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2001 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am WS6 5.7L LS1 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 5.7L LS1 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired55685 miles
Most recent distance58955 miles
Previous carPontiac Firebird

Summary:

Words cannot begin to describe the presence of this car

Faults:

Hatch release doesn't release easily. A weak spring is at fault, not the electrical parts.

General Comments:

Simply awesome! I previously owned a 1985 Trans Am. It was my first car and I loved it. It came time to get a new car and I decided I wanted to stick with Trans Am's since that's what I know how to drive. I found a 2001 WS6 and bought it the day I test drove it.

It's a excellant sports car. Its definitly the best bang for your buck car ever built. Its faster than most people can imagine. It will keep up with new vettes. GM underrated the engines. I had my baby dynoed after I bought it and it had 311hp at the rear wheels!!! And its bone stock. The ride isn't bad, on rough roads it will jar you, but a sports car suspension is supposed to do that. It can take turns at twice the speed normal cars. It will out accelerate most anything on the road. Passing at highway speeds is a breeze. Half the time it doesn't even need to downshift as it has plenty of power. The interior is nice. I like it. The seats are comfortable, the stereo rocks! As far as rattles, there are some, but nothing major. The traction control helps, it can be an annoyance, but it can be turned off.

Summer driving is the best of any car. Nice throaty exhaust note, t-tops off, stereo blasting, and looks that causes 95% of people to stare in envy.

Complaints: There are a few. The car loves to follow any ruts in the road. This can be attributed to the foot wide tires though, so its not really anything that can be helped. Anything with tires as wide as the WS6's is gonna have this problem.

When the windows are down and you close the door the window rattles and makes lots of noise, I get scared that I will break it. Something is loose somewhere I think.

If there is any unplowed snow, or if the roads aren't salted, you are going nowhere. If you have snow tires, you can get around, but I wouldn't recommend it. You'll be able to wake the traction control up in 3rd gear.

Cops. This car attracts attention from the cops like it's a massive doughnut. You are warned.

Bottom line is it's a great car. Simply awesome. It goes fast, looks great, and is very comfortable. It's a head turner, and it attracts the attention of the ladies away from everything else unless theres a prancing horse or raging bull on the hood.

GM needs to bring this car back!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd January, 2005

3rd Jan 2005, 08:14

95% of people stare in envy?

You really believe that?

26th Jan 2005, 18:15

Someone is a hater, must be a Mustang owner.

28th Jan 2005, 07:49

The WS6 is fast, but not especially rare, so why would the reviewer think that 95% of people who see it envy it?

Any fool with enough money could go out and buy one. Case in point.

2001 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am WS6 5.7 LS1 V8 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.7 LS1 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance51000 miles
Previous carCadillac DeVille

Summary:

Surprisingly reliable and nothing short of thrilling

Faults:

Brake rotors were resurfaced and turned multiple times by the dealer during the first 10,000 miles. I finally replaced the brakes with aftermarket components and have had no problems since.

Rear pinion seal replaced at 16,000 miles.

First tune-up required at 23,000 miles.

Factory battery replaced at 25,000 miles.

T-tops began to leak at 30,000 miles.

Driver's side fog lamp took in water and shorted out at 40,000 miles.

Exhaust manifold gasket replaced at 47,000 miles.

O2 sensor replaced at 50,000 miles.

Engine consumes about 1-1.5 quarts of oil between oil changes.

#1 cylinder piston slaps when engine is cold.

The engine emits a knock between 1,500 and 2,000 RPMs.

All exterior and interior lights flicker when engine is running. Dealer cannot trace problem.

Rear end grinds while making turns.

Air conditioner fan becomes inoperable after several hours of operation.

Remote deck lid release doesn't fully release the hatch on the first try.

General Comments:

Seems like a-lot of problems, but this has been a pretty reliable car nonetheless.

This car has made well beyond 50 passes on the local drag strip, as well as countless stop light battles. The automatic transmission continues to shift smoothly and the engine still purrs like a lion after 51,000 brutal miles. I am truly impressed with the overall durability and reliability of the drivetrain.

The 'leather' seats provide adequate comfort, but I feel that for the price... the materials could be of better quality. That applies to most of the interior as well. Heated and memory seating would have been welcomed, especially in the $30,000+ price range.

Fuel economy is acceptable for a 325 hp car that tips the scales at almost 3,500 lbs. I've gotten as much as 28 mpg on the highway. Unfortunately, the fuel tank is on the small side and mpg in the city is poor... especially for someone like me who tends to have a lead foot at times.

Ride quality is what one would expect in a car of this caliber. Jarring and unforgiving. Road noise intrudes the cabin as does squeaks and rattles here and there. Bottom line, this isn't a luxury car. If it is a quiet and supple ride you seek, search elsewhere!

Handling is crisp, courtesy of the steam roller sized tires. The car feels stable in the turns and is nimble for quick and effortless maneuvers... but not to the extreme of BMW territory. The suspension design is about as technologically advanced as a shopping cart, but it provides the Trans Am with what it needs to please the average driver. Looking for a superior auto-x vehicle? Search elsewhere.

Let's face it, these things move! Every time I step into the accelerator, I can't help, but have a big grin on my face. 0-60 comes in a brief 5.5 seconds (5.3 in cars equipped with the 6-speed manual) and a quarter mile is covered in less than 14 seconds at speeds above 100 mph. Passing in the left lane has never been so effortless, making highway travel a blast.

The car is just practical enough to be a decent daily commuter, save for the rather high fuel consumption in the city. However, tires can get pricey... and the performance Z-rated tires designed for this car have a very short life span. They are geared toward performance rather than longevity.

The level of comfort and reliability are much higher than people tend to believe, also contributing to their practicality. Automotive publications such as Consumer Reports do no justice for these cars. They ARE reliable, and so long as you don't mind the low seating position, higher than average road noise, stiff suspension settings and minor quirks as the result of poor quality control... they aren't that difficult to live with.

Looking for a 'modern' hot rod bargain? Look no further than the Trans Am.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th October, 2004

20th Oct 2004, 14:20

I recently purchased a used '01 T/A with ram air. Some of the problems that I have encountered are Transmission went out around 68500 miles had to replace it, costly, rear wheel bearings went out around 72500 miles, and a few light bulb/ turn signal bulb replacements here and there. Other than that this car is still a head turner even for an automatic with the ram air! This car still will get up an go when you need it to and as far as the open highway, before I replaced the bad left side catalytic converter, my fuel mileage went up not down! This car is one of the most aero dynamic cars I have had the pleasure of Driving. Its nice to see that when they created it they were definately thinking of the average Joe sports car! If I had to do it all over again!

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 18 reviews