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Chevrolet Venture, Pontiac Montana, Oldsmobile Silhouette, Van
#1058 of 1617 Re: well.. [vanman1]
Mar 02, 2005 (11:17 am)
This is my first time writing on this site,but I found it because I'm service manager at a private garage and deal with these vans on a regular basis. The reason I came to this site was because my mechanic and I wondered how many "I hate Montana sites" were out there.
Pontiac Montana's,& Chevy Ventures are the van of Choice for comfort,performance...for the first 3 years of there warranty,after that they are a joke. At our garage we joke that we will name are kids after these vans since they are going to essentially pay for there way to University. I have a 2001 Montana on a hoist getting a headgasket,I have one outside waiting for a new wheel bearing(which contains the wheel speed sensor for the ABS/Trac light),tommorrow I have one coming in for a new rear wiper motor and another for unexplained coolant loss(likely intake) If any custome asks me what to buy for a used car,I specifically tell them not to buy GM. Don't get me wrong,the more of these vehicles people buy,the more money I make,but after a certain point it gets ridiculous.
#1059 of 1617 Radio in rear on head liner
Mar 02, 2005 (11:26 am)
I know that you have to put the radio in the dash on a certain station to be able to use the video/TV. But do I have to put it on another station to get the rear radio in the head liner to work. It has the head sets that play music but only what I have on the front. There is a tuner in the rear but it does not change the station. The only thing that will change is the volume. Is there a trick to make this work?
#1060 of 1617 Re: Radio in rear on head liner [billw]
Mar 02, 2005 (2:16 pm)
We had this on our van. The tuner, cd, and tape is still controlled by the front controls. When you push the appropriate button in the back, it just turns off the back speakers and pipes it through the head phones. There is not actually a tuner or controls in the back. That is, you can not listen to one station in the front and a different one in the back. However, you could listen to a radio station in the front and a cd in the back or a tape in the back and a cd in the front and so on. Hope that makes sense.
#1061 of 1617 Re: Radio in rear on head liner [jerseyvan]
Mar 02, 2005 (4:41 pm)
Thanks for your info. The reason I asked this is because there is buttons back there for AM/FM and a scan button. Thats why I thought you could change stations some how. I just bought this 1999 Silhouette about three weeks ago used and didn't know if maybe the person before had broke it.
#1062 of 1617 rear audio controls
Mar 03, 2005 (8:16 am)
You should be able to change radio stations, switch betweeen AM and FM, and go through the Pre-Set stations from the rear audio controls (when they are powered up). If you can't, then there could be something wrong with the controls, wiring or radio.
Also in case your Oldsmobile didn't come with an owners manual, look for Helm, Inc on the web to order one, or register with mygmlink.com and you can get online access to one.
Mar 03, 2005 (11:10 am)
"the lighting harness on the rear stop lights broke"
The side rear stoplights stopped working on my Venture last week, but the center high light is fine, this sounds like the same problem. Does anyone know if this is an easy fix? I'm inclined to do it myself.
#1064 of 1617 Re: electric sliding door gone manual
Mar 04, 2005 (11:05 am)
I registered to participate specifically to address the issue of the electric sliding door malfunctioning in the 2001 Venture (posting 1016). I have a 2001 Silhouette with 72K miles. Like many of the posters here I've already dealt with the intake valve, the A/C condenser, etc. My latest, though, is the electric sliding door which, after having an adult passenger attempt to close the door manually faster than it would close automatically, no longer closes automatically. It will, however, open automatically. The projected repair cost of $800+ to replace a "module" lead me to decide not to fix it and to simply turn off the electric feature. But the cable that remains in the door makes it extremely difficult to open and close, particularly for the two kids who use it multiple times a day. Has anyone ever removed or disengaged this cable rendering the door forever more "manual"?
#1065 of 1617 Re: electric sliding door gone manual [lou5]
Mar 04, 2005 (3:40 pm)
Have you tried initializing the system?
Power Sliding Door (PSD) Re-Initialization
The rear side door actuator control modules monitor the power sliding door positions at all times. Whenever the battery positive voltage supply to a rear side door actuator control module has been removed or the on-board diagnostics have been activated, the power sliding door system(s) must be re-initialized.
Re-initialize the right or left power sliding door systems using the following steps:
1.Turn the ON/OFF switch for the power sliding door system to be re-initialized to the OFF position.
2.Manually open the power sliding door completely.
3.Manually close and latch the power sliding door.
4.Turn the power sliding door ON/OFF switch to the ON position.
5.Open the power sliding door completely using the B-pillar or overhead console OPEN/CLOSE switch.
6.Close the power sliding door completely using the B-pillar or overhead console OPEN/CLOSE switch.
#1066 of 1617 Re: well.. [benefits]
Mar 06, 2005 (10:12 am)
Just a response to this - I am sure being in the business you know there is always break downs on every vehicle. This gm story has to be looked at yes , but remember they out sell everyone by twice as much. Which means you see more of them- I do own 2002 venture - And have seens this before- but now a days you have to protect yourself and take extra warranty. And also remember if your had a bad experience with GM does not mean everyone has-
My experience is vast thru out all manufactures. AND trust me they all break down. They all can be a joke when you think of it.
Thanks for listening
#1067 of 1617 front-end noise
Mar 10, 2005 (1:10 pm)
my 02 venture ls with 42k is making a very annoying noise upon startup and up to 10 minutes afterwards. the noise is best described as a buzz/rattle. is seems to be coming from under the front end, under the radiator. it gets louder as the engine is reved and goes away upon warmup. the dealer has attempted to fix it 4 times now. they have tightened all heat shields. does anyone have any ideas?