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Pontiac Montana Questions

JCRIOS
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Headlights And Dashboard Lights Went Haywire And Then Just Shut Off While D...

I am pulling the battery to take it in to have it tested. Bad alternator possibly?? how can I test the alternator without pulling it? I am no mechanical genius by far, but have fixed small stuff m...

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Deana Lawson
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I Have A 1997 Pontiac Montana Trans Sport And For Awhile Now The Low Coolan...

I was driving back home from shopping and had the AC going and the I lost acceleration. My AC was still going along with the stereo and lights. I pulled over and turned the key off and waited a f...

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DeniseFrazier
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I Have A 2004 Pontiac Montana And Its Been Overheating, Not That It Makes A...

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ttthurston
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2003 Montana Has No Heat.

I changed the thermostat and it is worst than it was, it use to be warm now it's cold and the motor is running hot, Water pump???

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rdaveyfan
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Abs And Traction Contro; Comes On Sometimes..sometimes Not...stays On..some...

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About the Pontiac Montana

Pontiac already had a minivan, the Trans Sport (clever, huh?), which it had introduced in 1990.  Its only successful feature was the Montana sport package, which jazzed the boring minivan image up with more SUV-type characteristics.  Pontiac latched onto this and rebadged its minivan as the Montana in 1999, putting an emphasis on SUV sports performance and style rather than soccer and groceries.
Directly competing with the Venture and Silhouette, the Pontiac Montana came in regular and extended versions and had a wide array of seat configurations to improve passenger and storage flexibility.  A combination of bucket, bench, and captain's chairs could be removed or folded down to accommodate up to eight people in the extended vans.  Dual sliding doors were its most popular feature, and a power passenger option was available on the extended van.  This later expanded to a driver's side power door as well.  
Plenty of features came standard on the original Montanas, including ABS brakes, daytime running lights, cruise control, rear defogger, dual front and side airbags, and later OnStar, remote entry, and power windows, locks, and mirrors.  The extensive options were very popular and could be had separately (DVD system, heated seats, parking assist sensor, air compressor) or as part of various sport packages that tried to beef up the SUV image with sports suspension, rear spoiler, hood scoops, and performance tires.
Pontiac tried even more to appeal to SUV wannabes who were stuck with the practicality of a minivan by adding all-wheel drive capability briefly.  Though Montana owners loved the sporty handling, good gas mileage, cargo flexibility, and peppy V6 engine, the minivan suffered from many quality issues and extensive mechanical problems with the transmission and intake manifold.  Due to waning popularity, perhaps because of these issues, the Montana eventually weaned its lineup down to just the extended vans right before its demise in 2005.  It would be reborn in 2006 as the Montana SV6, an obvious nod to its reinvigorated SUV styling.