NHTSA — Fuel System, Gasoline: Delivery: Hoses, Lines/Piping, And Fittings Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
196,364 miles

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1998 Pontiac Grand Prix fuel system problems

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1998 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 072008

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 260,000 miles


2 days ago we had a huge snow storm. I was trying to get my car unstuck. The car was idling and I was outside digging out the car, and my girlfriend was sitting in the car, she said it was smokey inside. I just thought it was overheating, and it got worse and worse. I finally thought, ok this just isn't overheating, so I shut the car off and popped the hood. The whole rear of the engine was on fire. I got the fire out and managed to save the car. About 6 months ago I had a engine light come on and the code said small evap leak. He said it was my cold air intake and my gas cap. So I replaced the gas cap and drove around with the engine light on, not knowing that there was a actual evap leak. So it was coincidental that the engine light came on 2 days after I put my intake on. And also it was coincidental that it happened on the day with all the snow. So my mechanic said, that I did have a pinhole leak, and that the sparks from the alternator ignited the vapors. Also the foam underneath the engine cover acted like a sponge sucking in the all fumes and then boom.

- Barrie, 00, 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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