NHTSA — Exterior Lighting Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,750 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Pontiac Montana lights problems

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2002 Pontiac Montana Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 022009


  • 95,000 miles


The driver and passenger side brake lights constantly go out. I have spoken to a mechanic and he told me that it is very common for GM vehicles in this model year range to have to replace the lighting bank in the rear of the vehicles on both sides. The bank which contains the brake lights, the back-up lights, and the running lights fails and the brake lights seem to be most affected. I have had to replace my brake lights approximately once a month for multiple years. There have been many near-collisions due to brake lights not operating. The third brake light at the top of the vehicle appears to not be affected by this.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Feb 162009


  • 60,000 miles
I bought 2002 Pontiac Montana used in Dec. 2008. First the radio display went completely out. Then as I was pulling into a parking lot the car shut off by itself... it started back up again but I was in traffic and almost caused three cars to crash. Then I noticed that my driver's side brake light went out, and a week later the passenger side brake light went out. I have bought replacement bulbs and it still does not work (the bar on top is working). The radio/ clock display is just an inconvenience but brake lights... they are important! I am bringing to the dealer today to inspect. I see there are many many complaints for this and should not be overlooked!!! I have my family to protect!

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 012006

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rear brakes, reverse and turning light assembly shorts out leaving the vehicle with non working lights in the rear. It has to be a manufacturing defect since I see many vehicles on the road using the same light assembly with the same problem.

- Saint Mary's, GA, USA

problem #1

Jun 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
We ought the van as a program with 20,000 miles on it, within the first month the power windows would not work all the time meaning sometimes they work and sometimes they dont. Same thing for the interior lights. In the summer of 2003 the air condition developed a sloe leak that progressed within weeks, we now have no air at all and the part aloe is going to cost $400. In October of 2003 on our way to a high school football game the transmission went out. There was no warning at all, it had not been leaking or acting up in any way it made a thud sound going down the hiway and that was it..no more transmission $4,000 to repair.

- Canadian, TX, USA

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