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#475 of 1493 Montana 2002 vrs 2001
Jul 16, 2001 (7:32 pm)
I have been in the market to purchase a 2001 Pontiac Montana with G package, 7 pass rear stowable seat, pwr driver side door, trailer package, cloth trim and 6 CD changer since February. I searched on Buy Power and at several South Florida dealers. I (nor the dealers) have never been able to find one. I guess now it will have to be a 2002. Does anyone know what differences there will be. I see from these messages AWD will be added. I heard elsewhere 16 inch wheels will be standard. Is there any other rumors that would make the wait more bearable?
#476 of 1493 railroadcpa #468
Jul 17, 2001 (6:33 am)
2002 Montana will not have the 7 passenger with rear stowable seat. Only seats will be the 7 passenger with split fold rear and 8 passenger with rear stowable seat. The AWD will add over $3,000 to the price. It was $2,700 I think addition to the Aztek which uses the same system. The 16" wheels will only be with the AWD or the Thunder Package (Leather Trim). With the rebates or low rates offered on the 2001, I would consider slightly changing my requirements ( w/o LH Power Door or 7 Pass w/Folding Seat). If nothing works that way, I would try to run up my rebates on my GM card and go for the 2002 that best fits your needs. Good luck.
#477 of 1493 Valet Key
Jul 17, 2001 (7:02 pm)
I just bought a new 2001 Montana. When I got home I realized there was no valet key. Did CM do away with it, or did my dealer forget to give it to me??
Jul 18, 2001 (7:04 am)
When my brother picked up his 2001, he was told because of the cost of the valet key with the passkey theft deterrent chip and the fact that valet keys haven't reduced the usage of the no charge road side assistance, GM has done away with them.
#479 of 1493 Automatic Door Problems
Jul 18, 2001 (9:51 am)
I have a 99' Montana and an alarm sounds from the rear of the vehicle whenever I take it out of park. I can stop the alarm if I take the automatic door off of automatic and make it manual. The automatic door "seems" to shut completely and sometimes the auto door just tries to close but then pops back open again...Has anyone else had this problem and please tell me it's a simple fix.... Thnxs in advance..we love the vehicle
#480 of 1493 re-automatic door problems
Jul 19, 2001 (10:14 am)
I had the same problem with my Silhoutte. On the side of the automatic door and side of the van there is a little plate, take a cloth and rub it off. You should do this periodically because it gets dirty and the connection won't take. Hopes this helps.
#481 of 1493 Thumbs up or down
Jul 19, 2001 (7:37 pm)
I am thinking of buying a 2001 Montana with two weeks...I need a car. I haven't read all that much here about people really enthused about it.
Could I get a quick show of thumbs up or thums down on this vehicle.You can email at FKatuaol.com so not to clog this forum up
Jul 19, 2001 (7:40 pm)
Hmmm, so you're cross-shopping the Montana vs the Santa Fe? Probably better if folks just chime in here so we can all keep score
fkatu "Hyundai Santa Fe" Jul 19, 2001 6:44pm
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#483 of 1493 RE: 2002 vs. 2001
Jul 20, 2001 (8:04 am)
Given the news from Montanafan, I'd go with the 2001. Sounds like GM is restricting the possible seating configurations for the 2002 and grouping other options together. If you really need the LH power door, consider getting an Olds Silo or Chevy Venture. Essentially the same cars as the Montana. In fact, my wife and I were all but ready to put down money on a Montana when we realized that the Olds looked pretty darned good too. In fact, we ended up getting a 2001 Olds because it was EASY to find one with the LH powerdoor and all the features we wanted (tow package, SJ option cluster, LH powerdoor, seven seat w/ fold flat third row and leather).
In addition to the same features as the Montana we were looking for (but never found), we got THREE zone climate control and a bumper-to-bumper warranty for 5 years/60K miles (whichever comes first) vs. the typical 3yr/30K warranty. Our Olds dealer told us that GM was doing this to reassure Olds customers that even with the demise of the brand name in two to three years, GM will still stand by its vehicles (not that it had much choice under current federal law anyway!). These extra perks plus the features we wanted convinced us we got the right GM van.
Price and financing were also factors. We got our Olds for $200 over invoice, got the dealer to through in a rear class II hitch and wiring for FREE and went with the 0.9% financing. The money we would have put down on the van is now earning MORE money in a savings account than if we had put it into the van.
So check out the Montana's twin vehicles. You might be pleasantly surprised.
#484 of 1493 Montana vs. Sante Fe
Jul 20, 2001 (8:19 am)
My wife and I have the 2001 Olds Silo - twin car to the Montana and the Chevy Venture. We love the minivan. BIG thumbs up (of course, I've always been a big GM fan - just plain like their cars - no, don't work for them). My prior post talks about some of the great features we like.
As for which is better, Montana vs. Santa Fe, I think you are really comparing two vehicles with different purposes. The Montana is a people/pet hauler and sometimes cargo hauler. It can tow light loads (max 3500lbs) with the appropriate package (oil cooler, trans cooler, etc.), but really is meant to haul people/pets on public roads in comfort. The Santa Fe is an SUV built to haul fewer people but to be more rugged (i.e., capable of off-road operation). It's probably geared more for singles, couples or those with only one kid/pet and not too much baggage. I understand it can also tow light loads. So as far as which is better, I would guess you would need to look at what you need in terms of carrying/hauling capacity over the type of terrain you will be in. Whichever vehicle you decide, best of luck!