Bought this van when we started having a family...it's a perfect family vehicle. The EXT offers seating for 8 AND room for cargo. Have used it like a truck (with seats out) and of course as the family vanster on extended trips... have really been pleased with everything - except chronic problems with the intake manifold gasket. Original plastic part couldn't be torqued properly... extreme temp changes in northern climates led to expansion/contraction which caused leaks. Replaced manifold gasket at 47,000 and again at 66,000 mi (thankfully before antifreeze could gum up engine). GM has re-engineered the part (and assure this chronic problem has been fixed)... the second repair GM paid 80%.)
Very roomy, great ride, have gotten as high as 29 mpg!! The ultimate family vehicle.
Original manifold gasket design is faulty...re-engineered part includes metal stamping to allow proper torque to be applied - hopefully no more leaks!! If you have a problem...be persistent in your complaints to GM - They paided 80% of my repair bill.
bought it used, transmission tanked at 103,000, no warning, rebuilt it, two more transmission rebuilds, broken rear wiper, broken power window, all in 40000 kms of owning. Nice to drive, but not reliable mechanically, left me stranded several times, and the window drives us nuts, $700 later, and it still sticks, have to realign manually for it to finish going up. Gas tank level suddenly off, ran out of gas twice before we figured out that problem, not fixed.
Lots of toys, CD/cassette/rear entertainment, power seats, power doors, quad seating, all still working.
Several people/transmission shops tell us that vehicle cannot take the strain of any weight/full load luggage will destroy transmission, several rebuilt at 60-80 k's, and ours went on holidays, full of luggage, so extended length not extended weight!
Owned it for 3 years now and everything I heard would fail did. I even changed the tranny fluid and antifreeze when I bought it at 20000 miles (32000km) but this year the tranny was revving high before changing gears and failed, then 3 months later there is a slight smell of antifreeze when the engine is warm and we find out the intake gasket is leaking - this is all before hitting 50000 miles (80000km). I know 4 other people who have similar vans and have had the same things changed. I bought the vehicle with really low miles so i wouldn't have to buy the ext warranty MISTAKE! if you get suckered into buying this do youself a favour get the ext warranty cause you will need it!
good on gas for the size of vehicle but hey it's mostly plastic
reliability!! no wonder your lease program does well most people would rather lease and get a full warranty than buy and keep sinking money in these pieces of junk.
From the beginning, we thought we were purchasing the best mini-van on the market in looks, reliability, and performance. Okay, we got the looks but what were they thinking with the realiability adn performance? We have been back to the dealership several times. No, we didn't purchase the extended warranty on the used vehicle but who would have thought we would need to with an American made vehicle? Where's the American pride? We've had numerous inconvenient problems such as power windows not working, electronic sliding door opening while going down the road, gas gauge not working, cup holders breaking easily, directional not working, coolant problems -- so far over $2,000 in costs plus!
STOP MAKING THESE MISTAKES! Take these vehicles back and made amends to those of us foolish enough to believe in the Pontiac Montana!
We bought this new and enjoyed it
greatly. This was our 2nd choice, the
honda van was not available at a
reasonable price. The initial ride,
power and economy were as promised. The
dealership offered the car at a
reasonable price fully optioned. Now
with 130,000 miles it is long in the
tooth and not aging gracefully. Even
with careful maintainance there are too
many nickle and dime problems. Warrenty
repairs: trip computer, radio,
seatbelts, power door, power window. Non
Warrenty repairs: Intake gasket at 70k
(900.00 repair avoided using 2.00 can of
stop leak , still holding at 130k), c/v
joint, a/c compressor, air shocks, brake
calipers & rotors.
Interior comfort and room on trips.
Make van more owner friendly by making
the engine and accessories more
accessable for maintaince. This car is
difficult and expensive to maintain over
the long haul. Even DIY oil changes are