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1997 Pontiac Trans Sport Minivan

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OKay van
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By jeff3
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1997 Pontiac Trans Sport Minivan SE 3dr Ext Minivan


Review

Very nicely equipped, but you know how it goes the more buttons to press, the more things to break. when bought loud hummmmming noise. $650 later and a new ball bearing and it was back to normal. auto door keeps jamming. door lock function keeps changing or screwing up, leak in air shocks cause them to fill up with a loud rumbling noise every 15 minutes. i'm sick of it!


Suggested Improvements

better build quality, higher, more comfortable seats, faster more powerful engine.


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My Montana
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By Alexhm3
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1997 Pontiac Trans Sport Minivan SE 3dr Ext Minivan


Review

My 97 Montana was purchased with 30000kms (approx 20000mi) This has been an excellent vehicle. Have not seen many 97 "Montanas". Great highway cruiser, good mileage. Had to replace all brakes at 75000kms,fuel pump, lower control arm bushings, one wheel bearing at 180,000kms. Intake manifold popped two bolts and blew a gasket at 191,000. These are normal wear/tear for 190000kms.Engine problems can be minimized by use of Duralube, regular oil changes, rad and tranny flushes. I have had one serpentine belt. Still on original plugs, exhaust, battery. No tranny, electricl, power window or door problems. No complaints.


Favorite Features

Powered door, load level, fuel economy, greathandling, firm ride, 25 gal tank, spacious, good power train, starts great -40 CDN winters. Comfortable seats, easy to remove. Lots of AC power outlets. Luggage space behind seats. Reading lights for the kids, auto on/off headlights.


Suggested Improvements

Cup holder in front not handy, Sound system quality - boost watts, add cassette player.


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Montana - love it
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By Richardcraniai
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1997 Pontiac Trans Sport Minivan SE 3dr Ext Minivan


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Right at 100k miles now. No major mechanical problems - never touched a wrench to motor or transmision, front end, rear end, etc. ROutine brakes, service, replaced water pump, belt, battery, shocks and tires and that's it. Runs great and uses no oil. I will buy another one.


Favorite Features

Room, reliability without repairs.


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bad then good now ????
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By jimm66
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1997 Pontiac Trans Sport Minivan SE 3dr Minivan


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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!!


Favorite Features

Peppy engine fun to drive plenty of room.


Suggested Improvements

Radio display and rear power windows all seem to break. And you will have a intake manifold leak before 100k miles Going to try a Kia Sedona next!


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97 Trans sport
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By ricknpam
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1997 Pontiac Trans Sport Minivan SE 3dr Ext Minivan


Review

We have 108K miles on our 97. The transmission started shifting hard at 90K. $100 for a fluid change and to replace the accumulater pistons and the shift improved. I should have taken it in sooner. Great for traveling, just found the lunbar knob on the upper side of the front seats, great option. Much better vehicle that the Lincoln Town Car we traded in.


Favorite Features

Rear Air, Quad seating, Easy to remove rear seats, load leveling rear shocks, Steering wheel controls. Rear sound for the kids


Suggested Improvements

Would like to see the 3800 engine return to this model.


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