1997 Pontiac Trans Sport from North America


Not worth the repairs to buy one for dependable family travel


I bought my 1997 Pontiac Trans sport at 166,747 miles on it. I bought it in 2005 and it was a good vehicle. Then it started having problems. My left rear brake light went out, so we fixed it, but it just kept happening and to this day does not work.

I have all seven bucket seats and the things to take them out are broke so my seats are not removable anymore.

My slider door does not lock or unlock; unless you do it manually.

My radio display has never worked.

My horn kept blowing fuses, fixed it, now it does not work at all.

The handle on the rear gate; the spring is broke and I cannot open it period.

The bolt on the inside of the passenger mirror broke and my mirror fell out. It did not move to begin with unless you moved it manually.

The left rear spring is broke.

My heater does not blow except for on defrost.

The A/C does not work.

Hood paint gone.

My fuel gage doesn't work anymore and when it did, it would go from full to empty in 2 seconds and vise versus.

Rear washer motor is gone, so that does not work.

There is a constant whining, that almost sounds as if I need power steering fluid; well that is full.

I drive it in the rain and it will just die.

I have replaced the serpentine belt, male-female ends on electrical, tie-rod ends, fuel filter, fuel pump, left wheel bearing and hub assembly, power steering pump, water pump, and right wheel bearing and hub assembly.

I am sure there is more that I am missing here, but I will not buy another one. My sister and brother-in-law bought the Montana version and I said good luck with that. Put me on that list of aggravated owners that wants some justice from GM.

General Comments:

The car is a decent ride. Seats are comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 5th June, 2009

8th Jun 2009, 21:39

It's got over 260,000 miles on it and you're unhappy? Buy a new car then! You got over 100,000 miles out of it and it had high miles when you bought it, sounds like YOU'RE the one not giving GM justice.

1997 Pontiac Trans Sport from North America


Don't buy, but if you do watch!!!


Electrical problems, such as no lights, waterpump gone at 122,100 miles. Tie rods bad 2 months later.

General Comments:

If you get chance, get rid this vehicle as soon possible. Once you start putting money fixing this minivan, you never stop.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th March, 2006

27th Jan 2007, 19:25

For 122,000 plus mile on your vehicle you are bound to have repairs on it. Things wear down over time. Mine has 102,000 mile on it and I am willing to make the repairs and have. Sure beats a 350 dollar a month car payment for the new car smell and the same problems with any other vehicle.

10th Mar 2008, 17:07

We owned a 97 Trans Sport; bought it in 2002 with 125k on it, was in a very bad accident prior to ownership, but the van drove good.

Got into a accident in 2006 with it in the winter, still drove great, then the accident totaled it, but we bought it back from them and fixed it a little, and found out that the radiator was shot, but the van never overheated.

Then about a week later, was driving to work, with tornado watch in effect, and it was pouring rain and lightning and thunder, then to find out the engine blew, with only 167k miles on it; some rod scratched up the inside of the engine, and fried it, so we pitched it, and bought a 2005 KIA SEDONA with 27k miles on it for 10k dollars; wasn't a bad deal, but the KIA doesn't hold an alignment, or brakes, and also wears the front tires out too much.