NHTSA — Electrical System: Wiring Problems


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Average Mileage:
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1998 Pontiac Sunfire electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Pontiac Sunfire Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 192003

Sunfire 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


I purchased my vehicle on 06/1999 brand new with only 122 miles. Within a few months it didn't start. I called the dealer and advised them of the situation. They couldn't find out what was wrong with it" about two days later they told me that the gas tank had sugar in it??? since it was still under warranty they fixed it I had to pay $500. Which I feel was a discrepancy on their diagnosis?? on 06/00 the vehicle again would not start and this time they advised me that it was my battery? a few days later the car kept tugging and jerking. I drove it to the dealer again.their diagnosis this time was: Engine cuts out under load; plug wires are defective;per tech bulletin#00032.that same day my sterio cd player gave out! it kept reading error code, and my carpet came loose from the passengers side? on 08/00 the car began to stall again, it was pulling back and forth, it left me stranded in the middle of the desert! the vehicle was taken to the nearest dealer ship.they figuref out that it was a wiring to motor broken code P0507, iac motor. On 09/00 my radio again went out;had to be sent out for repair? on 03/01 the vehicle began to shake and the check engine light turned on. I took it again to the dealer ship and they told me it was the intake air temp sensor. I declined the dealers service since I have lost confidence in their work performance. I took it to a local mechanic and he fixed the problems that it had; fuel injection, valve cover, serp V-belt, whl cylindes L/R, temp sensor @ a cost of $450. Now I have the same problem, the check engine light keeps turning on and the vehicle is stalling and shaking. I took it to the same local mechanic and he told me that in the system it came up as the air temp sensor. When he tested the sensor, it came up as working properly. He doesn't know what the problem is??? by the way my sterio and carpet are still defective but now I feel like, why complain?? do you have any suggestions on this matter"

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #1

Mar 182002


  • miles
Was traveling 25mph and had started smelling burning plastic. Odor would come from an D through the vents. Had no cause of problem. Vehicle at dealership.

- Mt Vernon, OH, USA

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