I've owned this car since it was new. Originally I had trouble with the power antenna and one of the headlights not popping up. Four trips to the dealer and the headlight finally was fixed - loose connection to motor. One other problem I had was the gas line regulator valve leaking gas into the engine when it was hot causing hard starting. I've not had any problems since these. I've been real happy with the gas mileage. I get 18 mpg in town and 30 mpg on the highway. That's with a heavy foot. Would have bought the TA except insurance would have been 4 times higher even though I haven't had a ticket for 15 years. Also, cost difference was $16 grand - buy another car for that.
The Monsoon Stereo system is awsome. Can't beat the T-tops on a nice day. Love the red night-lighting on the dash at night. The body stying is great and acceleration is as good as most other sports cars in town. Faster than 40 mph just gets you a ticket anyway.
Bigger trunk, Stock Goodyear Eagle GAs are junk, wore out at 30,000 miles - probably why they quit making them. Rear spoiler holds water making opening the trunk during rain a chore. Need better molding of back panels next to back seat - they keep popping loose.
Interior cheap. Dash cracked.
Passenger window rolls down
slow. Drivers side door cracking
(molding). Service engine light
(bad air-pump). Poor excuse for
traction control. Clutch slips
when "performing" with too much weight
(people in car). Stock tires crap!
Speakers went POOOF! Rotors warped
(110-0 doe!). "Backfire" noise when
cold (lack of back pressure). Hate the
Hard hitting, throat tearing raw
torque. My 6sp hurst shifted trans-am
hits hard when I put it to the floor
(new tires). Performs well around
corners for the size of the car,
suspension is stiff. Handles nice at
high speeds 100+.
Power, relative stability, real cool
look (it's gonna eat the other cars).
Rides like a hay wagon; yes this is a
sports car, that's what you want,
great fuel economy, avg 25mpg!
Interior (just like any other GM),
better rotors, stock tires and exhaust
suck. Remove skip-shift "feature".
Hey, 18 months with my Trans am and I
love alot of things with it. The ls1
has tons of torque all 6 gears, It's a
fast car, turns heads, and attract
attenion, but the reliablity brings
this car down.
The problems with the car are numberus,
first of all engine reliability, the
push rods bend so easily, other than
that-- no engine problems. The rear
axel is very sentitive. Lost my rear
end at 60mph twice @ 46,000 and 47,000
miles. They upgraded the clutch in
2001 for a reason (2001s have 'vette
z06 spec clutch).
Fast? Yes. Fun? Yes. Satisifed? Yes.
Holds Value? (relative to market) Yes.
If quarter mile time is the most
important thing, this car will meet you
needs and wants the best.
Kepp the Straight line performance,
give the vehicle better handling, and
give the car above average reliablity
and you have the best performance for
I bought this vehicle for my son back in 2000. It's done nothing but cost me money. Things that normally don't tear up on vehicles fall apart on this vehicle. From the power windows going bad, emission problems, replaced fuel tank and pump, replaced rear diff, pinion seal, replaced numerous lights switches, power steering pump leaked and on and on. I've spend almost as much money in keeping this car running as I did when I bought it new. This car has only 68,000 miles on it. My toyota 4 runner has 165,000 and I've only had to replace the brakes. I'll never buy another American made car.
Learn from Toyota or Honda about how to make a quality vehicle.
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