NHTSA — Electrical System: Wiring Problems


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2000 Pontiac Sunfire electrical problems

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2000 Pontiac Sunfire Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 262003

Sunfire 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I have had my vehicle in for brake repair several times in the past 3 1/2 yrs. At least 5-7 times. My car is now experiencing several electrical problems with a plug under the harness and with the computer system and wiring. My car will not start for several days and then it will start, only to breakdown again when it heats up. It has also cut off while I was driving 70 mph on the expressway.it has been towed 3 times in three weeks for repair due to these problems. I've spent several hundred dollars trying to fix these problems and nothing seems to work. The plug under the harness was melting through my back floorboard, melting my carpet with the potential to catch on fire. I was informed by the service men that I'm experiencing computer and wiring problems. They advised me to contact my insurance company regarding totaling my car out because it has great potential to catch on fire. I contacted GM's customer assistance center regarding all of the problems I'm having and they are not willing to help due to my car being 3 1/2 yrs. Old. There have been several other small issues with this vehicle, but this car is very dangerous and I cannot afford to keep wasting money on repairs. I think a car should last more than 3 1/2 yrs! July 26th 2003 was the last tow date and it's still in the shop. Can you help?

- St. Clair, MI, USA

problem #1

Jan 082002


  • miles
Son (denny herold) drove car to work and to a friends house, shut off car, went inside, and came back to find his car full of smoke (windows down) smoke rolling from car. Fire department, police called just missed by 15 minutes having his pregnant wife and 2 year old sone in the car with him. GM notified, green Chevrolet notifed, fire department looked at, state farm looked at, GM fire inspector looked at fire started on passenger side of car on floor near console. Car totally destroyed. Fire dept and state farm said electrical. Office of defects NHTSA has a ODI id: 717953 on 1/23/2000 which reported a similar incident where fire occurred in car because of short in lead wire on passenger side of car and burned through carpet.

- Edelstein, IL, USA

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