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Read Before You Buy! by Turning Japanese on 04/15/2004. Trim: 1997 Pontiac Trans Sport 4-Door Extended, Owned 2 years.
Pros: We purchased this minivan with 43,000. This vehicle has great looks and good acceleration for a minivan.
Cons: The engine locked up at 68,000. The transmission failed at 70,000. There are too many plastic parts that are either breaking off or need to be snapped back into place.
Overall review: The Pontiac Montana, Chevrolet Venture, and Oldsmobile Silhouette should be avoided. The 3.4L engine is great when it's running. However, these engines are prone to intake manifold gasket failure which leads to coolant getting into the crankcase. If you are losing coolant and don't know where it's going, check your oil. If your oil is "foamy", your gaskets are bad. Don't wait to get them replaced! Check the web. You'll find many people who have encountered the same problems.
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Won in Head-On Collision by Cook's from Alabama on 03/27/2003. Trim: 1997 Pontiac Trans Sport 3-door Extended, Owned 2 years.
Pros: Recently involved in a head on collision. Came out as winner. Was very impressed with lack of damage to front end. Air bags inflated as expected. Other vehicle was totalled. I have had van for over a year and love it. I'm just afraid it won't be fixed to prior condition before accident. I would recommend it highly for it's safety.
Cons: Engine could use a little more power up hills.
Overall review: Love it and kids love it. Very comfortable on long trips.
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Great Transport by Frank Lap Van on 07/27/2001. Trim: 1997 Pontiac Trans Sport 3-door Extended, Owned 5 years.
Pros: Good solid performance. Able to carry heavy loads. 4 boys in college and driven back and forth with belongings. Easily removed seats and flexibility to move back seats up. Long life on brakes, tires and other service items.
Cons: Glass damage to windshield seems to occur easily. Many stone chips. Dealer replaced one headlight housing, but reluctant to replace 2nd headlight housing that leaked water until water touched bulb.
Overall review: Comfortable transport for family of 6. Good performance with minimal problems. Mileage for brakes and tires in excess of 65,000 miles.
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Great All around vehicle by Albee on 07/03/2001. Trim: 1997 Pontiac Trans Sport 3-door, Owned 4 years.
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Overall review: Good value
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1997 pontiac transport van by edward woodville texas on 06/18/2001. Trim: 1997 Pontiac Trans Sport 3-door, Owned 4 years.
Pros: vehicle is attractive but minor problems exist that dealers are unable to solve. van has 100k miles and other than fuel filter/pump issues it has never given us a problem.
Cons: The electrics specifically for the right rear have malfunctioned since new. When braking all lights lite in rear. ABS light stays on and owners manual says to stop turn off ignition and restart for solution. The headlight covers came unglued within the first 6 months and the dealer refuses to sell anything but the entire light unit rather than the lens cover. The right rear electric window will not open or when open will not close completed as those stuck. Again minor problems not enought to keep van in the shop but just enough to make driving less that pleasureable
Overall review: Great looking and driving van.
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