NHTSA — Electrical System Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
99,750 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 Bonneville electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Pontiac Bonneville Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 242013

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • miles


On multiple occasions I have pulled to a dead stop at a light and during the idling time the engine shuts off and it will not start again. Very embarrassing set of trips to nearby grocer...

- San Angelo, TX, USA

problem #3

Mar 082013


  • 258,000 miles
About a week prior to incident, I got a whiff of a burning smell, 2 days in a row, short quick scent. Next 4 days, smelled nothing (even drove car 80 miles one way and back). Day of incident, I was traveling about 10 mph when white smoke came from the heater vent. I increased speed to about 30 mph to get to a safe spot, and black smoke billowed out of heat vent on top of dashboard, and front of dashboard. Turned corner to get out of traffic, came to a stop and flames shot out of cigarette lighter, and air vent in front of dash. Heater was off, radio was off, and cigarette lighter was not being used. Car fully engulfed in approximately 2-3 minutes. Car totaled.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #2

Feb 242005

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 141,000 miles
While driving 30 mph, the center of the dashboard caught on fire. The driver pulled over and fought the flames with an extinguisher. The cause has yet to be determined. The manufacturer denied that the fire was due to their vehicles components and that the source of the fire was from external sources. An electrical expert believes that the lead from the cigarette light caught on fire. The fuse was blown but that could have happened after the fire. The consumer's cell phone was charging in the cigarette lighter at the time of the fire.

- Casco, MI, USA

problem #1

Apr 162003

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • miles
When the vehicle was started, it caught on fire.

- Salem, IL, USA

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