1993 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am LT1 5.7L 350CID from North America
Trans Am, enough said
Transmission mount - these vehicles were equipped with rubber mounts from the factory. They break very easily and will if you "Power Shift" or drive the vehicle hard. The part cost for an after market polyurethane unit is $20.00. I would recommend getting the polyurethane because it's considerably stronger than the stock rubber unit.
Rotors - I had to replace my rear rotors; I don't know why I had to replace them at such a young age. However the rotors are very easy to fix, the labor was $64 and rotors range from $90 to $300 depending on which company you go with. I opted out for high performance "Power Slot" rotors. How ever GM replacements are much cheaper and are about the same quality.
Other common problems.
Opti spark - This is a costly problem that deals with the LT1s distributor. In 1995 the problem was corrected when General Motors employed a vented system.
Watch out for rain, these vehicles can and will hydroplane easily on certain road surfaces. As will any rear wheel drive performance oriented vehicle of this nature. For the most part if you have good tires they will be fine on most road surfaces.
The visibility is not good so take some time to adjust your mirrors. The key thing I suppose is to get really comfortable driving the car. Once you do these cars are a blast to drive.
They have a massive after market so you can really get the most out of these cars performance potential. I love both my Firebirds, they truly are pavement pounders, whether it be on old windy country roads or empty straight roads. Just make sure they are smooth as glass because the Firebird really does the throw the road back at you.
When you buy one, buy one from the owner. That way you can get the most information on how well the owners took care of the car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th June, 2001