1998 Pontiac Trans Sport Reviews from North America

1998 Pontiac Trans Sport Montana 3.4

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 3.4 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance230000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Venture

Summary:

If I see a clean low mile one, I'll buy it again

Faults:

A/C condenser corroded through at bottom from the salt used on the roads here in Canada.

General Comments:

Super comfy driver's seat with great back support.

Great visibility.

30 MPG.

Versatile, can carry people or a 4X8 sheet of plywood.

Nothing goes wrong with it, I just do the regular oil changes etc.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th March, 2011

1998 Pontiac Trans Sport Montana 3.4

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.4 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 kilometres
Most recent distance142000 kilometres

Summary:

Got my money's worth

Faults:

This has been a very reliable vehicle. I've pulled a heavy tent trailer all over BC, WA and OR with no problems. I like the equalizer in the back.

Only had to repair power steering pump so far and minor maintenance. It is due for its first tune up and new tires soon.

Fit and finish is not great. Radio lights stopped working as well as A/C.

Otherwise it is good to drive and perfect for road trips.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th March, 2009

1998 Pontiac Trans Sport Montana 6 cylinder

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance84000 miles
Previous carGeo Tracker

Summary:

Maintenance hog

Faults:

In the single year I owned this lemon, here is briefly what I ran into.

AC failed

Low oil pressure at low speeds (and virtually impossible to replace oil pump)

Rusted petrol lines

Battery died (needed new one)

Broken stabilizer bar

Tie-rod ends needed replacing due to corrosion

Windshield cracked so it would not pass inspection

Windshield wipers wouldn't retract

Windshield washer motor burnt out

Power steering pump needed replacing

Spark plugs & wires needed replacing after 70K miles

Water pump replaced due too bad bearing

"Check engine" light on ever since dealer warranty ran out

Bad catalytic converter

Corroded front turn signal (needed to be replaced)

Corroded side door runners

Finally, gave up maintaining car after going through a gallon of antifreeze in one day, then finding a massive amounts of coolant in the engine oil area. I figure it can go about 10 more miles before the engine totally burns out.

General Comments:

Nice van if it worked right.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th October, 2008

1998 Pontiac Trans Sport EXT V6

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired7000 miles
Most recent distance175000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Am

Summary:

Great reliable mini van

Faults:

Head gasket had to be replaced at 130,000 miles (cost $1,200)

Front strut replaced at 160,000 miles (cost $300)

General Comments:

Overall been a great van for us. Not a lot of maintenance and motor is very strong and quick.

Was a problem with the hood paint flaking, manufacturer said due too bad primer, was not under warranty. Body shop repainted at a cost of $700.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th April, 2008

1998 Pontiac Trans Sport 3.4

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.4 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance146000 miles
Previous carSaturn SL

Summary:

This is the BIGGEST piece of junk I have ever owned!

Faults:

This is the BIGGEST piece of junk I have ever owned!

Intake gaskets went at 90,000.

Heads needed to be replaced at 120,000, along with the intake gaskets again!!!

Transmission went out at 110,000.

Transmission went out for the second time at 140000!

Head light lens fell apart at a car wash.

Electric windows always failed and needing repair.

Water pump went at 121,000; that was probably one of the cheapest repairs.

Replaced the windshield twice, not the vans fault. Thank gosh for insurance or it would have been $1600.

I think we put just as much money into the van to keep it running as for as much as we paid for it.

Finally got smart and dump it off and traded it for a Pontiac Vibe (Toyota Vibe). Finally something reliable and love the car.

General Comments:

It had pretty good gas mileage for a van and tons of power.

Tons of room to haul and a OK towing capacity.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th February, 2008

1998 Pontiac Trans Sport Montana 1.3

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.3 Automatic
Distance when acquired112000 miles
Most recent distance122000 miles
Previous carDodge Neon

Summary:

TERRIBLE!!

Faults:

Broken cam

Blown engine

Engine replaced twice

Electrical problems

Problems with starter

Horn honking and lights flashing that kill battery.

General Comments:

This vehicle is really making me mad. I wrote in back on 24th Apr 2007, 18:33 when my van wouldn't start. Turned out it was really simple problem-the nut fell off the bolt and it wouldn't start. Problem fixed with my husband's ingenuity=$0.00 in repairs!

Now, I'm having even worse electrical problems. My horn starts honking (took fuse out so I didn't have to listen to it) and the lights flash. Currently for the past week, I need a jump start to go any where.

Been on three different diagnostics just to find out that I need a crank shaft sensor for one and they need to charge $65/hour to do investigation as to my other electrical problems...arrgh!

There's hesitation in the engine, rough idle, flickering lights, some lights don't work at all, some lights work whenever, sliding door has worse PMS than I do.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th October, 2007

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 19 reviews