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NHTSA — Exterior Lighting Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,470 miles

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2004 Pontiac Grand Prix lights problems

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2004 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #6

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 #5

Oct 092013

Grand Prix

  • 101,000 miles
I was driving to church it had just got dark a car approached me with high beams on, when I went to flicker my switch from low to high my lights went out completely I was scared to death it was pitch black couldn't see where I was going and then they came back on I was in a field, thank god it was a country road I may have hurt myself or someone else, the windows on my car have been replaced all of them but now I only have 1 left that is working, this car has so many issues with electrical it makes me sick that I bought it.

- Hartford, AL, USA

problem #4

Oct 062009

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • miles
The head lights fade out where you can not see anymore. Its the outside of them. When driving the lights are very dim.

- New Lenox, IL, USA

problem #3

Jan 282011

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 96,038 miles


On a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix gtp with a competition group package, the valve cover gaskets have failed. This causes oil to leak onto the manifold in the engine compartment and allows it to burn. This could in turn cause a fire in the engine. This same problem was recalled on the 1997-2003 models, but has not included the 2004 model. The same problem still exists and must be remedied before fires ensue and lives are lost. Also, the headlights "bounce" or "wobble" while driving. This could cause issues with the ability to see clearly while driving at night.

- Pocatello, ID, USA

problem #2

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 #1

May 052004

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
Intermediate drive shaft replaced at 1,500 miles. Power steering pump went at 2,000 miles, had it replaced. Also at 2,000 miles cv joint and boot had to be replace. Headlights bounce while driving over minimal bumps, door panel rattles. Dash above speedometer rattles but dealer can not duplicate so no fix yet. Car is going back to the dealer today for a rattling noise coming from front end. Need I say more? lemon!

- Oaklawn, IL, USA

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