really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,310 miles

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problem #15

Jun 042011

Grand Prix

  • 117,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start due to a malfunction in the anti-theft system. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was told the key needed to be replaced. The key was replaced, but the failure continued. The contact also stated the vehicle took long periods of time to start because the anti-theft system was not recognizing the key. The failure mileage was 117,000.

- Detroit, MN, USA

problem #14

Apr 172010

Grand Prix

  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix. The contact stated when initially starting the vehicle that air conditioner would not engage. The headlights were also inoperable and the contact stated the only way the two components would operate was if the key was turned in the ignition swiftly when first starting. The vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 97,000 and the current mileage was approximately 102,000.

- Malabar, FL, USA

problem #13

Aug 012009

Grand Prix

  • 83,866 miles
I believe that there may be a relationship between all of these electrical problems involving the ignition switch / shifter interlock systems on the Pontiac Grand Prix and fires involving the same vehicle (the affect years not know) ours is a 2002 and we have not had a fire yet. But we have had problems removing the ignition key after we park the car. If by some chance that there is some electrical contact still being made because of the defect (removal of the ignition key) then there can be a chain of cause to start a fire. I believe that the NHTSA need to fully investigate these claims. I have been a fire fighter for over 20 years and a fire investigator for well over 15 years, and I have seen numerous times before that were there is a electrical problem over a period of time there will be a fire, sometimes sooner than later.

- Hanford, CA, USA

problem #12

Mar 012010

Grand Prix

  • 85,000 miles
Key stuck in the ignition at 85,000 miles. Car was in park and engine was off (though key would not turn all the way back to it's normal off position). Had to remove bottom cover on steering column in order to press a button on solenoid to release the key. This is now consistently happening every time I drive the car. Considering removing solenoid completely to bypass this safety feature. Dealer is going to charge at least $300 to fix this problem, but I have noticed this is a very common complaint with this vehicle. This should be a recall and the company should strive to produce a higher quality product.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #11

Oct 142009

Grand Prix

  • 150,000 miles
My 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix GT had the following issue which I believe should be a recall. - I was driving my vehicle when my heater blower motor shut off. I would drive for a few more minutes then it would come back on. This would happen at the freq of 1 time per month. The freq began to increase to the point is was several times per km. Off, on, off, on etc. I eventually took it to the dealer, it was a wire harness $ $500 maintenance is what it is, but the same problem turns the headlights off ( not dash lights ) and rear defrost off. In the summer I was driving my vehicle and my headlights were flashing a pedestrian walking infront of my vehicle. It was then I realized the headlights were affected. This is an fyi

- Whitby, 00, USA

problem #10

Jan 092010

Grand Prix

  • miles
2002 Grand Prix the GM passlock is faulty. Flashes does not reset and car will not start. Was stranded in parking lot and had to have towed and repaired.

- Grand Forks, ND, USA

problem #9

Feb 122009

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • miles
On our 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix 3.1L sfi OHV 6cyl, A/C fan started cutting off and on and one day just started a fire we didn't have the money for full coverage so the car now sites in the front yard with a tarp over it. But I know this should not have happened. Please help me with this the car was sitting in a wal mart parking lot early on this morning my wife went shopping she had the keys and the car was turned off and no one was in it and it just started on fire where the A/C fan is and burned a hole through the windshield and into the firewall and burned the inside a lot.

- Nacogdoches, TX, USA

problem #8

Apr 182008

Grand Prix

  • 138,000 miles
Just coming home from work on a Friday, pulled into a gas station to filler up. And noticed key was stuck in ignition having all power still running through car. Got it home and did some research and come to find out there's a solenoid in the steering column that attaches to two wires leading out to computer. Any others out there experiencing third problem maybe we can get enough defects for these corporate guys to give us a product that's going last without some computer bs emptying our pockets for such little (use to be ) simple fixes.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #7

Jul 072008

Grand Prix

  • miles
2002 Grand Prix if it was humid or damp the key would get stuck in start grinding the starter. When we would take it in they said there was nothing wrong. It happened about once a week. On July 7 when I started the car the key was stuck grinding the starter. This time it would not turn back I didn't know what to do. Then it started to smoke and stopped running. I had to pull the battery I had burnt out the starter. I T had to be towed and a knew ignition and started was put in the auto repair said they see this alot, hopefully it didn't hurt the engine.

- Burbank, IL, USA

problem #6

Jun 072004

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
Low oil level indicator will initially turn off when starting vehicle and will come back on and stay on. If vehicle is turned off and restarted low oil level indicator will turn off and stay off. Oil level is ok. Vehicle has been to dealer at least twice and they have not been able to duplicate the problem.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #5

Sep 012006

Grand Prix

  • miles
2002 Pontiac Grand Prix GT. After engaging hazard warning switch to on, then to off, brake lights fail to work. Have to wiggle hazard switch to get brakes working again. All brake lights go out after hazard switch is turned off. Faulty turn signal-hazard switch module. Uncertain if brake lights are working unless constant checking. Have to continue to wiggle hazard switch button to get them to function again. Very dangerous.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #4

Nov 222005

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
I was driving the 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix gtp on a highway with 45-55 mph speed limit for approx. 45 min. The car shut off 15 sec. After I heard the engine backfire. The speedometer went from 0 all the way up, and back to 0. I pulled into the nearest parking lot and popped the hood. I discovered a fire near the intake and the lower right side of the valve cover. The car was towed to a Pontiac dealer. They replaced the fuel injectors, the lower intake, valve cover, spark plug wires, electrical harness and much motor the cost was approx. $5000. After saying it would take 2 weeks, it took the shop 6 or 7 weeks to fix, so my car rental bill was thousands more than insurance would cover the car wasn't nearly as responsive and had trouble going up even the smallest inclines. Also, the shift-park interlink stopped working so the car would not shift out of park after the fire. And my sunroof hasn't worked since. And my fan for the A/C and heater only works with the fan on 5. also I have noticed a weird sound coming from the speakers on occasion. About a week or two later the car was in the shop because they had not replaced the spark plugs; one of them was cracked and was most likely cracked when I got the car back. The car had about 90,000 miles when it had caught fire. Then on June 3, 2006-after less than 2000 miles, the engine locked up. The dealer said the only option they can do to fix it is put a new engine in--the initial estimate is $5200. Also, I'm going to be out of a car again and will have the burden of rental car costs again. From what I have read, there have been numerous fires involving the GM 3.8. something needs to be done.

- Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #3

May 282006

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
My vehicle stalled while I was driving on a busy 5 lane road (2 lanes going each way - and a turn lane). I could tell that it was about to stall and was about to turn into a business parking lot. My vehicle completely stalled in the turn lane. I was fortunate that I was not hurt and that there was no accident. I was able to put the hazard lights on as soon as my car was dead. Fortunately, I had a cell phone and I was able to call roadside assistance.

- Bay City, MI, USA

problem #2

Dec 312003

(reported on)

Grand Prix

  • miles
The head lights flickered on and off as if they were being turned on and off. The dealer has been contacted.

- Vernon, NJ, USA

problem #1

Apr 012002

Grand Prix

  • miles
Complete failure of electrical system. First occurrence caused complete lock-up of ignition, steering, transmission, and fuel systems. (April, 2002) second failure caused failure to start, and resetting of all electronics. Dealer has attributed to battery failure and replaced same. Am concerned that a system failure will occur during vehicle operation causing loss of steering, brakes, etc. That could result in a severe crash.

- Prattville, AL, USA