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2000 Pontiac Montana Van

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Source: The Car Connection

Grab your Barney tapes and Pokemon videos: it's got Montanavision.

by Bob Storck

KALISPELL, Mont. - While the SUV crowd has sneered at most other minivans, Pontiac's Montana has carved out a niche that has kept them a bit apart. By having the stylists incorporate the traditional Pontiac split grille and side cladding that carry connotations of performance and ruggedness, and by getting the ad folks to base their TV spots on a lively Western theme, buyers get the impression that the vehicle is a rough, tough set of wheels. In fact, there are a lot of people who are surprised that it doesn't offer four-wheel drive.

Montana is a fully equipped family hauler that includes air conditioning, ABS, and a 185-horsepower 3.4-liter V-6 engine. Depending on the model other equipment includes keyless remote lock control, a theft-deterrent system, six-way power front seats, and overhead console, and the power sliding right-side door. Options include a longer wheelbase, leather upholstery, aluminum wheels, traction control, rear heating and cooling, steering-wheel radio controls, plus separate rear seat controls for the radio and HVAC system.

New features include oversize rearview mirrors that are now electrically heated for frosty mornings and the PASSKEY III theft deterrent system. This system offers an added level of security and instant activation once the key has been turned off.

Pontiac was GM's first division to get this sleeker, front-drive style of modern minivan. The original TranSport wasn't quite what the public had in mind, with a spooky long nose and futuristic styling that didn't warm the conservative van-buyers' hearts. With this generation of vans, GM brought themselves into the conventional mode.

Now, the TranSport moniker behind it, Pontiac has formally adopted the Montana name for all models, to imply the toughness its ads tout. That toughness only extends to the outside of the vehicle; inside, it offers all the sybaritic comforts minivan drivers demand.

Montanas provide three rows of seating to handle most family needs. Even though the GM minivans are slightly narrower to accommodate European roads for their Opel and Vauxhall versions, walk-through clearance is adequate.

Three seating variations are offered. The front-row buckets are comfortable captain's chairs. There's a three-passenger bucket seat combo to handle eight passenger positions. The 40-60 split bench option offers one or two built-in child safety seats. Those without kids might prefer comfortable captain's chairs for the middle row.

For 2001 Montana's "space on demand" capabilities will be further enhanced with an available new third-row stowable seat with convenience center. It also gets a redesigned front grille and fascia, a new rear fascia and a standard factory-installed luggage rack.

One of the most popular options remains the power door. Not only is it a favorite among kids, but also offers greater ease when loading packages, and is far safer than allowing youngsters to slam doors on fingers. Dual sliding side doors became standard in the last redesign and the power-operated right-side sliding door is also available.

Other interior improvements focus on the safety and comfort of occupants. Occupant protection starts with safety cage construction and continues with a long list of carefully engineered safety features, including Montana's sliding side doors with high-strength guard beams and child safety locks. Safety is also addressed by improvements to the standard side airbags, which now have added head and thorax protection on the driver's side. Second-row seats now have both upper and lower child-seat attachments, so the youngest passengers can be even more securely restrained.

A next-generation OnStar safety and security system is now standard on all Montana models. Montana drivers have the added benefit of a free one-year safety and security service package.

Undoubtedly, though, the big story inside - at least for the 12 and under set - is the debut of MontanaVision, available on the 120-inch-wheelbase extended-length model. It's a fully integrated, factory-installed rear-seat entertainment system. A full-function remote control with onscreen display is part of the system, as are wireless headsets.

A lot of GM designers must remember long childhood trips, and their recollection has resulted in the slickest entertainment package for youngsters yet devised. With a flip-down video screen located just behind the front seats, it is easily viewed by all rear seats, and can play either VCR movies or video games.

Even better, the rear passengers can use headsets to listen to their choice of video or audio programming, while the front folks can listen to the sounds of their choice. (I'm sure parents already know all the lines from the Little Mermaid by heart by now.) Other features include a hi-fi videocassette player with four-tape storage capacity; headphone jacks for six with dedicated volume controls for each set of headphones; a video game input for connecting a camcorder or Nintendo-type video game; and rear-seat audio controls.

One problem that MontanaVision might have created will be getting the kids out of the car at the end of the journey. Grandma might have to compete with Gameboy.

© 2000 The Car Connection

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Pontiac Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-year/24,000-Mile1 CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile2 Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile3 Powertrain Limited Warranty

1Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.

2Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.

3Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2010 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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