NHTSA — Exterior Lighting Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,416 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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2001 Pontiac Montana lights problems

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2001 Pontiac Montana Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 282011

Montana 6-cyl

  • 122,777 miles


I just recently purchased a 2001 Pontiac Montana and started having problems with the wire mounting in the tail lights. When the headlights are on and I push on the break the turn signal light dimly light on the dash, then when I have my right turn signal on and put my foot on the brake it blinks fast, also when the left turn signal is on the right one lights up on the dash. I feel that this is hazardous and should be addressed by your company. When you built the vehicle you used plastic wire mountings and they can't withstand the heat, this also shorts out my traction control in which it then shuts off. This is a manufacturing error and should be fixed by the company to keep your customers happy. The part to fix this problem is $55.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #5

Feb 032010

Montana 6-cyl

  • 112,438 miles
Service traction light stays on. Turn signal lights blinked really fast and they light up everytime I push on the break. Replaced brakes. Problem caused tail lamp circuit board and light bulbs to burn out and melt connectors. Was unable to drive the vehicle because people on the road would not know when I was breaking and could possibly run into me. Knocking sound on right wheel and steering wheel is loose. Replaced stabilizers and sensors, rotated and balanced wheels. Scared that I may loose control of the car because it causes the traction to turn off and the vehicle slides which could lead to a multi-car accident. It also needs new shocks; they are leaking. Vehicle is running hot and is eating up the coolant. Have already put 2 gallons in the vehicle since Sept. Water pump is leaking. Passenger window keeps getting stuck. Dealership says that the door needs to be replaced because it is an electrical issue. The majority of the problems that I am having are due to electrical issues. If you google problems with this particular model, you will find that the complaints are regarding the same issues that I have stated. I am low income and cannot afford to keep spending money to hypothesize what is the cause. I need GM to find out what is wrong with this vehicle. I can't get out of my contract and this vehicle is a road hazard. I noticed the issue with the door the same that I test drove the vehicle. The dealership refused to repair it even though it was on the inspection report. Still disputing issue with them. I noticed the problem with the wheel in April and have been constantly taking it back every since the first repair was done.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #4

Nov 272009


  • 145,283 miles
Headlights are opaque and water inside, requiring replacement.

- West Grove , PA, USA

problem #3

Jun 012007


  • miles


Headlights became opaque also water got inside. Headlights were replaced on my Pontiac Montana van.

- Cloquet, MN, USA

problem #2

May 292005

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The vehicle's brake lights and turn signals were not working properly. I found that both rear tail lamp housing assemblies connectors were badly burned, no water was entering the housing by the wiring harness.

- Woodway, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 012005

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The vehicle's brake lights and turn signals were not working properly. The mechanic found that both rear tail lamp housing assemblies were badly corroded and that water was entering the housing by the wiring harness.

- Brandon, MS, USA

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