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NHTSA — Fuel System, Gasoline Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,022 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 #9

Feb 202011

Montana 6-cyl

  • 122,000 miles


I own a 2002 Pontiac Montana and the fuel gauge is no longer working properly. It now gives me a reading of either having a full tank of gas or an empty tank of gas. There was no previous warning to the fuel gauge going bad. The incorrect fuel reading occurs at every start up, and the consequences of having an incorrect gauge is the possibility of running out of gas. I have not made a repair as of this time. Please look into this issue, as many other owners are having this same issue, and it is apparent that the fuel gauge is faulty. Failure occurred in February, 2011.

- Clarkston, MI, USA

problem #8

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 #7

Nov 222010


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Pontiac Montana. While refueling the vehicle, the contact noticed gasoline overflowing from the fuel tank. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in recall 07E021000 (fuel system, other: Storage: Tank assembly: Pressure relief devices). The vehicle had not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were approximately 95,000.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #6

Aug 152009


  • 80,600 miles


This 2002 Pontiac Montana has been owned by us since new. It now will not show a valid quantity of fuel, the gauge shows full most of the time. When it does not it is because it shows empty and the warning bell is ringing. Turning off the car and restarting it stops the bell ringing and the gauge shows full again. I am searching the web to find a fix for this and I find many mentions of the problem by owners who have not fled a complaint with your office. This van also is in need of a heater core replacement, a problem that started last year in early 2008.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #5

Sep 122008


  • 69,907 miles
Service engine soon light on dash came on. A couple of weeks later I smelled gas and upon inspection found gas leaking from around gas tank fill neck area. In that I was concerned with a potential fire hazard I took it to the nearest GM dealer. Diagnosis was a crack / fracture at the bottom of the fill neck going into the gas tank. As a result the gas tank had to be replaced. I note that this problem is similar or identical to the problem identified in recall # 07V349000. Unfortunately the limited recall does not cover my vehicle. It appears further investigation is appropriate which could expand the recall.

- The Villages, FL, USA

problem #4

Dec 012007

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,452 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Pontiac Montana. While the vehicle was at the dealer for other maintenance work, the mechanic noticed a coolant leak coming from the intake valve gasket. The mechanic stated that the gasket needed to be replaced. The current mileage was 72,652 and failure mileage was 72,452.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #3

Nov 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles


When the gas tank is 1/2 to almost full, the fuel will thump against the ends of the tank when the vehicle comes to a stop or moves forward. There is an open tac since May 2002 and I have been told that there are more Montanas as well as other models involved. No solution as of yet, and I am getting tired or waiting for a solution or for the tank to fail.

- Scarborough, UN, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Sep 042003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,900 miles
Leaking gas tank for 2002 Pontiac Montana. Tank liner is made of plastic. Informed that there is a 'national back order" for these tanks. Other consuemrs may have similar problems. Leak appeared at 9900 miles. Vehicle under mfr. Warranty.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

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