NHTSA — Steering Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
77,683 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.

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1998 Pontiac Grand Prix steering problems

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1998 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #16

Aug 162016

Grand Prix

  • 178,000 miles


There are a lot of recalls on my poniac Grand Prix SE. They have affected the safety of myself and my child. The steering fluid leaks from the car after something was replaced on a recall a while back. Recently while I was in traffic my car stopped going and overheated a lot. This car always runs hot. It may have something to do with the most recent recall. But this car will no longer even start up. How do I find out if the recalls are responsible for my car breaking down on me? also in the letter I received in the mail said to park my car and not drive it. Yet the didn't have the parts in to replace and fix the issue. Is there a way to be compensated for this. I need a reliable car and really wish I hadn't purchased one with so many issues.

- Peoria, IL, USA

problem #15

Aug 092015

Grand Prix

  • 127,921 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix. While driving at an unknown speed, excessive force was required when attempting to make a turn. The dealer stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 02V286000 (steering). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 127,921.

- Cincinnati , OH, USA

problem #14

Jan 012015

Grand Prix

  • 149,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the steering wheel seized, the vehicle overheated, and there was a burning odor. The failure recurred on various occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 149,000.

- El Dorado , CA, USA

problem #13

May 132011

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 180,000 miles


The gas tank is not sealed in the middle allowing gas and fuel vapor to leak from car! all the sway bar on the driver side has separated due to the rack and pinion, car has no sound when turning to the right but if you try and turn the car to the left it is as if the power steering is going out and make a loud grinding noise and is getting very difficult to turn left, also the windshield wiper do not work proper and cause problems in the rain, the key get stuck in the ignition all the time, feel as if motor is twisting or moving forward, will be contacting Pontiac due to recalls and problems arising.

- Fremont, NE, USA

problem #12

Nov 092010

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 147,000 miles
1998 Pontiac Grand Prix, 147,000 miles. Signs and symptoms of steering failure are consistent with GM recall #02049 and NHTSA campaign id 02V28600. Failure of the rack and pinion steering system. Can barely turn the car left anymore due to the failure of the rack & pinion system. Several calls to GM and Pontiac ended with them saying my VIN # is not in the recall. When the car causes a crash and kills someone, I plan to sue both Pontiac and GM.

- Trussville, AL, USA

problem #11

Jul 202010

Grand Prix

  • 95,000 miles
98 Grand Prix loses power steering when turning left at low speed. This is exactly like the problem described in recall#02V286000. This car was brought in for that service recall back in 2003 at 39,000 miles. The car now has 95,000 miles and the problem is back. It would appear that the recall fix was only temporary. The cars are still potentially dangerous to drive after the recall fix has been performed. GM will not repair the car again since they claim they only have to fix it once. The problem has returned, and if it was not safe the 1st time and had to be recalled, it should be recalled again until they get it right.

- De Pere, WI, USA

problem #10

Nov 292009

Grand Prix

  • 100,000 miles


Certain passenger vehicles and mini vans have lower pinion bearings in the power rack and pinion assembly in which the retainer tabs were not crimped properly. These and some other retainers used in vehicles assembled between January 1, 1996 and October 31, 1997, could fail and permit the ball bearings to escape.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #9

Apr 072008

Grand Prix

  • 145,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix. While driving 5 mph and attempting to park the vehicle, the contact noticed that the steering wheel was difficult to turn left. The wheel felt as if there was no power steering and it was nearly impossible to maneuver the vehicle. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 02V286000 (steering:rack and pinion). He called Pontiac directly and they stated that they were not responsible for the repairs since the vehicle was excluded from the recall. Currently, the vehicle is parked at the contact's residence and has not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were 145,000.

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #8

Sep 152002

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles
Steering rack slipped causing loss of power assist when taking left turns. Rack was replaced. There was a recall for this on some 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix but evidently they didn't check far enough so as to include my vehicle in the recall.thus I was told I am not going to be reimbursed for repairs.

- New Britain, CT, USA

problem #7

Aug 282003

Grand Prix

  • miles
Steering pulled to the right causing vehicle to leave road, crash into tree, and burst into flames.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #6

Jul 242003

Grand Prix

  • miles


While turning onto street or highway there is a knocking noise coming from underneath the vehicle, and the steering column is loose.

- Smithton, IL, USA

problem #5

Jul 182003

Grand Prix

  • miles
While traveling on the highway and without prior warning the steering wheel made a certain turn. Unable to control the vehicle, hit a tree, and caught on fire.

- Alliance, OH, USA

problem #4

Nov 202002

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 27,000 miles
Vehicle experienced the same defect with its steering rack and pinion as stated in recall 02 V 286 000, butthe VIN number was not included. The steering was extremely difficult from a stopped position and was a little less difficult while in motion.

- Jasper, IN, USA

problem #3

Jan 182002

(reported on)

Grand Prix

  • miles
While driving steering locks up and makes a popping noise. Steering rack and pinion has been replaced. However, it did not solve the problem.

- Plainsboro, NJ, USA

problem #2

Feb 052001

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Like driving an army tank consumer can't steer. Once while traveling with children, consumer turned steering wheel, and it would not turn back. If on a highway, someone could have been hurt. Consumer believes there were quite many vehicles of this model experiencing steering problem.

- Jackson, MO, USA

problem #1

Jun 161999

(reported on)

Grand Prix

  • miles
Steering is loose.

- Unknown, UN, USA

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