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NHTSA — Steering Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,149 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 steering problems

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2001 Pontiac Montana Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 102014


  • 0 miles


My gearshift broke, fuel gage don't work, my car bounce up and down when driving sliding doors won't click open.when start car up and put in gear drive or revearse won't move just rive up.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #4

Mar 012014


  • 3 miles
Bought this 2001 Pontiac Montana with 132000 miles a week before. Going to pick up my son from work, early evening, 14 degrees outside. I look down and my temperature gauge shoot up and the red temp gauge comes on. I pull over. Bubbling fluids is all I hear. First we started off with no heat a few days before that. We had the heater core flushed out and that seemed to work. Changed the water pump and thermostat. O2 sensors need to be replaced (1+3). Fuel pump is rusted. And the hydroponic lifters are loud. Like the style but having problems. Noticed a few steering issues.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #3

Feb 032010

Montana 6-cyl

  • 112,438 miles
Service traction light stays on. Turn signal lights blinked really fast and they light up everytime I push on the break. Replaced brakes. Problem caused tail lamp circuit board and light bulbs to burn out and melt connectors. Was unable to drive the vehicle because people on the road would not know when I was breaking and could possibly run into me. Knocking sound on right wheel and steering wheel is loose. Replaced stabilizers and sensors, rotated and balanced wheels. Scared that I may loose control of the car because it causes the traction to turn off and the vehicle slides which could lead to a multi-car accident. It also needs new shocks; they are leaking. Vehicle is running hot and is eating up the coolant. Have already put 2 gallons in the vehicle since Sept. Water pump is leaking. Passenger window keeps getting stuck. Dealership says that the door needs to be replaced because it is an electrical issue. The majority of the problems that I am having are due to electrical issues. If you google problems with this particular model, you will find that the complaints are regarding the same issues that I have stated. I am low income and cannot afford to keep spending money to hypothesize what is the cause. I need GM to find out what is wrong with this vehicle. I can't get out of my contract and this vehicle is a road hazard. I noticed the issue with the door the same that I test drove the vehicle. The dealership refused to repair it even though it was on the inspection report. Still disputing issue with them. I noticed the problem with the wheel in April and have been constantly taking it back every since the first repair was done.

- St. Louis, MO, 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

Apr 232002

Montana 6-cyl

  • 13,305 miles
While driving, the front end of the vehicle vibrated. The vehicle would hesitated when accelerated after a complete stop or when slowing. The dealer was unable to remedy the problem. The consumer requested a refund for the vehicle. Other problems are as followed: The vehicle felt as if it was going to stall when idled due to dirty injector(s), there was noise on driver side of the engine, the horn would go off by itself/dealer unable to duplicate, the cover in the rear hatch on the left side did not stay in place and reinstalled the panel door, the transmission had no reverse and grinds when placed in forward gears/removed transmission assembly and disassembled, there was clunking when in gear, the planetary gears were rounded, the transmission acted as if it wanted to take off, found a loose motor mount on the driver side and was tightened, the steering was stiff, and was noisy when turning right.

- Temperance, MI, USA

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