NHTSA — Equipment: Electrical: Air Conditioner Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,550 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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2004 Pontiac Grand Prix AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2004 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 252007

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. While driving 30 mph in rainy conditions, smoke appeared from the vents approximately two minutes after the defogger was activated. There were no warning lights illuminated. The contact turned the vehicle off for 20 minutes. When he restarted it, smoke began to engulf the vehicle. He stated that none of the components worked inside the passenger compartment. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they informed him that the A/C motor malfunctioned and melted, which destroyed the electrical wiring system. The vehicle has not been repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The powertrain was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 83,000.

- Hammond, IN, USA

problem #1

Oct 212006

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
2004 Pontiac Grand Prix gtp. 45,000 miles. As of today, I have had this vehicle in service eight times for steering-related defects, beginning two weeks from the date of new purchase in January, 2004. Three different dealers have all told me "it's a design defect...there will be a fix soon". replaced rack and pinion twice, middle steering shaft twice, and rack/pinion and engine cradle bolts spontaneously work loose every 3,000-5,000 miles. Now vehicle is out of warranty. Most recent visit to century Pontiac in tampa, they attempted to charge me $75 in order to apply yet another tsb regarding loose steering, steering wheel bind, etc. I had to call Pontiac and complain bitterly, they then waived the fee...but did not pay for the rental car. Thus far, power steering pump has failed and been replaced, A/C compressor has failed and been replaced, middle steering shaft replaced twice, entire steering column replaced twice, and there is still a persistent "jolt" through the steering wheel whenever putting car into gear, or turning steering wheel to right, going over a gutter, etc. Also, loud "clunk" resulting in severe shudder in front of vehicle. Dealer(s) state there is no fix. Have nearly lost control of vehicle three times due to steering suddenly loosening, or binding, wandering off-center, etc. Dealer says there's nothing more they can do. When is NHTSA going to listen to all the complaints regarding the steering issues on this vehicle and launch an investigation"? steering rack bolts coming loose? engine cradle bolts coming loose? steering shaft failures and fractures" every time the vehicle is taken to service, the dealers and service managers "play dumb" and try to say "I don't hear anything"...or "it drives like all the other Grand Prix's". please don't let GM and Pontiac continue to insult our collective intelligence and ignore these steering and design issues to the point where someone gets killed.

- Saint Petersburg, FM, USA

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