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NHTSA — Equipment: Electrical Problems

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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.

2002 Pontiac Montana accessories - interior problems

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2002 Pontiac Montana Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 152002

Montana

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles

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

Problem with the head gasket during normal driving condition starting by over heating look like a thermostat problem but is not. Head gasket fail and gas from the cylinders escape to the block of the engine causing to over heat and damage to the engine.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #3

Nov 152002

Montana

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
There are modules that we keep having trouble with. They lock & unlock doors while driving, lock in ignition key receiver, turn on air bag warning light and disengage them, show "'service engine" light, etc..I am told they control the headlights also. They are a vital part to the car\\'s saftey because they control so many elements of the car. The tranmission has had numerous problem. Wheels spin first and then engine locks in a few seconds later. They tried to repair it twice, then we drove just a few blocks from the dealership and had to bring car back (service records do not show this as an additional service) and had too bring it back again a few days later. Now we are told that they are putting in a new transmission and refuse to consider the car a lemon because a new transmission is being put in. We have lost confidence in the car and consider it unreliable and unsafe. A new transmission only addresses one of the problems. We want out of the vehicle. It is currently in repair now, and we have had a rental car for almost two weeks. Altogether, the car has been in service for about 43 days since we have owned it..just one year!!

- Cathedral City, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 152002

Montana

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
My vehichle is on it's fourth battery and only has 1200 miles. If the van is parked for more than a day then it drains the battery. They can't seem to find the problem. I told them to call the factory for help but I doubt if they will do so.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 022002

Montana

  • miles
Car did not come with an ashtray and none according to the dealer is available in that model this year. What the dealer offered was a place in ashtray to go in the cupholder. This I took as a replacement to the un-offered and not available ashtray. However several weeks after getting this new car I was driving at night and went to put out my cigarette. Because there was no light and the dashboard has no lights in that area my cigarette head hit the front of the cupholder dropping the lit head on the floor. Immediate panic ensued resulting in me removing my eyes fron the road to recover the lit head of the cigarette. I asked the dealer if Pontiac offered a light for that area and the answer was no, . I verified that with Pontiac customer assistance and they said there is not even a smokers package available. I would have not upgraded from my 1998 Montana which had an ashtray if I knew it didn't before taking delivery. This is not one of your major cases but should be looked at as a possible fire or safety hazard.

- Williamstown, NJ, USA

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