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Pontiac Grand Prix, Engine, Sedan
#420 of 430 Have these cars been back to the dealer
Apr 17, 2012 (7:31 am)
I wonder how many of the people with problems due to oil seeps collecting and moving onto the hot exhaust have had their cars back to the dealer for servicing or for oil changes. I believe there was a recall for modifying the plastic loom for the spark plug wires.
If the owners have their oil changes done at QuickyCheap lube and don't follow the internet for recalls and TSBs, they may not have had proper checks and updates done to the vehicles. Also, the seeps would have given an oil smell occasionally from oil getting onto the exhaust area. That should have prompted a visit to a knowledgeable repair facility to check on the source.
#422 of 430 where did everybody go?
Aug 05, 2012 (8:47 am)
Seems like nobody comes here to tell their Grand Prix fire stories any more. Maybe all the ones that were going to burn have burned. My 1999 is still alive. No fires.....yet.......
#423 of 430 Re: where did everybody go? [benajah1759]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Aug 06, 2012 (7:41 am)
Since this discussion covers 8 model years, the earliest of which is 17 years old, it's safe to assume that some of these vehicles have died peacefully of natural causes. Vehicle fires in this model aren't exactly what you'd call a common or expected occurrence - as mentioned, we're covering 8 model years here and given the number of complaints, your statistical likelihood is low.
May you have many more happy years!
#424 of 430 Re: where did everybody go? [kirstie_h]
Aug 07, 2012 (4:46 pm)
kirstie, did or do you have one of these cars?
#425 of 430 Re: where did everybody go? [benajah1759]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Aug 08, 2012 (7:48 am)
No, I just host this discussion.
Oct 27, 2012 (7:25 pm)
I am shocked to see all of the Grand Prix's that have caught fire.
My car engine started on fire last week, 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix with the 3800 engine. I decided to google Pontiac fires because I was so confused why it started on fire.
Parked my car outside to go into a store and within a few minutes I overhear someone mentioning that an older Grand Prix has smoke coming from the engine and I go outside to see it was my car!
Car is totalled just lucky the car fire didn't injure anyone or anything else. Still a little freaked out that could have started in my garage.
Didn't realize there were all these issues with the 3800 engine.
Nov 30, 2012 (9:43 pm)
MY 97 grand prix caught fire back in September. the fire went out before it caused any serious damage. off instinct, I replaced the cat converter, spark plug wires, o2 sensor, and power steering hose, car still gives off burning smell but I won't drive it longer than 5 minutes for fear that it will catch on fire again. I called the dealer and they said that my car had already been serviced for the recall and they sent me a letter saying my car was out of warranty in 2007 so what next? I really would like to drive my car again.
#428 of 430 Re: Same problem [zthomas91]
Dec 01, 2012 (6:42 am)
The dealer told you it had already been serviced for the recall by taking of the plastic part that would catch and hold oil drippings.
What I would do is replace the silicon valve cover seals with new ones. They tend to settle with age and not seal as tightly, allowing a little leakage. Replacing them stops the leak.