I have a 2004 Montana, it is a really great van.
I do not like the SV6 models, clumsy looking front, seats are poor, interior is bland compared with the nice colors of the 2004, the dashboard of the 2004 is a better looking design.
I drove the SV6 and when I got back to my old Montana it was like getting out of a truck and getting into a car.
The new models (SUV types) are not for me, might as well go to a pickup. They are ugly, clumsy things to maneuver around town with all the congestion we have today.
May have to look at the imports later, a GM customer for over 60 years.
Hi, I have a 2008 Montana, 105,000kms. I really like the ride; it's great on the hwy.
Since week one, the tire sensors are off. Changed 3 of them once, and the other twice.
The cables for the anti-skid sensors needed to be changed due to corrosion.
While driving every now and then, the dashboard display goes off and turns back on, looks like a computer reboot, and the best for last, about a dozen times now, I turn the key and nothing happens. I pull the key out, put it back, in turn the ignition 5, 10, 20 times, then it starts. It's been to the dealers 4 times for this problem; they haven't found the problem yet.
2006 Pontiac Montana 3.5L.
I'm having problems. Love the van, but just started having problems with it starting. I have 135k miles on it, and whenever I try to start it, I have to hold the gas pedal down just a little for it to start. If I try to use remote start, it just keeps trying to start.. HELP.
Rough idling - head gasket issues, covered under powertrain warranty.
Did you ever find out what was the cause of your engine light coming on? I am running into the same problem. We have a 2008 Pontiac Montana SV6. The light comes on after I have been driving it for a couple of hours. It has come on before, and then disappeared. It also runs rough while at a red light. Twice I called OnStar to do a diagnostic test, and an error code comes up saying I should reduce my speed, and that the van is misfiring.
The Chevy Venture and Pontiac Montana are the same vehicle. Both are GM products and are identical. I have owned several, and operate them as a courier, averaging 100,000 km a year driving.
I have never had any major issues with them, other than usual regular things that go with use.
I think biggest reason people have problems with these is a lack of regular maintenance. Change the oil every 3000-5000 km. If you do more driving in the city, then go with 3000km.
Transmission service every 40,000 or 2 years. Do not flush the system, only change the fluid and filter.
Cooling system every year; drain and replace antifreeze.
Then your vehicle will last.
I have a 2001 with 400,000 km, and a 2002 with 284,000 km. I will be buying a 2008 Extended, and expect it to be the same.
Try a tune up.
Had the same problem. Went on for 1 year. Each time the dealer replaced the oxygen senor. But there are two sensors. At last they replaced both at the same time, and the problem has not reoccurred.
I had the same problem with my Montana. What gas brand are you using? I noticed anytime I fueled up with Co-OP or a lesser grade, the engine light came on. When fuelling with Esso, Petro-Canada or Shell, I never had the problem. Seems kind of idiotic, but that's all it took. Better than paying the dealership $500.00 to "fix" it.
Stick with the old body style, the 05 and a half and up are cheaply made piles of junk. I regret selling my 2002 that was comfortable and a lot more eye appealing for my 07 extended money pit.
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