1988 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 305 TBI from North America
80's classic muscle car! 5 litres of American freedom!
Minor stuff that needs replacing... bought the car for $500 and body was in fair condition with some rust spots that is to be expected from a 31 year old classic car. I sanded it and did a DIY paint job on it, and it looks much better than before... not professional level, but it looks decent now.
I also changed the spark plugs, spark plug wires, PCV valve and distributor cap and rotor, and the front brake pads and also added the Knight Rider scanner light in it.
I love driving this car, makes me feel like I'm driving KITT and it still turns heads. Also performance is still very good for a 31 year old car as the engine and transmission are both still very solid. 0 to 100 Km in 7 seconds. Not bad considering this is the base engine in the Trans Am and they are operating on 80's technology.
I also like that deep exhaust note it gives out when I start it and driving in the highway with the wide open throttle, plus the torque pushes you back in your seat. I also like the T-Tops! My kids love it when I take them for a ride with the roof off! I'm planning to keep this 80's time capsule and I will work on the body next!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 11th October, 2019
12th Oct 2019, 20:47
I like stories like this. Buy a reasonably priced car with decent mass appeal and some sportiness to it. You learned some skills. And a car not so overpriced to do irreparable harm to it. You can have fun with it. I did the same, eventually moving up without affecting any household responsibilities. Can always sell the car if every necessary without taking a loss. Or just hang on to it. Very smart move.
10th Feb 2020, 06:33
That is in my opinion the best way to do it! :)
11th Feb 2020, 15:31
The best bang per buck is a 5.0 Mustang Fox body or newer, if you are on a tight budget. Fun factor is very high. Try to find a convertible. Endless parts availability. Sell old parts easily and do performance upgrades. Plenty of power, fun to drive and easy to sell. Far better than boring and mundane transportation.
22nd Jul 2020, 17:38
The most bang for your buck was actually the Firebird Formula. It out classed the Mustang in performance, looks and price. It came with everything the Trans Am had minus the price tag. Depending on which car you chose back in that era though, you couldn't go wrong. Firebird, Camaro, Mustang and Corvette were the answer to the Japanese performance cars and they held their own.
23rd Jul 2020, 20:09
I would go with the Buick Regal "T" type with the turbo drivetrain. Couple thousand less than the Grand National and leaves the Mustang, Corvette, and Firebird/TA in the rear view mirror when it comes to HP and performance. Gotta love the "G" Body style also. By 1987 you could actually order any Regal package or trim level with the turbo. Interesting cars of the time.