This car is wonderful. It has everything you could want in a sports car. A big engine, great exterior looks, an old school exhaust tone. I have had this car since 2005 and haven't had any problems with it besides a speed sensor going out, and a minor oil leak due to the fact that the previous owner didn't tighten the oil pan enough. With improvements has only come better fuel mileage and more horsepower. The car handles extremely well even at high speeds giving a feeling of complete control to the driver. The 5.7 liter LT1 while underpowered if stock, has a lot of potential. It is a hard car to find parts for though, and because the engine area is so crowded it can be a hard car to work on
Best bang for your buck. It is truly the fastest thing out there for the price you pay. I love the way it looks and the performance. My car has blue/green chameleon paint and it is something to see. Not many other cars under 50K can outperform my Trans Am. Corvette comes to mind, but I can't think of any others. Will kick the crap out of mustangs any day of the week and you can take that to the bank. On the flip side, the fuel economy is poor. I get about 16 mpg on premium gas. The back seats do not offer much room at all. In the end, I you are looking for a cruiser and a way not to break the bank then the Trans Am is the car for you. The pros definitely out-weigh the cons.
I have a mostly stock LT1 engine except for aftermarket headers. It's a fun car, and even stock it has descent power. I fell in love with mine and don't think I will ever get rid of it. Some issues have arose though, and there can be some annoying problems. First the dash and interior seem kind of cheap and will break very easily if you let it bake in the sun. Also mine (automatic) has some overheating issues that I can't seem to fix. I guess after looking around online It seems all LT1 engines seem to run hot. The fans wont turn on until its at 226 degrees which is past the halfway point on the engine temp gauge. It seems to overheat when idling, mainly at stop lights but will go back down when you drive. Ive had to replace 4 transmission mounts since I got it. The rubber mount was completely torn in half, so i had another installed. The very first time I floored it, the mount broke again. Finally I ordered a polyurethane transmission mount and engine mounts kit. The new tranny mount is holding up like a champ and seems very strong, but I have yet to install the new motor mounts. Other than heating and driveline problems the car is still awesome! Believe me when I say this car will get you laid lol. Lots of looks from people driving by and prepare for every ricer that tries racing you at every stop light (which I dont care because I always win) . Overall the car is powerful and will throw you back in your seat and has the potential to be a very fast track / weekend car. Im at 146,000 miles and the LT1 is still holding up and can take some abuse. I plan on just running the lt1 till it dies and probably LS swap it .
I bought this almost 10yrs ago, and I'm still in love. The power, the performance and handling, you can not ask for better. It will blow the doors off on just about the road today. This car ain't a child's toy. Seats are great, but don't have a bad back. Hard to get out of.
These idiots below me who said bad things about this car, don't know what they're talking about! I've had 3 TAs and they've all been great. My 1995 has 95K miles on it and only in the shop for maintenance. As far as other reviews...the bad ones are only from people who don't take care of the car and rag it out every time they drive it. They quit making these to make room for new vehicles (GTO, SSR) not because they are unreliable. Morons often break things or don't take car of their cars and then blame the car when something goes wrong....what a shame. I would recommend a TA to anyone looking for a good fun car with cool looks and great power.