NHTSA — Fuel System, Gasoline Problems

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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,628 miles

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2001 Pontiac Bonneville fuel system problems

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2001 Pontiac Bonneville Owner Comments

problem #7

Dec 122011


  • 174,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Bonneville. The contact stated that fuel fumes would seep into the vehicle and the vehicle would emit a loud clicking noise. A local mechanic and dealer were unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 174,000 and the current mileage was 190,000.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #6

Jul 272008


  • 103,000 miles
1. raw smell of gasoline inside car intermittently. 2. gasoline leaking from plastic line near fuel tank access port on top of fuel tank. 3. not yet repaired. Trying to find how to repair myself. No known accident or damage history on this vehicle.

- Clarksville, AR, USA

problem #5

May 252008

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • miles
Attempted to start vehicle, vehicle would not start. Attempted to start vehicle second time, jump start, vehicle caught fire.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #4

May 032008

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • 105,367 miles


While exiting the interstate ramp where I live (I-64/nitro, wv) I heard a "pop" sound, then noticed an orange flame coming from under the hood, and out of the driver's side fender. At this point, I braked to pull off onto the shoulder, but lost all brakes. (brake pedal went all the way to the floor) no cars were in front of me, and I was able to roll into an intersection where a truck driver attempted to put out the fire with an extinguisher to no avail. The fire department put out the fire, but the car is a total loss. Thank god my children were not in the car!

- Nitro , WV, USA

problem #3

Oct 052006

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31 miles
I have had a steering problem since I purchased my 2001 Bonneville SE. I have a document id #01-02-32-001A that states 2000-2002 Pontiac Bonneville has a clunk noise from front of steering wheel rotation (lubricate intermediate shaft). After months of getting a run-around duke Pontiac in suffolk va finally diagnosed my problem and lubricated the shaft on 03/01/02. The noise stopped for about a year or so and has been getting worse. It now feels like the car has a safety issue because it is hard to control at low or higher speeds. I was advised by perry Buick -Pontiac 10/05/06 that the noise I'm hearing is from the intermediate shaft. I also experienced low fluid levels that was detected on 8-16-05 when I got an oil change from tune up plus. I then went to perry Buick-Pontiac and was charged $376.62 to replace upper intake manifold and the work order was noted that the coolant reservoir was empty. After investigating I found that there was a notice in 2003 that pertains to engine coolant leak at the upper intake manifold to throttle boby gasket. It states that the condition could result in low engine coolant level and higher engine temperature. I feel that General Motors should replace the intermediate shaft because I still own the car and am having the same problem that I feel is a threat to my safety and to those who ride with me. I also feel that General Motors should reimbursed me the $376.62 that I paid 8-18-05 to have the manifold replaced. I also had a fuel leak Oct 5,20005 and am not sure if that was not related to the problem aforementioned.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #2

Nov 202004

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles
My wife started the car to let it warm up while it warmed up she went back into the house to get the kids as she was coming out of the house she heard a boom thinking it was a radiator hose she started to open the hood when she did that flames shot out from under the hood so she called the fire department a couple of neighbors came out with fire exstinguisures and tried to put out the fire shortly after that the car tried to start it self using the remote starter system and of course the flames shot up duering this attempt by the time the fire dept got thier the front of the car was completely ingolfed in flames they put out the fire but not in time to save the car.

- Mchenry, IL, USA

problem #1

Feb 072002


  • miles
Actual usable fuel capacity is 20 less than advertised & published. Range is compromised leading to stalls unexpectedly.

- Moorpark, CA, USA

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