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#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.
#1275 of 1493 99 Transport (Montana) by 99transportonr
by Claire@Edmunds HOST
Dec 13, 2006 (11:47 pm)
I've moved your post to the Montana Transmission Issues discussion, where you may be more likely to get an answer. Hope you get this figured out soon
#1276 of 1493 1993 Pontiac Trans Sport chug!
Dec 21, 2006 (6:04 pm)
I have a 1993 Pontiac Trans Sport (3800 V6) it has 142000 on it. I got it used about a year and a 1/2 ago. This problem was their when i looked at it but i assumed tune up or something simple. It only had 125000 on it and i paided $950 for it, i didn't think that was bad. The problem is that when you reach about 45-55 mph (mostly up hill) ut will chug. It is a hard nocking in pull and if you push it down forceing it into passing gear it will run fine. I had like 3 tranny guys bet their job that it wasnt the problem. I did a tune-up, mass air flow sensror (helped but not it), throttle Position sensor, and fuel filter. The fuel pump was replaced before i purchased it so i didn't think that it was it. I hope that someone can help me, i hate to get rid of it because it is in really good shape.
#1277 of 1493 Re: 1993 Pontiac Trans Sport chug! [headach]
Dec 27, 2006 (9:03 am)
If as you state the vehicle operates normaly when its not under a heavy load at low rpm, i.e. acceleration in overdrive, then the most likely cause is a weak spark, normally due to one or more weak coil packs, however could be plugs or plug wires. This is a known issue with 3.8l GM engines and will caues the chug that you describe. Good luck.
#1278 of 1493 Re: Radio?Stereo Unit display light [jservice]
Dec 30, 2006 (10:49 am)
No. The front display/control panel is held on by ears that can be popped out with a little pressure. The display also has two plugs that must be removed from inside the radio. But the repair is not simply a bulb replacement - the display must be replaced. So it has to be sent off to a repair facility for replacement with a repaired unit.
See the dealer.
#1279 of 1493 More Problems on 93 trans sport
Dec 30, 2006 (12:16 pm)
I posted a message early and already got a reply. But i just wanted to add the latest findings. Just yesterday i was checking my fluids like have to do every other day and found a strong smell of gas in the oil. The smell was so strong you could smell it like 10 feet from the van. I don't know if this will change your thought on the problem. I was thinking maybe fuel injector. Please help i am getting desperate. I also have a 94 Grand Prix that is dieing so i need this van.
#1280 of 1493 Re: What next?!?! [willswife]
Dec 31, 2006 (5:41 pm)
I had a 1997 Transport Montana, and it was the worst vehicle I ever owned. We nicknamed it Elmer, because we had to carry a tube of glue to glue the parts back on as they fell off. We live in New Mexico, and travel a lot on rough dirt mountain trails. The Pontiac was worthless. We actually stopped one time to walk around the van and see if anything had fallen off. It developed a horrible tappet noise at 110,000 miles... I poured some chemicals in it to shut it up, and promptly drove it to the dealer to trade it off! Lost a lot of money on that piece of crap, too. Went back to the Ford Aerostar, which is an indestructible tank. Will drive it forever.
#1281 of 1493 Question on my 93 trans sport
Jan 02, 2007 (11:26 am)
thank you burns5907, i heard that was a problem but i wasn't sure. I just wanted to double check. I also heard and was wondering if it has anything with the (boch)? Spelling,. pligsa that i put in it. I don't have the money to do a tune up right now but i will try.