NHTSA — Structure: Body: Door Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,252 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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2003 Pontiac Montana body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Pontiac Montana Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 282010


  • 134,505 miles


I opened the passenger side door with my remote and began placing groceries in the van. While performing this action, my daughter thought she would help me by turning on the light on the overheard panel. She pushed the wrong button. The automatic door began closing while I was leaning into the van. It continued closing, squeezing me into the door frame itself. I was not able to free myself until the door began retracting on its own. Both hips are bruised and sore and it is painful to walk.

- Osceola, WI, USA

problem #1

Dec 012005


  • miles
The passenger auto door continues closing when objects or persons are in its path. I am a petite woman and it takes all I have in me to push the door back open. My husband is a large, muscular man and he struggles to stop the door from closing on him. It has come too close to catching my child one time too many. Noticed the problem shortly after purchase in Nov 2003 and mentioned to dealer. Dealer says this is normal on all Montanas and nothing can be done. Will it take major injuries before this problem is corrected? also the non-auto driver sliding door does not stay open when pushed all the way open on flat parking surfaces and especially on hillside parking.

- Nicholasville, KY, USA

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