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I'm going to miss it, loved it!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Ellen
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1997 Pontiac Trans Sport SE 3dr Ext Minivan


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It's been an excellent van/truck/taxi/ etc. We have used this van for family every day stuff,and hauling trailers, or loaded with bikes, furniture, landscape products and more! The 4 doors and 4 captain seats a big plus for comfort or temporary removal. Did blow out the motor in 2004. Had a rebuilt one put in, no more major problems. Always started in cold CDN winters. At 10 yrs the A/C and power sliding door not working, we gave up and eventually turned the switch to "off". Now at 13 years, seeing more serious repair. Fuel injector 1yr ago, Rear wheel cylinders, alternator, tranny and rack and pinion showing signs of potential problems in near future. Been a great reliable vehicle.


Favorite Features

Captain seats, spacious, 2 sliding doors. Take the seats out and you can put a lot in this van! Never had problems starting even in cold CDN winters. With rock guard, exterior still looks great, no visible rust from salted roads.


Suggested Improvements

Reliability on automatic sliding door and automatic windows getting stuck.


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The Family Hauler
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By ads13131
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1997 Pontiac Trans Sport SE 3dr Minivan


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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!


Favorite Features

Great factory stereo, amazing engine. Add a K&N Filter to your Trans Sport and you will see an improvement in power. And if you use your van wisely, a good fuel economy gain! 1st row seats and 3rd row seats are comfy, 2nd row bottoms are too low to sit in on long trips, good styling for a minivan.


Suggested Improvements

Better 2nd row bench seats, that's about all!


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No more American for us!
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By snowwhite
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1997 Pontiac Trans Sport SE 3dr Ext Minivan


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This Van was the absolute worst buy we ever made. Repairs and recalls constantly. Figured we'd keep it as we put so much $ in it. Got it paid off and 6 months later, needs a new engine. It's been sitting in my garage for the past 4 years broke. We finally decided to junk it as it's not worth the time or $ to fix and or sell. We plan on sticking to Japan and Korea from now on. Would not recommend this to my worst enemy. Does it really surprise anyone that the American Auto Industry is so inferior to everyone else? Check out their decline for yourself before considering to buy.


Favorite Features

Lots of room


Suggested Improvements

Too many to mention


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Bad Brakes
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By deb9978
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1997 Pontiac Trans Sport SE 3dr Minivan


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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.


Favorite Features

I love the cargo area, controls on steering wheel, big windows, automatic door, power to pull hills, and traction in snow. Seats are comfy, air works well, but not the heater. Mechanical problems ruined this vehicle for my family - body and style are great. Needs better quality parts.


Suggested Improvements

Wipers are hidden and hard to find in the snow. Windshield takes too long to defrost. Brakes/Rotors wear out way too soon. Small motors and computer chips made ours seem like a lemon early on. Extended warranty saved us for a while but repair were high after. Wouldn't buy another one.


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1997 Pontiac Montana Van
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By DTackett
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1997 Pontiac Trans Sport SE 3dr Ext Minivan


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Bought this van new in 1997. We've had several great road trips in this van! Lots of interior room, captain's chairs are comfortable. Engine runs good, and 25gal tank is good for 400 miles between fill-ups. Replaced the transmission at 110k miles. Air conditioner quit working last summer, and the auto-load leveling system doesn't work anymore. Now has 170k miles and still rolling!


Favorite Features

Leather captian's chairs, lots of interior room, traction control, Stereo system (back-seat controls and jacks)


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