2000 Pontiac Montana Extended V6 from North America
- Transmission slipping, but no problem found by dealer.
- Engine idles rough; reprogrammed PCM & cleaned fuel injectors.
- Both sliding door glass panels shake when open.
- Noise in steering noted; but no problem found by dealer.
Vehicle would not move when put into reverse or drive; no problem found by the dealer.
- Check engine light on - dealer said it was a broken connector to EGR.
- Battery leaking acid - replaced battery under warranty.
- Air bag light stays on; replaced air bag pre-tensioner.
- Replaced inoperative shocks for rear hatch.
- Replaced lower intake manifold gasket for oil leak on top of engine.
- Replaced driver's power window module; window was going down by itself
- Engine light on; replaced EGR valve - do you see a pattern yet??!
- Second notation for noise in steering; no problem found by dealer.
- Replaced loose weather strips on both sliding doors.
- Interior & exterior lights pulsates when on, along with engine idle; replace a generator voltage screw per bulletin
- Now a clunking noise noted when turning; dealer states that it was a noisy A/C compressor & replaced that.
- Both sliding door lower hinges are rusting (perhaps due to faulty weatherstripping previously replaced??!) Not under warranty!
- Steering is noted as noisy and loose; no problem found.
- Replaced leaking rear wheel cylinders.
- Alas! There IS a transmission problem! Replaced trans under GMPP extended warranty
- Rear driver's taillight in-operable; not covered - replaced on my own with GM parts
This is where it gets good...
- Check engine light on; EGR valve code set - The dealer wanted to charge me for this repair after the three previous repairs!!! I refused and demanded to speak to the Pontiac representative, to no avail...
- Got Pontiac to buy the EGR valve replacement, but now the battery is leaking again!!!
Pontiac refused to pay for the THIRD battery in 36 months! I tried to explain that there is some type of electrical problem with this van due to the numerous problems, but they would not admit that there was any correlation. I purchased a new GM battery, and pray that this will be the last one for at least the 60 months that they are supposed to last!!!
I have been a Pontiac owner since my first car 18 years ago. I now plan to purchase a Toyota when this is paid off in a year. I can't wait for the dealer to say the steering needs replaced and it won't be covered, either!
Other than the obvious electrical, transmission and steering problems, who wouldn't like this van?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 2nd May, 2004
23rd Jun 2004, 10:53
I would tend to agree with the writer. I bought my 2000 Montana in August of 2003. Unfortunately did not buy the extended warranty. Within one month the van would not start, fuel pump out. Had to pay $600 to replace this. Approximately 7 months later same thing happened. Fuel pump replaced again and also fuel filter. Less than a week later, same thing. This time they said they replaced the fuel pump relay switch. Less than a week after that, same thing again. Are you starting to see my pattern. This time it was a corroded wire. They drove the van for a day, same thing again. This time they said it was a short in a wire. They have now had my van for nine days straight and do not have it fixed. Since the beginning of June it has been towed three times and basically I have only been able to drive it for about 10 days total. I have had the van for only 10 months and they have replaced 3 fuel pumps, fuel filter, fuel pump relay switch and I still do not have a van that runs.
30th Jul 2004, 07:44
I also owned a 2000 Pontiac Montana. Within two months of purchasing a brand new vehicle, the sliding door fell off. Yes, completely off. I was on a cross country move from California to Virginia. Practically, taped it on and continued on. Several minor things happened through the year. Then, the engine light turned on every time I started the car. I took it to the dealer, 6 times in seven days. Each time, they wiped off the gas cap (who knows the reasoning?). Finally, we got stranded on the highway when all power stopped working and the gas gauge fell to empty with a full tank of gas in. Got it towed yet again. The rubber stripping around the doors fell off numerous times. The back door made significant creaks each time it was opened. Pontiac issued me an extended warranty since the car didn't work most of the time. I had more time to sit in dealerships than they did. I finally got the engine light off for a period of two days and traded up to a Honda Odyssey. What a blessing. It has been about 2 1/2 years and I still cringe when I think of people purchasing a Montana. I have three small children and a husband who fought our van most of the way.