1997 Pontiac Montana Reviews

1997 Pontiac Montana 3.4 from Netherlands

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.4 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance223000 kilometres
Previous carPeugeot 406

Summary:

Nightmare on wheels..

Faults:

Gearbox broke down and after repair the car did not feel the same. High costs involved!!!

Starter engine failed. Had to be towed for the second time in 3 weeks!!! What an embarrasment.

Electric door gave constant problems.

General Comments:

For the people at Chevrolet: shame on you. This has cost me enormous and my faith in Chevrolet is gone. Will never buy one again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th August, 2005

21st Aug 2005, 06:59

Can't be that bad - you've had 53000 kilometres out of it.

20th Mar 2011, 15:39

I see this all the time. Unless it has been towing something a lot during its life before you bought it at 180,000, the KM's are most likely not correct. I have 40 customers with vans like yours, and the transmissions go out at 280,000 to 380,000 km's. Don't blame the van when it's lasted at least 280,000 on a transmission. I check cars for people before they buy them, and 50% are rolled back on the odometer. Your van very likely has lost 100,000 along the way.

1997 Pontiac Montana Extended from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired8000 miles
Most recent distance58000 miles
Previous carToyota Previa

Summary:

A solid performer with some expected quirks

Faults:

Most recent issue working back wards:

58,000 - Rumbling in front wheel well went turning steering wheel at a stop.

58,000 - Driver window switch won't raise window (it will lower it!)

57,000 - Leaking front brakes.

56,800 - Replaced fuel injectors as check engine light would come on (over the two years) and engine would run very poorly.

56,500 - Front lens of right light just popped off.

Lifetime of van - Passenger sliding door rattles. Finally had a dealer who knew how to fix the problem in 2002.

Passenger sliding door would contact body of van during close then would re-open. Recall #01013! (if not would have been a $800 sliding door actuator)

48,000 Rear AC/Heat stopped working. Fan works (blows warm in the summer, cool in the winter. Front A/C OK.

26,370 - Radio died. Warranty replacement.

General Comments:

Great looks.

Functional and relatively solid.

Like the on-board air pump (an extra).

Handles well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th July, 2003

20th Jan 2005, 12:38

Really dislike Dex cool. Was told by dealer that it is supposed to clot up in the reserve tank. Is it also clotting up in the hoses and radiator as well? Had the van a couple of months, and needed a new water pump. Related to Dex cool? Is there anyway to get recall #01013 on my Montana? I never received notification, and Dealer won't touch it unless I have this notification.

3rd May 2006, 19:12

Our 1997 Pontiac Montana has finally bit the dust. Granted, it's 9 years old, but anything expensive that could go wrong -- did. Replaced transmission, replaced head gasket, intake gasket; now transmission is acting up again. Not particularly hard on our vehicle. I suppose it's just seen it's last days. Cars don't last as long as they used to, however, I don't think I'd buy another Pontiac Montana.

12th Dec 2006, 21:13

I have a 1997 Montana, 76000+ miles, had electric door problems, rear wiper, electric window problems, within past year, replaced water pump, power steering pump, problems with wheel bearings? and now head gasket/intake gasket problems, and yes it had the Dexacool coolant in it. Oh yeah and the horn doesn't work and hood doesn't shut well and I also had to have a new gas line.

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 2 reviews