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1998 Pontiac Grand Prix (Page 1 of 2)


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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 21
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,787 miles

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1998 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #36

Dec 212014

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • miles


1998 Pontiac Grand Prix. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle fire and recall notice repairs. The consumer stated since the fire, the ABS and temperature light illuminated, the traction light and electrical components stopped working.

- Wessington Springs, SD, USA

problem #35

Dec 172015

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling) however, the part needed to perform the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available...updated 03/16/16 the dealer informed the consumer, the vehicle was fixed. Updated 03/30/16.

- Roseville, MI, USA

problem #34

Feb 012016

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • miles
1998 Grand Prix. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle fire and engine oil on exhaust manifold possibly caused engine compartment fire recall notice.

- Fall River, WI, USA

problem #33

Jul 302015

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 91,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix. While driving 25 mph, the contact smelled smoke and saw flames under the hood of the vehicle. The fire department extinguished the fire. The contact did not sustain any injuries. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 91,000. Updated 03/10/16 updated 03/14/16.

- Tullahoma, TN, USA

problem #32

Jun 042004

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • miles
1998 Pontiac Grand Prix. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle engine recall notice. The vehicle caught on fire.

- Gurabo, PR, USA

problem #31

Feb 242012

Grand Prix

  • 171,900 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact was driving 40 mph when the smell of burned oil emitted inside of the vehicle. The contact confirmed there was oil leaking from exhaust manifold. The failure recurred after the factory engine was replaced by a private mechanic. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 171,900 and the current mileage was 172,008.

- New Portrichey, FL, USA

problem #30

Mar 032011

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • miles


1998 Pontiac Grand Prix. Consumer writes in regards to safety recall the consumer stated the vehicle caught on fire as a result of a recall.

- Southgate, MI, USA

problem #29

Nov 242010

Grand Prix

  • 143,900 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix. While driving approximately 40 mph, the contact heard a ticking sound from the engine. The vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The technician stated the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 143,900.

- Gainsville, GA, USA

problem #28

May 062009

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • miles
1998 Pontiac Grand Prix. Consumer states vehicle caught fire and melted the motor the consumer received a recall notice after the fire.

- Manchester, TN, USA

problem #27

May 162009

Grand Prix

  • 198,000 miles
I received a notice in the mail from GM on 5/14/2009 that my vehicle had been recalled over an issue involving a safety recall 09047. This was on Thursday and that following Saturday my car caught fire. I had not had time to schedule an appointment with a dealership. My car ran fine and had no problems prior to the fire. The fire happened under the hood. I had to call the fire department to have the fire put out.

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

problem #26

Jan 032008

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • miles


1998 Pontiac Grand Prix engine compartment fire the consumer received a letter regarding a recall, however when he contacted GM, he was informed that was a general letter that was sent out to all owners, but within the next month, another letter would go out to those owners affected by the recall. The consumer stated he still has not received a letter.

- Toa Alta, PR, USA

problem #25

Mar 252010

Grand Prix

  • miles
The contact owns a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix. The vehicle suddenly caught fire soon after being parked. The fire department was called and the fire was extinguished. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to the driver's home. The failure and current mileage were unknown. The VIN was unknown.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #24

Nov 072009

Grand Prix

  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix. After her son dropped a small amount of oil under the hood of the vehicle, the intake manifold area burst into flames. He was able to put the fire out with an extinguisher. A technician from an authorized dealership stated that the vehicle repair would be covered under recall 09V116000 (engine and engine cooling). However, after speaking with representative from the manufacturer, she was told that it would not be covered because the fire resulted from engine oil being poured by her son and not actually spilling from the engine onto the manifold by hard braking. The vehicle was repaired at the owners expense. However, she experienced other failures including : the dipstick, and the front coil fractured. She believed that the failures were subsequences of the fire. The current mileage was approximately 59,500. The failure mileage was approximately 59,000.

- Pewaukee, WI, USA

problem #23

Sep 012009

Grand Prix

  • miles
1998 Pontiac Grand Prix had an engine fire and vehicle was totaled. Consumer states that GM denied the claim for the recall notice for the engine fire. The consumer stated her son didn't receive the recall, because he moved several times since the vehicle was purchased. GM denied the claim because it was their understanding that the controlling of liability against GM would be breach of warranty. The breach of warranty statute of limitations in Wisconsin was six years from the date of the original purchase date. The original owner purchased the vehicle in April 1998, so GM claimed their liability expired in April 2004.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #22

Sep 112009

Grand Prix

  • 97,500 miles
I had my 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix with the L67 supercharged engine serviced under the recall notice last year (NHTSA id number 08V118000), but it is now leaking the same way from the rear valve cover, with the same attendant smoke on shutdown, and I presume, the same fire hazard.. GM informs me the recall only extended to the front valve cover leakage, but isn't this the same or a related issue" should I expect an american car to be at risk from bursting into flame through normal use"

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #21

Jun 142009

Grand Prix

  • 120,000 miles
1998 Pontiac Grand Prix gpt, sitting in my drive way, caught fire and under the hood is basically toast. We have to totally replace everything...cars that are not started, should not catch fire.

- Claremore, OK, USA

problem #20

May 112009

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • miles
Consumer's 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix was damaged due to a fire. A recall letter was attached to the complaint. The consumer's insurance company is seeking reimbursement due to the recall.(insurance company on behalf of consumer)

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #19

Apr 202009

(reported on)

Grand Prix

  • miles
Consumer states that his 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix caught a fire several years ago and Pontiac denied any responsibility but now they are being recalled. The consumer referenced recall # 09V116000.

- Unknown, AR, USA

problem #18

Jul 252008

Grand Prix

  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign id number 08V441000 (electrical system). The contact stated that the rear of the vehicle was leaking oil. He noticed oil spots on his garage floor. There were no performance issues with the vehicle; however, the contact smelled oil inside the passenger compartment. He took the vehicle in for the recall repair and informed the dealer that the rear gasket was leaking. The dealer later confirmed the failure, but stated that the recall only pertained to the front rocker. The manufacturer was not notified. The current mileage was approximately 61,500 and failure mileage was approximately 59,000.

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #17

May 242007

Grand Prix

  • 130,000 miles
There was a fire under the hood of my car. After a about 6 months they recalled my car and the front rocker cover gasket needed replacing, after call GM and talking to 10 different people and 2 months later they had someone come to look at my car and at this point they offered me only 3000. For it. My problem is that I kept this car up I only drove it in the snow once a year, changed the oil when due, just had new struts on it new tires and it is in new condition. I looked up the blue book value of the car and it was 5,600. I fell as though I should get 5,000. For my car.

- Milford, NH, USA

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