hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,650 miles

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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

Aug 152009


  • 80,600 miles
This 2002 Pontiac Montana has been owned by us since new. It now will not show a valid quantity of fuel, the gauge shows full most of the time. When it does not it is because it shows empty and the warning bell is ringing. Turning off the car and restarting it stops the bell ringing and the gauge shows full again. I am searching the web to find a fix for this and I find many mentions of the problem by owners who have not fled a complaint with your office. This van also is in need of a heater core replacement, a problem that started last year in early 2008.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #2

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 #1

May 312004

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles
Engine stopped without warning while driving a low speed on three seperate times. First time was in the middle of a right turn after traffic light change to green. The same thing happend a second time as I pull into a gas station. This third time happend as I was looking for parking space in the parking lot. In all three time, the engine stopped without warning and power steering was lost. I was able to stop the car and after restart the engine after shift to park. The dealer could not find anything wrong with the car after each incident as there are no fault code.

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA