2002 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am WS6 from North America - Comments

14th Dec 2009, 11:35

They produced 2000 of the Yellow Collectors Edition WS-6 in 2002. There should be a dash placard or something similar inside your car to tell you the individual number on yours.

20th Jan 2010, 01:35

Got a 2000 t/a 6 speed t-tops, love the car. I bought the car with 20k and now it has 35k.

I have had no problems with my lights. However my drivers a-pillar squeaks. I've tightened the phillips head screw where the t-top pin goes in about a half a dozen times, but it still comes loose enough to make noise. I also have the typical door panel crack on both doors. My driver's sunvisor fell on my lap while driving too.

I have never raced, nor even spun tire in this car since I've owned it. It sits in a heated garage.

The only problem I have not been able to figure out though, and it has gotten progressively worse, is that if I get on it a little, the car seems like it loses all power somewhere between 2600-2900 rpm. Has any had this problem?

The car is completely original. I tried changing the fuel filter. I used an AC Delco filter with the same part #, but that didn't seem to help.

The car is in the garage for the winter, but I would like to fix it this year.

19th Apr 2010, 14:32

My mom has a 2002 Trans Am WS6 with 6000 miles on it... still smells new, but the service engine light has come on. I was wondering if there was just a sensitive sensor or something that triggered this where it is an easy fix? Any help would be AWESOME!

22nd Oct 2010, 15:05

I, too have a 2002 Collector's Edition. They made just under 2,000 of these... approximately half and half on convertibles and hard tops... same on 6 speeds and autos. Mine is a convertible automatic.

The issue with the front turn signals that most of you are experiencing is most likely from corrosion in the sockets. I imagine that if you look hard enough, you'll either see a hairline crack in the lens that allows water to enter, or you've gotten water inside from the underside... such as from a car wash or even a puddle splash. Once corrosion begins you'll experience bulbs going out, increasingly shortened life each time, until you have no choice but to replace the socket. Rather than going to GM and spending $59 for this, you may opt to go to Autozone and get part number#85881 Turn and Stop Socket with ground. Under $10. Feel free to drop me an email at AlterEgoBand@TheHomeOfClassicRock.com and let me know how it turns out!

27th Oct 2010, 11:40

I have a 2002 WS6 Transam 6spd just hit 70k miles. Wow, I am amazed all of my problems are listed on here as common ones, so I guess I can't be too worried.

I also have the common front blinker problem; it kept going out, and the socket was corroded so I had to replace the whole pig tail end.

My T tops are also noisy; they rattle when I'm on bumpy roads, and my engine also has the ticking noise, and my door panels both are cracked at the top.

I have not had any noises/problems with my rear end though, so that's good.

One thing I hate is the second gear lockout, which only allows you to shift into 2nd gear at higher rpm. It sucks when you're just trying to drive the car casually.

Otherwise, great car; looks mean, love the ram air hood, and she flies; haven't been beat yet.

3rd Nov 2010, 00:23

I have a 2001 WS6 with 25,000 miles. I'm the second owner and so far I haven't had any problems with the lights or T-Top noise.

I have heard a ticking sound in the engine, but goes away when I drive it. It sounds low in the engine so I don't think it's a lifter. One day I will figure it out and fix it.

I'm an old guy who bought the car as a toy, but fell in love with driving it. Too bad they don't make them anymore.

31st Dec 2010, 14:48

I have the 2002 Collector Edition Trans Am. Automatic, convertible.

In 2008 I had to replace the driver's side window motor and both front headlight gear/motor. Covered by GM under the extended warranty I purchased.

Last month, I noticed some oil seepage around the rear differential. I took it in to the dealer last week, and had the pinion gear seal replaced, solved the issue. The car has 52k miles right now.

Yesterday, the driver front blinker went out. First time I encountered this issue.

I've had those cracks on the plastic door trim for as long as I can remember, I think by now everyone has them.

That about wraps all the issues I've had with the car, which in my opinion are not much for an 8+ year old car. I've always maintained it well, and always serviced it at a GM dealer.

1st Jan 2011, 12:07

Yep, just wait until something snaps and the engine is toast, and you'll figure it out. I love this type of thinking. If it isn't sounding right, then it isn't right! If you have $thousands laying around to put into a new engine, then go on and keep driving it. If not, I would get it checked out immediately... just in case.

27th Jan 2011, 08:52

I got an 02 with 21,000 miles 5 months ago and now have 25,000 miles on it.

No problems with cracks, or bulbs, but the last owner put Eibach Sportlines springs on and they are WAY too soft, causing the car to bottom out.

Oh, mine is an 02 WS6 6 speed with t tops.

15th Feb 2011, 21:53

I'm 17 years old. I wanted a Trans Am WS6 for my first car. My dad didn't want me to get that much power for my first car, so I got a V6 Firebird with 101k miles on it.

Then no later than a year, I got my baby, a metallic navy blue 6 speed Trans Am WS6 with ram air T Tops, and only 57,000 miles on it when I bought the car; now it has 62,000.

I love my car to death, would not trade it for a Mustang or any other car, except maybe an early 60's Trans Am. The 325 hp is underrated, it's a very fast car and easy to speed in. The gas pedal is very touchy, which I love.

There are some problems, but anything that has four wheels and an engine is going to need work done eventually.

I just replaced my driver's side window not too long ago, and the passenger side is about to go out.

The rear suspension is not that great on the F bodies; was not on my Firebird, and not on the Trans Am. The rear squeaks a lot and bottoms out if people are in the back, but even though it has four seats, it is not a four seat car.

My rear axle need some work on it. Of course if you plan to race on the drag strip in this car, you're going to have to buy a stronger rear end.

But on the other hand, the Trans Am is a great car, love it to death, and always gets heads turning when you drive by. Good choice, I love this car hands down.