NHTSA — Steering Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,080 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Pontiac Sunfire steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Pontiac Sunfire Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 012011

Sunfire 4-cyl

  • 66,241 miles


Apparently, their is a known issue w/the 98 Pontiac Sunfire steering rack and pinion gear making it feel like their is a total loss of power steering, even though the power steering pump is working properly. I purchased this car in January of 2011 off a little old lady, who kept it in a garage and barely drove it, the car only had 51,000 miles on it. She advised that she didn't know of any recalls, so she didn't take it in for any of the recall repairs. I have check the NHTSA website as well as several other reputable sites and have found their have been several recalls on this vehicle. However, upon calling Pontiac recall hotline, they are telling me that these recalls on your website never existed for my 98 Pontiac Sunfire and went on to say that you can believe every thing you read on the internet (how funny, your average moron could have figured that out). But regardless, it appears that Pontiac is saying that they will not fix these recalls. Please investigate and let me know if my concerns are legitimate. I don't want to pay for a repair, when the car should have been fixed under their recall. Thanks.

- Bartlesville, OK, USA

problem #2

Nov 302010


  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Pontiac Sunfire. While driving less than 15 mph, the contact was unable to turn left. The contact vehicle became difficult to steer. The contact had to reverse and reposition the vehicle to make the turn. The contact called the dealer who referred him to the manufacturer. The contact referenced recall 02V286000 (steering: Rack and pinion) but the manufacturer stated that the vehicle was not included. The failure occurred several times in a day. The vehicle had not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were approximately 97,000.

- Cahokia, IL, USA

problem #1

Aug 052003

(reported on)


  • 65,000 miles
Vehicle experienced the same defect with its steering as stated in recall 02 V 286 000. But this vehicle was not included in recall due to VIN.

- Lexington, MA, USA

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