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Pontiac Montana



  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,016
    There's a couple similar posts last year and just as you said, no apparent fix. New module perhaps?

    mizeuml Aug 20, 2001 6:06am


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  • rylesryles Posts: 19
    Does anyone know if you can add the power driver side door after-the-fact. I'm getting ready to buy a 2001 and am wondering if I can add the pwr door and about what it would cost to do so.

    Also, would it be wise, and possible, to add the towing package after-the-fact if I'm only going to be doing occasional towing? I'll probably exceed the 2,000 pound stock rating, but not for huge distances and not very often (couple of times a year). The van has the self leveling suspension, just not the "towing package".

    One more question. Has anyone found a low profile center console that will hold a small cooler for between the front seats?

  • We had this problem three times on our '99 Montana. You can see the above posting link given by Steve the host for our first two fixes. The third time the dealer replaced both seat belt retractors with a kit of some kind. The kit was $85 for each side and the labor was $65 for a total bill of $245 which was covered under the GMPP 100k extended warranty I had. We traded the van shortly after having this fixed, but the Airbag light seemed to be fixed after this.

    We had the problem three times and the dealer fixed it three different ways, the last being the most expensive.

    Hope this helps.
  • I'm taking the van in this week to get the airbag light and coolant leak fixed. Hopefully both will be covered under my extended warranty through The brochure says airbags aren't covered but it sounds like this isn't strictly an airbag fix so maybe the dealer can convince them to pay for it. Either way, I'll let you know what they fix.
  • artgpoartgpo Posts: 483
    We had a similar problem with my wife's former 1997 Tracer. The extended warranty did not cover the airbag and, by extension, the airbag electrical system to include the light. Check to see if there might be a TSP for the warning light.
  • The coolant leak was fixed for $750(thank god for my extended warranty). They needed to replace the lower intake gasket.
    The airbag light was coming on because of a failing right hand pretensioner in the seatbelt, cost me $280(not covered by extended warranty).
  • dlubindlubin Posts: 66

    Do you have GMPP? Why wasn't a failed component covered by your warranty??

  • I have for my extended warranty. They do not cover saftey restraint components. This warranty covers everything else but apparently they don't find that an important component of a car???
  • Has anyone figured out how to fix the window from having to help it up - I have greased the tracks but after a couple of days it goes back to normal. Does anyone else's van smell funny - I pulled up my carpet up and found a least a quart of water and mildew done there? (up front by driver and pass.) I have now sealed ever possible crack to keep water out. thanks
  • rbb2rbb2 Posts: 70
    Has anyone replaced the engine air filter. I unhooked the clips but can't get it apart from there. I'm afraid if I pull too hard I'm going to break something. Is there a trick to getting at it?
  • gpigggpigg Posts: 3
    I too had noticed an occasional drip on the floor from my 98 Montana. Suspecting the intake gasket, I took it to the dealer several months ago. They couldn't find anything then. So I kept an eye on it, and sure enough it still dripped. So last week I took it in again (96K miles, & 5 years so time to change antifreeze anyway)asking to have the system checked for leaks, this time they found not only the gasket leaking, but they also found the water pump seal failed. I'm very very happy that I spent the money for the 6 year 100K extended warranty when we bought it in late 97! Took them 3 days to fix it even supplied a rental car at no charge, and so far it seems ok. Total cost to me, $200 deductible. Thanks to everyone that has posted here concerning this problem. You sure saved me. Really the only problem I've ever had with it, so even though its' not a repair you'd like to have, can't really say all the bad things others have said about GM products. It's been a good van and it sure is peppy.
  • Thanks for the help message #730. I had numerous problems with my 1998 Transport. The head gasket went, two transmissions, broken rings on a cylinder, numerous electrical problems. I called Pontiac and complained as I was serious about switching to the Honda. In a 15 minute phone call, customer service verified what I was saying and issued me a $1,500 loyalty coupon. I didn't realize there was a loyalty coupon available!

    I bought the all wheel drive 2003 Montana. It has much better control on snow and ice than the front wheel drive. I would have trouble going up a hill in 2" of snow with the 1998 front wheel drive transport. This will climb a hill with 6" of snow with no problem.
  • Hi,

    I recently purchased a 2002 Pontiac Montana Thunder 7 months back, and I have not seen another Thunder on the road at all. It's blue black metallic with the lower charcoal grey facsia, two-tone leather upholstery, and the very sharp looking 16" chrome rims. Does anyone on this board own one as well?

  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,016
    One member (railroadcpa) ordered one in Oct. of '01 but didn't report back after (if?) he took delivery. Pretty rare bird you have there - congrats on the ride!

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  • Here is a link to a few pictures of the Thunder.. I own my own detailing business, so of course it is always better than showroom condition, even in the dead of winter.

  • rbb2,
    You're going to have fun installing that new air filter. I have a 2001 Montana and recently installed a new air filter. There is a rubber plenum attached to the filter housing and the intake. It has two screw clamps on it. The filter housing has two clamps you can see from the top. Unsnap both of them. The bottom of the housing does not have any clamps and stays in place via a slot fitting. Loosen both screw clamps. Separate the plenum from the intake and from the filter housing. Don't try to remove it completely from the engine compartment. All you want to do is create enough space to slip out the filter. You will then have just enough room to reach down and remove the old filter and insert the new filter. Be sure the plenum is properly refitted, tighten the screw clamps, re-snap the filter housing and you're in business. The manual calls for replacement of the filter every 3 years. You wouldn't believe how dirty it was after one year. bildad
  • One place I suggest you check closely is inside the rear panel where the jack is stored. If the carpet is wet in that area, you need to open the rear hatch and check the rubber boots at the top of the door opening. Take some rubber sealant and reseal the boots where they make contact with the body. Water can very easily enter in this area and drain down into the panel. Although this is an easy fix, my local Pontiac dealer was perplexed. Hope this helps. bildad
  • My coolant level hasn't dropped, and I can find no evidence of coolant leaks in the area of the intake manifold and water pump.
    On occasion when I run the heater blower, I can detect a slight "sweet" smell coming from the vents. It doesn't do it all the time. I suspected a pin hole in the heater core, but the dealer couldn't find any evidence of that. Does anyone have any ideas of what might be causing this odor? Thanks. bildad
  • I have a 97 Transport Montana I bought new. It has been solid. A few months ago, my wife drove to a soccer game with the lights on. She left the lights on for a couple of hours. When she tried to start the car, the battery was dead. She left it for 20 minutes to make a call, came back and it started right up. But the overhead driver information console stopped working. We used this to track mileage, temperature, and direction. When we start the car, we see scrambled characters like it is trying to start up, but then the screen goes blank. The local dealer farms out all electronics and suggests we get a new console. Has anyone experienced this, any ideas short of getting a new console or just going on without it? Thanks
  • In addition to a 97 Montana, I bought a used 987 Transport with all the bells and whistles. It has been a problem since the third week of ownership, unlike our other Montana. Intake manifold gasket went first. Then the gas gauge would periodically stick at full. Later, a wheel sensor on the traction control system went bad. Now, if we make a sharp turn the lights go on. The power door has stopped working. The dealer thinks there is a short in the power door motor. If we clean the contacts, it will work for a day or two, then goes back to not working. Any ideas on the electrical issues? Our local dealer does not do electronics. Thanks
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