29th Aug 2001, 13:07
On my 1998 Firebird Trans Am WS6 Ram Air I have no problems with it, but like other people have said I do have problems speeding in this car. I felt mine was made to perfection and couldn't be better.
27th Apr 2003, 08:31
I own a 1998 Firebird Coupe I bought it used with 62 thousand miles. The previous owner took very good care of it; I Iove it. I too have a problem with speeding, that's why I chose to get the V6, I can't afford any more tickets. I love the 1998 body style. Mine is white with the T-bar roof, it runs great. I also have some rattles, I only hear them when the radio is turned off or on low volume, otherwise, the radio is always booing so I can't hear any rattles.
We should all keep in mind, just like with people, there is good and bad in every race; there are good and bad in every car -make & model
27th Apr 2003, 15:55
OK, why complain about rattles? You might as well complain about the noise from the tight suspension or the noise from the loud ass exhaust. You don't buy Trans Am's for serenity... you buy them for power. And ya, your gonna get speeding tickets.. but if you can afford to fuel these things on a daily basis you can afford the tickets.
I've owned a 95 convertable for about a year now which rattles to hell, but who gives a damn. I spend 2-300 or more Canadian a month on gas. I've shelled out over 300 hundred in tickets in the past 10 months.
But hitting the 60 mile mark in 5.5 seconds with the top down makes it all worth it.
26th Jun 2003, 11:58
I own a beautiful 1998 Firebird. She's beautiful (sport gold) and I love her. However; I have experienced some problems. I am a paralegal for a Lemon Law attorney so I am used to diagnosing problems and knowing when something isn't right. The first problem I had was back in 1999 when my #3 plug and wire kept burning and it wasn't running on all cylinders. Got that fixed after a year or so of trying. Then came the things like 2 headlight motors (until my husband (the machinist) had one built out of metal -CURE!My problem for the past 6 months has been a loud tapping noise when I start the car which last until it gets warm. It sounds like a lifter sticking. My mechanic has tried to remedy it several times and we have to resort to running treatments in the oil. It solves the problem for a while, but within 2000 miles I have to do it again. I drive almost 60 miles a day (highway). I am changing my oil and adding the treatment once a month. I love my car and can't even think about getting a new one. Nothing would make me as happy. Any advise???
1st Jul 2003, 18:31
I have a 98 Firebird as well, she has treated me better than I probably have her. Until recently I had no major problems, besides the head lights of course. In the last 6 month she started to develop vibration and noise while running the AC. Multiple visits to the shop determined that the initial noise was the tensioner. And it was always worse when it was just started. The shop told me that it was not the heat of the engine, but the 2 stage alternator that made the noise worse in the beginning of the ride. However the A/C is still giving me noise and you can see the tensioner vibrate quite a bit when the AC is running. I started seeing voltage drops as well, spent chunk of change on a NEW alternator, with just having the voltage drop down to zero today again (while driving). We are going back to the shop tomorrow. I have the feeling it was the AC compressor seizing up from the start and just causing the tensioner to wear out and the alternator to vary. Not money I wanted to spent, but I can't by a new one anymore!
5th Oct 2003, 17:27
I to have a 1998 Pontiac Trans Am. I race this car and have done many modifications to both the motor and suspension. To date, the car has NEVER broken down. As others have said as well, you buy these cars for performance not for quiet and serene rides. I would recommend this car to anyone who wants true muscle car performance and looks, but without a ton of mechanical failures of which this car has not had.
7th Oct 2003, 20:24
I have had my 1998 Firebird W68 for about 6 months now. I've never owned a car that has made me more proud than this one. It makes me rage with excitement every morning I go out to fire it up! Sure it's a V6, but it's looks can scare the crap out of anyone that sees it in their rear-view mirror! My Firebird is perfect because it can pass the fuel stations and it's got some muscle backing it up when it comes to proving itself. It's what I call the poor man's Corvette! I have no complaints about this intimidating, beautiful and economical machine.
25th Sep 2004, 21:42
I have a 1999 firebird how much does it cost to replace both headlight motors? I'm in florida?
31st Dec 2007, 04:46
I have owned a 1983 Firebird, a 1987 T/A, a 1996 WS-6 T/A, a 1998 Firebird coupe, and now have a 1993 Firebird Formula. The first two I was very mean to so they didn't last long. The next three have been incredible cars.
The WS-6 is the meanest stock car I've ever had the pleasure of doing business with; it blew the doors off a "tricked-out" Mustang 5.0 and wasted 2 Corvettes. This car, even the V6 models, is one to hang on to. I have close to 200,000 miles on my Formula and it will still slam me back in the seat when I nail it. Yeah, it rattles a little. So what!