Pontiac Trans Sport Buyer's Guide

Owner Reviews
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4 Reviews
Overall
3.0
Value
3.0
Performance
3.3
Style
3.8
Comfort
4.3
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
3.0

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1997 Pontiac Trans Sport - Probably would not buy again.

Julia
Bargersville, Indiana
Overall
2.0
Value
2.0
Performance
2.0
Style
4.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
3.0
Overall, the vehicle is comfortable and spacious and should be a smooth ride. However, I have had many problems with it. I like its look and style decently enough for an older minivan, and there are no major cosmetic issues, but the engine problems definitely trump anything good about it. Ever since I got the van, I am worried about it breaking down and don't know if it would even be worth fixing. I would not get another one unless it had very low miles and no readily apparent engine problems and was cheap enough.
Story
I have taken it camping several times down in southern Indiana to my favorite camping spot. Nothing particularly fun other than those trips come to mind.
Pros
The vehicle isn't exactly stylish but it's a minivan, so style isn't really to be expected. It's not a sports car! It does look okay though, and the interior was kept clean and by a non-smoker. It is comfortable and has good gas mileage in comparison to other cars I've owned. The sound in it is also pretty decent, even on the stock stereo system, and I love listening to my music loud and heavy, so that is a plus! It is easily maneuverable as well, and if in good condition, would be a great vehicle to take a long road trip in.
Cons
There are many problems with the engine that were readily apparent shortly after getting it. The first indicator was an oily film in the washer fluid reservoir. Now it clacks and clanks and when I get it up to speed, it shakes really bad every five seconds, so I have to drive it very precariously and apply gas on and off so it does not die. My husband thinks it is about to throw a rod or bearing, but we still don't know if it's the motor or transmission or if it's even fixable. He had a similar van, a Pontiac Montana, which is the extended version of the Trans Sport and had problems with t... (more)

2000 Pontiac Trans Sport - Dependable and not bad looking

Shelli
Bargersville, Indiana
Overall
3.0
Value
3.0
Performance
3.0
Style
4.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
3.0
My vehicle is a red Pontiac Trans Sport. I actually received it as a gift from my father. I like the style of it and the drive-ability. It is comfortable in operations and runs smoothly. The outside and the inside are both stylish and in good shape, in my opinion, as far as minivans go. It performs okay but does have some issues and a tune-up that needs to be worked on currently before it will be up to par.
Story
I drove with my husband and friend from the far south side of Indianapolis to the far north side to test out if it could handle driving on the interstate, which it can, and it's smooth. We had fun driving around with our snacks and drinks goofing off and it was generally just a fun and good experience.
Pros
My favorite thing about the vehicle would be the comfort and ease of driving it. It is not hard to handle at all, and would be a good road-trip vehicle, maybe even to take some day cross-country with the family. There is room to fit multiple passengers and cargo, so we'd be able to take it on a haul to Colorado someday maybe! (One of me and my husband's future goals) The gas mileage is also great, which comes in handy when driving around town, but also on long trips as well.
Cons
It has some issues that still need to be fixed, as we got it used. There is some sort of oil mixture in the radiator fluid reservoir, so I am hoping it is not a problem with the head gasket. Also, the temperature gauge is broken so I cannot tell if it is overheating or not. It needs an oil change and tune-up badly as well. However, it is a good vehicle overall in my opinion and all vehicles require constant maintenance.

1998 Pontiac Trans Sport - Decent family van.

terri
23065, Virginia
Overall
3.0
Value
3.0
Performance
3.0
Style
3.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
3.0
Reliability
2.0
I like the van just fine. It's a vehicle, and I'm not a nut about them, so I don't go all gushy over them. I like the comfort, the drivers seat is adjustable with a button. I like the leg room. Our model has 2 middle seats with space in between, and one long back seat. In our old one there were three middle seats that all folded down. In this model, the middle seats do not fold down, so I can't fit quite as much in this one as I could the old one. There is an automatic rear sliding door on the passenger side. There are a lot of little cubbies and cup holders. There are no heating or ac vents in the rear of the van, might be okay for a milder climate, but it's a bit stuffy for us in Virginia. I understand that it was an option, but we bought used and it isn't in this van. All the contro... (more)
Story
Well, it's kind of a personal thing with me. I'm very good at losing my car in parking lots. Our old van was the same as this one, only it had a dent in the rear door. I would go through the parking lot and look for the dent to find MY white van. We bought this van used, and funny enough, it has a dent in the same spot, so I can easily find it in the parking lot!
Pros
I like the adjustable seats, the drivers seat is adjustable electronically with button controls. The side view mirrors can both be adjusted from the drivers side. I feel stable when going around curves, it does not feel top heavy. It has a nice ride, smooth and pretty quiet. Everything is within easy reach of the driver, I don't have to lean down to do anything, I can even adjust the radio from the steering wheel. It's very comfortable to drive and as a passenger. There is an automatic rear sliding door on the passenger side, which is nice for the rear passengers. I can put a lot of stuff ... (more)
Cons
Some of the things I don't like are this particular van. This is not equipped with rear air vents for ac or heat. Apparently it was an option and it's annoying we found one without them. I did not realize they didn't exist...who would think that was a good idea?! But oh well, we own it now. I don't like that's it picky with aftermarket electric relays. We had three different relays installed and had to go to a 'genuine' part, which is much more expensive, because it just would not work properly with the aftermarket items. It does have some issues with being able to see, I've had people ste... (more)

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