NHTSA — Electrical System: Wiring: Front Underhood Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,448 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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2001 Pontiac Grand Prix electrical problems

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2001 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 072007

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,398 miles


Sparks and smoke began coming from the engine compartment. As the police officer tried to open the hood, engine compartment ignited into flames. The fire department had to extinguish the fire. The car was driven approximately five miles. The car ignited while sitting in front of a school.

- Euless, TX, USA

problem #5

Feb 212007

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 153,093 miles
2001 Pontiac Grand Prix gtp engine fire. Car was turned off. 5-10 minutes later it caught fire. Was able to get a extingusher and quickly to put it out. Car was parked and engine was off.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #4

Feb 162007

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Car had been parked since previous night until approx 2:45 pm on Feb 16, 2007. Daughter started car to go to work. Car started, immediately followed by dull pop ("like opening a jar of pickles"). gray/white smoke appeared from under hood and she immediately killed ignition. Smoke continued, she raised hood to find top of engine engulfed in flames. University groundskeepers crew nearby and able to put water on fire until fire dept arrived. Fire contained to top of engine and nearby accessories. Extent of damage unknown at this early date.

- Muskogee, OK, USA

problem #3

Jan 242007

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles


Came home, parked on driveway. Went inside, heard noise outside. Went back out and the engine compartment was on fire. By the time the fire department put the fire out the car was totaled.

- La Mesa, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 162006

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,200 miles
I was on my way to work and had driven it less than 3 miles. I had stopped and turned off the car when I came back approximately 2min later I noticed some smoke coming out of the hood area. When I opened it the center of the engine was on fire, near the engine cover. The best the insurance company could tell it was an electrical fire. None of the original wiring has ever been changed nor had the car been modified in any way.

- Coram, NY, USA

problem #1

May 312003

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
The wiring harness under the hood is routed next to the engine, which causes the wires to melt and then the car cuts out/stalls. These stalls happen both at stops and while going down the highway. If not corrected the car may stall causing lose of power to the steering and brakes and then a crash. This first happened at about 36000 and then again at about 70000 miles. I believe that it takes about 30000+ mile before the harness is melted enough to cause the issue. It happened just outside of the manufactures warranty. I called GM twice and asked that they recall it but they informed me that it was not recalled and that I had no way to get it reviewed for recall. The dealers have a service advisor on this issue and I am sure they are seeing several (1000) of these issues a year. Also, at about 70000 miles, the positive lead on the battery began leaking acid. GM states there is not recall, but I have found that this is a common is on Pontiac Grand Prix.

- Baytown, TX, USA

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