NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,500 miles

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2005 Pontiac Montana transmission problems

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2005 Pontiac Montana Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 012007

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles


The transmission seems to be having a problem shifting into second gear. This vehicle only has 42,000 miles on it. It seems to stall everytime it tries to shift to second gear. This could easily cause an accident if the transmission quit while driving. I took it to a dealership, who verified that the second gear is skipping but they said they were fixing the same type of van (older model) with 100,000 more miles than mine with the same problem.

- Etta, MS, USA

problem #1

Nov 172006

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 50 mph, the rear left sliding door opened without warning. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer, where the dealer was unable to duplicate the problem. The manufacturer was also notified. Also, when the vehicle was started, the electric starter motor stayed engaged. The vehicle had to be shut off and restarted 4 times to make the starter return to normal. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer, where the starter was replaced, but the problem persisted. The was a noise coming from the front of the vehicle. When the engine was started the door chime would remain on. The transmission felt as though it was slipping at times. Updated 01/17/07.

- Highlands, TX, USA

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