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Pontiac Montana



  • dirkdaddydirkdaddy Posts: 313
    I knew from owning GM cars in the past that the van was not going to be Lexus quality on interior seats, switch gear and trim, exterior trim.

    But I also knew from reading these boards that this van was going to be reliable, get great fuel milage, fit full sized american type bodies comfortably, and have adequate AC/Heat - something that imports are typically lacking.

    My research proved to be 100% accurate in my case, our van has been a workhorse and gets 23 mpg even in heavy traffic driving.

    Hondas have had a lot of transmission problems, are not as comfortable, pull to the right, are loud, etc. DC/Ford each have their own reliability problems. Toyota v6's get hot and sludge the oil up, causing engine failure. None of the makes are flawless. I'll take a coolant leak that can be fixed for <$1000 than getting stranded and needing a tow for a $2000 transmission job that is only temporary fix.

    You make an educated bet with vehicles and sometimes you get a winner and sometimes you get a bit of a lemon.

    Yea, GM interiors are weak in terms of refinement compared to competition, but overall these are decent vans.

    The new v6 coming out 2004 models is supposed to be world class, although we've heard that from GM before, but it will be interesting to watch.

  • cigsmhcigsmh Posts: 16
    I have recently add almost half a gallon of oil after 2500 miles. I have heard that this type of engine consumes oil.
    Does somebody has some info about this?
  • inuvikinuvik OregonPosts: 134
    Is that half a quart (pint) or really half a gallon (2 quarts) in 2500 miles?
  • dirkdaddydirkdaddy Posts: 313
    1/2 quart is nominal for 2500 miles, that's well within "normal" range. Is it really at "add" or just below 1/2 way in the range of "full"? Did you check it when it was just changed? I hear the quickie places are not adding 100% of what you normally would add to save money. Also, dripping a little is not as bad as burning it, emissions speaking.

  • irvkirvk Posts: 1
    I have a 2000 Montana and the brake lights stopped working. I have checked several postings but nobody with the same problem. I checked for power to the connector going to the left side and have 12 vdc OK . The problem seems to be in the Assembly with all of the bulbs. If anyone has had similar problems I would like to know what can be done. Thanks Irv
  • What is the best (and cheapest) way to transport 4 bicycles on a Pontiac Montana? Mine is a 2000 model with roof cargo rack.
  • wlarsenwlarsen Posts: 3
    We bought an 02 Montana about 6 months ago. We also had a problem with the door locks. The drivers door would lock and unlock all by itself as we were driving. What they told me was a pinched wire in the dash. This took about three days to figure out, but it has not done it sense. I am extremely happy with this van. We still have a 92 Olds Silhouette, which is the best vehicle we have ever owned. Anyone have any comments on the General Tires which came on the van?
  • psgpsg Posts: 72
    They were especially bad in the rain, prone to hydroplane. We replaced them with Aquatred 3s. The Goodyears are noisier but the handling has greatly improved. We have been very fortunate with our Y2K Montana. We are pushing 70K miles and have only had some minor fit and finish issues. Oh, the shocks need replacing but that's about it so far.

  • dirkdaddydirkdaddy Posts: 313
    I have yet to do this with my van, but I have a Thule rack I used on a Shadow and with a pickup. Its is not cheap, but you can find parts on Ebay.

    4 bikes is lot of wind load and what not, I would not use the stock rack, I doubt it would hold that many. If you took off the pedals and put some padding down, you could lay them flat if the bikes are not really good ones you care about.

    Yakima (spelling?) also makes a great rack.

    another option if you bike a lot is to get a 2" square trailer hitch installed and use a swing-away bike hitch rack. This is the easiest to load and most aero, but you can't use it for canoes cargo boxes and other stuff like you can with the thule or Yakama.

    see those two brands websites for more info, or performance bike, nashbar, etc.

  • baveuxbaveux Posts: 175
    I use one rack for 3 bikes mounted on the tailgate, and 1 bike inside ,
  • pmk63366pmk63366 Posts: 5
    I previously posted about problems turning to left in my 2000 Montana, dealer how has in shop and says the problem is "power steering short rack" cost $580.00 for parts, plus $600.00 labor.
    $1100.00 to fix a car with 47xxx miles on it. I find this sickening. Anyone have any ideas here on how to get GM to help me fix this. It is ironic that is "does not fit any recalls" yet it is the same symptoms as a recall for 96-98 models. Any ideas welcome before I have to pick up this vehicle.
  • jujumanjujuman Posts: 1
    I have a 2000 Montana. The battery was drained yesterday when the lights were left on. I jumped the battery and got it started. Now the power sliding door doesn't work. Is there a connection between the two? If so, does anyone know how to correct this?


  • montanafanmontanafan Posts: 945
    The Power Sliding Door need to be reinitialized. It involves something to do will a fuse under the hood. Check your owners manual, it is in there. Kinda like rebooting your computer.
  • willie340willie340 Posts: 59
    i use to own a montana,traded in on a rodeo.don't you montana owners hate the way GM do their commercials about this van.the way they deceive you into believing this is a safe van. they flash the 5 stars across the screen so fast.this is the worst van for offset frontal crashes.don't let the 5 stars fool you,or did they,i like the kia commercial that's a safe van.if you have kids and are concerned about their safty and yours think twice....boy i'm mad,they'll spend tons of money deceiving potencial custommers on commercials instead of fixing their vans.well i don't own this van anymore but i still see those commercials and it makes me mad.oh and i spent half my time in the garage with it too!!
  • montanafanmontanafan Posts: 945
    Manufacturers advertise "5 Stars" when they earn them in testing done by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ( ). This testing required by US federal law has nothing to do with the offset testing done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ) formed by Insurance Companies. The GM vans have earned "5 stars" on some of NHTSA tests at times during the years since their introduction. A Pontiac TransSport was tested in the Fall of 1996 by the IIHS and given their worse rating.
     Someone thinking about safety , may be interested in the annual "Injury, Collison, & Theft Losses" study done by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI)(Available at under the publications listing). US Federal law requires a summary of the results to be available at all dealers. The HLDI is closely associated with and funded through the IIHS. They rate compare the real world losses for vehicles in relative terms, most recently for 1999-2001 models. For "Injury" they rate the Montana "substantially better then average" (15% better then group average) and second best for mini-vans behind its sister the Oldsmobile Silhouette. As an comparison, the 2WD Isuzu Rodeo is second to last of the 18 mid-size utility vehicles 22% worse then the group average. Of 25 mid-size 4WD utility vehicles, 5 scored worse then the Rodeo which was 19% worse then the group average.

    I am sorry your had bad service experiences with your Montana. Enjoy the Rodeo and the coming spring time.
  • willie340willie340 Posts: 59
    you say they earn 5 stars with nhtsa,and can advertise this.have a look at this site,only toyota,mazda,kia,ford,honda and nissan are full of 5 stars,WOW montana has one (1)5 STAR,impact to the passanger side,the rest of the group you're talking about is the rest of the GM line-up...and the other site you mention iihs ,well montana is full of red (poor) the way montana/transport was redesigned in 1997.1996 is the long nose van,nothing to do with this far as my rodeo ,i use it to reach out of the way fishing spots,my family drives in our other car a focus(full of 5 stars).i still say they shouldn't use their 1-5 star rating in their commercials,it's deceiving.anyway make sure the most important person in your life sits in the front passanger side and you have a great summer.
  • montanafanmontanafan Posts: 945
    I think I got it correct. I said the vans received "5 stars" in SOME test at different TIMES since their redesign. The TransSpot was redesigned for the 1997 MODEL year, appearing on Dealer lots in September of 1996 and used in the IIHS test of November 1996. I also acknowledged those tests as getting the worst rating. My main point was that thay also say the vans have the lowest accident injury rating in the real world (Montana/Silhoutte). I also understand a Rodeo is not a minivan, and assumed there was more to your purhase decission. I agree with you on the advertsing angle, somewhat. In general, I believe the star system over simplifies a complex situation. My point was if earned, they can be advertised. I do not think GM (on the Vans) pushes the stars as much as other manufacturers. All advertsing is misleading in that it only points out the best features in its limited time/space. But with available research people can find information that shows a bigger picture, as you did. And don't right off the spring, I sure there will be lots of great fishing before summer.
  • willie340willie340 Posts: 59
    i just seen another GM comercial about the rendezvous-5 stars,ya right..we should open up a new forum about false or maybe decieving advertising.i'd like to hear if their are other people out there who are just as mad as i am about this.they flash small writings at the end of the comercials to explain the 5 star rating but who can read that.i still like the Kia comercial, at less they earned it.
  • My front, passenger turn signal on a 98 Pontiac Transsport is not operating properly. I'm thinking that the relay failed. Based on the clicking noise, it sounds like the failed relay is under the dash board/steering column. Can anyone tell me which module I need to replace (I can't see any nameplates/clues to know which one is the turn signal relay)? Also is this easy to do?
  • willie340willie340 Posts: 59
    just seen an accident between a montana and a camry.i'll bet you the guy in the montana wished the 5 stars were really true,if he's still didn't look too good.they were still trying to get him out when i left.the lady in the camry was sitting in the police car .she looked very nervous but alright.
  • bkjohnsonbkjohnson Posts: 17
    We are in the market for a used minivan. We were considering a Transport/Montana, but now I'm not so sure after reading several pages of this board. For those of you that bought used or even new, would you recommend this minivan?

    Right now, our choices for used minivan have been narrowed down to the Chevy Venture and Pontiac Montana. The Dodge minivans are everywhere, though after owning a Dodge a few years ago, I'm not sure I want to own a Chrysler again. Foreign minivans are out - too expensive and husband would kill me.
  • rbb2rbb2 Posts: 70
    We have a 2001 Extended Montana w/ 29000+ miles and are very happy with it. We love the dual power sliding doors and it suits us very well with two small children. We have had it in a few times for rattles and such but no major mechanicals.
  • willie340willie340 Posts: 59
    i had a transport 1998 with the montana package.power sliding side door,second row captain chairs,separate rear stereo system,self leveling suspension,air shocks,a/c,power this &that,aluminum rims,cruise,tilt,alarm,cd player, all sounds nice ,right? well it was THE worst vehicle i have ever owned.i don't know if it was a monday morning or friday afternoon van on the assembly line.the heart of the van,the engine&transmission,were 40,000km it developed a marble like sound in the motor only in the morning,it was quite loud.i found out there was a service bulletin only sent to the dealers.because it was not safety related it was not a recall.only customers that complained about that noise would get it involved replacing the pistons and connecting rods.apparently some parts were over sized,some were under sized and the noise i heard was piston slap.ever since then the engine had other major problems.some of the push rods were bent(yes this engine is an old push rod type),the lifters needed replacing,some of the fuel injecters wore out.the tranny also needed repairs .the power sliding door had to be repaired no less than 15 times(after that i switched off the power to that door and we never used it again)the brakes wore out way too early,some front end parts gave up too.then the safety record of this van compared to other vans.i have two kids and when i found out about the safety of this van coupled with all the problems i've had since day one,i traded it in. i lost alot of money on it but i lost all the problems blood pressures back to normal.i bought japanese,it's a little more but you get what you pay's amazing the difference in build quality .have a good look at any japanese vehicle again.look at the ratings in any magazines,the top cars are all foriegn.don't be fooled they still use the same engine/tranny combination in all their montana's
  • scozimscozim Posts: 10
    We purchased a used 2000 Montana 2 1/2 weeks ago. So far we're completely happy, especially with the mpg. My wife is averaging about 25 of mostly highway driving which is better than our Outback. We looked at all the vans out there and like you the Japanese makes were out of our price range. The Windstars and the Dodge's had too many drivetrain problems as far as I was concerned. For the most part my biggest concern was the leaking gaskets on the GM vans. Despite that We narrowed it down to the Venture/Montana.

    Our search was at least a month to find the right one at a really good price. The dealership replaced a coolant sensor and bad window switch and also recoded a key for us that wouldn't work. For piece of mind we bought an extended warranty up to 100,000 miles.

    Bottom line is we are extremely happy as are the kids. And, the mute button on the steering wheel for the stereo comes in handy when the kids are being a challenge.
  • owenm1owenm1 Posts: 29
    Anyone have the roof rack weight capacities?

    Any failures?

  • inuvikinuvik OregonPosts: 134
    The roof rack weight limit is 125 pounds. I've had probably close to a 100 pounds in a car top carrier with no problems.
  • denjonesdenjones Posts: 7
    I tried searching this forum for day time running lights and it came up empty so I'll ask my question. My 2000 Montana is suppose to be equipped with day time running lights but the head lights don't come on unless it's dark. The only lights that come on are the parking lights. Is this normal? In my 2000 Blazer, the head lights came on unless the vehicle was in park.
  • inuvikinuvik OregonPosts: 134
    My 2002 Montana is the same way. The front parking lights are the DRL's. If I want to run with something more than the park lights I'll turn the fog lights on and turn the light switch to the park position. The fog lights will come on without the headlights.
  • artgpoartgpo Posts: 483
    The GM Triplet Vans have the parking/turn signal lights as their DRL.
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