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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic Problems

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,306 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.

2001 Pontiac Montana brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Pontiac Montana Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 302005

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,163 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My original set of inner brake pads were 75% worn per dealer repair shop at 29,672 miles. The outer pads were fine. The rotors were approaching end of life. I had them replace the pads at this time. The dealer did not offer to cover them under warranty. At 30,945, 1273 miles later, I took the car back for another brake inspection. At this time they found that the rotors were rusted and pitted, not normal wear. They replaced the pads and the rotors under warranty (seems strange it wasn't warranty before"!?!"). now at 65K miles I took the car in for a brake inspection at a repair shop. They said the front pads and rotors were shot and they had about two weeks left of city driving left. My husband replaced both the pads and the rotors this weekend. The inner pads were worn down to the rivets that hold the pad to the mounting surface. The outer pads were hardly thinner than the brand new pads out of the box. So this leads me to believe that GM has an issue with the brake calipers not applying pressure evenly. I have seen complaints like this on this website referring to the same problem.

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #3

Feb 232004

(reported on)

Montana

  • 3,060 miles
Gas leaking under the driver seat and under the hood. Also, gas was pouring out from the motor. The window failed to open, the consumer is currently waiting on a new motor. The rear brakes were leaking, the tie rods had to be replaced because they were loose, the left rear stuck became stuck, when the gear was taken out of park and placed into drive and the consumer proceeded to accelerate the vehicle jerked, the engine light illuminated, the dealer determined the emission system was dragging, the driver side mirror vibrated, the bumper cover was loose. When the consumer attempted to turn the key in the ignition, the vehicle did not start, the dealer was unable to duplicate the consumer's concern. The fuel pressure regulator was leaking and the fuel filter was replaced. The vehicle would not go over 10 mph, the vehicle shifted and then returned to normal speed. The plastic on the drivers seat was loose.

- Morgan City, LA, USA

problem #2

Oct 092003

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
While driving at 35 mph the consumer attempted to turn, but the vehicle went straight. The vehicle would not steer, the consumer lost control and went straight. The vehicle struck several trees, and sheared one off that landed on top of the vehicle. The consumer was wearing a seat belt and suffered a concussion. The vehicle was totaled in the accident.

- Hendersonville, NC, USA

problem #1

Jan 282003

Montana

  • miles
Consumer states the vehicle was parked in the driveway when the vehicle started to roll into the street.

- Fruitport, MI, USA

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