NHTSA — Steering: Linkages: Tie Rod Assembly Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,750 miles

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2006 Pontiac Grand Prix steering problems

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2006 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 062008

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles


The outer tie-rod on my 2006 Grand Prix needs replaced. My vehicle has less than 50,000 miles and I also had to replace my tires after around 45,000 because of the tie-rod problem. All together this is costing me around $700 which is a lot to spend on a problem that I feel is a result of improper manufacturing.

- Fitchburg, WI, USA

problem #3

Jan 162008

Grand Prix 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
Premature wear of the outer tie rod ends. We purchased this vehicle (2006 Pontiac Grand Prix gxp) new, it currently has 37,000 miles on it. On January 16, 2008 the vehicle was taken to a va. State inspection station for an annual safety check. The technician discovered that both of the outer tire rod ends worn beyond safety allowances. The originating dealer was contacted and the service writer and the service manager denied coverage under the basic warranty, basic warranty expired @ 36,000 miles. Contact was made to Pontiac customer assistance center and a case number was assigned. The customer assistance center is still processing issue, no decision has been made on whether GM is going to cover repairs under the basic warranty. The tie rod ends are non- serviceable items, they are lubricated and sealed when installed and should last well over 100,000 miles. Wear of this part causes premature tire wear. Failure of this part will result in loss of control.

- Amelia, VA, USA

problem #2

Sep 302007

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
Outer tie rod ends for both front wheels failed at 39,000 miles probably even sooner. Tires were worn out very quickly and had to pay $300 to get tie rods replaced. Mechanic said the tie rod ends may have come from the factory without being greased and the did not have grease fittings on them like the new ones he put on. Failure caused tires to jump and sloppy steering, which could of been dangerous. The consumer stated tires were worn out at 35,000 miles which could of happened because of the tie rod end failure. Updated 10/24/07

- Keller, TX, USA

problem #1

May 192007

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
My vehicle had 32,000 miles on it when I bought it. It seemed that the steering had a good amount of play in it for only being a year old. My girlfriend was driving my car and hit a parked car. She was not injured. She said she didn't know why she lost control and was unable to steer it. It looked like the wheel came loose from the axle. The damage cost $3,000 to fix. The stabilizer bar and tie rod ends had to be replaced.

- Ventnor, NJ, USA

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