1997 Pontiac Trans Sport Consumer Review: Bad Brakes

1997 Pontiac Trans Sport - Consumer Review

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SE Passenger Minivan (3.4L V6 4-speed Automatic)

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Bad Brakes
By deb9978 on


1997 Pontiac Trans Sport SE 3dr Minivan


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.

Best 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.

Worst Features

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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