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NHTSA — Structure Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,136 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 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Pontiac Montana Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 012011


  • miles


2002 Pontiac Montana. Consumer states problem with vehicle windshield last November, the windshield cracked diagonally toward the left lower corner. Upon inspection, it was apparent the windshield had released from the upper right corner. The vehicle was inspected by a glass repair shop and they informed the consumer that the roof/glass opening was rusted and had to be repaired/replaced before they would replace the glass. The dealer informed the consumer there was a service bulletin specifying that the roof was to be replaced to fix the condition.

- Fort Atkinson, WI, USA

problem #4

Jun 202006

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
: the contact stated the moldings above the passenger rear side tire fell off. A new molding (part number 12453313) was ordered and arrived with only two screws and two clips which was all the vehicle called for, however there was nine slots. The contact expressed that this may be the reason why the molding fell off the first time. There should be more screws and clips to hold the molding into place.

- O Fallon, MO, USA

problem #3

Nov 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
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 #2

Aug 062003

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
Water leaks along roof seams and under carriage- substantial amount of water from roof to cause failure of insulation system, horn module and window switch. Rust stains on overhead liner and mold and mildew in carpet. Private repairer stated that seams are not machine factory sealed. Seams have been filled with epoxy, putty and tape. Has been tried to be repair 5 times so far.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #1

Aug 022003

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,180 miles
Consumer noticed water leaking through overhead console from the roof rail seams. The dealer applied seam sealer to the corners and along the seam.

- Greenbrier, TN, USA

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