2005 Pontiac Montana Review

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.
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$1,587 - $2,488

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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.

Consumer reviews

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Warning to other potential owners
echocheckin,07/17/2011
SV6 4dr Minivan w/1SA (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
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.
A proud owner
rub1,05/07/2013
SV6 4dr Minivan w/1SB (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
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.
slipping tranny
tinhorn,01/28/2010
SV6 4dr Minivan w/1SA (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
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
Lots of Problems
Mark B,05/22/2017
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.

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    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
    Marginal
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Poor
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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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). Pre-owned Pontiac Montana models are available with a 3.4 L-liter gas engine or a 3.5 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 200 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2005 Pontiac Montana comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 4-speed automatic. The Used 2005 Pontiac Montana comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. powertrain warranty.

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