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.
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.
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.
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.
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.