NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Switch Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,711 miles

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2004 Pontiac GTO electrical problems

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2004 Pontiac GTO Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 012014


  • 103,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac GTO. After starting the vehicle and shifting into the drive position, the engine suddenly stalled. The intermittent failure occurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the ignition switch was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 103,000.

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #4

Sep 142007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 32,000 miles
The ignition switch has failed on my GTO 2 times now. The first time about 4 or 5 thousand miles ago it would not turn easily, or at all. Now the ignition switch will not turn all the way off. The retained accessories stay on, and the steering column lock is inoperative. My local dealer is repairing my vehicle for me. I am aware of several others that have had this problem. A few requiring 3-4 repairs. My concern is that with the column lock not working when parked on a hill there is no way of locking the wheel in a turn to keep it from wandering away. Also in the event of an emergency evac ( hurricanes in Florida) the vehicle may not start.

- St. Augustine, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 182007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 42,000 miles
The ignition lock becomes increasingly difficult to turn up to the point that the lock seizes. This is the second failure in one year.

- Apache Junction, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jul 192007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac GTO. The contact stated that the key would not turn in the ignition when he attempted to start the vehicle. The dealer stated that the vehicle needed a new ignition switch. As July 30, 2007, the dealer has not repaired the vehicle because the part was back-ordered. The current and failure mileages were 29,000.

- Wallace, NC, USA

problem #1

Apr 082005

GTO 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,556 miles
(1)driving on I-95 April 9th 2005 at a speed of 70mph in middle lane - went to pass a truck in front of me - so went to go into left lane (2) engine died and had to coast over 3 lanes to the right to pull off the road - very dangerous situation - car would not restart.problem found - igniation switch open - no power to injectors or ignition module (3) called GM roadside assitance who sent a tow truck - it was replaced after 4 days this was a very dangerous situation to be in!!!! in rush hour traffic on I-95 and a new car that decides to turn off!!!! could of cause a most serious accident.

- Stuart, FL, USA

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