NHTSA — Steering: Hydraulic Power Assist System Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,266 miles

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2004 Pontiac Grand Prix steering problems

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2004 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 132005

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,200 miles


I was driving down a 4 lanes highway heading home at 2:30P.M. as I proceeded to slow down for a red light, all the lighs in the vehicle flashed and then everything went out, including my power steering and brakes. Luckly no cars were to my right and I was able to turn the stiff wheel some and jump a crib. I then had to use my parking brake to stop the vehicle.

- Burlington, KY, USA

problem #1

Aug 312004

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,332 miles
I purchased a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix gtp comp G from rydell automotive (van nuys, ca) on October 24, 2004. In May 2004 the power steering hose had to be replaced due to a fluid leak. August 23, 2004 I had the 30,000 mile service performed (I have a long commute), and that included a service of the power steering system. August 31, 2004 while making a three point turn in a parking lot, I heard a loud pop and lost the ability to control the steering of the vehicle. White smoke poured out from under the hood and filled the passenger compartment (the A/C was on). I turned off the car and opened the hood to see the engine on fire. The fire was extinguished by several large bottles of water and the assistance of a passerby. The car was towed to the rydell dealer in san fernando where it remains un-repaired. The GM factory representative who inspected the vehicle said I should submit a claim with my insurance, even though I am clearly within the warranty period. Currently negotiating with the dealership directly and I am requesting a replacement vehicle since I feel the problem could recur.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

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