Used 2005 Pontiac Montana

2005 Pontiac Montana
List Price Estimate
$1,858 - $2,807

Pros & Cons

  • Available eight-passenger seating, optional rear parking assist, sporty handling, numerous optional entertainment features (MP3, DVD, XM Satellite Radio).
  • Weak offset crash test scores, ABS not standard, can't get side curtain airbags, cheap interior materials, unrefined powertrain character.
Pontiac Montana years

Edmunds' Expert Review

If you can stomach the heavy doses of plastic trim both inside and out, the Montana offers peppy performance and comfortable passenger accommodations in a feature-laden package.

2005 Highlights

The Montana's model lineup goes under the knife this year -- trimmed away are the regular-wheelbase and all-wheel-drive models.


Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2005 Pontiac Montana.

5 star reviews: 52%
4 star reviews: 19%
3 star reviews: 12%
2 star reviews: 15%
1 star reviews: 2%
Average user rating: 4.1 stars based on 73 total reviews

Trending topics in reviews

  • appearance
  • handling & steering
  • spaciousness
  • fuel efficiency
  • driving experience
  • ride quality
  • infotainment system
  • safety
  • towing
  • technology
  • maintenance & parts
  • interior
  • doors
  • comfort
  • seats
  • value
  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • lights
  • climate control
  • road noise
  • brakes
  • sound system
  • dashboard
  • transmission
  • engine
  • electrical system
  • cup holders
  • warranty
  • steering wheel
  • wheels & tires
  • acceleration
  • oil
  • emission system
  • visibility

Most helpful consumer reviews

3.125 out of 5 stars, Warning to other potential owners

I bought my 2005 Montana used 4 years ago and actually loved it during that time, but in the last 2 months, I've put over $4000 into it in repairs which seem neverending. Overheating was the initial problem and I've had coolant leaks fixed, a new water pump and thermostat put on. The problem continued and I've ended up with a leaking head gasket, then the battery died and now it has electrical problems. Door locks have never worked properly, the temp gauge sticks so I don't even know anymore if it is overheating. I love it for comfort and roominess but I've lost all faith in it, and I only have 72k miles on it and drive it gently. I'll be trading it in as soon as I can get to a dealer.

4.375 out of 5 stars, A proud owner

Bought this van in 2005. I have the one built in Canada. I use this car on a daily basis and drive it 5 hours a week on the highway. I have not had any major issues with this fantastic vehicle. Issues in 5 years: replaced tires 4 times in 8 years the engine icon lights turns on occasionally, but after check up everything is alright. Sometimes the front a/c vent stops working for a couple of minutes and automatically starts again. I had never owned vehicle for this many years. I am a satisfied customer.

4.5 out of 5 stars, slipping tranny

the wife loves the van for its roominess lots of room for the grandkids, groceries, fishing poles and camping stuff. it handles good in snow and its only a front wheel drive

2 out of 5 stars, Lots of Problems
Mark B,
SV6 4dr Minivan w/1SB (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

The manual says when the ABS service light comes on, pull over, shut off the car, and start it again and the indicator light should go off. If the ABS system turning off randomly is a problem, they should have fixed it instead of leaving the issue in the car the sale and asking the driver to reset it 7 times a month. It seriously comes on ALL the time. Now the check engine light is on and the message says to check gas cap. I've replaced it with two different caps and had a certified mechanic try a few different "fixes" but the check engine light keeps coming back on with the same message. At 72k miles, it already won't pass emissions and the Blue Book value on it is not worth the price of repairs. The seats inside stain easily and are ugly, keyless entry already not working, and the DVD player is broken too.

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Features & Specs

4dr Ext Minivan features & specs
4dr Ext Minivan
3.4L 6cyl 4A
MPG 16 city / 23 hwy
Seats 7
4-speed automatic
185 hp @ 5200 rpm

SV6 4dr Minivan w/1SA features & specs
SV6 4dr Minivan w/1SA
3.5L 6cyl 4A
MPG 16 city / 23 hwy
Seats 7
4-speed automatic
200 hp @ 5200 rpm

SV6 4dr Minivan w/1SB features & specs
SV6 4dr Minivan w/1SB
3.5L 6cyl 4A
MPG 16 city / 23 hwy
Seats 7
4-speed automatic
200 hp @ 5200 rpm

MontanaVision 4dr Ext Minivan features & specs
MontanaVision 4dr Ext Minivan
3.4L 6cyl 4A
MPG 16 city / 23 hwy
Seats 7
4-speed automatic
185 hp @ 5200 rpm

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NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver4 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverNot Rated
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test


Is the Pontiac Montana a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2005 Montana both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Pontiac Montana fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Montana gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg to 18 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the Montana ranges from 26.9 to 31.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Pontiac Montana. Learn more
Is the Pontiac Montana reliable?
To determine whether the Pontiac Montana is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Montana. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Montana's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2005 Pontiac Montana a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2005 Pontiac Montana is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2005 Montana is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2005 Pontiac Montana?

The least-expensive 2005 Pontiac Montana is the 2005 Pontiac Montana SV6 4dr Minivan w/1SA (3.5L 6cyl 4A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $24,520.

Other versions include:

  • 4dr Ext Minivan (3.4L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $26,040
  • SV6 4dr Minivan w/1SA (3.5L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $24,520
  • SV6 4dr Minivan w/1SB (3.5L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $27,890
  • MontanaVision 4dr Ext Minivan (3.4L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $30,420
  • SV6 4dr Minivan AWD w/1SB (3.5L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $30,210
  • SV6 4dr Minivan AWD w/1SA (3.5L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $27,700
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What are the different models of Pontiac Montana?
If you're interested in the Pontiac Montana, the next question is, which Montana model is right for you? Montana variants include 4dr Ext Minivan (3.4L 6cyl 4A), SV6 4dr Minivan w/1SA (3.5L 6cyl 4A), SV6 4dr Minivan w/1SB (3.5L 6cyl 4A), and MontanaVision 4dr Ext Minivan (3.4L 6cyl 4A). For a full list of Montana models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2005 Pontiac Montana

Used 2005 Pontiac Montana Overview

The Used 2005 Pontiac Montana is offered in the following submodels: Montana Minivan. Available styles include 4dr Ext Minivan (3.4L 6cyl 4A), SV6 4dr Minivan w/1SA (3.5L 6cyl 4A), SV6 4dr Minivan w/1SB (3.5L 6cyl 4A), MontanaVision 4dr Ext Minivan (3.4L 6cyl 4A), SV6 4dr Minivan AWD w/1SB (3.5L 6cyl 4A), and SV6 4dr Minivan AWD w/1SA (3.5L 6cyl 4A).

What do people think of the 2005 Pontiac Montana?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2005 Pontiac Montana and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2005 Montana 4.1 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2005 Montana.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2005 Pontiac Montana and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2005 Montana featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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