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#522 of 1493 More 2002 AWD
Sep 01, 2001 (6:44 pm)
Well, maybe no news is good news. The 2002 Silhouette Premiere was supposed to be built 27-31 AUG and the dealer has no update. So, the factory hasn't said that they didn't build it (it is okay to use double negatives when talking about cars). When I get a VIN number and can confirm that they built what I ordered, I will post again. I assume that if they are building Oldsmobile AWDs that they are also building Pontiacs. I noticed that while you can not search dealer lots for 2002 AWD Pontiac and Olds, that you can configure and price them (on GMBuyPower). I also noticed that the top-of-the-line Montana is about $1000 more that the Silhouette maxed out. Most of this can be accounted for by the fact that the Montana AWD can be had with chrome wheels, while they are not available on the AWD Silhouette.
Sep 04, 2001 (6:05 pm)
We had to have our gas tank replaced on our 2001 Montana because the service light would not go off. Now that the new one is on I have noticed rust around the "nozzle" area. Anyone else with this problem? Also it has been in the shop 4 times and they still have not fixed the leaks after it rains. This time the headliner really got soaked. UGH!!!!!
Sep 05, 2001 (6:02 am)
The gas tanks on the Montana are made of a composite material (like plastic). The filler neck is a seperate part. It probably wasn't replaced when your tank was. It is not uncommon for some metals to show some surface rust. Should be no problem but have the dealer look at it next time you are in.
Most posts that have to do with water leaks have focused on the rubber boot that goes form the body to the tailgate at the top as a source of leaks. What area is getting wet in your Montana? Has it had a Windshield replacement? Where has the dealer been looking?
#525 of 1493 Re: Montanafan Winshield Replacement
Sep 05, 2001 (8:11 am)
Thank you for helping with my questions....yes I believe it had a rear windshield replacement because when we folded down the seats in the back, there was glass between them with lines in it like a back defroster. We bought the 2001 in April from a dealer...it was a rental in Canada and we have lots of warranties, but any help to let the techs know what to do it helpful. Overall I do like the van a lot, but just want to work out all the problems. One more question...it seems to have a puff of smoke come out at first start ups.....at first we thought it was moisture from where we live, any thoughts?
#526 of 1493 re 515 rear window replacement
Sep 05, 2001 (4:28 pm)
Had the rear window on my 98 olds replaced. according to witnesses there heard a loud pop and the window blew out. heard the same thing happened on a venture. it was tough getting all the glass out,especially in the tailgate. the dealer never heard of this problem but it happened to me and it could have happened to your car to. no knows what caused it, maybe heat and an inperfection in the glass
#527 of 1493 Re: Rusty, Leaky, Smoky Van
Sep 07, 2001 (12:11 pm)
Ok, I took the 2001 Montana to the dealer and they don't know why the gas neck rusted, so they are getting a new one, the smoke was caused by something set to high and it was getting too much gas and they are fixing the leak. Thank goodness because I really like this van despite the minor imperfections...yes I expect perfection from a new car but they all have their problems.
#528 of 1493 RE: RUSTY, LEAKY, SMOKY VAN
Sep 07, 2001 (12:47 pm)
I find your last post interesting. "..yes, I expect perfection from a new car but they all have their problems". Several posts ago, I thought you said the car was a former rental car in Canada, and you found broken glass in the car. I think it makes your car a used car with a questionable history. On way anything rusts is being exposed to weather when it wasn't designed to be. Could it be possible that this Montana has been in an accident? Improper installation on the tailgate window may cause a leak but it would not wet the headliner. Look forward to you post about the leak fix and more details about the smoke fix. And when you post back could you include the last 6 numbers of your vin so others can see how their build sequence compares to yours, in case they have simular issues.
#529 of 1493 Clicking noise in steering column...
Sep 16, 2001 (7:36 pm)
Spoke too soon about loving the GM minivan (Olds Silo Premiere) we got earlier this summer. Wife and I took it to the Outer Banks this past week. While down there, the van developed a metallic clicking noise in the steering column. It appears when the van is warmed up and running. Depressing either the accelerator or the brake will temporarily stop the noise, but as soon as you let up on either, the clicking starts again. It definitely sounds like its within the steering column. Any one else have similar problems in a GM minivan? Also, the three zone climate control is acting up. The driver's side temperature never cools down to degree the passenger side or rear does. Any one have ideas on that one? Van is going back to the dealer this week with only 2K on it - yup, just 2K.
#530 of 1493 MontanaFan "atic"
Sep 17, 2001 (7:04 pm)
A 2001 is a 2001, so yes it is a new car. You must be a Pontiac rep or something to take these comments to heart. At first they were helpful but I didn't mean for anyone to take it personally. If I think my van is a heap then goody for me. It is one thing after another and I am sick of it. Now it smells horrible like something electrical is burning when A/C or heater is running. Pontiac 800# is dealing with it now and mentioned getting us another. AMEN...Peace, Love, and Pontiac.
I was only writing to see if others had the same problems. No harm meant. I still dig the van.