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NHTSA — Fuel System, Gasoline Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
113,324 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.

2003 Pontiac Montana fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2003 Pontiac Montana Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 032012

Montana 6-cyl

  • 205,220 miles


Fuel tank leaks severe where filler tube enters the fuel tank.

- Du Bois, IL, USA

problem #4

May 142010


  • 185,000 miles
Gas leak on my 2003 Pontiac Montana. Mechanic said it was a defect in the tank.

- Greensburg, IN, USA

problem #3

Mar 182010


  • 68,000 miles
We have owned the car since Oct 2005, purchased used from a Saturn dealership. Car was involved in a gas tank recall, however we were notified nearly two years after we had a rupture that dropped an entire tank of fuel on the driveway and were told we were lucky to be alive having driven unknowingly with this leak. Tank was replaced under extended auto warranty. Multiple electrical problems: Tail light goes out and is replaced, then driver headlight goes out. Water leaks inside drivers side headlight when it rains. The tail plug in for tail light bulb had gotten so hot it had melted the plug in both tail lights. Random electrical failure with windows and door locks occurring. Dash panel burned out, radio display bled out and radio then failed - would not turn off after button was pushed and had to be removed from the dashboard in order to avoid draining battery completely. Traction tire failure when engaged occurred in combination with power steering failure, cruise control failure, and on one occasion complete brake failure. No warning, no squealing, no grinding, no pulling to the side: Just complete brake failure that resulted in an auto accident that injured 3 people. Non dealership mechanic checked the brakes and determined brake fluid leak/master cylinder caused the failure, stated regulatory system for brake system most likely resulted in leak. Mechanic also discovered drivers side front brake had seized and scoured the router and pad on the inside of the wheel. Brakes had been replaced two years prior and car had not been driven but for once a month short trips to the doctor for one of those years, the second year it was driven only 3 or 4 times and was parked in the driveway. Auto accident in May 2010 due to brake failure did not have air bag deployment in rear end collision. Car was broadsided on the passengers side in 2007 at a higher rate of speed and air bags also did not deploy. Injuries in both accidents. Car is a death trap.

- Auburn, WA, USA

problem #2

Jan 192009


  • 88,400 miles
I filled my tank with gas and noticed the gas odor inside the vehicle immediately. Within the next two to three days the smell increased and I noticed it while walking around the vehicle outside. I took it for an oil change and they checked and found that there is a leak in the gas tank. There was no accident or injury preceding this leak.

- Ponchatoula, LA, USA

problem #1

Mar 182004


  • 20,000 miles
While driving, the consumer smelled gas fumes inside the vehicle. The mechanic repaired the problem once, but the consumer continued to smell gas.

- Biscoe, NC, USA

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