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Chevrolet Venture, Pontiac Montana, Oldsmobile Silhouette, Van
#1212 of 1617 2000 Pontiac montana Lemons
Aug 02, 2005 (10:26 am)
To all considering buying a montana beware.
list of problems ive had in just 1 year.
1) float in the tank (gas gauge was always reading full)
2) wouldnt start fuel not getting to engine(little wire harness underneath van loose.
3) Upper intake manifold ( very common problem for 3.4 liter)
4) Switch for power windows
5) blower motor resistor( 1 to 4 Blower speed does not work)
6) Rain water leaks in from overhead lights
7) Wheel bearing gone passenger side
8) exhaust manifold leaking
The van had only 106,000 kilometers(65,000 miles when i bought it 1 year ago.
I now have 131,000 km(77,000 Miles)
I have spent over 2500 dollars fixing problems on this vehicule. Thats at $ 50.00 per hour.
#1213 of 1617 Re: Right side turn signal (blinker) doesn't flash [pbergan]
Aug 09, 2005 (8:15 am)
The problem is solved.
I turned the key to the ON position in order to light up the headlights and side markers. I then pulled the main fuse for the DRL, headlights, etc. All of the headlights and side markers went blank as expected. I then reinserted the fuse and everything came back on again as expected. I then tried the right turn signal and it works perfectly now.
I can only guess that something in the DRL controller was screwed up and removing power to it reset things properly. It has been working just fine for over a week now so it seems a "permanent" fix.
#1214 of 1617 rear seat audio controls
Aug 11, 2005 (11:15 pm)
I have a just purchased '99 Venture LS, and a '97 Venture LS soon to be retired. The '97 has rear audio controls. The '99 don't. Question???
Is it easy to take out and install? IE: Is the LS prewired for the control unit??
Thanks in advance, (and a tip o' 'da hat)
#1215 of 1617 Re: Montana shuts down [evelyn14]
Aug 12, 2005 (5:38 am)
I also own a 2000 Montana. It was doing the same thing. Because I had recently purchased it, the dealership dug deep trying to find the cause. They replaced the fuel pump assembly, but the problem returned. Eventually they announced that they had fixed it, citing a cracked circuit board as the culprit. It ran great for about 8 months, then the problem returned. I replaced the fuel filter and fuel pump relay. I wouldn't say those fixed it, because it ran for only a few weeks after that before it died again.
Right now it sits in the driveway with the power center disassembled so I can check connections. I read somewhere about a loose wiring connection down by the fuel pump, so I will check that. Also, I will check just about any other wiring connection I can see. If you find out more I would appreciate you posting it. Each time this happens I feel more and more like the Montana is a
#1216 of 1617 98 Pontiac Transport/Montana Power Window Issue
Aug 15, 2005 (7:30 pm)
Anyone had this happen yet? The passenger side window would not go down. Took off the door panel and checked the motor leads. When the switch is pressed to raise the window it gets 12 volts to the motor. When the switch is pressed in the down direction it gets less than 1 volt. So I swapped the switch with another (I have the same van in the Chevy version thinking it was the switch. Still did not work. Took out the window motor (after some drilling and breaking of plastic) and hot wired to a car battery. Ran both ways without any straining or heating up. Is there a relay I am missing or other device which is between the switch and the window motor. Any help would be appreciated. Would a bad master switch on the driver side cause this? How about does anyone know where the window relay is? Could not find in the fuse panel or under the hood in the relay box next to the battery?
#1217 of 1617 Re: Keyless Help! [mikzke]
Aug 19, 2005 (2:16 pm)
Here you go! I bought a remote off Ebay and programmed in less than a minute - works GREAT!!!! For 2001 to 2004 Venture, Montana and Silhouette -
1) Remove key from ignition.
2) Remove "BCM PRGRM" fuse from panel by passenger door - use the legend in owner's manual - NOT the "BCM" fuse but the "BCM PRGRM" fuse.
3) Close all van doors and liftgate.
4) Insert key in ignition and turn to ACC (one click TOWARDS you, opposite of start).
5) Quickly turn to OFF then to ACC within 1 second - fast as you can!
6) OPen and close any vehicle door. A chime will be heard indicating in program mode.
7) Press and hold remote LOCK and UNLOCK at the same time for 14 seconds. Chime will be heard when programmed. This CLEARS any old remotes so you have to repeat this step (7) for ALL remotes you want to be coded.
8) Remove ignition key.
9) Return fuse.
You are programmed!!!!!!!
#1218 of 1617 EVAP Purge Solenoid & Intake Manifold Gasket
Aug 30, 2005 (7:29 pm)
2 1/2 weeks ago, we had to replace the Intake Manifold Gasket on our '02 Silhouette just 2K miles past the warranty. Just the next day, the check engine light starts coming on for the EVAP Purge Solenoid (P0443 error).
The dealer sees no connection between their work and the Check Engine Light that lights up the very next day (it was never on before).
So I ask, is there a connection between the two?
I realize that it is hard to trust the dealer when I make the comment that the Intake Manifold Gasket seems to be the biggest problem with the 3.4 GM engines. His reply was: "I haven't noticed that".
#1219 of 1617 Re: EVAP Purge Solenoid & Intake Manifold Gasket [huskerjim]
Aug 31, 2005 (5:51 am)
I believe the purge solenoid sets in the middle of the back of the engine and is one of many things that must be removed when replacing the lower gasket. Unless you haven't had the repairs done, your option may be to go to an independant garage to verify the purge solenoid was properly installed. If the dealer fixed it already, you'd be outa luck in proving anything.
#1220 of 1617 Rust Puddles on floor
Aug 31, 2005 (8:39 am)
We keep the 1999 Silhouette in the garage. After you drive it in the rain, it leaves puddles of rust behind only on the passenger side front of engine. Checked all fluids and all are fine. But then the rust stains the concrete. Any ideal what would cause this rusting and can I coat it with under protective?
#1221 of 1617 Re: That famous piston slap [alien]
Aug 31, 2005 (2:36 pm)
I'm coming into this discussion a little late sorry. My 2000 montana has been having this problem too, but i've been ignoring it per your discussion ( with the exception of using synthetic oil) but now I've noticed a sputtering when idling like an old car with a bad valve (I have less than 60,000 mi) could this be a valve lifter getting weak making noise when cold and not fulling opening the valve when hot causing the sputtering sound at idle??? No problem under acceleration.