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By textnglady04449
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1996 Pontiac Trans Sport SE 3dr Minivan


Review

So far i find that there are a lot of things wrong then good with this van. I think more from age then anything else. I have just had to have the computer to the thing revamped and found ground wires were needing to be replaced in order to keep it running after a diagnostic finally took it was clean. But there is also a transmission bolt needing replacement and the gearing is out of whack, on the steering column. Also, Just changed the starter at about 135K. It drives smooth and is very comfortable but find it may nickel and dime us before too much longer unfortunately. Gonna keep her till she dies though.


Favorite Features

The comfort, the seats have not harsh on the back. The fact it is very spacious too! We buy a lot of groceries and have lots of kids! Makes it nice to do both!


Suggested Improvements

The frames bars that go over the battery there needs to be replaced, and more room for a more powerful and bigger battery for cold Maine winters here it needs to be done this way for good starts! So not impressed with this. And a windshield that is not so oddball!


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A nice van for the money, but watch out
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By L. Guy
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1996 Pontiac Trans Sport SE 3dr Minivan


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This has been a good van. Bought it with 72000 miles on it in 2001. Here's what we've had done: New brakes 90k ABS light stays on/not fixed 85k Waterpump 85k Wiper Motor 85k Window Motor 110k Coolant Level Sensor 113k Found out the head gasket is bad in it, so we're trying to sell it off now. It currently has 114000 miles on it.


Favorite Features

Power sliding door, keyless entry


Suggested Improvements

Dexcool is crap, power door needs reset everytime the battery is low or dead, power options are weak and easily broken.


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By jimbmw
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1996 Pontiac Trans Sport SE 3dr Minivan


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Only problems were the Power Windows, had the drivers side done under warranty, but passenger side power motor/regulator went AFTER warranty. Added my own subwoofer (not a big one, just a little job that sits between two front seats, sounds MUCH BETTER.


Favorite Features

Like power sliding door.


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A good reliable Minivan.
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By JimAlex
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1996 Pontiac Trans Sport SE 3dr Minivan


Review

This is the second Tansport i have owned and I have been very plesed with it's reliability, driveability and utilitY. I am retired amd travel from Florida to Vermont and back each year. I replaced the front brake pads at 90,000 miles as well as new spark plugs and wires. Also a new serpentine belt. A window motor and a wiper motor have been the only big repairs. Gas mileage has been good and it handles well on the road. It does have more road noise than I would like but overall it has been a very satisfactory automobile.


Favorite Features

Good seating arrangement and versatility of removing seats.


Suggested Improvements

Interior light stays on when doors are left open and can drain battery. Odometer is difficult to see when driving.


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Safety issues in accidents,
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By unhappycustomer
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1996 Pontiac Trans Sport SE 3dr Minivan


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I was recently involved in an accident in a 1996 Pontiac Transport. I was not at all happy with the results. I am concerned with the seat belts failing and the amount of plastic involved in the vehicle. It caused a fatal injury to the driver. And the fold down seat in the rear bent to unlatch my seatbelt which caused a near fatal injury. The vehicle is easy to roll and does not take a side impact very well. The vehicle falls apart.


Favorite Features

The seats were comfortable and it was an overall good ride. Engine performance was great.


Suggested Improvements

Newer versions of this vehicle with a steel body versus a plastic one seem to feel a bit safer. The rear bench seats in the 96 needed to be bench seats not buckets or folding seats.


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Dust Buster
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By markw
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1996 Pontiac Trans Sport SE 3dr Minivan


Review

The vehicle is like the Pontiac Aztek, hard on the eyes but a good vehicle and a great value. Last year for composite body panels for those of you who have to deal with rusting issues. Great configuration with second and third row seats being individually folded and or removed. I don't believe that the 3.8 was available after 1995 as the first reviewer states it was his favorite feature. This is of no concern as the 3.4 is nearly as powerful, and much better at the pump. I drove 95 Lumina APVs back to back with 96 Pontiac Trans Sports.


Favorite Features

7 passenger seating. Composite Body panels. 100,000 mile tune-up. Corduroy Seating fabric.


Suggested Improvements

The ride is under damped and bouncy when empty and no seats are in it. Tires - The stock Generals are pretty mediocre but they are covered under factory warranty unlike most other manufacturers.


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