Last post on Feb 17, 2010 at 3:44 PM
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#3 of 5 Re: Buying used? Good or bad, when it comes to Pontiac Montana? [brett13]
Jun 15, 2008 (7:42 am)
I have had remarkable luck with the Montana. I have a 2000 that i just put on the used market. Am only selling it because it has 304,000 miles on it. Everything still works fine, but I got nervous about the miles since I still reavel a lot. No major repairs and it still gets 27 mpg. Bought a used 2002 with 38,000 miles on it.
#4 of 5 Re: Buying used? Good or bad, when it comes to Pontiac Montana? [brett13]
Jul 02, 2008 (2:42 pm)
Wow! I'm surprised that it is in such good condition for being a 2000 with 137,000 miles on it. I would be careful though if I were you. We bought a 2000 Montana used that appeared to be in excellent condition also and it only had something like 20,000 miles on it. Shortly after we bought it, little by little we began to have electrical problems. I don't feel I can trust the van. Sometimes things don't work and then start working again days later with no rhyme or reason. On our van this includes the door locks, windows and instrument panel, but not all things on the instrument panel at the same time. Sometimes the airbag light comes on and then other times it doesn't, so we never know if the airbags are going to work or not if we need them. Over a short period of time all the lights on the display of the stereo went out one by one. Now we can't see the time or radio stations and have no way of being able to adjust the settings. After spending $50 to have the lights behind the stereo display replaced, it still didn't work. Then we found out that these stereo displays are not fixable. Even though the stereo itself stills plays the radio and CD's, we would have to replace the entire unit.
Just yesterday our battery seemed to die for no apparent reason, so we replaced it. Then immediately after it was replaced, a very faint ticking noise we have had in the engine, that we were led to believe was normal, got very loud. Now we are afraid to drive it.
In looking up answers to may van problems I noticed that many people seem to have electrical problems with there 2000 Montana's. I will never by another one!
#5 of 5 Re: Buying used? Good or bad, when it comes to Pontiac Montana? [brett13]
Feb 17, 2010 (3:44 pm)
I would reconsider buying a used Pontiac. I have had 3 and have sworn off GM products forever now. My latest is a 2004 Pontiac Montana. I have the famous Cluster problem in the instrument panel. It started by blowing fuses in the back cargo area, and lighter area. First the heat gauge went wonky. 6 Months later the gas gauge went crazy. Now I am driving with out a speedometer it just went on the weekend.
I suspect the ground is crazy, I always get foggy headlights when it rains. I had water sitting in my headlights, and the Geniuses at my local City Pontaic Buick Dealership drilled holes in the plastic housing of the headlights to let the sitting water out. This seems to have made my problem worse. There only advice is to laugh and say it's a 500 - 700 $ job to have a new panel put in and they only do it in Whitby.
Without proper seals I think it will be throwing 5 - 7 hundred $ in the wind.