NHTSA — Electrical System: Wiring: Front Underhood Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
126,364 miles

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1998 Pontiac Grand Prix electrical problems

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1998 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 022007

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact parked the vehicle in his garage after driving 12 miles at 30 mph under normal driving conditions. 15 minutes later he smelled smoke and realized that the vehicle was on fire. The vehicle was inspected by the insurance company and the fire department, and both stated that the fire was caused by an electrical source from under the hood. There were no injuries. The current and failure mileage was 120,000.

- Anderson, IN, USA

problem #1

Feb 142007

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 132,727 miles
I went to the store, drove about 40 feet and got stuck in snow. Realized I was bottomed out in snow when I opened my door. I didn't try to get unstuck. I shut off engine and went into house. Several minutes later, I heard a noise and looked out and saw flames shooting from under hood. I immediately called 911 and fire department was there within 5 minutes and truck was there within 10. They immediately asked me if the car was left running at the time the fire started. I said, "no, I was inside at least 20 minutes before I heard this noise and looked out." The engine and front end of car is a complete loss. Cracked windshield, melted lower left hand corner of windshield and front of instrument panel. Their were no flames that reached the inside thru the firewall. Unfortunately I am not insured and wife and I are disabled, the car being our only source of transportation. Throughout the websites I researched, I saw several dozen people with the same circumstances as I had with their Grand Prix gtp's. fireman said cause was unknown, but looks like it may have been electrical or maybe fuel related.

- Sanbornville, NH, USA

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