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NHTSA — Exterior Lighting Problems

2006 Pontiac Grand Prix (Page 2 of 2)


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,433 miles

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2006 Pontiac Grand Prix lights problems

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

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problem #10

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 #9

Jul 222010

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I have a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix GT. 3 yrs. Ago, 75 mph on freeway at night, low beam headlights go out. Brights still work. After the car sat overnight, lights came back on. This happened off and on for several months. Diagnostics could not detect problem. New steering column and lightswitch was installed. Worked for a while, then started again. Last night it did it, so I read online to replace #35 relay in fuse box because tons of people were having same problem. It works for today. Thousands of people are having problem with this on the 06 thru 08 Grand Prix. Also reports of fuse boxes starting on fire. My car was extremely hot last night after being turned off for 2 hours. Love this car, except it is very dangerous to not have lights in nighttime driving!

- Evanston, WY, USA

problem #8

Sep 072010

Grand Prix

  • miles
When I'm driving the lights will go off sometimes they'll come back on and sometimes they stay off!the automatic lights do not come on sometimes when the ignition is turned on...I changed the dimmer switch twice and the lights still do not work even if I turn them on manually.

- Brownsville , TN, USA

problem #7

Aug 012010

Grand Prix

  • 58,000 miles


While driving at night, on a busy road, the headlights simply went off. After trying to turn them back on without success, we had to continue driving with the high beam headlights on to get home. The next day the headlights worked. This continues to happen periodically. Sometimes, the headlights will not come on from a cold start. Other times, the headlights flash off and on while driving. This is a critical safety issue.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #6

Feb 172011

Grand Prix

  • 140,000 miles
Having same issue as others on this website in regards to 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix headlights. I have been driving and all of a sudden headlights will shut off. Can be off for 20 to 30 minutes then kick on again, or here recently doesn't come back on at all. I have replaced the fuses, headlights and switches. My car is currently in the shop to replace the switch again for the second time in less than 2 years.

- Granite City, IL, USA

problem #5

Nov 012010

Grand Prix

  • 77,000 miles
I own a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix. When driving at night the headlights go out and the headlamps suggested indicator goes on. This happens when I have the lights on auto or manual. The lights don't come back on even when I try to turn them on using the light controls on the steering column. The lights will stay off for 15-30 seconds then come back on. This happens on dark roads, in town and on the highway. This has happened at least a dozen times. Now when I drive at night the lights will flicker. No accidents yet but I am nervous to drive the vehicle at night. I have taken the vehicle to the dealer twice now and they can't find a problem.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #4

Nov 252009

Grand Prix

  • 40,000 miles


2006 Pontiac Grand Prix low beam headlight failed during night time driving, almost caused a crash. Took vehicle to dealer and problem was failure of the low beam headlight relay. Have seen this same failure many times in the past on the same make and year car. Vehicle has only 40,000 miles. Old parts not available.

- West Seneca, NY, USA

problem #3

Jul 112009

Grand Prix

  • 85,000 miles
Low beams shut off randomly while driving and won't come back on, even if you try to turn them on manually. The high beams will work and the fog lights work. It seams to happen alot when it is raining, and when it is warm outside. Doesn't seem to happen as much when it is cold. Have replaced the multifunction switch and checked the grounds associated with the lights. Have also checked relays, fuses. Am currently checking wire connections and tracing down wires from power source thru to all areas associated with lights. After that, the last stop is the vehicle body control module. Is getting to be very expensive and time consuming. The safety hazard, in my opinion is huge due to the fact that you can't turn on manually when they go out.

- Saint Clair, MO, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Feb 272008

Grand Prix

  • miles
I'm seeing a lot of cars on the highway running with headlights on but no tail lights on. I'm assuming this is due to the "day time running lights" on various cars. Either they are defective or the operators have the daytime running lights on and they think the regular lights are on. This is surely causing accidents and should be investigated.

- Powell, OH, USA

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