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NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2006 Pontiac Grand Prix (Page 2 of 2)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 8
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
102,468 miles

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2006 Pontiac Grand Prix electrical problems

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2006 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #19

Jul 102013

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 981,125 miles


My lights go off on there own no warning an then the brights come on an stay on an when I try yo use the signal lights all the lights in the car cuts off and when I was driving my brakes. Sometimes not all the time they've been checked several times and each time they have been checked there's nothing wrong with itand now my steering column have a problem with it don't know what's causing it don't know what's wrong but its hard for me to turn my car now.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #18

Oct 102014

Grand Prix

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system) 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 not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Miami Gardens, FL, USA

problem #17

Jan 132011

Grand Prix

  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system).the vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician could not duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 10,000.

- South Milwaukee , WI, USA

problem #16

Sep 082014

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles


Ongoing issue with the hdm relay #35. I've had to replace this item at least 4-5 times since owning this vehicle. Low beam headlights shut off unexpectedly while driving or sometimes will not shut off. Recently the low beam headlights did not shut off. I smelled something burning in my garage and upon inspection the headlights on the vehicle were on. I opened the fuse panel (burned my hand) removed the melted hdm relay. Allowed everything to cool and replaced it. I shouldn't have to be replacing this item this often! I was lucky it didn't burn my house down!

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #15

Nov 132013

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
While driving display flashed about 4 alerts, from traction system, ABS brakes engine would shut off, and I would lose power steering. This happened around a dozen times in the span of a week. I was able to pull the car over, by using all of my strength on the steering wheel, and shut the car off, then restart it. I had to take it in to the mechanic and they had to replace the computer, and some other parts costing over $800.

- Loveland, CO, USA

problem #14

Aug 072014

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • miles
Low beams went out, when I got home and turned off car, I noticed smoked coming from under hood of car my relay fuse box was on fire, low beam relay was melted. Pontiac says there are no recalls on this car but there seems to be alot of people with the same problem.

- Portage, IN, USA

problem #13

Jul 122014

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 242,910 miles


Low head lights started flickering then went out, still had high beams. Pulled into driveway and the fuse panel under the hood was smoking, disconnected the battery and lifted the lid to fuse panel and the relay had exploded and burnt through the panel that holds the fuses. A brown liquid was all over smoking.

- Mansfield, MO, USA

problem #12

Jul 102014

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
Headlight and low beams are not working again. Replaced this problem about three - four months ago and again stopped working after spent $300. I was coming out of the store got into the car and started driving and went out again. I see there is lots of people having the same problem and something needs to be done. Now again I am without a car and cant drive it again at night.

- Ashland, OH, USA

problem #11

Jun 102007

Grand Prix 8-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
Vehicle shut down at 55 mph while inside eisenhower tunnel Colorado. Husband calmly placed automatic transmission into park and restarted car. This type of incident has happened twice again since the original incident. Prior to the first incident car lost power coming up the grade at 65 mph. We were forced over to the side of the interstate. After waiting for a tow (which was slow to respond) approximately 20 minutes, tried the ignition and the engine turned over. Never received an adequate answer from dealer. Suspect fuel problem with altitude, or ignition problem. Incidents always seem to happen at higher (55+) speeds.

- Craig, CO, USA

problem #10

Apr 052010

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 111,555 miles
When doing 60, my car would shut off while driving suddenly in the middle of the highway and I would lose power steering and would have to fight steering to get off the road to prevent accident. I would never know when it would happen it just did without warning. This happen multiple times until one day it wouldn't start. I called harper motors, where I bought the car in 2006 and they came and took my car to fix it in 2010. They had to replace my ignition switch and replace my computer. It cost me over 800dols. Don't know why my car wasn't put in the GM recall but it should have. I thank god that I wasn't on a major hwy. Each time this happened.

- Minden, LA, USA

problem #9

Oct 212013

Grand Prix

  • 90,000 miles


The Pontiac 2006 Grand Prix will remain running withkey out of ignition, also at times the key will not release from ignition switch in off position key wont come out.also the car has shut down while driving 30 mph 5 miles from home.the car is in excellent condition,128000 miles now well cared for.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #8

Sep 082013

Grand Prix

  • miles
The ignition/key was bumped during driving and the engine, power steering and power brakes all turned off. Luckily I was able to safely pull over and re-start the car. This is the second occurrence. This seems to be the same issue that there is a major recall around for GM but they are not including the Grand Prix in the recall as of yet.

- Saint Charles, IL, USA

problem #7

Jul 032009

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Was going home after work one night and headlights, and instrument panel turned off by themselves. I could not turn them back on ( I was going 60 on the freeway).I kept driving and they turned on by themselves after about two or three minutes. It got worse as time passed, and now only the high beams work, the low beams do not work at all. Low beam fuses, and low beam relay are all good. No one knows what is wrong with it. Also sometimes there is a loud pop sound from the speakers when starting the car up. When this happens it seems there is some type of power surge, and then I have to keep entering the correct time and date because it always goes to Jan. 1st.. need all these electrical issues fixed, there is a serious safety hazard involved here.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #6

Feb 072010

Grand Prix

  • 30,000 miles
My 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix has been in for service 3 times for system charging failure, the car looses power, the light flashings, looses, power, looses radio, looses blower motor for heater. I have brought it into the dealer 3 times, they have had it for 3 day's so far this week and can not find a problem with it. I looked on the internet and found that I am not the only person with this problem and I am not the only person that can't get the problem solved.

- Duluth, MN, USA

problem #5

May 122009

Grand Prix

  • 36,000 miles
2006 Pontiac Grand Prix base model 39000 miles heater motor caught on fire there are no modifications to vehicle the spare jack also collapsed on me landing on my leg GM has made no effort to correct or remedy the situation because of bankruptcy please point me in the right direction.

- Cleveland, MO, USA

problem #4

Apr 302008

Grand Prix

  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle jerked and then stalled at a traffic light. She shifted the gear into park in order to restart the vehicle. Afterwards, the vehicle would not accelerate past ten mph. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop and they stated that the transmission was defective. The vehicle was repaired. Approximately two months later, she noticed a loud noise and her vehicle was driven to a local repair shop. The mechanic informed her that there was a hole in the water pump that needed to be replaced. Four months later, the windows would not roll down. The vehicle was driven to a local repair shop and the mechanic reviewed a diagram of the vehicle. The diagram stated that the fuse for the window was not located in the proper place. The window has not been repaired. The dealer stated that the failure was not under warranty. The manufacturer has not been notified. The current mileage was 50,000 and failure mileage was 45,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #3

May 102007

Grand Prix

  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that he had headlights and a blue tooth installed in the vehicle. When he removed the key from the ignition, the stereo made a loud popping noise that could be heard through the speakers. Whenever it pops, the contact experiences electrical failures and the clock, instrument panel gauges, and the stereo would reset. Oftentimes, the head and tail lights will dim while driving at night. The dealer could not duplicate the failure. The tail lights have blown on the vehicle at least nine times. The windshield was blurry, which resembled driving under the influence and prevented clear visibility. The windshield was replaced under warranty. The manufacturer instructed him to take the vehicle to the nearest dealer. The contact stated that he had already been to the dealer a minimum of nine times and the failures could never be duplicated. Thus far, the battery and dashboard have been replaced. The molding for the driver's side window has been replaced as well; however, the failures persist. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 6,000 and current mileage was 27,000.

- Tuscon, AZ, USA

problem #2

Aug 102006

Grand Prix

  • 21,118 miles
Indicated "charging system failure". this is the fifth time this error code has presented. In October 2007, additional failures presented causing vehicle to stall while negotiating a curve. Vehicle has been taken to Pontiac dealership for problem. First time at dealer, the alternator was replaced, second time, the battery was replaced. Dealership is only prolonging another failure.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 192007

Grand Prix 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Multiple electrical system failures causing error codes of "charging system failure", "traction control failure", "stability control failure". dealer verifies failures however, since they are unable to duplicate failures; no service is being performed. Two failures previous and third occurred this date. Prior service appointment oil leak service request resulted in main seal failure which was replaced as warranty item. Only consequences to date have been time and monetary loss.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

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