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Chevrolet Venture, Pontiac Montana, Oldsmobile Silhouette, Van
#636 of 1617 coolant leak?
Nov 20, 2003 (2:26 pm)
Just had Pontiac replace the lower intake gasket on my 2000 Pontiac Montana. Only 34,000 miles on it. Out of warranty in April of 03.
They also found globs of goo in the radiator. They said it was from the air reacting whit the dex-cool coolant. Had to have the radiator flushed.
The total came out to $890.00. The repair Tech said that I should replace the dex-cool every 20,000 miles not the 100,000 miles GM claims. I would get 30,000 on the green stuff.
#637 of 1617 Temp gauge
Nov 20, 2003 (5:22 pm)
My temp gauge has always run cool, about the 1/4 mark. The heat has never worked great either. I'm going to have the coolant flushed and the t'stat replaced before the end of the year. I can change the t'stat in my car in about 5 minutes. Changing the one in the van looks like it would be a nightmare.
#638 of 1617 Temp gauge
Nov 21, 2003 (6:40 pm)
On the 98 Montana it appears only one sensor is used for both engine control and coolant temperature gauge. With an obd-2 scan tool I've checked the output of the sensor and it shows close to 200F (thermostat is 197F) when the gauge is showing just above 1/4. The sensor was within a couple degrees of 210 at the midpoint.
Nov 21, 2003 (7:12 pm)
You really have an OBD II Scan tool? How much did you pay and where did you get it?
#640 of 1617 Scan tool
Nov 21, 2003 (8:29 pm)
Check out www.obd-2.com. It works with my laptop so I can monitor & record engine parameters on the road. Can't change anything but I can clear trouble codes. I have just one protocol that works with GM vehicles.
#641 of 1617 Please Help Me Decide
Nov 21, 2003 (8:40 pm)
I am trying to decide if there is are good reasons other than styling to buy a specific brand of the GM Minivans. I tend to like the styling of the Montana but have read more good posts about Chevy service. Anyone have any advice? Thanks. What about model years? Any big improvements in 2002 vs 2000 and 2001? Again, Thanks.
#642 of 1617 Temperature gauge
Nov 22, 2003 (7:09 am)
The temperature gauge on my 2003 Silhouette usually hangs around the 1/3-1/2 mark. When the weather here is cooler it will be closer to 1/3. In heavy stop and go traffic w/o the a/c being on, it will go beyond half until the fan comes on and cools it off. On a hot summer Dallas day with the a/c on, the gauge will be pegged at 1/2.
#643 of 1617 Gabriel HiJackers & loose lumber noise
Nov 24, 2003 (10:00 am)
Update. I tighten the upper shock mounts to specs (62 ft-lbs) and seems to have cured the noise problem reported earlier.
#644 of 1617 Decide
Nov 25, 2003 (4:04 am)
Choosing oone van over the other came down to option packages for us. We like the Pontiac better but the option packages made it too expensive.
The Chevy option packages gave us what we wanted without adding anything extra to drive the price up.
As for which dealer is better - that is s local thing. It sounds like you have done this and the Chevy dealers are better.
Of course you can bring your Pontiac to Chevy dealer. After the first couple of visits, we opted to bring our Venture to a Pontiac dealer. Some dealers do not like this but others prefer to take my money for service and GM's mony for warranty work.
Nov 26, 2003 (11:07 am)
Re previous post, went with Goodyear Weather Handler at Sears. On sale saving over a $100 on all four. Total cost $325 including balance, disposal etc. Set pressure at 34 lbs. Great ride compared to Symmetry.