In 2007, I was looking for a camaro as I had had a 1973, 1978, and 1989 in the past and loved them. Then I saw the red T/A sitting at a buick dealer. A 1999 with only 34,000 miles on it. T-tops, leather power seats with power lumbar support, auto-trans, 10 speaker cd stereo, I was in heaven! I love that when you tromp on it, it plants you back in the seat and the tires chirp in the first 3 gears even when you leave the trans in Drive. She is beautiful. As for repairs, I have had to replace one head light motor, one power window motor, two modules, and for some reason, multiple turn signal bulbs. I try to keep the milage down, but I love to drive it so it now has 65,000 miles. I adore my t/a.
It was fun to drive but it's a rattle trap piece of junk. What hasn't been replaced or fixed? You name it. The rear end bearings have been done twice and third gear just disappeared. Doors sag, locks jam, wiper motor went, have replaced all rotors the fronts twice, calipers replaced, cat is rattling, sway bar links replaced, as it gets older everything is loosening up exponentially (spelling on that one?). the motor is starting to knock a bit in cold weather (sounds like a rod) and I use Synthetic Oil only. Looks nice and goes fast but wasn't made for the long haul. If your looking at one over 100K run RUN!
The Firehawk edition offers excellent
performance. The car accelerates
extremely well, and the handling is
good with the modified suspension. I
also like the look of the custom
hood. The sound system is excellent
for a factory system. My only
complaint is that I've had several
major repairs done under warranty,
which make me question build quality.
The ls1 is a world class engine that no other manufacturer can match for the money, BAR NONE. It is more reliable, makes more power,& responds better to modifications than any other engine I've seen. There is no better bang for the buck, PERIOD. END OF STORY. There are better cars out there, Sure, but I'm not gonna pay TWICE the money or more for the same performance this car offers. It's had a couple headlight motors go out, two headlight bulbs, and a couple window motors fail. It's not a 100k dollar car though, so I can't complain.
I've had my Trans Am for almost 9 years. I have 225,010 miles on it and I still love it! I am going to have to get a new car within the next couple of months because I'm on the road so much and I need something with better fuel economy - if they still made them I'd get another one though!