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1997 Pontiac Trans Sport Minivan

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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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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  • Safety
  • 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.

Full 1997 Pontiac Trans Sport Review

What's New for 1997

Pontiac redesigns the Trans Sport.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

Love my van but...

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Vehicle: 1996 Pontiac Trans Sport

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.

A nice van for the

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Vehicle: 1996 Pontiac Trans Sport

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.


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Vehicle: 1996 Pontiac Trans Sport

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.

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A good reliable minivan.

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Vehicle: 1996 Pontiac Trans Sport

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.

Safety issues in accidents,

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Vehicle: 1996 Pontiac Trans Sport

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.

Dust buster

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Vehicle: 1996 Pontiac Trans Sport

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.

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I am the owner of a new 1997 Trans Sport. On the whole, I have been very pleased with the car. Unfortunately, the battery was dead after 241 miles. The dealer said that the battery was defective an...

Side airbags designed to protect drivers' and front passengers' chests are standard in 1998 and later models. Beginning with 2001 models, the driver's side airbag also protects the head. Beginning wit...

I have the same gas gauge problem with my 1997 Trans Sport Montana. It usually happens when it gets below 1/4 tank and then the gauge pegs out to full. Does not happen all the time....

Gas Mileage


  • 16
  • cty
  • 23
  • highway
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