1998 GMC Van Review

1998 GMC Van Montana from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired38000 kilometres
Most recent distance130000 kilometres
Previous carFord Aerostar

Summary:

My next car will be from Japan!

Faults:

The low speed interior fan modulator went. That was $260.

The rear air compressor went.

A water leak occurs at the top seal of the passenger side door. Leaks only in a heavy driving wind and rain.

The ABS brake sensor went. I was quoted $550 to replace and perhaps another $1800 if this wasn't the part they believe to be the cause.

The cylinder head is cracked. Quoted $1200 to replace.

General Comments:

The van looks great. However it's right is very hard. Able to feel every bump in the road. This may be the new tires or it may be the suspension.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th March, 2004

7th Mar 2004, 19:46

Or maybe it's cause it's a van, not a luxury car.

16th Jan 2005, 17:47

I would have to back up the Montana, the ride is great - it is a van right and the new seat backs are a plus (no big holes on the seat head rests), I would have gotten this over the Venture for it's sportier looks. I would purchase a Montana any day!

11th Jun 2005, 13:04

Uh, Pontiac made the Montana, not GMC.

11th Feb 2011, 13:32

First, to "My next car will be from Japan". If you're buying a Japanese car, it will most likely be made in North America.

Japanese cars do have their problems, and cost more to repair.

Also, you are paying too much to repair your van. Ex. your fan speed repair, you say costs $260, will cost $49 almost anywhere else. I change the fan resistor boards in all makes, and yes... about $49 does it.

I repair cars, and can recommend the Montana/Venture. It is a steal on the used car market as everyone wants an SUV.

Stay away from SUVs, as they are dangerous (top heavy) and cost more to fix.

25th Nov 2013, 15:38

It is now late 2013. 10 years ago I used to see the Trans Sport and Montana vans all over the place, all the time. Now it's a couple times a week maybe that I see one. Where'd they go?... They're all being crushed because they were and are junk. Yeah, they rode nice, were sporty for a van, and had nice features, but good luck keeping one on the road past 100k miles (without spending more than the vehicle is worth).

The last good minivans GM sold were the Chevy Astro/GMC Safari vans, and that's only because those were based on a 1980's design and they'd finally worked most of the kinks out.

Average review marks: 4.4 / 10, based on 1 review