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Pontiac Grand Prix, Engine, Sedan
Oct 01, 2011 (10:50 pm)
Seems like the engine fires in these late 90s-early 2000s Grand Prix's are only effecting the ones with the optional 3800 Series II engine? Some of these have the 3.1L V6 and I dont think these have the engine fire problem?
#400 of 428 Re: intermittent electric window [kenm9]
Nov 04, 2011 (11:42 am)
it could be the regulator...thats whats wrong with mine and it was intermittent until it just quit working for good. hope that helps.
#401 of 428 2002 grand prix turbo
Nov 26, 2011 (8:53 am)
I just experienced my 2002 grand prix engine go up in flames. I went to my son's townhome to have a birthday dinner prepared for me by him. We just sat down to eat and someone knocked at the door asking if someone here owned a grand prix. When I said I did he said it was in flames and he just called the fire department. We all ran outside to watch my car burn to the ground. Happy Birthday to me!!!! I am just grateful that I was not at home with the car sitting in the garage. The unfortunate part is that I just paid it off and dropped my insurance down to liability...this was a big loss.
Dec 01, 2011 (2:51 pm)
My husband and I just purchased a 2001 Grand Prix 3 months ago. This morning the engine caught fire and the car is demolished. A firefighter mentioned the recall and so I have researched this and I am just floored with what I am reading. Wow, so many vehicles catching fires, complete toast... and no class action lawsuit !!! NEVER EVER will I buy a GM vehicle again with this kind of history !! Unbelievable !!
#403 of 428 Re: Engine fires 3800 series II 1996-2003 [bedens]
Dec 09, 2011 (12:07 pm)
my email is venusbug21yahoo.com if you found what legal things can be done i did the recall and it just caught fire yesterday please help
#404 of 428 Re: 2001 Grand Prix [jewels1510]
Dec 09, 2011 (12:09 pm)
hi jewel my just got fire on dec 7 2011, are they willing to pay for anything. i did the recall work and everything i dont know what to do. venusbug21yahoo.com. please help
#405 of 428 gm fire for pontiac
Dec 09, 2011 (12:11 pm)
if anybody has what legal information i should do please help me. it just caught fire and destroyed on the 7th. i did the recall and everything. =) i just got the car 2 months ago.
#406 of 428 Re: intermittent electric window [kenm9]
Dec 28, 2011 (8:53 pm)
I'm pretty sure this is caused by a faulty circuit breaker.
On the windows, they are not "fused" but instead the motor has a breaker.
When it gets hot, it trips "open" and will not re-close until it cools down.
Have a new breaker installed in the door AFTER asking your dealer if this is related.
33000 VISIBILITY:POWER WINDOW DEVICES AND CONTROLS
TSB Bulletin No: 531018
#407 of 428 Re: gm fire for pontiac [venusbug21]
Dec 28, 2011 (8:56 pm)
Sorry for your loss.
AFAIK, posting legal advice is against Forum policy,
I do reserve the right to be wrong though.
Try a Google Search
#408 of 428 Regarding Engine Fires
Dec 28, 2011 (9:56 pm)
I'm not privy to the "statute-of-limitations" regarding "Recalls" concerning safety items like this, however I will post what little info I have found "so-far" regarding the subject.
GM Recalls Millions of Vehicles 1997-2003
April 12, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V116000
EA07008 NHTSA Action Number: EA07008
GM RECALL NO. 90047.
The recalled vehicles all have naturally aspirated 3.8 liter V6
"Affected vehicles include:
1997-2003 Buick Regal;
2000-’03 Chevrolet Impala;
1998-’99 Chevrolet Lumina;
1998-2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo;
1998-’99 Oldsmobile Intrigue
1997-2003 Pontiac Grand Prix.
GM said some of these vehicles have a condition in which drops of engine oil may be deposited on the exhaust manifold through hard braking. If the manifold is hot enough and the oil runs below the heat shield, it may ignite into a small flame and may spread to the plastic spark plug wire channel and beyond, increasing the risk of an engine compartment fire.
GM said dealers will remove the spark plug wire retention channel at the front of engine and install two new spark plug wire retainers free of charge.
The recall is expected to begin this month and owners and technicians can
Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438,
Oldsmobile at 1-800-630-6537,
and Pontiac at 1-800-620-7668.
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT
or THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’">link title
"GM issued a similar recall on a similar engine in 2008, according to the company's filing with the government. That problem was traced to a faulty gasket on the engine rocker cover."
You can "search" here for other Auto recalls
Look here for TSB's [Technical Service Bulletins]
I'm sorry for all the distress caused by this, I only hope that the auto mfg's association gets their act in line a bit better.
Many other brands catch fire also, the automobile is a complicated piece, sometimes the engr dept cannot consider all factors in the design of each component.
Good Luck to Everyone