NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Cooling System Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,000 miles

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2004 Pontiac Grand Prix cooling system problems

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2004 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 012011

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 190,000 miles


My husband and I own a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. We had been experiencing problems with the electronic system (traction control/sts/ABS), the lights came on 2009. We bought the car in 2008. We had not being experiencing any other problems other than that we knew of. My husband did some research and found out that it was a recall on the 2004S for the traction control malfunction; however, he was told that we had missed the recall period and so we had to deal with the problem ourselves. In 2011, I was driving my son and I to the doctor, about 30 minutes away, when we got out the car I smelled something burning and saw so some smoke but it didn't look like it was coming from my car, it looked like it was coming from over a wooden fence. So I thought nothing about it, (especially since we had not been having any problems other that the one describe above) so I got my son and went into the doctors office. We were in there for about 5 minutes, when the receptionist informed everyone that it was a car on fire out in the parking lot. I went outside to move my car since I had remembered smelling something burning when I arrived to the doctors' office. Well when I got out back, that's when I realized that it was my car that was on fire. The fire department was called.they put out the fire which had by that time completely burned up the engine. That's where it started, under the hood. One of the firefighters asked me had we recently had any work done on the car. I told him no. Anyway, we called the insurance company and the car towed. The insurance company are currently investigating the fire. My husband and I researched and found out that the 1997-2003 had been recalled for this issue, but not the 2004S. Looks like to me, that the 2004S should have been recalled as well.

- Cordova, TN, USA

problem #3

Nov 212008

Grand Prix

  • 79,000 miles
Blower motor will not shut off even with key out until the cars is dead (battery)

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #2

Aug 022006

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
I lease a 2004 Grand Prix. There were no events leading to the failure. Three problems: 1) the driver-side seat belt latch no longer functions. 2) the car overheats. 3) the blower motor does not work.

- Walnut Creek, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 112003

Grand Prix

  • miles
After cold vehicle start at ambient temperatures of 45-55F vehicle surges or stalls after a reverse-drive shift. Dealer states vehicle calibration will be made available.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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