1993-2002 Trans am

mantismantis Posts: 15,019
Hello all,
anyone own a Trans am in the 93-02 model years? I'm considering picking up a 98-02 model WS6 Ram Air model since they have the LS1 engine which is supposed to be a much better engine then the LT1 that comes in the 93-97 model years.
Anyone have any opinions on these year models? auto or 6 speed is fine.

Thanks
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  • Msabot1Msabot1 Posts: 2,114
    Friend of mine has a 98... Cool look..but handles and rides like a go cart...
  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 1,968
    edited August 9
    I have a 97 Camaro SS, LT1, 6 speed which I've owned since new. Gets used as a sunny day driver & hibernates during the winter. It's not a great vehicle to daily drive.

    Honestly, if you are looking for a sports car there are any number of newer vehicles which will smoke the 4th gen F-body in every way, LT1 or LS1. I keep mine because it's a lower mileage fun car, that isn't worth squat, so no point in selling.
  • DabutcherDabutcher Posts: 1,730
    Handles like a go cart is awesome. Rides like a go kart sucks! Peace. D
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  • gmcmangmcman Posts: 1,213
    The spark plugs are fun. :*

    Cool looking cars, but I agree...somewhat of a crashy ride. Thirsty in the city, hwy mileage isn't awful but once you drive one around for a short while, it's nice to get in a newer, more "elevated" vehicle that is smoother to drive.
  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 1,968
    gmcman wrote: »
    The spark plugs are fun. :*

    Cool looking cars, but I agree...somewhat of a crashy ride. Thirsty in the city, hwy mileage isn't awful but once you drive one around for a short while, it's nice to get in a newer, more "elevated" vehicle that is smoother to drive.

    Doing spark plugs on an LT1 is just an excuse to get headers.
  • DabutcherDabutcher Posts: 1,730
    I remember hearing you had to drop the engine to change spark plugs on camero? Peace. D
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 14,892
    I had a '98 Camarillo with the V6. Fun car but after more experience it was sluggish, handled poorly, fish tailed easily, fell apart construction wise, was an absolute pain to work on due to the recessed engine, and honestly just not a great car.

    I'd urge you to look elsewhere. I still love these cars but I don't recommend them. My Toyota Tacoma V6 from 2005 drove and handled better and was more fun. That was with the SR5 package too.
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  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 2,709
    Not that the OP would, but ever try driving one of these in the snow, it is almost impossible.
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 14,892
    Not that the OP would, but ever try driving one of these in the snow, it is almost impossible.

    Or rain at that. I couldn't hardly accelerate in mine even with new tires.
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  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 2,709
    edited August 9
    I knew people that bought these as daily drivers (of course) here in the Midwest, but after a winter or two they were dumping them.

    But yeah, bad enough on wet pavement let alone frozen.
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  • JstasJstas Posts: 13,681
    Dabutcher wrote: »
    I remember hearing you had to drop the engine to change spark plugs on a Camaro? Peace. D

    Fixed that for you.
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  • Nesmith98Nesmith98 Posts: 61
    I do like the looks of the 2000+ Trans AM and every time I see a decent one for sale it gets my attention, but then I think, a CTS-V or a Corvette can be had for not much more money. And either one of these are a much higher step up in quality and performance. Don't over look the 2005-2006 GTO or the 2009 G8 GXP.
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 10,866
    Nesmith98 wrote: »
    Don't over look the 2005-2006 GTO

    Man I always wanted to drive one of those little 6. whatever GTO's. I bet they screamed!! I never seen one get on it and roast tires so I never knew if they were front or rear wheel drive.

  • gmcmangmcman Posts: 1,213
    Not sure if you want the mean a$$ swoopy look of the ram air trans am.... but like DSkip said, I would personally avoid them.

    If it's a rear-drive V8 car you're after, I would look at the 4-valve 4.6 Mustang Cobras.
  • Nesmith98Nesmith98 Posts: 61
    pitdogg2 wrote: »

    Man I always wanted to drive one of those little 6. whatever GTO's. I bet they screamed!! I never seen one get on it and roast tires so I never knew if they were front or rear wheel drive.

    They are rear wheel drive. 6.0 litre V8 400hp. I sat in one before and the interior is pretty cool. I don't really like the back of them though. Too bad Pontiac didn't make the back look more like the Grand Prix of the same year. I guess the 2004 is the least desirable year to have of the three years they were produced (in Australia).
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 10,866
    Yea i was thinking they were 6.6 liter. Agree i was not to hot on the looks myself, but one can over look a lot on a go fast car i mean heck look at AMC lol
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,241
    edited August 9
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    This would be my call as well. Nice car and about the same price as the WS6 with better ride, handling and easier to work on. They can also be modded to the hilt.

    These may well be an under the radar gem in the future as well.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/2006-Pontiac-GTO/183366665234?hash=item2ab1814412:g:Bo4AAOSwSoVbZ49X&vxp=mtr


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  • mantismantis Posts: 15,019
    Not that the OP would, but ever try driving one of these in the snow, it is almost impossible.
    This would be a weekend warrior vehicle to play with, go to the track and build it etc.
    I see them going fairly cheap.
    I have a 2017 Dodge Durango R/T as my daily driver.


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  • jeremymarcinkojeremymarcinko Posts: 3,195
    edited August 9
    I loved that car In High School. My senior year a friend of mine who was/is related to Marilyn Manson (Brian Warner) invited me to Hugh and Barbs home (Marilyn’s Parents) for the weekend to celebrate the release of mechanical animals in Canton Ohio. Hugh was rolling around in a Trans Am Ram Air WS6 that Brian had bought for him. That thing was awesome, black with red accents, blacked out windows and the Antichrist superstar logo on the back glass. Definitely suited the father of Satan.

    It would still be a cool car to have, I’d do it.
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  • gmcmangmcman Posts: 1,213
    While the interior was the typical GM, plastic rattle world....the exterior styling even today is very sleek. I would love to find a low mile, minty 1990 GTA.

    I always loved these cars, when cleaned up like this I think they look great.

    Web pic.

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  • jeremymarcinkojeremymarcinko Posts: 3,195
    Ohh that’s pretty.

    When I was a kid in perfect hillbilly fashion I had a set of those wheels bolted to a maroon 97 Chevy s10 with big 4cyl and 5spd. Wasn’t I cool
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  • Nesmith98Nesmith98 Posts: 61
    gmcman wrote: »
    While the interior was the typical GM, plastic rattle world....the exterior styling even today is very sleek. I would love to find a low mile, minty 1990 GTA.

    I always loved these cars, when cleaned up like this I think they look great.

    Web pic.




    The 1989 GTA Anniversary is one of my favorites. It's the only year that GM put the V6 turbo charged engine from the Grand National in them. Not too long ago, these were selling pretty cheap. Now 89 GTA's Anniversaries are selling for big bucks for a nice one.

  • ken brydsonken brydson Posts: 7,150
    '79 Z28, bought new at age 19. Responded well to mods...

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  • gmcmangmcman Posts: 1,213
    Nesmith98 wrote: »
    gmcman wrote: »
    While the interior was the typical GM, plastic rattle world....the exterior styling even today is very sleek. I would love to find a low mile, minty 1990 GTA.

    I always loved these cars, when cleaned up like this I think they look great.

    Web pic.




    The 1989 GTA Anniversary is one of my favorites. It's the only year that GM put the V6 turbo charged engine from the Grand National in them. Not too long ago, these were selling pretty cheap. Now 89 GTA's Anniversaries are selling for big bucks for a nice one.

    Yeah, I agree.....they also pull some big coin.

    I remember when it was released, it was the fastest production American car.

    However, Chevy had 2 vettes already just before the "Fastest cars in America" issue came out. So they pushed the 32V LT5 powered ZR-1 so it could be released in time for the 1989 shootout.

    The 89 Turbo T/A I believe was in that article at 162 MPH, but the ZR-1 bested it at 181 MPH, iirc.

    Chevy ..or maybe GM at that time, couldn't have the Vette not come in 1st place.
  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,213
    I had a 2000 w6 ragtop before i bought the Corvette. The 2000 w6 was a great car. Lots of fun. The one thing that does go out on them is they flip headlights. The plastic gear sucks. They do have good aftermarket gears for them.
    Lots of mods out there in general for them .
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  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,213
    Almost forgot the plugs, they supposedly had a special tool to get to the back plugs. I sold mine with 74k on it so the original plugs were still good.
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 14,892
    erniejade wrote: »
    Almost forgot the plugs, they supposedly had a special tool to get to the back plugs. I sold mine with 74k on it so the original plugs were still good.

    You sold yours before it got to the breaking point. Mine started falling apart around 95k.
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,241
    I had the very similar 1995 Z28 Camaro in 1998. The car went through tires very quickly. By the time the car turned 100k, it was toast. When I bought it, I could have grabbed a 95 Toyota Twin Turbo Supra for exactly the same fifteen grand. When the Camaro and I parted ways in 2004, I got squat for it, but that damn Supra I scoffed at was worth 75k plus...
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  • mantismantis Posts: 15,019
    gmcman wrote: »
    While the interior was the typical GM, plastic rattle world....the exterior styling even today is very sleek. I would love to find a low mile, minty 1990 GTA.

    I always loved these cars, when cleaned up like this I think they look great.

    Web pic.

    sd0jhs1k8hv7.jpg
    The 82-90 Trans am's I have a soft spot for. The 89 Turbo was my personal favorite.

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