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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,094 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.

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2002 Pontiac Montana transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Pontiac Montana Owner Comments

problem #4

May 012005


  • miles


2002 Montana gasket was faulty and had to be replaced. Transmission gave out on the minivan. Have also had other smaller repairs, which consumer believe were due to manufacturer error.

- Preston, IA, USA

problem #3

May 152003

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I purchased a pontaic Montana from rogers pontaic in Chicago in March 2002. In may of 2003 I begin to experience trouble with the transmission. The frist occasion occured in may of 2003.(repaired, but the vechicle did not operate the way I thought it should) I took it back to the pontaic dealer - grossinger in lincolnwood, il. But, they said everything was ok) the second being November of 2003. ( the repair work done was great! the vechicle worked as good as when it was first purchased) but, I have begun to experience the same symptoms as before here in August 2004. This has led me to believe that a defect is in the transmission of this vechicle. My only solution would be for the manufacturer (pontaic - GMC) to replace the vechicle with a new one. I do not want to continually have the transmission repaired. After the warranty has expired, I will have to pay the cost of a defect that has been happening since the vechicle was purchase.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #2

Apr 062004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,378 miles
The transmission is out of my 2002 Pontiac Montana van with only 52,000 miles on it. I have already put 4 new tires on it and also new brakes and shoes all around. This all happened when there was 35,000 on the van.

- Fort Hood, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 172003


  • 60,000 miles
Transmission failed at 60,00 miles.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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