In 1997, Pontiac Trans Sport was released into the automotive industry with a trim level Pontiac Montana which participated well in the market. Pontiac Montana is a minivan which made a debut in the industry as being one of the famous vehicles which arranged a seating of eight persons. This was a relief to the sedans and other medium-sized vehicles that have been popular in the industry but which gave only a minimum number of individuals that could satisfy and relish the luxuries of the interior.
Meanwhile, Pontiac Montana took several modifications that gave way to its updated version in this year 2005 with a design which looks more like a sport-utility vehicle much to the delight of many suv's enthusiasts. The 2005 Pontiac Montana sports a powerful 3.5-liter High Value 3500 LX9 V6 generating 200 hp and 200 ft. lbf.
Currently, 2005 Pontiac Montana models exist in two bodies: Pontiac Montana EXT 1SA and Pontiac Montana EXT 1SE. This sport-utility vehicle features a whole host of standard specifications that made this vehicle easier and more handy to navigate and operate. Standard features for mechanical features, braking and traction, safety and security, seating and storage, instrumentation and lighting, comfort and convenience, and even exterior features are given with more innovative and high-tech applications to ensure quality is confined into each Pontiac Montana part that came with its production.
For the two Pontiac Montana models, driver and front passenger side-impact air bags, dual sliding doors, power door locks, power windows with driver's express down and power rear quarter windows, remote keyless entry, extended overhead console, MontanaVision entertainment system, 4-wheel antilock brakes are among the key standard features that Pontiac is proud to present in the industry. This is one way to uphold their commitment Pontiac has built ever since they penetrated the automotive industry many years ago.
Along with Pontiac lines of automobiles come Pontiac automotive parts from relacement and aftermarket automotive manufacturers. This is to ensure that Pontiac lineup of vehicles will be kept at a constant tiptop shape so that its participation in the automotive activities whether on- or off-road will never fail down expectations of the consumers. Pontiac Montana parts, in particular, are made available to ensure maintenance of these vehicles will never leave Pontiac drivers drained with options.
My Pontiac hasn't been running as smoothly as before. There's also been a drop in fuel mileage. How can I tell if my Pontiac Montana already needs some fuel system cleaning?
Common symptoms of a dirty fuel system or a clogged injector are low fuel efficiency and rough engine operation. A dirty fuel system may cause the engine to sputter or run sluggishly. The vehicle with a dirty fuel system might experience rough acceleration, as it shifts from one gear to the next. The sporadic acceleration could indicate a reduced flow in the fuel injector. A vehicle with high mileage might have lower fuel efficiency caused by a dirty fuel injector. Because of dirt clogging the injector, fuel can't be broken down smoothly into droplets that allow easy and effective combustion. As a result, the engine may burn more gas while producing less power. When dirt keeps the injector from closing, this could result in a fuel leak. When you notice that your vehicle is guzzling more fuel or the engine is sputtering unusually, you should consider having your fuel system checked and the injectors fully cleansed or even replaced if needed.
The engine is running a bit erratically. When I press on the brakes for a quick stop, my Pontiac stalls. It would run well until I hit the brakes. That's when the shaking starts, which may eventually lead to stalling. As the engine dies, I lose power steering. What kind of problem am I looking at? What should I check?
There could be a vacuum leak somewhere, causing the engine to run well one minute and to stall after braking. You have to check the lines to trace where the leak is coming from. Once you find the broken fitting or connection, you have to repair or replace it right away. Another possible cause of this stalling problem is a broken linkage. Aside from this, you may also want to look into the engine control system, which may have some defects or errors. The fault could be detected using a scan tool. You have to test the circuits and replace any worn-out component.
I found some white-colored gel, which looks like mayonnaise or yoghurt, somewhere in the oil filler cap. Is this sludge? If not, then what is it? Where is this coming from?
It's not sludge. The white-colored gel could be the result of oil and water emulsion. This may be caused by a leaking or blown head gasket. The water and oil mix usually condenses near or inside that cap because it's cooler than other covers. The filler cap's undersides may also be coated by this deposit. As the coolant passes through the breaks in the head gasket, that's when it combines with oil. The oil may float on top when it breaks apart as it gets through the sump. Oil mixing with water or coolant isn't a good thing. So before this ruins anything, have the engine checked and replace whatever needs to be fixed.
Pontiac Montana: A Minivan with Major Benefits
When it comes to family haulers, the minivan reigns supreme; it’s spacious, practical, and safe. One minivan that made a short but promising run was the Pontiac Montana. Produced from 1997 to 2009, the Montana came in front-wheel drive and could seat eight passengers. This minivan received some negative attention due to safety criticisms, but was overall a reliable vehicle that won oven the hearts of many drivers. What made this ride a big hit with families was its quiet performance, smooth handling, and favorable fuel efficiency.
There were two generations of Montanas, with the second gen receiving a major revamp. General Motors (GM) discontinued the production of the Montana in the US during 2006, and in Canada and Mexico during the 2009 model year.
1997-2005: Making a mark and finding its groove
The Pontiac Montana was originally used as a trim level of the Pontiac Trans Sport van from 1997 to 1998, but GM dropped the Trans Sport name in 1999, dubbing the minivan simply as Montana. This vehicle came in both short and long-wheelbase models and was one of the few minivans that could seat eight people. It came with dual airbags and antilock brakes as standard safety features, and in 2000, all Montanas came with dual sliding doors, and all rear seats were provided with child-seater tether anchors. From 2001 to 2003, the Montana made some minor adjustments in its interior design. These changes included a shift from sport-style head restrains to conventional ones, a new steering wheel with the Pontiac logo on it, a stowable third-row bench seat, and a power left-side rear door. Minor modifications were done to the nose design as well.
2002 also saw the birth of the Montana Thunder, which came with 16” chrome 5-spoke rims, a special spoiler on the back of the roof rack, and improved handling. The interior of this vehicle also received a style upgrade with two-tone leather seating and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. This ride was produced from 2002-2003 but was offered only as an optional package on Pontiac Montana GTs from 200-2005.
2005-2009: A nip, tuck, and trip to the gym
GM made a valiant effort to rectify any short comings of its first gen Montana with its new and improve Montana SV6. This second generation vehicle came with a less aerodynamic design, almost like an SUV, as it stood taller and had a longer nose. It retained a 4-speed automatic transmission but upped its engine power with a new 200-hp 3.5 V6 engine. This ride offered most of what a family would look for in a minivan and a little bit of extra. The SV6 came with a CD/MP3 player, DVD entertainment, power locks and windows, and antilock 4-wheel disc brakes. In addition to that, it came with removable second and third-row seats and a third-row seat that was a 50/50 split bench, which could be folded flat atop the cargo bed. The SV6 was also available with second-row bucket seats, power sliding doors, and a remote starting system that works from the keyfob.