NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2005 Pontiac Grand Prix (Page 2 of 2)


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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,384 miles

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2005 Pontiac Grand Prix electrical problems

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2005 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #17

Jul 032014

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 60,200 miles


Driving in town at @30 mph and the car lost power, luckily there was a business close by that when I lost power I was able to muscle the steering wheel to get my car off the street. Ignition was no longer in the run position. Car was able to start back up and I was able to carry on my way. I use only a key with no key chain, no extra weight on the ignition.

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #16

May 152014

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that the key became lodged in the ignition. The contact made several attempts and was not able to remove the key. As a result, the key was left in the ignition and a second key had to be used in order to enter the vehicle. The contact was not notified of recall NHTSA campaign id number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000. Updated 09/05/14 updated 12/15/2014

- Monett, MO, USA

problem #15

Nov 012010

Grand Prix

  • miles
I apologize as the date of my first incident is only approximated. However, I have had several since then. While driving in the rain, my wipers began to stall frequently and continue to do so. Then, my dash lights became I uncharacteristically dim followed by intermittent stopping of my air blower. After many trips to the car mechanic, no solutions have remedied my problem. After my own research through internet forums and a last discussion with a former GM employee, I believe the problem is with a faulty ignition switch. With a GM recall now in place for my vehicle, do I qualify to receive the repair even though my vehicle is a 2005 model? thank you much!

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #14

May 022011

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • miles


I have an ignition problem which I feel should be in the recall. My make model and year meets the requirement for the GM ignition recall yet my VIN does not meet that requirement. The ignition has been messed up for a few months as to where the key will only go half way into the ignition. After several attempt the key would go all the way into the ignition. It has gotten to the point as to where I can not take my key out of the ignition as it may not go back in. I feel that my vehicle should be in the recall. I work a minimum wage job and cannot afford to have the ignition replaced. I check GM web site each day for my VIN number. How do you determine which vehicles to recall?

- Middleport, OH, USA

problem #13

Feb 232012

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Every since I have had this vehicle off and on I've had this problem, I would try unlock my car door with the key and it didn't open I was at the park with my granddaughter and there was a dog chasing me and I had my granddaughter with me but I couldn't get in so I climbed on the car that's when I first found out. The second time is when I was out with some friends & the car wouldn't open with the key again! that was embarrassing so my friend took me home I had to have it towed because I didn't know the cause, later that day I tried again & it still didn't work, my remote lock stopped working for the car I've replaced the batteries had it checked even purchased another still no luck, had pay locksmiths plenty of times to the point where there were dents across the top of both my doors until I finally had the car painted, ran into the same issue again and noticed that if the car was to hot or cold from the weather this would happen, now I can't get into my car and I have and important training class that I can't miss but I don't have a choice because I can't get into my car, I've also contacted GMC I have a reference number it is [xxx] I also asked if the recall on the ignition the reason why my car does this the rep assured me that it's not & there is no recall on my vehicle at all. Please help information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #12

Apr 102013

Grand Prix

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that the key was unable to be removed from the ignition. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 85,000 and the current mileage was unknown.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #11

Sep 222011

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles


GM recent admission and the NHTSA confirmation of accidents and deaths cause by ignition switch turning off in general motor vehicles is also applicable to Pontiac too which was not mentioned. I have a 2005 Pontiac gran prix in which I had this happened twice to me. The second time almost causing me to almost get side swipe by a large truck while going around a bend on a bright sunny day in Florida. As describe by the incident of these events. I was driving and operating my Pontiac normally, and when I entered the corner the car lost all power as it kept on going. Everything shut down. And because of the lost of power to the steering and power brakes I had to literally manhandle the vehicle from going directly into oncoming traffic and getting smashed. An even that was very scare and now I know the cause. I do not know why GM model from Saturn, oldmobile and Pontiac are not mentioned in the recall. But obviously they all use and incorporate the same ignition systems, parts and components. Because of neglect of general motor I almost lost my life driving one of their vehicle. I still have the vehicle and I have had one other inside of lost of power that could be related. By I believe that Pontiac are also susceptible to the same problem with the ignition switch as the cars that are all being recalled and involved in deadly accidents.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #10

Jan 232012

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 93,580 miles
On 1/23/12, while backing out of a parking space on a level lot, my 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix lunged forward. I immediately hit the brake. The car was in reverse not drive! I attempted to back out again and the same thing happened! the second time it lunged forward so quickly I was afraid the car would not stop, even with the brake fully applied. This second lunging incident damaged/cracked the air dam, as it was now wedged against the concrete parking space divider. At the same moment, the dashboard flashed/lit up like a christmas tree....and the engine stalled. I put the car in park and turned the ignition off..then got out to inspect the damage. Upon re-entering the car, it would not start! it finally restarted on the third attempt and I was finally able to back out of the parking space.

- Spartanburg, SC, USA

problem #9

Sep 172011

Grand Prix

  • 83,300 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph with the heater activated, a strong burning odor and a massive amount off white smoke suddenly emitted throughout the vehicle. The contact drove to a nearby service station, where the fire department extinguished a fire underneath the front passengers side instrument panel area. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 83,300.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #8

Dec 272010

Grand Prix

  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that the warning light illuminated and the vehicle would not start. The radio and lights functioned but the vehicle would not start when attempted. The contact called the dealer who offered no assistance. The VIN was unavailable. The current and failure mileages were approximately 113,000.

- West Regal, LA, USA

problem #7

Nov 282009

Grand Prix

  • 102,364 miles


I was driving down the highway and my gauges in my display stopped working. I hit a bump in the highway and they came back on again. The next day when I turned my car back on the gauges were not working. I hit my dash and my gauges started working again. The gauges are currently not working right now. My car is scheduled to be repaired.

- League City, TX, USA

problem #6

Jan 012008

Grand Prix

  • 90,000 miles
ABS, traction control, variable effort steering error lights on at same time.

- Lansdowne, PA, USA

problem #5

Apr 012007

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix. When the window defogger is activated and the windshield wipers are engaged, the vehicle shuts down. While driving 70 mph, the vehicle stalls and loses power. The mechanic stated that the O-ring was missing, which causes the vehicle to lose power due to lack of heat. The mechanic was unable to duplicate the failure. When the contact took her vehicle to the dealer, it was still under warranty. However, when she picked up her vehicle from the dealer, she noticed that 100 miles had been added, which put the vehicle out of warranty. The failure persists. The current mileage is 37,000 and failure mileage was 35,000.

- Cranberry, NJ, USA

problem #4

Mar 232007

Grand Prix 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
March 2006- driving home from work in school traffic, running speed limit, obd failed, car cut off and locked up after guiding it to shoulder of roadway. Vehicle was towed to local dealership. Obd replaced.vehicle intermittently will reset passenger compartment temperatures on climate controls, clock will drastically change it's time from the time it's parked to the time it's started again. March 2007- after I left work, I drove approximately 5 miles and parked in a public parkinglot. Vehicle cut off for approximately 30 minutes, I unlocked my vehicle with the remote, got in and started the car. The car fired up without hesitation. As I put my seatbelt on, my computer started warning me to check ABS system, check stabilitrak system, and the check engine light came on. When I realized what was happening, the car cut off and would not start, it wouldn't even turn over. I waited an hour or so for a wrecker. While I waited I would turn the key to listen to the radio to occupy my mind until it timed out, then I would turn the key again and repeat the process. The radio, door locks, windows and trunk all operated efficiently by remote and door controls. Vehicle was taken to the same local dealership as before. The diagnostics computer stated that the battery was bad and the battery was replaced. Since then, I have still had the intermittent issues with the climate controls. I contacted the manufacturer to ask about a buyback and could not get the initial customer service representative to call back. I finally got disgusted and spoke to anyone who could look up my information and tell me what decision had been made regarding the electrical issue. The manufacturer stated that there would be no action taken, as the issue had not recurred within the week of the pending request from the time that the battery was replaced.

- Cameron, NC, USA

problem #3

Feb 062007

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
On 2/3/2007 car stalled on freeway and steering wheel lock up rolled to the side of freeway. Could not accelerate car. Waited a while placed car into park turned on ignition switch car started back up but engine light came on this time my 2nd time complaining about car stalling out on the highway. Dealer could not find out why. Paid for car to be checked.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 022007

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,381 miles
I took my car in to an certified automotive center to receive a diagnostic check because the car had completely stopped on the bay bridge and I could not accelerate. Thank god I was completely over into the left hand lane because the steering wheel had completely locked. The automotive center could not find anything wrong but detected that the model and year had a recall on intergrated circuit chip damage that controlled the car. So they told me to go back to the dealership for that recall so when I went back to the dealer they stated that there was no recall. So I had to pay an additional fee to get my car checked by the dealer. Since I purchased this vehicle in July 2005 I have had several problems with transmission, sensors, fuel filter and had to put on rotors twice since I purchase my mileage is 69,000. I am asking for investigations on this car to see whether or not I was sold a lemon.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 012004

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,100 miles
"charging system failure" has appeared at least 12 times on the driver's message console that I have documented. It is also accompanied by the fan blower repeatedly cutting in and out when turned on. This has happened just about every time the fan is turned on. Have taken the vehicle in to have the problem checked at lambert Pontiac-Buick in cuyahoga falls, Ohio, and they stated they ran a computer diagnostic and could not determine what the problem was, and stated there was nothing they could do about it. Also, one time while accelerating it sounded as if the engine were about to cut off, but it did not. Vehicle only has 3200 miles on it.

- Stow, OH, USA

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