Before you buy a 1996–2002 Pontiac Trans Am WS6, here’s what to look for

You should get out more because non-T/A people do it all the time and have since the 70’s. Anyone who is a ricer enthusiast but knows very little to nothing about T/As should not be writing articles about them and therefore shows their ignorance on the subject when they try. Sorry if my language is too strong for you. When someone publicly insults a car I’m fond of, which is almost all cars, I loose my desire to take the high road and really don’t care how it looks. I’ll also say this, it is effective in one way; If I had used words that we’re all sugar coated I bet nobody would have responded or given any of my words a second thought at all.

Proof positive with you brave Key board Warriors. I have owned two 1969 Firebirds. You don’t like the word Screaming Chicken yet use an insulting and Derogatory term, Ricer

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Exactly. Two things; you have not owned a T/A with a hood bird, so of course you haven’t been insulted by people coming up to you using the SC term as a joke, hence you won’t defend the T/A, and you will defend the Honda/whatever crowd so there’s your clear bias.

Exactly two things, I am not Defending the Honda/whatever crowd just an individual from a bully, and clearly you are so thin skinned as to be bothered by Screaming Chicken comments. I have also owned a Delorean, just think of those comments. OH MY!

I’m ignoring most of the above. Here’s what I have to say about my wife’s '02 WS6 t-top auto. We have eight classic cars including street rods, Nomads, and a Corvette. Her T/A gets as much attention as any of them. I defy anyone to buy a more fun car for the price. The car has been in two Buick/Oldsmobile/Pontiac shows and took 1st place both times - and this is her daily driver. Yes, I’ve replaced the headlight motors and the taillights because they turned dark. Still a gorgeous car. No, it’s not for sale! Here it is on the cover of the Trans Am Registry.


Great looking T/A!!!

Bubbling paint/clearcoat on the sail panel, especially darker colors towards the last year or so.

Well let’s see here I want to 2001 fire hawk Trans Am that has the Auburn rear end and it’s pro charged car has 7562 miles on it original never seen rain I’m sure they’ll tell me that it’s not worth anything close to what it what I think it is

1999 trans am sold mine after buying it new drove it 500miles traded for 2000 ford svt mustang cobra still own it today,trans am has a large cataylic converter hump on passengers side no leg room ,fake dual exhaust ,cardboard rear seats with a driveshaft hump running in between them,large hatch back lid like a chevette or a Citation T-tops,winshield,rear Hatch Back glass its like a green house on wheels hotter than hell,the car is long as an suv.power windows were soooo slow ,but Pontiac called it a sports car,electric antenna was slow very noisy ,turn signal switch ,was high beam headlight switch ,winshieldwasher switch, delay windshield wiper switch,cruise control switch was so cheaply made wobbled ,must carry spare fuel pump ,power window motors ,brake lines,starter alternator THE GLOB OF A CAR,power steering barley worked ,interior road noise is horrible they forgot about defrost vents so they put them in a circle in the middle of the dash where a speaker would go,.dash is big enough to square dance on ,doors are big as my garage door ,micro chip in the key that slides in out of ignition fails,dexcool antifreeze will eat up all the head gaskets, intake manifold gaskets turns to jelly blocks water jackets gm has a million complaints on engine failure 100.000 mile coolant,traction control is from stone age when wheel looses traction gas pedal kicks back @ your foot, had upgrade chrome wheels center caps logo ABS so clever, sun visors cardboard that fall apart if you use them booth door panels crack in the same place on the top. engine is under the dash I think or the glove box traction control switch will fall out of the little panel thinking they forgot about it and last minute added it put it there ,steering wheel is undesirable looks so plastic cheap like the rest of the interior,flip up headlights fail this is why the F-body was put out to Pasture MUSTANG out sold them 2 to 1 SORRY TRANS AM LOVERS just what the car is

nice looking lawn ,but it needs to be mowed ,is there any good fishing there ?

Sounds like you downgraded. That 4.6L 4V was a boat anchor and got spanked by the ls1 fbody. I owned 2 new edge Mustangs, one was a standard GT and the other was a cobra. Both were underwhelming and a dime a dozen. Once I decided that I wanted to go fast and got tired of being embarrassed, even with full bolt ons in both my Little Pony cars, I bought an LS1 ws6. Sure the rear end is junk but I can take the best part out of the junkstang (the 8.8), install it in my car, and continue to embarrass cars like yours. If you owned an 03-04 cobra, you’d have some clout, but you don’t, so continue seeing my tail lights…

did your plastic fenders different color ,fiberglass doors ,metal quarter panels a post that keeps the doors from sagging while bouncing down the road ,cant see out of the windshield on sunny days the glare off the plastic dash

face the facts the car was put out to pasture as it should have ,ls1 = 350 motor little slow one a dime a dozen push rod to the junk yard ,

Your trolling skills need practice. It is hard to call the LS junk because HP per dollar, the LS is hard to top unless we’re talking Toyota 2JZ. The LS1 was a 346, totally different from the gen 1 350 started in the 1950s. Also the jokes about bailout and Government Motors are 10 years old. It’s as stale of a joke as saying ford circles the problem on the logo. Old jokes which can be forgotten to time. We’ve all moved on and matured since then…

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Never had any of those issues that you described. I take good care of my car and the only issue I had was a window motor. Wasn’t hard to fix. Dash glare I’ll give you but don’t armor all the crap out of the dash (don’t use armor all in general) it keeps the glare to a minimum. Minor things that I overlook because it’s a rewarding and fun car to drive. No Ford of that era could beat it except the 03-04 cobra, and even then you do hci on an ls1 and that advantage is gone.

That’s not a fact. First off, the ls1 is a 346, second, LS motor production continued after the 4th gen fbody was retired. That same base architecture lives on in the LT series motors. If I want to improve my performance, I have 1 cam to replace, mustang these days is 4. 4 cams. On an interference motor. The coyote motor is a good motor but aside from the 03-04 cobra, the cobra R (limited production but I’ll allow it) are the only mustangs that could touch it until the gt500 came along, and by then the fbody was long gone. If the LS motor is so bad, tell me why many folks swap them into everything under the sun. RX7, 3rd gen Supra, fox body mustangs, old GM muscle cars and trucks, etc. Just because you choose to ignore those facts doesn’t mean they go away.

They paid the loan back with interest years ago. Ford took out loans too but I’m not bitter about it. You’re grasping at straws. I was a Ford guy (still am for their muscle cars of the 60s and 70s) but I also know a good motor when I see one. Heck I’ve owned a Supra, an MR2, and a fox body Mustang so I have no allegiance. I just like fun cars. The new edge mustangs I owned had a modified fox body platform and a 4.6 that takes up more space than a big block. If you want a car that 20 people in a 3 mile radius own, then the mustang is perfect.

lets do the math 4.6 261 c.u 305 hp /350 cu 305 hp check out the dyno the 4.6 keeps the on the power curve ( I was a gm guy but the cams wore down,valve guides,valve seals cracked big puff a bleu smoke when started engine ,they hung starters on their motors like a ceiling fan, right out of a box the starter comes with shims to get it lined up ,dashes cracked every interior part faded cracked fell apart timing chains,quadajunk carbs that warped,come on sheet meatal rusted if you looked @ it auto trans that slipped every shift ,driving 35 mph down shifted to first gear still do to seem like you have power but speedometer tells the truth ,put the selector 2,GEAR OR 3 GEAR ON TAKE OFF car will start in first gear unlike a FORD

I like all cars but the F-BODY Camaro,Firebird IS ONE HARD PILL TO SWALLOW doesn’t matter what engine that is in the car thinking disco era had a lot to do with its as long as a pick up Truck with no room inside.