Pontiac Montana – A Minivan for Your Whole Family
Prior to ’97, the Pontiac Montana adorned the badge of “Trans Sport”. After that, it was simply called the Montana until Pontiac ultimately went out of business as a child brand of General Motors. Similar to other models made by Pontiac, it shared many parts and features of models produced by their sister label Chevrolet.
Part of the problem behind the Pontiac Montana which may have ultimately lead to its discontinuation is a strongly negative perception of its safety features. It was rated the worst performing vehicle (safety wise) by the government after crash test data was looked over in detail. They highlighted issues that would potentially impact the life of the driver in several different aspects, and pinpointed detailed flaws in the design that could cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle much more easily than other vans of this class.
Thankfully for Pontiac (and for those who own this vehicle), they addresses these problem areas in their last version, and received a very good safety rating by the same agency as a result. However, it may have been too little too late to save the name of this SUV, and many buyers were turned away from the model after hearing about these problems – even though they had taken steps to correct these issues in newer years.
Ultimately, there was no saving this model, even if the newer designs were of higher quality than the first ones. In 2006, GM announced they would no longer be producing this model, and it was laid to rest once and for all.
Detailed Model Information
Considering this model was only sold for 2005 and 2006, they never had a chance to introduce a huge range of features that could be tacked on for an extra cost at the dealership. With that in mind, they did have some noteworthy features, such as 8 speakers to enclose the entire cabin, powered by a stereo that could play both CDs an MP3s (if burned onto a CD disk).
The Montana had plenty of airbags, but one of the problems is that some they were only available as an extra option, leading to some of the safety issues noted by the governmental regulatory agencies. Had they included the extra airbags as standard, perhaps it would have helped them retain a higher safety rating once the real world crash tests started.
For power, there weren’t a lot of options. You were stuck with a V6 no matter which option you chose, but the earlier models had a 3.5 liter and the newer ones featured a 3.9 liter. The power difference was only 40 horsepower, but it no doubt helped it accelerate a lot faster when drivers have to get on the freeway with little time to spare and a bunch of traffic approaching. This small increase can make all the difference when it comes to actually being able to drive this minivan in a safe manner.
Concluding This Model
The truth is, Pontiac had a solid platform that might have eventually lead to a very wide selling vehicle among families. They started to get their act together towards the end of the production run, but it was a little too late for them to save their model. In all honesty, Pontiac itself was starting to get in trouble financially towards the end of this production run. Obviously the brand itself went out of business, so we can only expect so much from the last models they released. They just weren’t in a position to save this vehicle.