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NHTSA — Latches/Locks/Linkages: Doors: Latch Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,008 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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2005 Pontiac Montana Owner Comments

problem #11

Dec 122008

Montana 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac Montana. The contact stated that the passenger side sliding door would independently while driving. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and they advised him that the failure was caused by dust entering the rails and switches. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 40,000. Updated 1/20/12

- Ionia, IA, USA

problem #10

Mar 132007


  • miles
2005 Pontiac Montana SV6 automatic sliding door opens while driving, bad sensor and broke cable was replaced. The consumer also stated the engine failed, which ultimately led to an engine replacement. The vehicle began shaking and misfiring. A bad plug and the stabilizing bar links were replaced. The undercarriage was cracked which was causing a loud knocking and thumping sound under the vehicle. The consumer also had the seats replaced with an after market leather kit because stains had formed on the seats due to moisture. The consumer later discovered a recall had been issued because the after market kit could cause the passenger sensing system to malfunction if the passenger sensing system malfunctions, the front air bag on the passenger side may be disabled when it should be enabled, or enabled when it should be disabled. The consumer was informed his vehicle was not included in the recall

- Conway, AR, USA

problem #9

Nov 172006

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 50 mph, the rear left sliding door opened without warning. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer, where the dealer was unable to duplicate the problem. The manufacturer was also notified. Also, when the vehicle was started, the electric starter motor stayed engaged. The vehicle had to be shut off and restarted 4 times to make the starter return to normal. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer, where the starter was replaced, but the problem persisted. The was a noise coming from the front of the vehicle. When the engine was started the door chime would remain on. The transmission felt as though it was slipping at times. Updated 01/17/07.

- Highlands, TX, USA

problem #8

Sep 122006

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles


The door opens by itself even when it should be locked.

- Dewitt, MI, USA

problem #7

Aug 112005

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
This is a safety issue involving ABS system for my 2005 Pontiac SV6 Montana. On or about August 11, 2006 my ABS light came on while under normal operation of the van. This has been an intermittent problem over the past 6 weeks. I took it to a local independent shop to have it diagnosed and the local shop informed me that the codes were to new that I would have to take it to a dealership. After taking it to the dealership they diagnosed it as having an electrical problem. There were no faulty modules but that this was a wiring problem. I am the only owner of an 05 Pontiac Montana that I know. Recently I have had various other problems with the power sliding door intermittently opening whenever you engage the transmission into reverse (right side only). My 6 year old sits in the right rear seat. Hope this doesn't happen while driving down the highway. Does this vehicle have faulty wiring or do I just have bad luck.

- Marston, NC, USA

problem #6

Aug 012005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
: the contact stated the sliding door to the vehicle was not shutting properly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer 3 times. Both the manufacturer and dealer determined that they could not fix the problem with the sliding door. There were no accidents which before the problems with the sliding door, but the contact expressed that the vehicle is too dangerous to drive. One does not know when the door will open. The door comes off of the track at times.

- Bristol, VA, USA

problem #5

Nov 122005

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles


Getting ready to leave from a shopping center during the middle of a snow storm, my wife and I loaded both kids in the back of the van (1 and 3 years) and tried to close the doors. The automatic doors would not close. We tried the key fob, the upper roof console buttons and the buttons on the B-posts. Nothing worked. We then tried manually to close the doors but they would not latch. We turned the ignition key on and off the 3 times and tried to use buttons after each restart. Finally after ten minutes of trying we got them to close and latch by using the key fob. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the repair sheet indicates they replaced the module and the fobs. It has only happened once since then, but I am not sure if the repair that was done is adequate since it has happened again since the repair.

- Davison, MI, USA

problem #4

Sep 122005

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 800 miles
The contact stated when releasing brake pressure on an incline the vehicle rolled back. The passenger's air bag light illuminated intermittently. Also, while driving the remote control doors open and close, and power door locks lock and unlock. The dealer noted this was normal, and no repairs have been made.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #3

Jul 012005

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
The contact stated while driving vehicle would sway back and forth regardless of speed. The vehicle has been to the dealer several times, but they could not find the cause of the problem. Another safety concern was the automatic door. It was not equipped with a safety device to keep the door from coming open when it was not intended to open. For example, while fueling the vehicle, if someone accidentally hit the inside handle it will not stop unless she manually tried to close the door from the outside. The vehicle has not been inspected to determine why this happened.

- Olean, NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 262005

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25 miles
The caller was having problems with the passenger's side sliding door. The motor ran even after the door was shut. Once, the door did not retract when her child was getting out, and the door trapped her. Child was not hurt. Dealer could not duplicate the problem. Dealer shaved the door on the inside and replaced the motor. The caller stated that the motor still ran at times after the door was closed. Manufacturer said because they went to court they will have to start over again with reporting the problems with the van. A police report was taken because the caller's purse was stolen out of the van after a recall on the automatic door locks. Recall work was done on the locks.

- Shagrin Falls, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 282004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,759 miles
The power sliding door began to close without warning. The passengers wrist was caught in the handle of the door. As a result, the passenger's right wrist was broken. Please provide additional information.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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