I had did comparisons between the Uplander and SV6. Found the SV6 to be a better deal. We purchased a 2005 in 2/06, so it was one of the last of the previous year to be sold off the lot. Had pretty much all options on it, which is great. The standard DVD system is great for our 2 yr old.
Love the ride and look, both interior and exterior. LOTS of vents in the passenger area. The flip up cup holders between seats are nice, but hard to walk between when flipped down. We have both power side doors - WOW!! Absolutely love pushing a button while holding a 2 yr old. Remote start is great.
The armrests are a bit low when opened up for use. Both husband and I noticed this. Difficulty getting to third seat with captains chairs...especially with flip up console.
for a minivan it's a very comfortable and practical vehicle, we were pleasantly surprised bythe performance of the awd. we switched from an envoy xl and really enjoy the ride and gas economy much better on the montana.
This is a list of the things that went wrong with the vehicle since 2-05: Alternator replaced (going to be recalled) 11-05 Left crankcase seal (dealer said its due to faulty build at plant) 11-05 All lettering fell off rear hatch (finally replaced 12-05) Rear hatch handle faulty (never fixed by dealer properly) Transmission slipping (dealer had found no evidence of this) Tracking system engaged during dry Texas weather, locking up the wheels and making van undrivable unless you turned off the tracking system. Happened 1-1-06 when nobody could help us. Stability tracking system service message on (dealer on 2nd try found a short in the computer which made wheels lock up.
Like the interior design though the build quality is definately in question. Do like the message center and trip computer as long as it doesn't give me faulty messages.
Take my friend's advice and wait 2-3 years before buying a new model or style of a vehicle. Also, be assured the build quality is good and the warranty is valid. And if you buy this vehicle, live close to the dealership so you don't get too inconvenieced by going in for warranty work.