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NHTSA — Fuel System, Gasoline: Storage Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,086 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 fuel system problems

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2002 Pontiac Montana Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 012011

Montana 6-cyl

  • 90,342 miles


I own a 2002 Pontiac Montana extended version. I noticed a strong smell of gas coming from the rear of the vehicle and upon further investigation, I found that the fuel tank was wet from gasoline under fuel tank inlet tube. I searched the internet for recalls and found NHTSA campaign # 07V349000 which had the description of the problem I had. I brought the vehicle to the dealership and was initially told that the problem was covered under this recall and the tank was removed and a new gas tank was ordered. I was called by the service manager the next day and I was told that my vehicle was not covered under this recall because it was the extended model and I was told that it could be repaired for $1,100. I asked the service manager if this was the same problem that was covered under the recall and he replied that it appeared to be, but that the extended length Montana was not covered under the recall. I had the dealership install the old tank and called the manufacturer and received the same answer.

- Mandeville, LA, USA

problem #3

Sep 262008

Montana 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Pontiac Montana. While the vehicle was parked in the garage, the contact smelled a strong odor of fuel outside the vehicle. She also observed a small amount of fuel spilling from the lower portion of the fuel tank. There were no warnings prior to the failure. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for a diagnostic. The failure was related to a crack in the fuel tank inlet check valve. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 07V349000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage), although the failures were identical. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 135,000 and current mileage was 140,000. Updated 1/5/09 updated 01/09/09

- Fowler, MI, USA

problem #2

Jun 202007

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles
We first noticed fuel smell in the garage. Found a small puddle of gas under the rear of the vehicle. The leak was coming from a crack around the fuel tank inlet. I was not able at that time to take the vehicle in, so I repaired with some epoxy putty. This worked for about 3 months but then it began leaking again. This time I went online to look for replacement fuel tanks. I found a recall for this problem but it states that for the dealer to replace the manufacture date is June thru Aug 2002. My vehicle was manufactured 11/2001.

- Easley, SC, USA

problem #1

Sep 052007

(reported on)

Montana 6-cyl

  • miles
Pontiac fuel tank defect. Customer states that he spoke with the mfr and wants to know why its not a recall* consumer wrote complaint in spanish. Updated 01/07/08.

- Toa Baja, PR, USA

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