Pontiac Owner's Manuals
HQ:Detroit, Michigan, United States
Pontiac was an automobile brand owned, made, and marketed by General Motors. Launched as a partner for GM's more costly line of Oakland automobiles, Pontiac passed Oakland in demand and replaced its parent brand entirely by 1933.
Marketed in the United States, Canada, and Mexico by GM, Pontiac was sold as the performance division of General Motors of the 1960s forward. In the hierarchy of GM's five divisions, it positioned over Chevrolet, but under Oldsmobile, Buick and Cadillac.
Among the late 2000s economic problems and restructuring efforts, GM declared in 2008 it would follow the same route with Pontiac as it had with Oldsmobile in 2004 and ceased production and selling cars under that brand by the end of 2010. The last Pontiac badged vehicles were produced in December 2009, with one final car in January 2010. License agreements for Pontiac dealers expired in October 2010, giving GM time to concentrate on its four surviving North American brands: Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, and GMC.
Pontiac known problems
Some of the common problems or complaints owners have about the Pontiac are:
- Some Pontiac models are equipped with dangerous Takata airbags
- Cheap plastic components produce power windows to fall into the door
- The defective ignition switch can cut off power and impair airbags
- Perilously misleading brake lights
- Leaking coolant and intake manifold gasket malfunction