Pontiac GTA Reviews

1987 Pontiac GTA Trans Am 5.0 TPI from North America

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 5.0 TPI Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired99000 miles
Most recent distance114000 miles
Previous carPontiac Firebird

Summary:

Good power, great handling and the best looking muscle car of the 1980's

Faults:

I bought my 1987 GTA Trans Am in New York when I flew back from a European tour of duty for the U.S. Government.

Like all 1980's GTA Trans Am's, they offer the rumble of a V-8 muscle car with the handling of a slot car.

The WS-6 suspension is legendary, with Road and Track giving the GTA best handling car of its era.

Like any 15 year old car, they require maintenance. I was racing a BMW 3 Series, and let off the gas at 128 MPH, and boom, the exhaust developed holes from the back pressure. I had the Pontiac dealer replace a fuel pump, and that is extent of my mechanical bills.

I don't drive the ole GTA much, but it is a joy to drive.

General Comments:

Clearly the GTA Trans AM is the best styled muscle car of the 1980's. Collectors have taken an interest in the GTA, but beware there are many fakes.

www.gtasourcepage.com is the best resource to learn about the Gran Turismo Americana (GTA).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th December, 2007

1989 Pontiac GTA WS6 V8 5.7L from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission V8 5.7L Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired155000 kilometres
Most recent distance156000 kilometres

Summary:

My first love

Faults:

When I first purchased the car (4000$), I had to replace the battery,2 rear tires, and change the brakes. However, I knew that would have to be done prior to the purchase.

Exterior has a chip on the spoiler, and the front bumper.

The engine was rebuilt at 148,000km by the previous owner, and the appearance, and the receipts proved it.

Transmission is still original!!! And runs very smooth.

Interior seats are in perfect condition, except the roof cover has 1 spot that sags, but it doesn't disturb me in any way.

Overall excellent condition, and the car was being sold because the guy needed the money.

General Comments:

This is a very solid car (tougher than rocks),and I bought it because of these very reviews. Maybe I'm not qualified to comment on this yet, but I believe this is an extremely reliable car, even though I only had it for 1000km. Power everything still works!! And the car is older than 18 years.

During my first test drive, we timed 0-60 in under 6 seconds and the only after market part is a dual exhaust system that makes the v8 sound like thunder!! That alone persuaded me into buying the car. The appearance and the sound of the car gathers much attention from walking pedestrians, and especially the police. One even pulled me over to compliment me on the car!! Another one pulled me over for no apparent reason, he probably thought I stole it!!

The reasons I bought the car are because it is beautiful, powerful, reliable, and ORIGINAL. I am only 22 and this is my first car, and it makes me very proud. I'm glad I didn't listen to those who tried to persuade me into a civic. I haven't been challenged yet on the road, but I feel pretty confident that whoever does, won't even be a challenge.

The negative thing of owning a sports car is the insurance rates (446 a month), gas, and a frequent exchange of tires, brakes. However, the sound of the engine replaces all that. It's simply amazing, and when driving I feel like I'm on top of the world. All my problems seem to disintegrate the very moment I start the car. I feel free, and feel like I could fly, and those are feelings that you cannot buy because they are priceless.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th September, 2007

1989 Pontiac GTA from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 miles
Most recent distance36300 miles

Summary:

Love it and will never sell it

Faults:

Catalytic Converter crapped out.

General Comments:

Car is in MINT condition and only has 36,000 Miles. It will last forever as my Uncle has a 200,000 Mile GTA that still runs great!

This being my first car I will never sell it. I love the comments I get on It!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd January, 2006

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 15 reviews