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NHTSA — Exterior Lighting: Headlights Problems

2004 Pontiac Grand Prix (Page 1 of 2)

9.6

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
779 miles

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

problem #34

Dec 052005

(reported on)

Grand Prix

  • miles

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

Petition for defect investigation into 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix head lamp assemblies. There have been numerous complaints about the head light assemblies bouncing which was distracting to other motorist's. the motorist assumed the driver was flashing their high beams.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #33

Jan 172005

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,500 miles
My 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix gtp comp G has unstable headlights. When driving, they "bounce" and it is really distracting to me as well as other drivers. I belong to a Grand Prix car club and a member with the same car as mine experiences the same problems. A fix and a recall is needed asap. The constant vibration of the headlights is very distracting and will eventually start causing problems for drivers. In addition to the above complaint, I have another. I have found a total of 3 recalls on my vehicle yet I have never received notification from Pontiac nor my dealership. I would like to have peace of mind that if something is recalled on my vehicle that the manufacturer is taking steps to correct it asap. Instead, I am finding out this information on the internet and will need to take steps to ensure my car is safe.

- Federal Way, WA, USA

problem #32

Nov 222004

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
All 2204 model year Pontiac Grand Prix's exhibited unusual and excessive headlight 'bouncing'. there are many other reported complaints on this site. A model year running change was made to the 05 Grand Prix's which effected a permanent fix. There is supposed to be a tsb issued for prior 05's and all 04's but this bulletin has not yet been released. This is a real problem that needs to be addressed and resolved. I would argue it's a safety issue meriting a recall.

- Waukesha, WI, USA

problem #31

Sep 242004

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles

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

The headlights shake on the 2004 Grand Prix as a result of insecure mounting. The dealer said there is nothing they can do, the headlights are installed as designed. I also contacted Pontiac via E-mail, their reply was that this a normal characteristic of the car. I do not believe this is a normal characteristic of any car and is a grave distraction to the driver as well as oncoming traffic!.

- Downers Grove, IL, USA

problem #30

Oct 042004

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I recently purchased a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix gtp. The headlights "bounce" at night creating bad glare and reflections for oncoming cars. It also makes it more difficult for me to see the road and signs properly.

- Monroe, NY, USA

problem #29

Aug 312004

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Headlights bounce. NHTSA complaint number: 10079160. Car just purchased on 31-Aug-2004. This should have been fixed before I drove it off the lot.

- Riverview, FL, USA

problem #28

Jul 252004

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles

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

Headlamps shake badly even on a smooth road. This makes it very difficult to see when driving at night. It is not only annoying and distracting to myself and other vehicles on the road, but is also a safety concern. Dealer has told me that a fix is not available until December, and right now it is August.

- League City, TX, USA

problem #27

Jan 312004

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a Grand Prix GT1 and headlights shake from the slightest bumps. I have cars in the oncoming lane flashing me with their high beams all the time because of this issue.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #26

Jul 262004

Grand Prix

  • miles
There has not been a failure per SE, but it is poor engineering, I own a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix and have noticed that the headlights shake on hitting bumps, I would imagine that it is distracting to other traffic. I have been told that there was nothing offered from GM to help this condition.

- Fayetteville, WV, USA

problem #25

May 272003

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 100 miles
The headlights "bounce" on our 2004 Grand Prix due to insecure mounting. This can be seen after dark and must be very annoying to other drivers, some who respond by flashing their brights. This may be a more prevelent in the gtp/comp G model which has a stiffer spring and strut combination. At this time, there is no repair available.

- Princeton, IL, USA

problem #24

May 312004

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles

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

Bouncing headlights. Slight bumps or unevenness of road surface result in obvious headlight flutter; visible on road signs, the glare off the car in front, reflectors, etc. Causes distraction to driver and other motorosts. Dealer says this is normal for this vehicle. Pontiac should provide a solid fix free of charge.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #23

Jul 032004

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
My 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix has headlights that are loose from the factory. When encountering small or large bumps in the road my headlights bounce U and down. This is a very annoying problem for drivers approaching from the other direction. My dealer tells me there is no fix available. I am constantly being flashed by on coming traffic.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #22

Oct 152003

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles
The headlights on my 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GT2 seem to "bounce" while driving creating an annoyance to myself and other motorists. I've had numerous other drivers flash their headlights at me.

- Stow, OH, USA

problem #21

May 042004

Grand Prix

  • miles
Headlights bounce when driving on the road. Very hazardous when driving at night, escpecially on uneven or old road. Problem has been present since I bought th car new. Dealer has no fix for the problem at this time.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #20

Jul 022004

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Headlight shake badly. Makes night driving almost impossible. Slightest vairation or bump in the road causes horrible shaking of lights. This is an unsafe condition for the driver and drivers of oncoming vehicles.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #19

May 252004

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles
Headlights on my 2004 Grand Prix shake constaintly.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #18

Jul 012004

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,500 miles
Headlights bounce at night causing other drivers to believe you are flashing headlights at them. It seems to blind oncoming traffic.

- Jenison, MI, USA

problem #17

Jun 222004

Grand Prix

  • miles
Headlights bounce like crazy on the smallers bumps. Called Pontiac and guy said he was unawre of issue, total bs....third Pontiac I've bbought since 2000 and 5th over all. Will be the last if they don't step up and fix the problem!

- Easton, PA, USA

problem #16

Jun 092004

Grand Prix

  • miles
Headlights bounce and are distracting.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #15

Jun 102004

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 2004 Grand Prix gtp and the headlights bounce and it is a distraction to me and the drivers all around me especially in front of me and this could cause an accident.

- Lewiston, NY, USA

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