Pontiac Montana Model Overview

Pontiac Montana Questions

Replaced The Starter In My Van Started Fine Took Me To Work Now Wont Start...

My van broke down and wouldnt start so i changed the starter. I turned on the van 4 times started fine and i drove it to work now it wont start. Im confused on what else could be wrong.

Won't Start

Hello. My name is Peggy. I have a 2003 pontiac montana. Earlier tonight leaving my mom's my van started fine I drove to the nearest shop and turned her off. When I returned, my van wouldn't start....

Did The Shop Mess Up My Van?

I have a 2001 pontiac montana, had it for 4.5 years, with on and off problems. A few months back, the brakes started failing on me. They would squish down to the floor without breaking, then when ...

Can Bypassing Transponder Ignition Cause Ecm To Not Show Up On Smog Test In...

I recently bought a 2000 Chevrolet Venture at an auction. It came with a key and It has an jerry rigged wire going from a push button on the dash, to what I assume is the starter. I'm guessing they ...

Pressure Testing

If I used a pressure tester and it held pressure for more than 5 mins would you think I have a motor problem? My 2002 pontiac Montana keeps running hot but not all the way to the red. I've changed ...

Pontiac Montana Overview

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.

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