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Pontiac Trans Sport, Pontiac Montana, Van
Nov 24, 2006 (8:14 pm)
My husband and I are the proud (yeah right) owners of a 2003 Pontiac Montana. We had no trouble with this van until it got about 80,000 miles, then its like it just fell apart. The first thing that went wrong was the evaporator box. $1,100.00 to get fixed, it was either do that or have my floor boards rust out from all the water leaking on them. That was Sept. 2005. June 2006, the AC stops blowing cold air, so I take it back in to see whats wrong. Its the AC again, the compressor this time. $700.00 to fix it, that is the price I am quoted. I told them I was not spending that kind of money on that van right then, and for them to just put some freon in it and we would see how it goes. So far so good. Then sometime during winter 2006, I am riding down the hwy. and hear this noise coming for the front tire, I thought it was flat or something. Nope, wheel bearing needs to be replaced. That was $200.00. Then the next week it does the same thing, on the same tire. I took the van back in, and they replaced it at no charge ........ they said the part could have been faulty. Well, now when I turn the wheel to back out of a parking place, it makes this loud popping noise. People in the parking lot will turn around and look at me. I dont know what this noise is. Anyone have any ideas. THEN ........ today I am on my way to a friends house to pick her up so we can go shopping, and I have yet ANOTHER problem develop with this piece of crap. As I am accelerating, the van starts to jerk, it does this when the vehicle is shifting. Does this mean that my transmission of going to fail me now? I am soooooooooo ready to be rid of this vehicle, but we owe more on it than what its worth. We tried to trade it a few months ago, and the dealership only wanted to give us half of what we still owe on it. Apparently they know its a piece of crap too!!!!
#1265 of 1493 Re: Spool Valve [gziotek]
Nov 29, 2006 (7:41 pm)
OMG. don't tell me this! i just bought an 06 montana, 17,000 miles, in service since january this year! and am taking it in to service tomorrow for a crunch/ rumble (your words are exactly how i described it to the service man this a.m.) i keep hearing. sometimes sounds like the steering and other times like in the wheel area... like bad tie rods but without any driving/ handling problem.
i'm new to this forum, this vehicle, and am a single female what is a TSB?
also, any one have problems with the auto door? takes ALOT of resistance to stop mine from closing. i don't trust it to reverse for my son or grandson's hands when it takes my daughter's whole side of the body to trigger! thing nearly knocked her over before it stopped and reversed!!
#1266 of 1493 Re: Spool Valve [vango06]
Nov 29, 2006 (10:19 pm)
Takes alot of resistance before door will go back. Be careful with the door around kids.
#1268 of 1493 Re: Spool Valve [claires]
Nov 30, 2006 (3:16 pm)
i don't see the spool valve problem listed in the tsb?
#1269 of 1493 Re: Spool Valve [boga228]
Nov 30, 2006 (3:34 pm)
jeez. great feature for a family car huh? why no bulletins on this? the caravan "stow and go" feature got bombarded as a potential entrapment danger. so why not the auto door as a high risk/ potential danger to little fingers and hands? takes the first lawsuit i bet.
#1270 of 1493 '99 Montana rear door latch broken?
Dec 02, 2006 (10:02 pm)
Hi, new member, first post. I got a great deal on a '99 Montana extended this past summer. Has 125k miles, already had the manifold problem fixed before I got it, and it has run great now for six months. During the summer, we had a few problems with the back hatch handle seeming to not engage, but it would always work on the 2nd or 3rd try. Now that cold weather snapped last week, it does not engage, so we cannot open the door. As far as I've seen, Montanas (or at least this model) do not have a hatch release switch/button up front, and no key hole on the outside, so we're kind of screwed right now.
Anyone heard of this? If I got the car in a warm garage for a while, would it possibly work again, so I could open the door and perhaps grease something? Or has some cable snapped? Arg-- if it only had a button or switch up front to release it, we could live with it for a while (I am between jobs right now and can't afford costly repairs).
Any help appreciated. Thanks.
#1271 of 1493 Re: 1998 Transport, great car but issue with radio LCD display [fryman]
Dec 02, 2006 (10:31 pm)
That lower end noise you're experiencing is due to what's call unskirted pistons. Older engine manufacturing used skirted pistons to keep uniformity of the piston inside the cylinder as it moved up and down. The manufacturers decided to go unskirted to lower the reciprocating mass and simply to reduce weight internally of the engine. The stroke (up and down travel) of the piston is shorter in the newer engines and don't necessarily need skirts. As the engine gains heat, you gain expansion ... no noise.
As for the radio freaking out on the display, it's the display going bad. Even the dealers don't replace a radio with a brand new one ... they send them to a repair facility, GM certified, and get a swapped repaired one or repair the original one when a repaired replacement isn't available. These radios have issues
#1272 of 1493 RE: Need some help ASAP
Dec 07, 2006 (3:44 pm)
I just found this site while doing some research.....hoping the someone can help me.
I bought a 2001 Pontiac Montana (used) in April of this year. Since I bought it the following has happened....4 days after I got it the transmission went in it(136,000km) got it back from the shop and the lifters were gone in it.
For the last 2 days its been overheating took it in said I needed new thermostat.....got that fixed in it.....now they are telling me its the head gasket!!! Any suggestions on what I should do? Were there any recalls on this van for things like this?
#1273 of 1493 Just venting ....... again, and having a new little problem.
Dec 08, 2006 (7:58 am)
supermommy, I hate to say this, but these vans are just pieces of crap. There are people who have posted on this forum that have had minimal trouble, but for the most part, things dont sound good for the old Pontiac Montana. We had to take ours in to the shop a few weeks ago,(see my above post) and something is wrong with our tranmission. A TCC or something like that, also having to have on of the gaskets replaced. Total cost about $300.00! Right here at Christmas, how lovely. The man that owns the shop where our van was fixed says that he sees these Montanas in there all the time. He said he had three in there in one week. Two needing new tranmissions and one needing a new motor. He said that the Montanas are just not good vehicles. The resale value on these things are bad too. We tried to trade ours back during the summer, and they only wanted to give us half of what we owed.
Anyway, I hope that you have all your problems resolved with your van. Its a shame that these vans have so many issues and problems, its really a cute van. Next time, however, Im buying a Honda!
Oh, and last night my van did something it hasnt done before. I was waiting to go in to a store last night, but I was waiting for a friend to join me, so I shut the van off and turned the key back to I could still hear the radio, and my warning light thingy (the place that lights up that tells you low fuel, door ajar, ect ....) it just kept flasing all the warnings ....... door ajar, rear hatch ajar, security, low fuel, battery warning, ect ....... What was that all about? It didnt do it when it was cranked up and running.