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1998 Pontiac Trans Sport

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Jeckyl and Hyde Van!
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By Wagner Family
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1998 Pontiac Trans Sport Montana 4dr Ext Minivan


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Such ironies! Bought with 19,000 miles and now have 109,000. Transmission great. Engine accelerates good and never a problem yet has always had cheap sounding, rough idle. Luxury and techie features are great, was ahead of its time. Yet same problems as everyone else! Leaking coolant cost $1k. Headlights/grill wobbly and cheap. Doors rattle, rear rattles. Nice ride on smooth roads but rattletrap on rough. Road noise in rear! And yes my radio/clock has now gone out. Obvious where production had flaws. Now trying sell and resale STINKS! Bottom line - close but no cigar - wouldn't cosider GM for new van or Ford/Chrysler for that matter. Bought 2005 Honda Ody - WOW! QUALITY!


Favorite Features

Smooth tranny, nice engine perform, 22.5 mph overall, comfortable leather seats, rear air compressor handy, trip computer, and many other nice features, lots of room, only one major repair in 6 years


Suggested Improvements

Fix the quality control, the rattling doors and rear suspension, wiggly headlights are absolutely pitiful. Was a good van in 1998 but now woefully out of date. Do us all a favor and improve quality of workmanship so resale value will improve. I would NEVER buy a new one because of depreciation.


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Not a bad van for its time
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By Dash9
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1998 Pontiac Trans Sport Montana 4dr Ext Minivan


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We also had to have our head gasket replaced at about 70,000 miles. This was very disappointing! Luckily I caught it about 3 weeks before my extended warranty expired. Other than this major problem, the only other issues we've had are trim pieces breaking and dealing with squeaks and general fit-n-finish problems. The display of our radio just went out about a month ago. In all this vehicle was good in 1998; however, there are MUCH better choices available now. An updated model is due soon, but it's basically the same van with only a few minor tweaks. It's not a new design. Check out the competition 1st. Rebates aren't everything.


Favorite Features

The air compressor and load leveling suspension is nice. The power door.


Suggested Improvements

Improve the fit-n-finish and reliability. Tear apart a new Honda/Toyota minivan and learn from them.


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Van for sale
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By mona
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1998 Pontiac Trans Sport Montana 4dr Ext Minivan


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My family and I enjoyed this van for four years. When purchased it had 15,000 miles on it. We traveled several places. Our children are now young adults and we no longer need to have van that is an extended version. We had a bike rack installed that holds up to three bikes. I would like to know what the value of our vehicle is so we can determine whether or not we would like to buy something smaller. We even had a cd player installed.


Favorite Features

the space is awesome we have two children and when we traveled to VA Beach or Maryland there was plenty of space


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Lemon Alert
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By LauraESOM
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1998 Pontiac Trans Sport Montana 4dr Ext Minivan


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With only 68,000 miles on this loaded Pontiac. The Intake manifold gasket leaked coolant into the engine(a problem that many other people are also reporting)The special "dexcool" coolant gums up, causing damage to the gasket. Before we knew this was the problem, we noticed that our van was always needed coolant added. We took it into a shop and they said it must just have air in the system. This was wrong of coarse. On top of that, the timing chain slipped (something mechanics say, shouldn't happen on a vehicle with so low miles)and bent some of the valves. It does not run, yet, we still owe.


Favorite Features

The air compressor is handy for inflating tires when they get a little low. We liked the automatic sliding door, although twice recalled to be repaired for lock malfunction. We like the roominess and leather interior. The outside appearance of the extended version was a plus.


Suggested Improvements

Recall all intake manifold gaskets on these models, not just "silently", with some deduction deals on the part of Pontiac. Make right, what was manufactured wrong.


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maybe best car we ever had
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By collegemom
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1998 Pontiac Trans Sport Montana 4dr Ext Minivan


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This car was ordered by us, loaded. It has serverd us well. Trips to the villa in Hilton Head, parents 3 hours away, one child through college with dorm moves twice a year 4 hours away, another in 2nd year 3 hours away and various other trips. We carry two people and alot of stuff or six people and still a lot of stuff with a carrier on the top. Gas mileage is up to 27 mpg on the road and the range is about 600 miles.


Favorite Features

Extended body with removable 3rd row has plenty of room for four in captains chairs with luggage, golf clubs and fishing gear in back.


Suggested Improvements

Four well drive was not available at the time our model was ordered.


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