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Pontiac Montana



  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    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


    Steve, Host
  • 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 Posts: 52,683
    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!

    Steve, Host
  • 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
  • Our '98 Transport has been good except for an intermittment power door problem which was finally fixed after the battery ran down twice over a period of about 12 months. Turned out there was a short in the wiring harness underneath the front passenger carpeting and the power sliding door needs good electric's to work perfectly. I also tried cleaning the contacts but that turned out to be a red-herring. The repair was made just out of warranty and GM picked up all the tab except for the new battery that was needed. Of course, I had to complain on the spot to get GM to help-out. In our favor was the fact that we always have our oil & filter changed at the dealer so they did recognize our patronage.
    The Transport is my wifes vehicle, I just bought a new GMC Envoy XL SLT with 4 WD. Our Transport has Traction Control and it handles terrific in the ice and snow. I have good peace of mind knowing that my wife is safe in a good vehicle like that. We've taken the Transport on lots of vacations and trips and it is so comfortable and quiet, gets over 25mpg on the highway too.
  • All,
    We own a '98 Transport, bought new. Only 48K on it and still quite happy with ours but I've read some posts about tranny and engine problems. Let me tell you that the grass is not greener on the other side. A good friend at work had to have his tranny replaced on a two-year old Chrysler. He and his wife not hate Chryslers. So what can a person do?
  • I took my 99 Montana for service this week and they noticed the manifold coolant leak. Is there a GM recall for this? So far the montana has been reliable but with 70,000 miles and the leak appearing is it time to move on? Thanks for your help on this board, otherwise I'd not even have known about this problem.
  • baveuxbaveux Posts: 175
    Do you really want to ditch a car with only 70000 miles for a gasket kit ? For maybe 1 or 2 car payments, you can fix your van and enjoying it for another 3/4 years.
  • Thanks for your reply, is it a manifold gasket or head gasket?
  • cigsmhcigsmh Posts: 16
    I have just purchased used Pontiac Montana 2000. The minivan has 40000 miles and still has its original tires. After 55m/h I can feel moderate driving wheel vibration and some light vibrations of the vehicle itself. The tires are pretty worn.
    Is this possible that this vibration happens due to the wornness of my tires or it can be another reason for this?
    Can somebody recommend me the best tires to buy for this vehicle?
    I am not really worry about this vibration problem since I have got an extended warranty for 3 years and the dealership location is really very convenient for me. I can walk there. Appreciate any recommendation
  • cigsmhcigsmh Posts: 16
    I have just posted my message #764 regarding vibrations.
    I would like to add that I feel that this minivan is extremely not stable on the road. I never drove minivan before, so I found the ride is not very pleasant. I need to put an extra effort in order to keep this vehicle within the lane. I also feel side wind very strong.
    No way to compare to my Corolla.
    I think that may be worn tires contributes a lot to my stability problem.
    I wanted to give this minivan to my wife, but now I am not sure that she’ll be able to handle it.
    Any suggestions?
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    New tires :-) If the original tires are on it they are likely shot since most manufacturers go cheap on the original tires. An alignment may be in order too.

    In addition to suggestions you'll get in here, check out the Tires, tires, tires discussion.

    I have Michelin X Radial Plus tires (from Costco) on my van. They're a lot pricier now than when I got them, so I'm going to shop around hard when they need replacing.

    Steve, Host

  • jeberjeber Posts: 91
    I agree, since you need new tires anyway, get 'em and see if it gets rid of vibration

    as for side winds, this is just inherent with any tall, high-profile vehicle; its basically a big, tall box and will get blown around a bit in high winds

    you should try driving a 1975 vw camper across wyoming in 70 - 80 mph winds! talk about a white knuckle experience! lol
  • rylesryles Posts: 19
    Typically vibrations in the sterring wheel would be caused by front tires being out of balance, in the "body" would be rear tires out of balance. I would replace the tires. 40,000 on OEM tires would be enough to get me to replace them. I agree with Steve on the alignment. Four new tires, balanced, alignment, all your problems should go away. You should be able to do this for around $500+-.

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