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NHTSA — Service Brakes Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,193 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Pontiac Grand Prix brakes problems

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2008 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 152014

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


First time I noticed a problem I was making a sharp right turn into a parking spot driving roughly 5 mph or less. When I pushed on the brake it just pulsated much like the ABS taking over but the car would not stop! I almost hit the car in front of my parking spot. I had it in a shop for other repairs and mentioned this but since at the time it was intermittent they blew it off as I must have been braking on ice. Once it started to warm up in the spring and in the summer it started happening more and more but only when turning. I had a few close calls where I had almost crashed. When it happens now the dash will display service ABS and service traction control system. It did not display that back when it was intermittent. I have since pulled the ABS fuse and while the same service lights come on at least I have brakes! I think it was 5 or so months earlier that I had my front right wheel bearing replaced by a Pontiac dealer and I hear that because the wheel bearing and speed sensor are one of the same that I may need that replaced again. This is not safe and the more people I talk to they have heard or experienced this as a common issue.

- Cambridge, MN, USA

problem #5

Jun 262012

Grand Prix

  • 92,159 miles
We got this 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix from a second hand dealer that sold 2008 or newer, we were on a lease with this auto we also had a warranty as well. We took a short trip to Ohio and we checked into the hotel, went out got into the car was heading to their casino for the night was driving on interstate 75 doing about 72 mph. While I was in the fast lane I lost all power didn't know what had happen had to try to get the car all the way over to right side of the highway. This was in on June 26,2012 police came I called the warranty company they stated that we would have to have the car towed to a GM dealership so we did, the next morning I got up and called the dealer told them what happen while I was driving the car it cranks and does not start check and please advise. While waiting on them I called the lease company to see what kind of help we could get from them the answer was point blank none was never late on payments with them the car only had 92152 miles on it at this time we got it back in Aug.2009. So the dealer called back and told us the the car had a bad ignition control module and coil, this not the killing part we had to pay $705.88 and wow General Motors saying they don't have any recalls on this model or year. I have been trying to get reimburse for the amount we paid to have this done, I know that it's a whole lot of people out here that have had some of the same issues that I have had but didn't get them repaired. Other issues (1) power sterring(2) brake lights staying on alot of the time(3)airbag, and the list goes on.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #4

Dec 222009

Grand Prix

  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that the brake lights illuminated randomly without depressing the brakes. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic, who recommended that the contact spray WD40 on the brakes and then referred the contact to an authorized dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 42,000. The current mileage was 130,000.

- Ford Wayne, IN, USA

problem #3

Apr 022011

Grand Prix

  • 46,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that the brakes failed to respond on multiple occasions. The contact mentioned that the brake pedal had to be pumped in order to stop the vehicle. The contact also stated that the seatbelt sensor illuminated after the seatbelt was latched and that the air bag sensor flashed intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 46,000.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #2

Dec 012011

Grand Prix

  • 23,000 miles
Bought this vehicle pre certified with warranty with 22000 miles. Within 4 months the power steering line breaks replaced under warranty. Brake sensor replaced under warranty front left tie rod replaced under warranty. These are problems that occurred within a 9 month timespan. During this time you could press on the gas and the vehicle would hesitate/stall/shake and times lunge forward as you try to ease forward. This occurred the entire time I had the vehicle and they were unable to duplicate the problem when it was under the warranty. Driving home the stability/traction control sensor lights came on, them reduced engine power came on and the car would not drive over 15 miles. Now at 34000 miles and a indicator light showing they figured it was the sensor on the gas pedal ($360). Oh forgot to mention dealership also stated during that warranty timeframe unless something breaks or a indicator light comes on there is nothing they can do. After that they found I also need a front right outer tie rod ($285). Contacted GM because I think they should have paid for the gas pedal. To make a long short short it's being evaluated and since I didn't want to leave my car there another night or perhaps over the weekend until they confirmed with the sales manager reimbursement may not be possible. ## VIN failed ##

- Reynoldsburg, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 012012

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
While leaving my parking space, tapped the brake pedal, brake pedal seemed to resist being applied. While still in the parking lot, trying to stop, noticed the brakes pulsating as if the ABS system was trying to kick on. With similar resistance as before as pulsating ceased. Happens daily now. Today 9/4/12 the ABS & traction control lights both came on showing both need serviced. Each time this has occurred, the pavement has been dry without any apparent gravel at the locations.

- Lebanon, IN, USA

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