This was the best Trans Am built to date. Too bad it only lasted two more years. It rides great fro a sports car, is comfortable on long trips, and performs close to the level of the more expensive Corvettes of the time. I bought this car used and the only repair I had to do was replacing a headlight motor. Amazing cars!
I have a manual transmission base model as my daily driver. It accelerates, brakes, and corners well while managing to be decently comfortable and returning great highway MPG on cheap 87 octane gas. It's the quintessential cheap sporty car. Performance add-ons I recommend without affecting reliability include a dual exhaust, Pro 5.0 shifter (WAY more precise), a Torsen limited-slip rear (expensive but very different experience than the open diff), and the ubiquitous aftermarket stereo system. When cleaned up it still gets a lot of compliments.
Overall driving experience, gas mileage, looks, reliability, easy to maintain yourself (2000 models + especially). Exclusivity, as GM won't be making one again anytime soon.
Large blind spots (buy add-on round mirrors), scraping the front end on everything, stock tires are crappy, some road noise, it's hard to find one used that hasn't been thrashed. Handling in the rain on open-differential models is frightening (or fun, depending on how you look at it).
The Firebirds looks are Killer! I own a 2000 Camaro SS and the looks are a bit different, but same everything! The car is a BLAST to drive! It is now cheaper for younger buyers, the aftermarket is unbelieveable.. There are millions of Brands and things you can do for cheap also! (GM) My dad has a Z06 and i will say the vette is bitchen but i love my camaro looks.. But i want his engine and tranny!
6 Speed Hurst, SS or WS6 Hood look Awesome, Killer stereo, and the all out killing hondas, mitsubishi, and STi performance & Handling
Replace the window motors to bigger aftermarket... Windows are known to break down.. Front seats need bigger and harder tracks.. Uncle is 350 pounds and broke my pass seat.. If you have Z28 or Reg. Bird.. bigger exhaust 3 Inch and SLP Lid! way more power!
The car looks great and is fun to drive, but it also has some major downsides. Annoying pop up headlight motors break every few years. The cheap plastic interior rattles to no end, even SFC didn't eliminate all of the noise. Pros on the car are performance and styling. Head turner no matter where you go. Also can be easily modified to make more power if you need it.
Looks and performance. Not many American muscle cars out there turn heads like a WS6 Trans Am. Even though it's been dead for 4 production years it still outperforms cars coming out today.
Too late for improvements IT'S DEAD!! For those who do purchase a used one Subframe Connectors are a must for these cars.