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2000 Pontiac Montana from North America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission  

Summary:

The most expensive 2000 vehicle I've heard of

Faults:

My 2000 Pontiac Montana needed a intake gasket replaced at 100000 miles.

Now the headlights won't come on unless I pull and hold the lever for the bright lights, then the bright lights work only.

General Comments:

The intake gasket cost me 800 to replace.

I've put new rotors and front brake pads on it, and now this headlight thing. It's getting to be a cash cow

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th November, 2009

15th Nov 2009, 15:48

Well, you could always try checking the bulbs...

2000 Pontiac Montana from North America

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired42000 kilometres
Most recent distance150000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Lumina

Summary:

Longevity after 100k is suspect

Faults:

Fuel gauge stopped reading at 120000 km.

50 % of the gauges did not work in the winter time at 120000 km.

Back seats springs broke at 130000km.

Intake head gasket blew at 150000km.

General Comments:

Between the time I purchased the van at 42000 km and 100000 km, there were no problems, but after 100 k the problems started mounting up.

This van and apparently numerous other GM products with earlier model 3.4 l engines are not reliable after 100k.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th August, 2008

2000 Pontiac Montana 3.6 from North America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.6 Automatic
Distance when acquired87000 kilometres
Most recent distance138000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Malibu

Summary:

Only buy one if you have money to burn!!!

Faults:

Gas gage broken at 90000 k.

Rear side windows would not open at98000 K.

Intake manifold gasket and water pump replaced at 110000 k.

Transmission rebuilt and both front wheel bearings replaced at 135000 k.

ABS breaks now failing when it is wet out, not yet fixed as dealer does know why!

General Comments:

This van is a huge money pit!

G.M. should be ashamed at the total uncaring attitude it has shown to it's customers.

I have put out 6000 in repairs and am waiting for the next thing to go wrong.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st March, 2008

2000 Pontiac Montana V6 engine from North America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.7 / 10
Distance when acquired20 miles
Previous carGMC Van

Summary:

It is a money pit with all kinds of electrical problems and I will never buy a Pontiac again

Faults:

Pontiac Montana 2000 van.

Electrical is a big big problem. Radio light does not operate, gas gauge is broken always says full or empty.

Side windows do not roll down on the passenger side. Air bag light is always on.

Change engine oil always on. All kinds of electrical problems with this vehicle.

When the weather is hot the engine or transmission clucks not sure which one.

I read another review that has the same exact problems as my 2000 Pontiac Montana, how ironic.

I will never buy a Pontiac vehicle again. I second the emotion of the other writer in this review of her Pontiac Montana. It is a money pit and I have owned different vehicles since 1989, never had a vehicle like this.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th September, 2007

2000 Pontiac Montana 2UN16 "shorty" 4 door 3.4 liter V6 from North America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.4 liter V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance105000 miles
Previous carFord Aerostar

Summary:

With 105K miles on the car, our 2000 Pontiac Montana "shorty" is an economical overachiever

Faults:

One substantial problem: Balky shifting with automatic transmission at about 96K miles. The transmission was pulled and dealer/shop replaced some solenoid units in the transmission. The repair was successful.

A couple of minor electrical problems:

1. CHANGE OIL indicator light stayed on at 60K miles and will not reset. We chose not to repair this problem.

2. Overhead Temperature/MPG instrumentation is sometimes erratic. It works 98% of the time so we chose not to fix it.

One trim problem: A plastic trim piece that covers part of the overhead sliding door trck (right side door) comes loose.

General Comments:

The car was built in December of 1999. It is a 2000 model and we bought it new in the spring of 2000.

It took some searching to purchase one, but we have the standard or "shorty" version of the 2000 Montana (not the "extended" van).

The single A/C and heating unit on the standard Montana if more than enough to keep passengers comfortable, even during 100 degree California summers.

The Montana "shorty" weighs less than the "extended" Montana and is a very quick and responsive performer. The short body, engine and transmission are perfectly matched. This van runs circles around the others and will accelerate much faster than the newer Hondas, Mercedes, etc. We compared and test drove the Montana against the 2000 Honda Odyssey, but the speed and handling of the Montana won us over.

The automatic transmission is a particularly fine performer and is perfectly geared to get the fastest acceleration and best cruising MPG from the vehicle.

Seating and creature comforts are very good and the upholstery fabric has held up particularly well.

On the road, this is a much better performing minivan than 99% of the others. The Montana was a huge improvement over the Ford Aerostar we owned previously. The Montana is much more durable and a better performer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th August, 2007

27th Aug 2007, 12:21

I wrote the 2000 Pontiac Montana "shorty" review and see a blue frown symbol next to my review. I don't know if this means my review stinks or someone is trying to say I don't like the car.

If you read the review, it is apparent that I like the Montana. My Montana is a very decent SUV. This car had only one reliability issue in 105K miles and the repair was not that expensive. Given the miles and years on this car, I would rate my 2000 with a yellow "smiley" symbol.

The review questionnaire asked me what year the car was made, and I answered correctly that the car is a MY 2000 built in late December 1999. This review should be placed with the 2000 Montana, not the 1999.

Average review marks: 5.9 / 10, based on 45 reviews