NHTSA — Steering Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
621,983 miles

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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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1999 Pontiac Grand Prix steering problems

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1999 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #17

Jul 042018

Grand Prix

  • miles


Hover heating, says low coolant when I first drive it. I added coolant but at times it says low coolant. Spilling coolant.

- Pasco, WA, USA

problem #16

Aug 182015

Grand Prix

  • 197,000 miles
The contact owns a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that the steering wheel seized and required excessive force when attempting to make a left turn. The contact noticed that the alignment of the front passenger tire was off. The contact then discovered that the rack and pinion housing was detached from of the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 197,000.

- Hometown, IL, USA

problem #15

Mar 162012

Grand Prix

  • 9,700,000 miles
When I first got my car in 2012, had to take it back to place, because it cut off/ stalled. Bought as is. Had warranty for 3 months. They did not honor it. It has been one problem, after another. With this car. Since the day I bought it.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #14

Mar 032014

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • miles


I've had the car for about a year and within a year I've had numerous problems with a such as power steering the keys and the shifter locking up right now unless I hit the safety thing for the shifter it won't go into gear in my key is stuck in the ignition in the position I cannot take it out the person I bought it off of having problems I didn't really think anything of the problems now I just want to know what to do it's never went for any recalls.

- Hammond, IN, USA

problem #13

Sep 122000

Grand Prix

  • 10,000 miles
A faulty crankshaft position sensor caused the loss of steering and braking on numerous occasions until the problem was diagnosed. The same conditions as a faulty ignition switch. Yet the crankshaft sensor is common on all autos. Thus all autos that use a crankshaft sensor are unsafe.[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lockport, IL, USA

problem #12

Aug 272012

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
According to witnesses car went straight when highway curved. Air bags never went off, had two fobs and multiple keys. There was dip in road just before curve. Ignition switch? the consumer's son was killed in an accident. The accident was classified as an unknown cause. Updated 10/27/14....updated 11/03/14 updated 4/28/2015

- Holland, MI, USA

problem #11

Apr 012014

Grand Prix

  • miles


Some times key cant be removed, after a while there will be a click and then key can be removed, while the key remains in collum the shift indicator in dash stays lighted.sigh.

- Concord, NC, USA

problem #10

Mar 102011

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that she took the vehicle to a certified mechanic to have an alignment performed. In the process of the alignment, the mechanic discovered that the steer knuckle was bent and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact also stated that the air bag light warning light illuminated a few years after the steering knuckle failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Eldridge , IA, USA

problem #9

May 172013

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 112,709 miles
My wife used my car on 5/17/2013 when she arrived home and turned the car off she was unable to remove the key from the ignition I read on google that this is an on going problem where some model can not be restarted once this occures I would like to know if any complaints have been reported about these?

- Atwater, CA, USA

problem #8

Oct 152011

Grand Prix

  • 188,000 miles
Vehicle began to run rough. Then immediately lost power steering and stalled. The engine died followed by flames from under both sides of the hood. No smoke was seen before the fire began. No lights came on to indicate a problem. In no time, the entire vehicle was engulfed in flames. The car was a total loss.

- Pana, IL, USA

problem #7

Aug 062005

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles


The steering gets extremely difficult when turning to the left. It's as if there is no power steering. It is intermittent, which makes it very unsafe to turn the car, not knowing when it's going to happen. I have not taken steps to correct the failure yet, waiting for GM to repair under a recall similar to 1997 and 1998's.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #6

Jan 092004

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
My 1999 Pontiac gran prix GT looses the power steering when turning left, right is ok. At a standstill, it is nearly impossible to turn left so the car has to be in motion to turn. It is not smooth, but jerky and the force varies thru the turn. It is definetly a handful on a windy day, when more effort is required in one direction than the other. I haven't been to a dealer yet, because they can't squeeze me in on a day I'm not traveling.

- Jefferson, OH, USA

problem #5

Nov 222002

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
My vehicle, a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix GT, loses power steering when turning left (only left turns - not right turns). It is extremely difficult to make a left hand turn. I need to pull hard with both hands to get my steering wheel to turn. Sometimes when the steering does not respond, I am forced to discontinue my left turn, put my car in reverse, back up the vehicle, and try again because the steering does not work when turning left. On more than one occasion I have almost hit another vehicle because the steering wheel has not responded while I was driving. I have called the GM owner hotline several times to no avail. Of interest. The 1998 Grand Prix is being recalled for this exact same problem. After several phone calls to GM, they have still not even agreed to look at my vehicle. I took it upon myself to bring my vehicle to an accredited GM Pontiac retailer and I paid to have the vehicle looked at and the problem diagnosed. The man at the dealership provided a written quote describing the problem that the 1998 Grand Prix is being recalled. Unfortunately, GM won't listen to me because my vehicle is a 1999, which is not being recalled.

- Windsor, CT, USA

problem #4

Jul 152000

Grand Prix

  • miles
While driving, the steering wheel became difficult to turn and almost caused and accident.

- Greeneville, TN, USA

problem #3

Nov 222002

Grand Prix

  • miles
Consumer states while turning left the vehicle loses power steering. Please provide any additional information.

- Southington, CT, USA

problem #2

Jan 012000

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When turning steering wheel in either direction there is a clicking sound. Consumer can also feel this clicking on steering wheel. Vehicle has been in for repairs 9 times. Dealer replaced the struts and supports, the rack and bearings. Has not remedied the problem.

- Murietta, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 012000

Grand Prix

  • miles
Steering mechanism is not functioning properly. Vehicle has variable steering which is loose for city driving and sturdy for highway driving. Mechanism is working the opposite, and is very dangerous while driving. Vehicle checked by dealer, who advised consumer that vehicle does not have variable steering. Consumer knows vehicle has mechanism because it has worked properly in the past.

- Peoria, IL, USA

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