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NHTSA — Engine Problems

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
133,506 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2006 Pontiac Grand Prix engine problems

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2006 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #18

Nov 012014

Grand Prix

  • 60,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix. While driving at various speeds, the power steering suddenly malfunctioned and caused the steering wheel to become extremely difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the rack and pinion was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure continued. The vehicle also experienced overheating and loss of anti freeze. The cause of the failure was not available. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #17

Sep 222016

Grand Prix

  • 228,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix. While driving approximately 45 mph, the battery warning indicator illuminated and white smoke appeared from the hood. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 228,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #16

Aug 252015

Grand Prix

  • 270,000 miles
Vehicle was stationary, had been parked approximately 10 minutes. The vehicle caught fire and was a total loss. The cause is unknown, but we believe it has something to due with the recall about Grand Prix's catching fire.

- Wahpeton, ND, USA

problem #15

Dec 192015

Grand Prix

  • 167,000 miles

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

Car has been continually overheating, radiator has been flushed and refilled with fresh coolant and new thermostat was bled. Car is fine while driving over 50mph but overheats when in traffic at a light. Driver back window motor is out, the window goes down but won't go up. The car stopped abruptly while driving and had to pull on the side don't know what happened but it won't start up but the lights come on inside the vehicle. I have had trouble since purchasing this vehicle. GM needs to take this vehicles completely off the road they have stop making them and I can see why they're nothing but money eaters.

- Schriever, LA, USA

problem #14

Oct 302015

Grand Prix

  • 98,800 miles
I was driving down the hiway when everything just stopped the lights, powering steering message on dash said starting disabled due to electronic throttle control took to dealer said I had a short in my iginition so put in a new 1 drove about 60 miles did it again went back they couldnt find nothing wrong with it lubed the controls & now im scared to drive it & cant really afford a new car right now as im on ss why cant they find out whats wrong with

- New York Mills, MN, USA

problem #13

Nov 112015

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 98,805 miles
I was driving and my car just stopped this message appeared starting disabled due to electronic throttle control took to dealer they put in new ignition switch drove it about 60 miles did it again took it back they couldn't find any thing wrong with it lubed the controls now im afraid to drive it cause it happened in the dark we could have been killed cause U have no lights nothing leave it set for some time then it will start but I don't trust it we were on the highway when this happened the last time

- New York Mills, MN, USA

problem #12

Oct 012015

Grand Prix

  • 200,000 miles

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

Pontiac Grand Prix that I owned was flipped two times and still runs but the cars air bags never went off. Plus had a varity or electr problems. And speed rpms never seemedto work properly. But dont get me wrong I love the car to deasth but its saftey has become an issue.

- Plummer, ID, USA

problem #11

Oct 132015

Grand Prix

  • miles
Vehicle uses excessive oil, "oil level low" light will come on 1,500-2000 miles after oil changes. Oil dipstick will show no oil when it reaches this point. Has occured regularly with this vehicle.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #10

Mar 112015

Grand Prix

  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled and the electronic throttle and reduced engine power warning messages illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact mentioned that the vehicle started experiencing the failure after being repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The failure recurred multiple times. In addition, the contact mentioned that the headlights failed to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 115,000.

- Port Charlotte, FL, USA

problem #9

Jan 212015

Grand Prix

  • 126,945 miles
I brought this car January 12th 2015 the next week I had to take it to the shop to get work done to the engine I got it back it ran good for like an month and I had to take to a different shop and they told me I need a new engine and my warranty company didn't want to cover it so I had to pay to get my after the warranty company said they would pay to get it fix that was almost 1500 for nothing I had to pay another 700 for engine and on July 27th 2015 the transmission stop going into drive and the lowest price I have for that is 2500 this alot of money to be making payments on and online all I am seeing is bad reviews of this car I need to know is there anything that can be done about this because this is ridiculous.

- Deltona , FL, USA

problem #8

Jun 272015

Grand Prix

  • 150,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix. While the vehicle was parked, it caught fire. The fire was extinguished by the fire department, but they were unable to determine what caused the fire. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacture was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Minnetonka, MN, USA

problem #7

May 152015

Grand Prix

  • 153,657 miles
R reading some of the complaints that have been submitted, I don't know where to begin or if I have enough characters to express my frustration with my 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix GT supercharged. My recent issue is that the car keeps cutting out and stalling.I took the car to the dealer and spent $110 on a diagnostic after 4 other local mechanics could not duplicate the issue or pinpoint the problem. The result from the dealer's diagnostic was: P0300 multiple misfires; needs 3 coils and ignition module replaced $1090 installed; also has a bearing going out in the super charger and there is a harsh 1-2 shift. I just spent about $1000 getting fuel pump, back wheel bearings, right brake hose, and valve cover gaskets replaced. Rack and pinion had to be tightened although it was replaced twice last year (bad part the first time). I have had power steering pump replaced, water pump replaced, air intake tube/valve replaced. Paid dealer for diagnostic because no codes or indicator lights were on and 4 different mechanics couldn't pinpoint issue. Dealer stated they have up-to-date equipment and code P0300 came up. Car intermittently hesitates to start. Car acts hesitant after car starts after hesitating to start. Interior seats and dashboard has cracked. ABS/traction seems to be failing, car still moves after applying foot on break...slides a little, no immediate stop, even after I have had complete brake work performed (wheel bearings, pads, rotors, hubs, etc.). supercharge switch has been replaced and elbow tube off the motor block (think that is correct, it's an L-shaped small tube). A lot of repairs have been made. The car runs smoothly when necessary repairs are made. Hate to get rid of the car with all the money and care that has been placed into the car. I am not in a postion to purchase a new vehicle but with the miles I don't want to put extensive $. GM won't assist.

- Marble Falls , TX, USA

problem #6

Apr 032015

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 182,400 miles
My car began to emit white smoke and an odor of burning antifreeze. I began to lose power so I pulled over. I had my car towed to the garage and they replace my intake manifolds gaskets, which had completely been eaten away.

- Indiana, PA, USA

problem #5

Nov 012014

Grand Prix

  • 146,000 miles
2006 Pontiac Grand Prix: Vehicle engine shuts off while driving regardless of the speed you are going example: 10-65mph, steering wheel locks up so you can't pull to the side of the road to avoid crash. A month or so before engine started shutting off my airbag light an tone was appearing and alarming... I've almost been crashed into 4 times by semi's an school buses. This is very serious an dangerous it almost caused my life an I am 7 months pregnant with a 6 year old who has also been in the car with me. I hope this gets resolved I wasn't warned of any recall good thing I started googling an found out that there has been a recall on my ignition/electrical system.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #4

Apr 082014

Grand Prix

  • 80,000 miles
Were traveling and without warning the car stopped running and we were on a very busy highway and barely were able to get off the road and out of traffic area. Had to have the car towed (this expense I think GM should be responsible for now that there is a recall. Also, how can they justify that we wait until October 1st to have their goof-up repaired. At times it is difficult to even get the key in the ignition to start the engine.

- Temple, TX, USA

problem #3

Feb 272014

Grand Prix

  • 129,500 miles
I was driving home from work and when I turned a corner, the engine cut out. I believe it was from the key flipping to accessory. I've heard that this has caused crashes that have killed people and would like this fixed. This is the first time it happened, but now I'm worried every time I drive it that this is going to happen and I don't feel safe letting my wife drive the car now. Why are the 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix vehicles not part of the recall from GM?

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #2

Dec 072012

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Driving on the interstate going about 65 mpg when all of a sudden I lost all engine power and the engine stalled. Check engine light came on and traction control system remained on. Pulled over and shut off the engine. Restarted the engine, lights remained on and was only able to go about 15 mph. Had to drive it very carefully about 10 miles into the next town. No shops were open at that time of night. Had to stay the night and took it into a shop the next morning. Error code said that the mass air flow sensor was bad. Replaced and drove it around for about 5 miles. Seemed to be running ok. Drove not even 60 miles and the same thing happened again. Took it into a sister repair shop and they replaced the other part of the mass air flow sensor. Was able to drive to my destination and back with no real issues. Here it is 7 months later and driving on the interstate again when the same issue happens. Check engine light came on and traction control light came on. Was able to get off the side of the road but this time. I couldn't even get it to drive 3 feet. Sat on the side of the interstate for 2 hours at night waiting for a tow truck to come get me. Got it into a shop the next morning and same issues. Needed a new mass air flow sensor. Replace and picked up but then the engine started getting really hot. Watched the transmission fluid go from 108 to 258 degrees in a matter of minutes. Pulled off the road and watched the fluid bubble out of the overflow. Got the engine to cool down a bit. Started it and drove 4 miles and the same codes came up and the engine did the same thing. Had the car towed back to the shop and was told that the computer needed to be replaced. Did that and it now surges upon start up. The super charger is not registering as being either hooked up or working now. I am being told that there are several issues that could be causing this.

- Dallas, OR, USA

problem #1

Sep 072012

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
I have had this car for 5 years without really any problems. I get oil changed regularly and fluids checked at same time. A couple of days ago I noticed that my car seemed to get hot and the temp gauge was about 3/4 way to hot. The next day I drove to work which is about 16 miles and had no problems. I was coming back from my lunch break and my car all of sudden had bells going off and said my A/C shut off for engine protection and my temp gauge was half in the red. I drove straight to the mechanic. He looked at vehicle and told me the intake manifold gasket and few other gaskets went bad and had water coming out everywhere. I have never had any problems of this sort in any of the other vehicles I have owned and have driven them to 170000 miles plus. This is the first time I have bought any other vehicle besides a Ford Taurus. I have read several complaints about this happening to others and GM wont do anything about it. This just makes me think that I will never buy GM again because of poor quality and not caring about customers.

- Galesburg, IL, USA

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