30th Nov 2006, 20:17
We have 1998 Transport. We have had the airbag light problem, and just this week, the engine is running really rough...I'm hoping that it just needs new plugs and wires. It's like it missing on two cylinders. I'm also wondering if it is the coil packs. Has anybody had to replace those?
So far, we haven't had the problems a lot of people have had, however, the van has 117,000 miles on it and after reading the comments on this website, I'm wondering that when I get it fixed, get what I can out of it and get rid of it.
15th Dec 2006, 08:34
I have a 2000 Montana and have had all of the same problems as everyone else. Replaced intake gasket twice in the last year, had the head reworked on one of those adventures. Replaced both front hub bearings, an inner tie rod end, and the electrical is another issue all together. With all of the money we have sent in the last year alone we could have put a good down payment on a Toyota. Now as I look for help with the oil pressure sending unit, I find out about the problems with the crank and cams breaking. I am now SURE that I own a piece of junk. If that class action suit comes about count me in. I am going to find a Toyota.
16th Dec 2006, 08:47
Yesterday after searching for a site to help me with a problem with the oil pressure sending unit on my 2000 Montana I found this site. I added my comments to the growing list before me. I then went out changed the unit, and went to work. Half way to work the motor spun a bearing. If anyone is going to buy one of these money pits, save your self the headache and just flush your money down the toilet. It is a whole lot easier.
25th Dec 2006, 16:31
Merry Christmas GM!!! Add me to the list of 2001 Montana intake gaskets leaks!!!Bah, Humbug!!!
10th Jan 2007, 19:33
I have a 2001 Pontiac Montana. We also have had the same gaskets replaced. Has anyone had their van's horn start going off for no reason? This has happened a few times now. Any help would be appreciated.
27th Jan 2007, 16:49
We own a 1998 Pontiac Montana. We have also had many, many problems. We have had to replace the water pump, air-conditioner compressor, left front hub bearing and tie rod, the rear head gasket, and 12 months later the front head gasket. We are also plagued with little annoying problems like the lights on the radio sometimes going out, the temp gauge sometime going out, etc, etc. If we had known that we could come up with an extra $5000+ in repairs while making payments on this beast, we would have just purchased a foreign-made vehicle.
Currently the vehicle is unusable in the garage until we decide if we are going to fix it again or buy something else.
27th Jan 2007, 23:40
This site has been extremely helpful to me. I was contemplating buying a 1999 Pontiac Montana Minivan, with approximately 117,000 miles, for $3,850.00. I test drove it today, and I kind of liked it, and was struggling with and juggling finances in my mind as to how I could afford to get it. I came on line tonight to see what I could find out about it. I've read every single one of your comments. Now I will, with complete self-assurance and certainty, tell the dealer who is waiting to hear back from me, "Thanks, but no thanks!" No, actually I'll tell him, "NO WAY!"
Thank you all for your input! And thanks, too, to the creators and maintainers of this site! I'm just going to stick with my 1990 Chevrolet Cheyenne pickup, which I've been driving without any unusual problems since 1992. I'm a single mom, putting my daughter through college. No way could I possibly afford the repair bills you all have mentioned about this faulty GM product. I do hope you find a way to get that class action suit through!
Thank you for making this decision quite clear for me.
9th Feb 2007, 10:22
I was actually looking for a do-it-yourself repair website when I stumbled upon this one. It is absolutely horrifying to know that more people have had the same problems as we have had with our 2002 Montana.
We bought it used 2 years ago and it had approximately 72,000 miles on it. About 3 months after, we started having problems with it overheating. Low and behold! Blown heads! Since we also have no money, and did not purchase the extended warranty, we were told it would cost us about $2,500 to fix. We took it back to the dealer we bought it from and after much hassle, they agreed to fix the problem at cost. So, geez, it only cost us $1,900 instead.
The van started leaking antifreeze and overheating on and off again for the last 1 1/2 years. We just replaced the intake manifold gaskets and the mechanic said that whoever did the previous work on the heads "did not do a very good job." Well, at least he is honest!! This cost us another $800. Now, I read these comments and it really frightens me to know that the engine is going to seize at any time.
I am sick to death of dealing with the problems and emotional stress over this van!!! When a person buys something, you invest your hard earned money thinking you are buying a great product that HAD a great reputation! There has to be something that can be done! Seriously!! There has to be someone we all can voice our opinions to. I don't care about money, I just want them to make it right.
It's only fair.
13th Mar 2007, 23:49
I, like you, have replaced my engine twice due to a faulty manifold gasket. I have also replaced the wiper motor and both front bearings. I have also replaced both power door motors and the back power window motor. I have replaced the fuel pump, air con compressor, and the door lock switch on the driver's side. And now my engine light is on for no reason, and my fuel gauge does not work; I have to use the odometer to gauge myself.
My van is a 2002 Pontiac Montana with 150k. I have called GM, and they have told me that this is pretty much my problem, and they will do nothing to help me out. I WILL NEVER BUY GM AGAIN. I am also telling everyone I can to not buy any GM cars, as word of mouth is the best weapon. The sad part is GM does nothing about this, and wonders why they are going bankrupt.
18th Mar 2007, 12:10
I have owned my 2000 Montana for about 3 yrs now and have only had 1 major problem. The power sliding door module went out and the cost of that from the dealership was $1400...since then it hasn't acted up at all. Had the rear wiper motor go out, but I replaced that. Had the water pump and thermostat replaced just because it has 90k on it. The blower motor resister that controls your fan speeds went out, but I could replace that. My only concern right now is this loud ticking noise that has started a few weeks ago. I have read a lot of these comments and it scares me that my camshaft could break or the intake manifold gaskets need replaced. I have since changed the oil and added Marvin's Mystery Oil to the engine and the ticking went away, but soon after it came back. Don't know to get it looked at right away or try to get rid of the van before serious problems occur? Thanks for the comments though... they are very helpful!!!