NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,700 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Pontiac GTO engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Pontiac GTO Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 012007


  • 40,000 miles


I love my GTO, but I have many problems that the dealer can not duplicate. Here goes...my trunk will not open when I hit the button, I have to be standing at the trunk and pull up as I hit the button...my electrical system is horrible, my radio will all of a sudden blast music and then go back down to a normal volume, my trunk light works when it wants to, along with my back driver side tail lights. My cars fan would run after I turn off the car long enough to run the battery down, but the dealership said this was "normal". the leather has been replaced once, and now that the year warranty has expired its coming apart again...this will be the last GM I buy, and I have owned 3 Pontiac, 1 Saturn, 1 Chevy truck since 97 (all new except my GTO) I can not believe how I can not get any help on my car. The dealership loves to eat me up with fees for looking at the car, and can never duplicate the problem.

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #2

Jan 022007

GTO 8-cyl

  • 100 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac GTO. The contact stated that the vehicle was manufactured in australia, and that they should never have been allowed to ship the 2004 defective models to the united stated. He is experiencing suspension failure, in which the vehicle does not drive in a straight line. The vehicle veers from left to right. The contact must use both hands to drive the vehicle. He stated that the suspension and motor were changed. The motor was changed because it was very difficult to shift and it would slip and make noise. There was also transmission failure with the vehicle. While driving over a minor bump at any speed, the vehicle would break down. He also stated that the vehicle had piston slap. When the vehicle was idling, he could hear a ticking noise. The noise was caused by the piston striking the top of the motor head. When the vehicle was taken to the dealer with these concerns, the contact was informed that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. The mileage when the vehicle was traded in was 3,600. Updated 07/29/08 updated 07/29/08.

- Purchase, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 242006

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 22,000 miles
Erratic gauge readings. No RPM when started, no speedometer when moving, gas gauge shows opposite of what it really is. Ie full tank shows empty, check engine light comes on, temperature; but no codes present. Coolant gauge reads hot when car is just started....cold.

- Calera, AL, USA

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