1998 Pontiac Trans Sport 3.4 liter from North America

Summary:

I am pleased with it and would buy another one however, it would be an extended model next time

Faults:

The radio displays all kinds of hieroglyphics from time to time as well as the correct radio station and time.

The outer constant velocity joint boot-passengers side- was replaced after two thousand km.

A loose wire on the rear window wiper/washer motor was the cause of the rear washer not working.

The air bag warning light comes on sometimes and stays on after initial start-up.

General Comments:

The van handles well, has brisk acceleration and has very good brakes.

Mileage is acceptable for the purpose it is used for.

It is very comfortable, but could use more legroom in the front seats. Had it been an extended model, I'm sure this would not have been a problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th May, 2005

1998 Pontiac Trans Sport EXT 3.4 from North America

Summary:

Only one word describes this van: LEMON!

Faults:

Transmission replaced at 132,766 kms (2 weeks after purchase!!).

Factory CD player stopped working at 132,766 kms.

Ignition wire set was replaced at 137,176 kms.

Left front door lock was repaired and wiring for passenger side power (automatic) sliding door was replaced at 144,235 kms.

The air bags no longer function due to wiring fault at 144,235 kms.

The outer tie rod ends were replaced at 144,781 kms.

Intake manifold-lower gasket-was replaced at 144,781 kms.

Air conditioning seals failed rendering air conditioner inoperable at 155,211 kms.

Water pump was replaced at 163,014 kms.

Oxygen sensors were replaced at 171,000 kms.

Ignition wiring set was replaced at 181,724 kms.

Transmission failed and was replaced AGAIN!! at 185,150 kms.

The head gasket blew at at 187,000 kms.

Gas indicator gauge stopped working at about 190,000 kms.

The interior lights no longer operate.

The passenger side power sliding door won't stay closed anymore when power is engaged. Door is operable manually only.

Driver side window is inoperable. A regulator assembly is required to repair this problem, but we have not done this repair as it is too costly.

Trunk lock sometimes will not unlock, not even with a key, so you're stuck not being able to access the back of the van except through passenger sliding doors.

The transmission still hangs when shifting from 1st to second gear.

General Comments:

On the plus side, this van handles well, looks good, and it is roomy and comfortable.

On the minus side, mechanically, this van has been an expensive nightmare.

We actually had the head gasket pressure tested before we repaired the transmission for a second time as we heard that head gasket failure is a common problem with this van. Since the test came back fine, we went ahead and repaired the transmission; however, a month later, the head gasket blew!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st March, 2005

19th Feb 2006, 17:36

The worst car I've ever owned. It cost $300.00 each to replace the headlights after the plastic cover fell off on both units. Have to replace the whole unit, plastic cover not available. Reverse lights keep blowing fuses. Service engine light comes on and goes off and comes on and goes off. Head gasket blew at 100,000 miles causing antifreeze to leak into the engine and effect the oxygen sensor. I will never buy another GM product.

Our previous car was a Volvo which had 350.000 miles and very few problems.

My next car is going to be a Honda.

1998 Pontiac Trans Sport Montana from North America

Summary:

Good family vehicle, except for the upkeep

Faults:

Electric sliding door quit working.

Radio and dash lights quit working.

Both electric seat adjustments quit working.

Replaced right head lamp assembly twice and left head light assembly once. Each asseymbly cost one hundred fifty dollars.

General Comments:

This is a very nice vehicle;

It has plenty of room.

It is very comfortable.

The amenities were very, very good when working.

On the bad side upkeep is very costly;

Headlamps cost one hundred fifty dollars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th November, 2004

1998 Pontiac Trans Sport Montana V6 from North America

Summary:

Avoid a headache, although nice to look at, it's no deal

Faults:

At just over 68000 miles, the timing chain slipped as we were driving down the road and caused major damage to the valves. So much damage that it requires a new engine.

The mechanic said he had never seen that happen on a vehicle with such low miles, so they went searching for answers as to why.

The mechanics found that there was coolant mixed with the oil and that the gasket was leaking. At times we did notice that the heating/cooling gage would go higher than the operating temperature of 190.

Often times we could not figure out where the coolant was going as we had to add it often. We had it serviced and they said that GM is known to get air in there cooling systems and that once it "burped" it out so to speak it would be fine, to just keep adding it, until it was done with this process. Apparently this was not the case.

Also the Traction Control system is not working along with the anti-lock Brake system, along with the traction control system, and brake light will not go off. The Van will not run, and the repair shop says repair will cost approx. 5200.00 US.

General Comments:

Would you like to owe money on a vehicle that has no intention on moving again without major repairs, if so, consider purchasing a Pontiac Transport, or better yet, let me know, I have one like that and I also know of a bridge I can sell you too. Ha ha.

Seriously though, is it worth fixing this lemon? That is still to be determined.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th August, 2004

22nd Mar 2005, 11:41

I would say it is NOT WORTH FIXING. My review of my 1998 Pontiac Trans Sport will be posted on this site shortly. There may be similar transmission and head gasket trouble awaiting you if you keep your vehicle. I strongly recommend cutting your losses and moving on to another vehicle.