NHTSA — Steering Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,667 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 steering problems

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2001 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 012014

Grand Prix

  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix. While driving various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. In addition, the power steering fluid was leaking from the front of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the power steering pump needed to be replaced. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Mccordsville, IN, USA

problem #5

Apr 072014

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 152,000 miles
This is not the first incident, this is just the most recent. On Monday, 4/7, I was driving on the freeway going home from work in the middle of storm around 5 pm and the shut off. Its as if the key was only turned enough to turn on the battery. This has happened on numerous occasions going as far back as 2012 when I purchased the car. It happens more frequently if I don't remove my car key from the rest of my keys. My power steering locks and the car is unable to turn.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #4

Oct 302013

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • miles
My 2001 Grand Prix supercharge has blinking security light, check engine light, error code PO102 and it keeps dying after I drive it for a little bit. I changed maf and it still dies.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 212001

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • miles


2001 Pontiac Grand Prix engine oil leak, interior water leak at passenger door the dealer informed the consumer that the water leak may have been a result of the door being misaligned. The vehicle pulled to the left. The consumer was then informed the reason for the pulling of the vehicle was due to the inferior tires on the vehicle. The sticker in the trunk specified H rated tires, however the tires the dealer sold on the vehicle were Goodyear Eagle ls tires. The cd player was inoperative. The engine light illuminated. The egr valve and gasket were replaced. The sunroof was leaking and the alternator was replaced. The left front cv boot was leaking and the left front hub bearing was noisy. The ignition cylinder, parking brake, power steering hose, pump seal, rack and pinion and outer tie rod were replaced.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #2

Sep 222003

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • miles
When attempting to turn left steering column locks. Consumer heard a loud thump sound when turning into a parking space. When the consumer attempted to straighten the wheel but it was hard to turn. Once the wheel became straight again the consumer drove it home. While in route the consumer noticed it was difficult to make left turns because the steering wheel started to bind.

- Lagrange, GA, USA

problem #1

Mar 012002

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
The steering on this car exhibits "play" at the center point of the steering (car going straight, not turning) and has from the first day I owned it. It feels as if it has a worn out steering box similar to a high-mileage, old car with recirculation ball type steering box instead of a rack and pinion. This play causes the car to drift to the left or right when driving straight down the road. This condition is exaggerated in rain or snow/ice conditions when the lack of steering input and "feel" causes one to over-compensate thinking the car is sliding. It is very disconcerting. Despite my many complaints, the dealers have told me this play is "normal" and "within specifications" and refused to discuss the subject. This is ridiculous. I have driven similar cars, with much higher mileage, and their steering has no play what so ever! although there has been no "incident" as a result of this condition (yet) it is indeed a safety hazard.

- Stratford, CT, USA

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