NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,314 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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2002 Pontiac Grand Prix electrical problems

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2002 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #7

Dec 202009

Grand Prix

  • 92,200 miles


The key will not come out of the ignition. It must be left in. The steering wheel does not lock in position. Dangerous to leave key in ignition. More likely to accidentally lock children inside with key when it won't come out by accident.

- Alton, MO, USA

problem #6

Feb 102009

Grand Prix

  • 70,000 miles
When shutting engine off the key will not release from the ignition.

- Belington, WV, USA

problem #5

Mar 012009

Grand Prix

  • miles
Key stuck in ignition. At first, I was about to pay $700 to have this fixed. I searched the internet and found that there is a button under the steering column that you can depress and it will release the key. Use the tilt to lift the steering column, feel for a button and press. This may take a minute to get used to. I can now do it without tilting the column. I will do this for the life of the ownership for the car before I pay $700 to have it fixed. I called the dealership and asked them why they would look at my vehicle and give me an estimate but not alert me to the temporary fix, and they said it is against company policy.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #4

Aug 192008

Grand Prix

  • 62,000 miles


Intermittent problem with key not releasing from ignition.

- Port Orchard, WA, USA

problem #3

Nov 062006

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles
The key is stuck in the ignition. I am unable to take it out even when all gears have been switched to park. The were no events that gave me warning any thing was wrong with the ignition. At this point this is the 3rd Pontiac Grand Prix ranging in years 2001-2003 that I have known this to happen to. The key is still stuck in there. Price quotes I have got range from $1,000- $2,000 depending on if they have to reset the airbag.

- Rio Rancho , NM, USA

problem #2

Apr 132005

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles
Unable to extract key from the ignition after putting the car in park. In most failures, I have had to restart the car and go back through all of the gears and put it back into park then remove the key. I work with an individual with the same year car and she recently had the same issue. Her car was under the extended warranty, but to repair the problem it would have cost over $1000 if she had not had the warranty. I believe the issue relates to the transmission not shifting fulling into park.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #1

Apr 152003

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a burgundy 2002 Grand Prix. Whenever I turn it on, it has an extended crank. It sounds like it is struggling to turn on. I have taken it to the dealer three times and am scheduled to take it in again a fourth time. The last time I was there they told me that all of the 2002 models had an extended crank and that there was probably nothing that could fix it.

- Huron, CA, USA

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