NHTSA — Fuel System, Gasoline: Delivery Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,844 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 fuel system problems

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1998 Pontiac Bonneville Owner Comments

problem #16

Dec 202007

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 154,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Pontiac Bonneville. When the engine was turned off, fluid leaked onto the ground from beneath the engine compartment. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer or a mechanic. There were no warning indicators prior to the failure. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 04V090000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery). The failure mileage was 154,000 and current mileage was 154,735. Updated

- Chatanooga, TN, USA

problem #15

Aug 272004

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • miles
1998 Pontiac Bonneville poor production manifold/gaskets. Customer states that the manifold/gaskets and dex. Cool were in poor production on her vehicle. The upper intake manifold needed to be replaced. The thermostat and gasket had coolant in them. The mass air flow sensor was bad. Metal fragments were found in the oil which was coming from, the rod bearing that failed due to the vehicle over heating and coolant in the oil. The catalytic converter needed to be replaced because the vehicle was riding rough and the engine was shaking. The consumer stated there was a recall on the vehicle to prevent the manifold from cracking. After the recall was performed in July 2004, the manifold cracked one month later. The consumer stated ever since the recall was performed she has engine problems. The consumer stated when the upper intake manifold was replaced in August 2004 the lower manifold should have been replaced as well to prevent future damage, however since it was not replaced, stop leak pellets mixed with the dex-cool and the lower intake manifold leaked.

- Jackson, NJ, USA

problem #14

Jul 182005

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
Contact states the intake manifold was leaking into cylinders, causing engine to lock, damaging starter and spark plugs. Removed and replaced for the second time on 6-17-05 at a cost of $900: The upper intake manifold and gasket, replaced spark plugs due to a recall #04V09000 fuel system/ gasoline delivery. She was refunded money by Pontiac. Now she was requesting money back fot the second time. Also, received an investigation# peo2050; concerning engine, but she has not received a recall letter.

- Laredo, TX, USA

problem #13

Jan 012004

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • miles


'recall campaign' concerning 19998 Pontiac Bonneville fuel pressure regulator. The consumer had the fuel pressure regulator replaced prior to the recall being issued because the engine caught on fire. The consumer submitted the request for reimbursement, however he has not received anything from the manufacturer stating what the decision was. The consumer has since donated the vehicle.

- Succasunna, NJ, USA

problem #12

Oct 012003


  • miles
Consumer disappointed with reimbursement for 1998 Pontiac Bonneville. The fuel pressure regulator was replaced. Recall campaign: 04V090000. The recall is related to the fuel pressure regulator leak. The temperature gauge was fluctuating while the vehicle was being driven. The check engine light did not come on. The consumer turned the engine off and allowed it to cool off. The consumer restarted the vehicle and heard a loud back fire with a loud bang. The vehicle did not restart. The consumer smelled fuel shortly after. The vehicle was towed to a nearby dealer. The intake plenum and the intake plenum gasket needed to be replaced. The thermostat blew out again. The consumer stated that he feels that the failures are a result of the recall issue therefore the reimbursement check was not sufficient. The consumer stated that the brakes had a ticking noise.

- Evans, CO, USA

problem #11

Oct 202004

(reported on)

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Intake manifold and fuel pressure regulator failure. The recalled component failed prior to notification. The consuemr paid to have the vehicle repaired. After receiving the recall the consumer requested reimbursement but was only offered a partial refund.

- Cheektowaga, NY, USA

problem #10

Oct 012004


  • miles


Intake manifold problems. There was an egr passage through the intake manifold. Over time, hot gases from the egr system passed burned a hole through the passage way walls into the surrounding water jacket. Recall# 04V090000.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #9

Jun 162003

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • 48,777 miles
1998 Pontiac Bonneville. Explosion under hood. $900 damage. Summer 2004 we received a recall notice. If already occurred, send bills for reimbursement. We received a check for only $82! General Motors is at fault for a defective part. Yet they only paid for the part, not the damage it caused.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #8

Dec 012003

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • miles
The consumer was not satisfied with the amount of the reimbursement he received from the manufacturer. The consumer experienced problems with the vehicle starting prior to receiving the recall. The manufacturer stated they only reimbursed the consumer the amount that pertained to the recall. Out of $834.60 for repairs the consumer received $97.92. Recall#04V090000.

- Antigo, WI, USA

problem #7

Jul 072004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles
Consumer heard a loud bang while driving on the highway. He proceeded off the highway, opened the hood of the vehicle, and fire started in the engine compartment, which engulfed into flames. Within seconds consumer called the fire department, who indicated that the fire started near the engine block. The fire occurred due to the defect described in the fuel pressure regulator, recall 04V090000. But after the factory representative inspected the vehicle he claimed that the fire was not caused by the defect. A fire report was filed.

- Rowlett, TX, USA

problem #6

Jun 222001

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • 63,430 miles


Request for reimbursement for intake manifold that ruptured twice. Fuel leaked into the plastic intake manifold. There was a recall regarding the issue. Recall#04V090000.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #5

Mar 122003

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
General Motors recall program denial of payment for recall item repaired nd paid for at a General Motors Pontiac dealership. Second recall notice recieved on my 1998 Pontiac Bonneville, NHTSA id# 04V090000, compontent is the fuel system, gasoline delivery. My 1998 Bonneville was at the dealership many times and over a period of 2 years until the problem was resolved. Rental vehicles, costly not-needed repairs were done in an effort to find the problem, down time, etc. Payment from General Motors requested providing all items requested, original receipts, signed forms and the reason given for the denial was that the vechicle identification number was not part of the recall. General Motors mailed me the recall forms. My car did have the problem related to the recall.

- Laredo, TX, USA

problem #4

Mar 062002

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles
1998 Pontiac Bonneville purchased with 214 miles on 10-05-2000 from powel watson motors in Laredo, Texas. The vehicle had problems from Nov. 2000 to the repair date in 2002. A seperate dealership (tindall chev/Pontiac in dilley, Texas) was finally able to repair the problems with the fuel regulator. This recall item has be denied from Pontiac. The dealership billed me $1,024 for repairs not including rental fees for the loaner car. I feel that Pontiac should honor the reall and return my money to me due to the faulty delphi fuel pressure regulator.

- Laredo, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 012004

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,789 miles
When driving at an undetermined speed, the check engine light appeared on the dashboard, then the vehicle stalled. Consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealership and the mechanic determined that the fuel pressure failed. The radiator cap was replaced. While in motion, about 2 miles at 30 mph, the check engine light had come on. The vehicle was returned to the mechanic. The next day the vehicle would not start. The dealer found that fuel leaked and ruptured the manifold. Recall#04V090000. The consumer was told that the recall was not in reference to her vehicle. The consumer sent in a thank you note after recieving her recall notice.

- New Kensington, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 282004

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,500 miles
Repeated stalling in traffic. Typically occurred approximately two minutes after start-up. During one cold start the engine miss-fired and back pressure popped off the brake vacuum line, causing loss of brakes. Was diagnosed first time as mass air flow sensor. Problem recurred, diagnosed as fuel pressure regulator. Shortly after, flooding and sparkplug fouling occurred due to damaged intake manifold leaking coolant into cylinders. While two of the components are the same as recall campaign 04V090000, and GM recall 03054B, GM says this VIN [xxx] is not included. Updated 07/30/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Hoffman Estates, IL, USA

problem #1

Jul 162002


  • miles
Fuel line broke, and started leaking, could have started fire.

- Lexington, KY, USA

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