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NHTSA — Structure: Body: Door Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,038 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 #14

Jan 192016


  • 151,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac Montana. While driving approximately 10 mph, the rear sliding door opened. The contact pulled over to the side of the road to a complete stop. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 151,000.

- Aurora, MO, USA

problem #13

Mar 012011


  • 23,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac Montana. The contact stated while driving at approximately 35mph, the driver side sliding door open independently without warning. Also, the contact mentioned that the vehicle dvd player turned on by its self and when the contact attempted to turn it off it was extremelly hot to the touch. The dealer and manufacturer were made aware of the failure. The approximate failure was 23,000.

- Ionia, IA, USA

problem #12

Nov 142010


  • 110,131 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac Montana SV6. While driving approximately 15 mph the rear sliding door opened and the child safety lock was on. The contact stated that she noticed on several occasion the door didn't lock properly. The manufacturer will be notified. The vehicle will be taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The failure and current mileages were 110,131.

- Louisville , IL, USA

problem #11

Oct 182010


  • miles


The driver side sliding door continues to open and when you lock it manually it chimes while you are driving. The sensors have been replaced and the lock but nothing is working right.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #10

May 262009

Montana 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 Pontiac Montana. Consumer states problem with front passenger door the consumer stated the front passenger door had to be repaired twice in less than one year at a cost of $117.69. The second time, the consumer had to pay $ $109.82. The dealer replaced the door panel clips and door handle.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #9

Aug 042008


  • 39,000 miles
Bought car used. It dinged and salesman said door just not closed properly. We brought it in 2 weeks later as door decides when it wants to close. Driver's side rear door to 2005 Pontiac Montana minivan. Dealer aligned door. Still won't close.

- Ridley Park , PA, USA

problem #8

Jun 072008


  • 32,700 miles


Automatic sliding door was not closing. Automatic door would not open. Automatic sliding door came open while driving with kids in the car.

- Pekin, IL, USA

problem #7

Jul 012006


  • 15,000 miles
Beginning at 15K miles the power sliding doors began not functioning properly. The would automatically open as if there was an obstruction in the doorway. At 18K miles there was a complete failure to the motor drive assembly. After repair both doors continued to auto open. During normal driving conditions at interstate speed the door did come open with no passengers in it. When the doors are not functioning properly you must deactivate lock out rocker switch on overhead console, then manually close. If you re-energize the lock out switch door will auto open. At times the door ajar chime will sound while the doors are shut and locked and will not turn off, once to the point of running out the battery. When doors do not want to shut they force themselves open repeatedly. Multiple occasions a month since 2006, I have had it in for service numerous times with no success. The motor and control logic sits adjacent to the rear seatbelt mechanism. Both seatbelts in the 3rd row are not working properly since they have attempted to repair this problem.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #6

Dec 262007

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
Both sliding doors problem malfunctioning. Driver slider will not open until you manually unlock from door. Passenger door will open without notice even after new motor/mechanism replaced by dealer. ABS system failure repaired three times in two weeks by dealer.

- Lena, WI, USA

problem #5

Jun 012006

Montana 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac Montana. The contact stated that when the vehicle was parked on a hill or small angle, the rear sliding door closed without warning. The contact stated that the door hit her on the elbow and left a bad bruise on her arm. The dealer did not inspect the vehicle. The current mileage is 17,116 and failure mileage was 16,500.

- Clearfield, PA, USA

problem #4

Nov 132005

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 600 miles


Whistle noise from front of vehicle around 60 mph. Dealer has replaced the front windshield seal, door seal, and a gasket under the hood but this has not helped. The dealer told me that they didn't hear the whistle unless they drove it 90 mph!!! I was told that this is a problem with Pontiac's design and it can not be fixed. Passenger side sliding door doesn't stay shut and doesn't open when outside handle is pulled and motor running too long and grinding after door has closed. The door motor has been replaced yet there is still a grinding noise when the door shuts. Headlights surging causing me to constantly be bright lighted by oncoming traffic. The dealer told me that this is normal!

- Marianna, AR, USA

problem #3

Aug 312005

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 3 year old son pushed the button to close the automatic sliding side door and the door caught his left thumb and part of the palm. I took him to the immediate care center and he had a bone that was chipped in his thumb. They put a splint on his thumb and was going to re X-ray him in about a week.

- Turners Station, KY, USA

problem #2

Jun 122005

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I just want to inform you that I was not notified by GM of either of the 2 recalls on my 2005 Pontiac Montana. The first and worst being id#: 04V597000, which I know for sure affects my vehicle. The other being id#: 05V061000, which may not affect me depending on which seats I have in the 2nd row.

- Bear, DE, USA

problem #1

Sep 212004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 600 miles
The door design is poor. If one is not directly up against the door it jams and a child could get trapped. If one is in the doorway it takes a lot of force to reopen the door. The consumer stated that the sliding door poses a safety hazard for small children. The consumer stated that a child could not exhert the force necessary to cause the door to reopen and could be injured while being dragged / pushed by te door until they are lodged between the door and the jam.

- Watertown, WI, USA

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