1991 Pontiac Trans Sport 3.1 from North America
Competent and durable
Starter, alternator, windshield wiper motor, heater core, radiator, front brake pads and calipers all needed replacement within first couple of months after I bought it -- in fairness the vehicle had sat for quite a while and received questionable upkeep. Fortunately, most parts are quite cheap and readily available new or used (mechanical parts are mostly a hodgepodge of pieces shared with the mid-80s Chevy Celebrity, the early 90s Lumina sedan, and the S10 pickup). TCC solenoid was also shot, but I just unplugged it. Engine and transmission work like new.
Quiet, smooth, predictable on the highway for a van. The nose is weird, but you get used to it, and the driving position is very comfortable. I bought the van to help my parents move, and renovate a smaller house after their retirement, but found myself having to use it on a long trip in an emergency (800 miles each way, plus some city driving for three days). Although I expected problems I had none. The 3.1 isn't very quick off the line, but if you're not running the A/C it's tolerable at highway speeds (the lack of overdrive helps). Gas mileage is about 22 highway with or without the lockup torque converter.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th August, 2007