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Old 12-26-2006, 10:41 PM   #31
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The GM3400 engine in the Transport is a piece of doggie do do. Our motor went south after 130K. The LIM was replaced twice up to the 130K. From all of the research I did the engine lasting 130K is normal. I was very disappointed in the engine and my local Pontiac dealership; I will never go back to them for anything.

Sorry to be so negative but I had a really bad experience with the engine.

Overall we have a 98 Transport Montana and the ride is super nice, van is well built, transmission is still running strong but the engine leaves a lot to be desired.
And that was the first thing I heard from my cousin after they bought a 2002... They wished it had the 3800 Series II .... I drove it several times and it ran good...

But I'd have to say the 3500 is a nice improvement, but too bad it was used for the 05-06 model years and not before..

I wouldn't mind one, But I'd be doing the gaskets every few years...

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I found this by me incase you were interested:

http://rochester.craigslist.org/car/253336756.html

1999 transport, 125K $2400
Thanks for the link.... I'll use it as a baseline for my negotiations here since the seller is asking for about a grand or so more than what that one'* listed at.

I'm not really wanting to buy one from out of state at this point..... now if it was a Bonnie, I may consider it.
On a humorous note, I just found out this van is my girlfriend'* parent'* van. It also sold tonight which means her father is keeping her car another day, which means another day of taxi service.
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I found this by me incase you were interested:

http://rochester.craigslist.org/car/253336756.html

1999 transport, 125K $2400
Thanks for the link.... I'll use it as a baseline for my negotiations here since the seller is asking for about a grand or so more than what that one'* listed at.

I'm not really wanting to buy one from out of state at this point..... now if it was a Bonnie, I may consider it.
On a humorous note, I just found out this van is my girlfriend'* parent'* van. It also sold tonight which means her father is keeping her car another day, which means another day of taxi service.
LOL!! Small world..... aint it!
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We had a 1991 Transport, it was great! The seating setup was great to do whatever you wanted with, and we never really had any engine or tranny issues.

My parents originally looked at some bonnevilles, but we wanted more room, and the van craze was just starting.

My Uncle/Aunt/Cousins in Eau Claire Wi, have it now, and it'* still running strong.

A/C, and front windows (HUGE) have both gone out once for us, once for them.
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Van torture was postponed until tonight.
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We had a 1991 Transport, it was great! The seating setup was great to do whatever you wanted with, and we never really had any engine or tranny issues.

My parents originally looked at some bonnevilles, but we wanted more room, and the van craze was just starting.

My Uncle/Aunt/Cousins in Eau Claire Wi, have it now, and it'* still running strong.

A/C, and front windows (HUGE) have both gone out once for us, once for them.
That was the 3.1 attached to the 3T40 Trans.. I have seen these with 300,000 miles on them and still going strong.... On one the trans died at 270k

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I replaced the headgaskets in my daughter-in-law'* '98 Chevy Venture van with the 3400. Bill Buttermore described the process of working on them the best. It'* like working in the toe end of a boot!
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I replaced the headgaskets in my daughter-in-law'* '98 Chevy Venture van with the 3400. Bill Buttermore described the process of working on them the best. It'* like working in the toe end of a boot!
At the least... And these alluminum heads will not handle being overheated... Run them good and hot and its almost certain head gasket territory

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Night one and I have good information to report.

As long as you have a lift..this is an easy motor. Things are fairly easy to get at.. and wiring harness and most things that seem tough to get to have plenty of slack to let the subframe down a little (4-6" actually) to get at them easier.
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Night one and I have good information to report.

As long as you have a lift..this is an easy motor. Things are fairly easy to get at.. and wiring harness and most things that seem tough to get to have plenty of slack to let the subframe down a little (4-6" actually) to get at them easier.
Thanks for the report Bill...... unfortunately the guy who owns the van doesnt want to come off the asking price enough (from 3400 to 3200..... it came back as 2900 for good condition at KBB.com and that'll drop another 300-400 at the first of next year) at this point to make a sale, so I've told him what I'd give him and that he could contact me if he'* interested.

We'll see how it goes, but it dont look good at the moment. :(
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