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2004 Pontiac Montana

  • 2004 Pontiac Montana Base Extended Minivan

    Base Extended Minivan

    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      7
    • HP/TORQUE
      185/210
    • ENGINE
      3.4L V6
    • MSRP
      $30,235
  • 2004 Pontiac Montana Base Minivan

    Base Minivan

    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      7
    • HP/TORQUE
      185/210
    • ENGINE
      3.4L V6
    • MSRP
      $23,335
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2004 Pontiac Montana Review

A practical and pleasantly comfortable family ride.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2004 Pontiac Montana minivan comes with a smooth-shifting automatic transmission and an energetic engine that has not changed over the years.

The minivan serves its purpose as a passenger vehicle—it marks one of the first vans to provide seating for eight people—but it can be dressed up with special sport packages that make it look like a more expensive SUV. The ChromeSport package, for example, offers a rear spoiler, sport suspension, and sharp-looking 16-inch chrome wheels.

Before 2002 all Pontiac minivans offered only front drive. In 2004, the Versatrak all-wheel drive option becomes available on all models.

The 2004 Pontiac Montana serves as a family vehicle and comes with features, like MontanaVision, to keep children occupied.

The Range

Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.4-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Pontiac Montana N16 Passenger Van, Pontiac Montana M16 Extended Passenger Van, Pontiac Montana T16 Extended Passenger Van

What's New

For 2004, all-wheel drive, anti-lock brakes, and side-impact airbags become optional. Value-priced models have the option to add on XM Satellite Radio and a CD/MP3 player, and these features come standard on the more expensive models.

Exterior

The 2004 Pontiac Montana offers a standard or extended wheelbase. The extended wheelbase Pontiac Montana stretches to nearly 201 inches long and provides extra storage behind the back bench. It has a 121-inch wheelbase. Regular-length Pontiac Montanas have a 112-inch wheelbase and a length of 187.3 inches. Both the regular and extended stand 67.4 inches tall.

All 2004 Pontiac Montanas have a luggage rack and dual sliding doors. Power sliding doors remain optional, as does a Sport Performance and Handling Package. This package has a rear load-leveling feature and a sport-tuned suspension.

Interior

Seating in the standard 2004 Pontiac Montana accommodates up to seven occupants, but optional seating for as many as eight can be added. The front seat features bucket seats, and the second row can have either a pair of captain’s chairs or three bucket seats. The third row has a folding three-passenger bench. Extended models have a third-row seat with a floor-mounted convenience center.

The dash layout proves useful, functional, and simple with plenty of inexpensive plastic panels. The panels seem easy to clean, which appeals to families, but it doesn’t look great and tends to be the source of rattles and creaks.

An optional DVD-based entertainment system, called MontanaVision, features a fold-down, seven-inch screen. Other options include GM’s OnStar communication system and ultrasonic rear parking assist that warns a driver of a close obstacle when backing up. Other standard features include air-conditioning, speed control, power front windows, tilt steering, remote keyless entry, and power steering.

Performance & Handling

Engine output for the 2004 Pontiac Montana totals 185 hp and comes from a 3.4-liter V-6 engine. The engine provides enough power to effectively move the standard-length Pontiac Montana, but the extended-length version could use more horsepower. Extended-length Montanas also offer Versatrak all-wheel drive.

The only available transmission remains a four-speed automatic. Vehicles with the Versatrak all-wheel-drive system also have four-wheel disc drums and a fully independent suspension system. Regular front-drive Pontiac Montanas have drums and a semi-independent suspension system at the rear.

The Pontiac Montana has impressively low fuel consumption and enough power to easily get from one location to another. It should not be driven hard, but it provides a smooth ride even on imperfect road surfaces.

Safety

Dual front airbags come standard as do three-point seat belts. Dual front side-impact airbags provide an option as do anti-lock brakes and traction control.

The 2004 Pontiac Montana rates highly on front-passenger and rear-passenger protection tests done by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. Ratings lower in a 35-mph frontal-impact test, but testers still consider them good.

EPA Fuel Economy

Pontiac Montana: 18/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Smooth ride
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Roomy interior
  • Performance

You Won't Like

  • Poor stability on curves
  • Low front-passenger safety rating in frontal-impact tests
  • Low resale value
  • Spongy brakes

Sum Up

A practical and pleasantly comfortable family ride.

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