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Chevrolet Venture, Pontiac Montana, Oldsmobile Silhouette, Van
#214 of 1617 Luggage Rack/DVD AUX Jacks
Jul 08, 2002 (5:12 pm)
I have a question for all 2002 Montana owners. Does the top of your van have the 1/2" wide black rubber strips that run from the front to the rear under the luggage rack to protect the top of the van? My '99 Montana had these strips, but the '02 does not. I called the 1-800 Pontiac folks, but they did not know. I wonder if GM removed them for a cost reduction or just left them off by accident? We have the extended van with leather captains and DVD.
Other question for anyone that has the DVD player. Has anyone tried hooking a VCR to the Aux jacks. I know you can buy the AC/DC converters to use so you can use a home unit VCR in the van for long trips, but will it hurt anything? The owners manual says the Aux jacks are for video game units and camcorders. Here again the 1-800 Pontiac folks were of no help.
Jul 10, 2002 (4:52 pm)
the strips were on the older Chevy's, Olds, and Pontiacs. They don't put them on the new ones. Probably saves them a few cents. They also don't have the black piece on the back bumper anymore.
Jul 11, 2002 (5:29 am)
My 99 Venture has them. They look like a good idea, but I've never used them since the crossbars bear any loads. Really, I can't imagine putting anything directly on the roof. Plus they make waxing more difficult.
#217 of 1617 roof rack guards
Jul 11, 2002 (10:23 am)
If you wanted you could order the older model's at the parts counter and have them attached. I don't think the top sheetmetal has changed any. I ordered door edge guards from a '87 for my '88 Dodge and stuck them on myself. I might have confused a few real gearheads but most people didn't notice.
#218 of 1617 EMS1 RE: Post 189
Jul 11, 2002 (1:40 pm)
You stated you had the piston slap taken care of under warranty, mind telling me what they did to fix it ?? GM tells me it's normal and requires no fix even though they have given me an extended component warranty on my engine only, free of charge. A lot of good it will do if they won't fix it under the bumper to bumper manf's. warranty
#219 of 1617 '99 Silhouette VCR removal....
Jul 11, 2002 (3:15 pm)
Does anyone know how to remove a vcr from the Premier van? I know a guy who can fix it (it began digesting tapes) dirt cheap but I need to remove it for him. Thanks for any help.
#220 of 1617 1999 Chevy Venture-Mixed Feelings
Jul 11, 2002 (7:51 pm)
There are some things to love about this minivan:
POWER-it doesn't hestitate when you step on the gas
STEREO-great sound for a stock system
TRIP COMPUTER-on the standard package
POWER SLIDING DOOR-great when its raining or hands are full(mine or others)
ALLOY WHEELS-on the standard package
SIZE-comfortably seats 7 with plenty of cargo space
25 GALLON GAS TANK-goes for 100's of miles without a fillup
Then there are the things to put up with:
The exterior's lack of style
All the cheap plastic on the interior
The noisy engine
The difficulty in handling(Odyssey is same size but handles like a much smaller van)
The wind noise
The road noise
GM's attitude that fair to good is good enough, excellence is not required
and the PROBLEMS!
Things that went wrong:
All six fuel injectors were replaced-4 trips to dealer
Complete ignition assembly replaced-3 trips to dealer
Ignition security module replaced-2 trips to dealer
Front end clunk-3 trips to dealer and no resolution
Driveline clunk-dealer can't duplicate and if they could would tell me it is "normal" (according to TSB)
Piston slap-heard right after warranty expired (wouldn't have received anything except an extended warranty on the engine that wouldn't have been honored unless the engine blew up)
Temperature and compass that give erratic readings whenever they feel like it-"fixed" 12/01 and continues to be a problem
Stinky air conditioner/vent-fix was completed, smell is better but not gone
Hard shifts-not yet diagnosed
Air bag light on repeatedly while driving-both front airbag modules replaced-3 trips to dealer
If you don't mind a lot of quirky problems, and some major problems and trips to the dealer(maybe you like to visit with the service writers) and you really love the van's virtues, then purchase with an extended warranty.
If you want a reliable vehicle and peace of mind with few repairs try a Mazda MPV.
My 2 cents worth...
Jul 11, 2002 (8:04 pm)
How many miles on your van now?
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Jul 11, 2002 (8:13 pm)
54,800 miles, out of warranty since 12/01.
#223 of 1617 Cabin air filter replacement
Jul 12, 2002 (6:27 pm)
I seem to remember someone having found a place to buy the pair of pollen filters which reside just behind the glove compartment at a price much better than that available from the GM dealer. For the 97 Silo the Delco filter number is 52470574 and requires two. If anyone remembers this post I would appreciate help in finding it. Thanks.