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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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