1993-2002 Trans am

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  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,130
    DSkip wrote: »
    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.

    Skip. You said yours was the v6 not 8 correct?.
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  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 2,535
    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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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 14,674
    erniejade wrote: »
    DSkip wrote: »
    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.

    Skip. You said yours was the v6 not 8 correct?.

    Correct. The 3800 was a nice engine but everything around it was falling apart.
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 17,871
    Mine had something called an Optispark distributor that was below and behind the water pump. At 89k, the water pump got a small leak, fouled out the optispark, and stalled the car in the middle of the 405 at rush hour.

    Another time, on the very same freeway, the latch on the driver's side T-top failed, and at 75 mile an hour, the wind sucked it right off the car, at night. a BMW behind me caught it in the middle of the hood, hit the center divider and spun a couple times. I pulled over to the side of the road and waited for the driver to come over, but he never did.
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  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 2,634
    Mine had something called an Optispark distributor that was below and behind the water pump. At 89k, the water pump got a small leak, fouled out the optispark, and stalled the car in the middle of the 405 at rush hour.

    Another time, on the very same freeway, the latch on the driver's side T-top failed, and at 75 mile an hour, the wind sucked it right off the car, at night. a BMW behind me caught it in the middle of the hood, hit the center divider and spun a couple times. I pulled over to the side of the road and waited for the driver to come over, but he never did.

    That's because he was probably dead. o:)
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  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 2,608
    So your t-top ejected and wrecked another car, and you did not go over and check on them, ok.
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  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 2,634
    I wonder what's the statue of limitations on death? :*
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 17,871
    edited August 10
    So your t-top ejected and wrecked another car, and you did not go over and check on them, ok.

    By the time I came to a stop, I was more than two blocks away from his car. The 405 is 6 lanes of traffic wide in each direction, and cars travel a minimum of 70mph AND it was 9:30 at night. In the location I was at, it would have taken more than 20 minutes to have exited the freeway and travelled the other direction, gotten off again and doubled back.

    If you can tell me how I could have gotten to his car (not even sure it was still there... he may have driven off) and NOT gotten killed in the process, I will donate 500 bucks to the charity of your choice. I did the only thing I could responsibly do and pulled to the side of the road and waited. No emergency vehicles showed up, and the other driver never came over either.
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 17,871
    edited August 10
    la2vegas wrote: »

    That's because he was probably dead. o:)
    No chance on that...

    Can we get back to the OP's topic now?
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  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 2,817
    I think we should all pray for the family of the driver in the BMW.
  • BMF35BMF35 Posts: 28
    That generation WS6 is still trick. Normal GM quality but still worth having. You have to jump to an 03 Cobra to get close to the performance level and it has its share of problems. Go for it.
  • mantismantis Posts: 14,942
    There are 2 pretty sweet 02 WS6 Trans am's for sale in my area. Black on Black which is what I think I would like. One of them dude has a bubble he keeps it in inside his garage. He wants 20k for it with like 21k miles on it. Another has 40k miles and it's going for 15k. 6 speed T Top models
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 14,674
    Have you considered a newer Miata? Nowhere near as 'manly' but they look pretty sweet now and I'd imagine are a blast to drive. I find being able to handle turns with velocity is more fun than straight up acceleration. Those TA and Camaro just don't do well with that.
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  • machonemachone Posts: 971
    DSkip wrote: »
    Have you considered a newer Miata? Nowhere near as 'manly' but they look pretty sweet now and I'd imagine are a blast to drive. I find being able to handle turns with velocity is more fun than straight up acceleration. Those TA and Camaro just don't do well with that.

    I've owned a 2003 Mach1 (manual trans) since it was new and completely rebuilt the suspension with Maximum Motorsports parts. It sticks to the road like glue and lots of fun to drive. B)
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  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 2,634
    edited August 12
    DSkip wrote: »
    Have you considered a newer Miata? Nowhere near as 'manly' but they look pretty sweet now and I'd imagine are a blast to drive. I find being able to handle turns with velocity is more fun than straight up acceleration. Those TA and Camaro just don't do well with that.

    No where near as manly. Now that's an understatement. :D 4u2d6bgmwvhd.jpg
    Post edited by la2vegas on
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  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 2,817
    I bet that car is constantly being lubed. :p
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 14,674
    machone wrote: »
    DSkip wrote: »
    Have you considered a newer Miata? Nowhere near as 'manly' but they look pretty sweet now and I'd imagine are a blast to drive. I find being able to handle turns with velocity is more fun than straight up acceleration. Those TA and Camaro just don't do well with that.

    I've owned a 2003 Mach1 (manual trans) since it was new and completely rebuilt the suspension with Maximum Motorsports parts. It sticks to the road like glue and lots of fun to drive. B)

    I have not driven that vintage mustang. My fathers 05 is ok at it. Better than the Camaro was at least.
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  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,130
    For 20k. You can get a 05 Corvette.
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  • mantismantis Posts: 14,942
    DSkip wrote: »
    Have you considered a newer Miata? Nowhere near as 'manly' but they look pretty sweet now and I'd imagine are a blast to drive. I find being able to handle turns with velocity is more fun than straight up acceleration. Those TA and Camaro just don't do well with that.
    As cool as the Miata is it's just not my speed. As far as handling goes I plan on improving the suspension for better handling. I'm planning a nice well rounded weekend warrior for 1/4 mile fun and back roads.

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  • mantismantis Posts: 14,942
    erniejade wrote: »
    For 20k. You can get a 05 Corvette.
    I know it's not off my list of considerations.
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 17,871
    You could even get into a Z06...
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  • NotaSuvNotaSuv Posts: 2,529
    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.

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  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 2,634
    edited August 14
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    Not mine, it belongs to a local seller in Southern California. I remember seeing the GTA at the LA Auto Show in 1988 and giggled at the name. I mean reallly? GTA? Surely the guy who plunked down his hard earned cash and then having his car stolen wouldn't find the name very amusing then.

    All I could afford was a 90 red firebird with t-tops. Sorry no pics of that one.
    Post edited by la2vegas on
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  • gmcmangmcman Posts: 1,119
    la2vegas wrote: »
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    Not mine, it belongs to a local seller in Southern California. I remember seeing the GTA at the LA Auto Show in 1988 and giggled at the name. I mean reallly? GTA? Surely the guy who plunked down his hard earned cash and then having his car stolen wouldn't find the name very amusing then.

    All I could afford was a 90 red firebird with t-tops. Sorry no pics of that one.

    Wonder what the seller is asking for it? Missing the TURBO emblem but has the Indy emblem.
  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 2,634
    gmcman wrote: »
    la2vegas wrote: »
    lga755ddic8o.jpg
    Not mine, it belongs to a local seller in Southern California. I remember seeing the GTA at the LA Auto Show in 1988 and giggled at the name. I mean reallly? GTA? Surely the guy who plunked down his hard earned cash and then having his car stolen wouldn't find the name very amusing then.

    All I could afford was a 90 red firebird with t-tops. Sorry no pics of that one.

    Wonder what the seller is asking for it? Missing the TURBO emblem but has the Indy emblem.

    This should answer most, if not all of your questions. https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/cto/d/new-1989-pontiac-firebird/6657705334.html
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  • jeremymarcinkojeremymarcinko Posts: 3,048
    edited August 14
    92 5.0 LX is more my style.

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    https://classiccars.com/listings/view/1126804/1992-ford-mustang-for-sale-in-cadillac-michigan-49601

    Had one just like this too. Fun car for not a lot of dough. They still look good imo if they are clean.
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  • gmcmangmcman Posts: 1,119
    la2vegas wrote: »
    gmcman wrote: »
    la2vegas wrote: »
    lga755ddic8o.jpg
    Not mine, it belongs to a local seller in Southern California. I remember seeing the GTA at the LA Auto Show in 1988 and giggled at the name. I mean reallly? GTA? Surely the guy who plunked down his hard earned cash and then having his car stolen wouldn't find the name very amusing then.

    All I could afford was a 90 red firebird with t-tops. Sorry no pics of that one.

    Wonder what the seller is asking for it? Missing the TURBO emblem but has the Indy emblem.

    This should answer most, if not all of your questions. https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/cto/d/new-1989-pontiac-firebird/6657705334.html

    Daggone. that's almost a brand new car.
  • mantismantis Posts: 14,942
    la2vegas wrote: »
    lga755ddic8o.jpg
    Not mine, it belongs to a local seller in Southern California. I remember seeing the GTA at the LA Auto Show in 1988 and giggled at the name. I mean reallly? GTA? Surely the guy who plunked down his hard earned cash and then having his car stolen wouldn't find the name very amusing then.

    All I could afford was a 90 red firebird with t-tops. Sorry no pics of that one.
    A friend of mine bought one new and still has it today. I think it has like 50k on it. He doesn't drive it daily just weekends when he feels like it.
    It's one of my all time favorite cars ever made. I actually wished for this car when I was in high school watching the Grand nationals. I thought that the 3.8L Intercooled Turbo should have been put in the Trans am and then in 1989 they did.
    It's an awesome car.
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  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 2,634
    gmcman wrote: »
    la2vegas wrote: »
    gmcman wrote: »
    la2vegas wrote: »
    lga755ddic8o.jpg
    Not mine, it belongs to a local seller in Southern California. I remember seeing the GTA at the LA Auto Show in 1988 and giggled at the name. I mean reallly? GTA? Surely the guy who plunked down his hard earned cash and then having his car stolen wouldn't find the name very amusing then.

    All I could afford was a 90 red firebird with t-tops. Sorry no pics of that one.

    Wonder what the seller is asking for it? Missing the TURBO emblem but has the Indy emblem.

    This should answer most, if not all of your questions. https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/cto/d/new-1989-pontiac-firebird/6657705334.html

    Daggone. that's almost a brand new car.

    Did you catch the tidbit about the decals?
    2.3TL, 3.1TL, SDA 2B, SDA II, 7B, 7C, 7 series 2, 10B, 5JR+, 5JR, 5A, 4.5, 4, RTA 11T X2 pairs, RTA 8T, LSI9, LSI7, RTI A7, RTI A3, CSI A4, CSI A6, F/XI A4, RTI4. That's all for now.
  • gmcmangmcman Posts: 1,119
    la2vegas wrote: »
    Did you catch the tidbit about the decals?

    Yeah...... :'( drool. I agree, that's my favorite Trans Am of that era. I do love the black GTA, the 89 is harder to come by at a decent price tag.

    If I had a 50K lying around I would already have landed at LAX...lol.

    A guy who lived up the street from me bought an 89 Turbo brand new, tucked it away and drove it very sparingly.

    In about 1995 he had about 10K miles on it, turned down a few offers for 40K and back in 95 that was a steep price for that car.

    Couple years after that he said he would sell it for $45K, was out of my budget at the time. So the asking price of this one is quite good IMO....if this is one someone is after, I doubt many more will come along in this condition.
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