NHTSA — Fuel/Propulsion System Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
117,598 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 fuel system problems

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2002 Pontiac Montana Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 272016


  • 93,426 miles


2002 Pontiac Montana. While the vehicle was parked in the garage, I smelled a strong odor of fuel outside the vehicle. I noticed a small amount of fuel spilling from the lower portion of the fuel tank. There were no warnings prior to the failure. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for a diagnostic. The failure was related to a crack in the fuel tank inlet check valve. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 07V349000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage), although the failures were identical. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 93,426. Also since this happening the gas tank does not read the gas amount correctly, its either full or low on fuel and light comes on.

- Mason, MI, USA

problem #3

May 252015


  • 120,949 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Pontiac Montana. The contact stated that there was an abnormal fuel odor coming from the rear of the vehicle. Upon inspection, the contact noticed that the fuel tank was fractured at the inlet. The vehicle was previously repaired; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 07V349000 (fuel system, gasoline). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,949.

- Minot, ND, USA

problem #2

Apr 222015


  • 151,763 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Pontiac Montana. The contact stated that the fuel gauge on the vehicle does not reflect the actual amount of fuel in the tank. In addition, the fuel warning light flashed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 151,763.

- Siloam Springs, AR, USA

problem #1

Sep 082012

Montana 6-cyl

  • 104,255 miles
Early Saturday morning on September 8, 2012, I smelled strong gas fumes in my kitchen which is by my carport. I went outside to check and see where the overwhelming smell was coming from. Time I stepped out the door to my carport where my van is parked, I went to my 2002 Pontiac Montana minivan and began looking and sniffing around and under it. To my shock and surprise there was a puddle of gas on the ground from gas leaking out of the fuel tank where the inlet connects to the fuel tank. I began to panic and cry because I was afraid of anything that could ignite or start a fire and the exposure to the fumes that would endanger my family. I immediately called my mechanic for help and he can over to look at the problem. He informed me that the valve connection between the inlet and tank was leaking. He then went online to check on a possible part for the fuel tank and came across a recall check. We both read the information and I called Pontiac on Monday September 10,2012 and explained to them my deepest concern about the leak from my fuel tank. They contacted a dealer and he talked with a area representative, she said my special warranty expired July 27, 2012 for 10 years or 150,000 miles claiming they sent it out in January 30, 2008 in which I never received at all. At the dealer I got a estimated replacement fuel tank price at $800 including labor cost. The area representative offered at first $1500 toward a new car, then offered to pay half the cost of a fuel tank and labor. I now need advice to move forward with this matter as soon as possible.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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