Great MPG, tons of fun, and tough. Better be handy with a wrench though
Alternator failed days after warranty ended, GM agreed to split the cost, but it was still $300.
Pinion seal leaked, and was replaced incorrectly resulting in a rear end failure, and complete replacement.
T-tops leaked, dealer couldn't fix.
Brakes warped immediately, as did replacements. Fixed with drilled and slotted rotors.
Replaced 4 door speakers under warranty, and it's ready for another set.
Absolutely loved the car when I first drove it. I was lucky, and bought one with the y87 performance package. The 3.8L can get you to the legal limit in about 7seconds, what more do you need. Handles great for a car that you can drive across the country (getting 30+ mpg) and arrive feeling well rested.
Having owned a 98 Trans Am, I can say that the 3.8 V6 makes for a smoother, better balanced, and more refined vehicle, but the 5.7L makes up for its roughness with engine rumble, and tire smoking power.
The 3.8L engine was an award winning engine back in its day, and for good reason. After the warranty expired, I added a turbo kit, and proceeded to turn up the boost until it was putting out more than TWICE the stock torque, and nearly twice the stock horsepower. 40k miles later, the engine, transmission, and rear end are all still stock and going strong.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th January, 2009