NHTSA — Structure: Body Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,867 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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2002 Pontiac Grand Prix body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 202016

Grand Prix

  • 174,000 miles


On Sunday November 20th 2016 my 17 year old son pulled up to a gas station in grand island ne. He went inside to pre pay for his gas and a man came inside saying there was a car in fire. My sons 17 year old girlfriend was inside vehicle sleeping and it had ignited under flames in the hood. He had driven from Lincoln, ne to Aurora, ne stayed for an hour plus then drove 20 miles to truck stop. Car had a fire under the hood and blew front tires and is a total loss. It was sitting next to a gas pump with no power.had a occupant in vehicle sleeping. The front end is gone along with passenger side of vehicle. Was waiting for recall parts at local dealer had appt for next day to fix issue!!! contact for photos

- Wiggins, CO, USA

problem #5

May 012013

Grand Prix

  • 92,000 miles
Rain/car wash water pouring into blower motor down through passenger floorboard. It is causing not only water damage, but electrical issues as well. Have had to replace blower motor resistor and the motor itself. Have only had this motor less than a year and it is already starting to make noise. Have attempted several fixes including a new rubber seal diverter and most recently, a new plastic diverter which is fitted under the cowling to no avail. Please help.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #4

Jun 152013

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
After ten minute drive from work to home, parked the car & 5 min. Later was informed by a neighbor that the car was on fire! I did not smell burning or anything unusual when I parked it. The flames were coming out of the air intake on the hood and burning plastic was dripping off below. My small fire extinguisher settled down the flames, however by the time the fire department arrived the fire and smoke had become larger than before. The car is now totaled and although I had previously received a notice for a earlier recall, and taken the car in to the dealer, I never received a notice for the fire issue. The representative at GM claims division said since the car was more than ten years old (despite the fact I bought it from the Pontiac dealer more recently) I had no recourse. After very little research I found this same scenario all over the internet and assume it will only become more common as these cars continue to age. Hopefully a class action lawsuit will emerge as those people who lost their investment in their vehicle continue to grow.

- Lake In The Hills, IL, USA

problem #3

Jun 102010

Grand Prix

  • 90,000 miles


2002 Pontiac grandprix excessive amount of rust in outer rocker panels. Vehicle was purchased new and never had any major collision damage requiring body repair or replacement. Other body components such as floor and body panels show little or no rust and corrosion. The rocker panels though are rotted out with big gaping holes as if there was no protective coating applied to the interior of these areas. Replacement sections are not available, any repair would have to be either fabricated or from salvage. This area of body panel loss renders the vehicle structurally weakened/unsound and is a critical area in the vehicles impact protection.

- Pittsford, NY, USA

problem #2

May 102002

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
Paint is defective. The car looked old after only 1 month. I complained and nothing was done.

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #1

Jul 152003

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
The body of my 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix seems to be separating at the seam where the quarter panel and the roof adjoin on both sides. On the left side(drivers) the quarter panel is buckled below the window for no apparent reason.

- Ogilvie, MN, USA

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