles has not gave me any trouble, but yet a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GT gives me hell. It is very dangerous to drive a vehicle and you don't know when it will stall. I am a mother and to have my kids in the car when it happens is very scary because I don't know when the car may cut off in drive mode. There is no use to take it back to the dealer when they can't even pinpoint the exact problem. The car has gone through every diagnostic possible....

- Oxford, NC, USA

problem #7

Oct 212006

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle burst into flames after being parked for 30 mins. The fire department was contacted, and extinguished the fire which occurred in the engine compartment. The vehicle had problems starting, and stalled intermittently prior to the incident. The vehicle was restarted and stalled again. It was restarted and driven to a residence, where it stalled a third time. The contact went inside the residence, and within 30 mins, heard a loud pop, and noticed flames coming out of the front wheel wells. No injuries were sustained, and a police report was taken. The type of fire was unknown. The police had the vehicle towed to a garage, and was deemed a total loss. The contact planned to contact the manufacturer after filing a complaint with the NHTSA. The contact noticed 4 other complaints of the same make and model, who had the same scenario.

- Mahanoy City, PA, USA

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