1998 Pontiac Trans Sport Consumer Review: No more GM's for me

1998 Pontiac Trans Sport - Consumer Review

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

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No more GM's for me
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1998 Pontiac Trans Sport Montana 4dr Ext Minivan


We bought this Canadian vehicle in at a Western Pennsylvania auto auction. We got it at less than 14,000 miles. We were delighted with it until 41K (6K out of warranty). Then, with no warning, the engine leaked coolant into the crank, two bearings spun and we needed to replace the engine - $4000! After politely but firmly requesting that GM should pay at least a part of the cost, they essentially told me to pound salt. The regional rep wouldn't even talk to me! Letters to GM basically said drop dead. Turns out my cousin had the same van, a year newer, with 48K - engine failed. My daughter's father in law had a Buick that failed at 5K with the same engine. NO MORE GM's FOR ME!!!!

Best Features

Decent design, reasonably comfortable, good mileage for the size.

Worst Features

GM needs to take responsibility for the obviously defective design of this engine. MANY have failed. Yet, GM refuses to even split costs on repairs. As noted above, the regional Rep would not even talk to me. Terrible way to treat a customer and certainly no way to get repeat business.
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