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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,528 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Pontiac Montana engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Pontiac Montana Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles


We purchased the 1998 Pontiac Montana in March 1998. Since we purchased the car, we have had the right turn signal socket replaced three times due to malfunction. In October 2002, we took the automobile in for problems noted. It was discovered that we needed to replace the turn signal socket again, replace the windshield wiper motor, replace the driver and passenger sides door power window motors, replace the intake manifold gasket, and they worked on the sliding door for the fifth time due to a recall. The total estimate for the pending works came to $3500 plus. I contacted the manufacturer with me concerns, but my concerns fell on deaf ears. All the agreed to help me with was the price on the parts of the windshield wiper motor and that we will be responsible for the labor and all of the major repairs/replacements because they felt that we did not have anymore warranty on the automobile. The service manager advise me to trade in the vehicle since it would be expensive to do the jobs required, but we thought it not to at this time. We even suggested that there might not be a national recall on the items, but we strongly feel that this particular van has a defect. We are asking you to please help us to resolve our concerns.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #3

Jul 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,110 miles
Intake gasket failed allowing coolant to leak into oil.68638 miles valve lifter knocking.74809 miles stalling of engine complete loss of braking and steering. Destruction of engine.75110 miles failure of camshaft. Engine thrown into garbage

- Sterling Hgts., MI, USA

problem #2

Jun 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
Currently running, but not for long. Low coolant light on lifters clanging. 75,000 mile now..... running like crap. I see that there have been several complaints on this matter with major engine repairs. $$$$$$ when is GM going to recall"?????"

- Galeton, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 152003


  • miles
The engine locked up. Dealer notified.

- Crawfordsville, IN, USA

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