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NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Switch Problems

5.1

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,167 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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1998 Pontiac Sunfire electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Pontiac Sunfire Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 022004

Sunfire

  • 50,000 miles

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

The ignition switch failed without warning. Two months later a recall was issued and part repaired, however, the problem still existed. The consumer iwas concerned that the vehicle will catch fire.

- Cheltenham, PA, USA

problem #5

Mar 302004

Sunfire

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I took my 98 Sunfire in for service on a recall on the ignition switch. Two days later I began to have problems with my starter. The dealer suggested a $400 replacement of my starter and an $855 replacement of my fly wheel. It seems very unlikely that this problem isn't related to their work on my car during the recall work.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 192004

Sunfire 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Recall no. 04V036000, ignition switch: The dealer will not repair the recall because the vehicle is salvaged. Since the dealer refused repair, vehicle doesn't start and can no longer be driven.

- Munfordville, KY, USA

problem #3

Sep 162002

(reported on)

Sunfire

  • miles

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

Consumer's vehicle is not covered under the new manufacturer's recall 02008concerning ignition switch, but it is expiriencing the same type of problem that recall states.

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 052002

(reported on)

Sunfire

  • miles
While trying to start vehicle and without warning steering component started to smoke. Vehicle was towed to dealers, mechanic informed consumer that ignition switch had melted, no entry for key.

- Pittstown, NJ, USA

problem #1

Sep 152001

Sunfire

  • miles
Unable to remove key from ignition switch if steering column is not tilted or position in a certain way. Dealer was contacted. Feel free to provide any further information concerning this matter.

- Morgantown, KY, USA

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