NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Switch Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,514 miles

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2001 Pontiac Grand Prix electrical problems

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2001 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #9

Sep 222014

Grand Prix

  • 49,129 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix. While attempting to merge into traffic, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was previously repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system); however, the failure was not corrected. The manufacturer stated that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN and speed were not available. The failure mileage was 49,129.

- Bogota , NJ, USA

problem #8

Mar 142012

Grand Prix

  • 160,000 miles
TL * the contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that oil dropped onto the engine while oil was being added to the reservoir. The vehicle ignited into flames. The contact extinguished the flames with a garden hose. In 2009, the vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 08V118000 (engine and engine cooling), but the remedy did not correct the failure. The contact also stated that the key would not release from the ignition switch. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Valcia, PA, USA

problem #7

Jun 202014

Grand Prix

  • 214,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix. While attempting to start the vehicle, the contact was unable to remove the key from the ignition switch. The vehicle failed to start. Additionally, the contact noticed oil leaking from the engine. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 214,000.

- Hopewell, VA, USA

problem #6

Aug 242005

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


The key gets stuck in the ignition, it does not always do this, but it's becoming more frequent. I took it to the dealer 30 days after I bought it and they told me nothing was wrong cause the key came out for them,2 months later it started again and now they are saying the warranty won't cover it and the cost is $600 for new ignition.

- Bradford, PA, USA

problem #5

Jan 132006

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles
While driving my 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix, the steering wheel caught on fire.

- Perry, OK, USA

problem #4

Jan 012003

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,500 miles
Key sticks in the ignition. Took the car to the dealership where they replaced a switch in the transmission. This did not fix the problem. The car can be shifted into gear while it is off because of the key stuck in the ignition.

- Riverton, WY, USA

problem #3

Nov 012004

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The key sticks in the ignition. At first, at was intermittent but progressively became worse until the key would not come out at all. Took to the dealership and it cost $500 to fix.

- Kearns, UT, USA

problem #2

Mar 172004

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Replacement of ignition switch on 2001 Grand Prix. The faulty ignition switch caused periodic failure of the A/C, driver information center, daytime running lights, and the headlight system. The consumer requested reimbursement.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #1

Nov 272003

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
This appears to be a common problem. I found many people with the same problem I have and we are screaming for a recall. The ignition switch will go from the "on" position to "off", but will not any further. Therefore, I cannot remove the key from the switch. It does not always do this, but it is becoming more frequent. I can usually leave the key in for a while and when I return, the switch will rotate and the key will come out. This is very frustrating. Any help is appreciated! one person says: I'm having the same problem with mine. Is your problem intermittent? mine is, started one day and works off and on, whenever it feels like it really, works more in warm weather than cold weather. It's weird. My two thoughts are either a loose connection (ground or otherwise) or maybe the BTSI solenoid at the shifter base. And the only recall that is current is one for the Envoy, trailblazers where you disable the shifter and column over ride feature. Please help us - this is very upsetting and I am tired of wondering if day to day the key will come out of the ignition.

- Benbrook, TX, USA

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