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1997 Pontiac Trans Sport Minivan

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Pontiac Trans Sport Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.4 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 180 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Pontiac Trans Sport

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  • Pros

    Euro-ride and handling, lightweight modular seating, zingy V-6 engine, fun-to-drive, standard ABS, optional power sliding door, optional 8-passenger seating, optional rear seat audio controls, standard ABS, optional traction control, optional load-leveling suspension

  • Cons

    Lightweight modular seats are uncomfortable, lots of cheap plastic inside, no power lock switch in cargo bay

  • What's New for 1997

    Pontiac redesigns the Trans Sport.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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The family hauler

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Vehicle: 1997 Pontiac Trans Sport SE 3dr Minivan

The Trans Sport is a great van to take on long trips. Actually that's what we use this van for. Add a DVD player for the kids, a CD player for you, and you are all set! This van is great on fuel considering it has a bigger engine than our '93 and '94 Mercury Villagers, but I guess the Villager is heaver than this van and this van is way newer and has less kilometres on it. And it has lots of cupholders, I think I counted 11!

Bad brakes

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Vehicle: 1997 Pontiac Trans Sport SE 3dr Minivan

I love driving the van, controls are great. Rear air, radio come in handy. Mirrors are somewhat deceiving. Brakes and rotors replaced annually. Door, wiper, heating/air, window motors have had problems early on but good recently. Auto rear door is a blessing but has a mind of its own some times. My husband hates this van because of mechanical problems and repairs. Heater is really bad in PA winters and the wipers are buried under snow and hidden below the hood. Hard to defrost windshield but rear window defroster is great! Just can't drive it right away. Seats are easy to remove and love the hauling space. We won't buy another because of the repairs. It's been well taken care of.

1997 montana

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Vehicle: 1997 Pontiac Trans Sport SE 3dr Minivan

had two transmission rebuilds in 5 years each costing $2,000 other than that just routine things that you expect like brakes tires etc.now have 112,000 miles on it. windows have good days and bad stick often radio display has died and the door locks don't work often.love the seats very comfortable and love the quad seating. But would not buy another pontiac

What's up with this van?

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Vehicle: 1997 Pontiac Trans Sport SE 3dr Minivan

After 100,000 miles, replaced the transmission, breaks, and steering column (recall). ABS system is causing problems, electric windows will get stuck and some electrical windows will stop working. Display lights will go out. Had to replace major parts on this van. Not reliable.

Bad then good now ????

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Vehicle: 1997 Pontiac Trans Sport SE 3dr Minivan

We bought this with 5000 miles. Lots of problems first year then good for next 2 years.Wipers fixed 3 times for not parking. powere rear windows will stop working. radio display out. 2 new fuel injectors. and driver power window. 2 years more, no problems. then intake manifold leak $700.00. good van but wish GM would pay for intake leak since it is a problem with all their v6 engines!! ask any shop!!

Full 1997 Pontiac Trans Sport Review

What's New for 1997

Pontiac redesigns the Trans Sport.

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Gas Mileage


  • 16
  • cty
  • 23
  • highway
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