1988 Pontiac GTA 350/ 5.7 Liter from North America
Bad @SS Knight Rider
Although I have only had the car two months I did have to replace the exhaust. This was expected considering it was still the original.
The doors tend to freeze quite easily. Also, the power lock doesn't always work for the passenger side.
The seat was worn badly on the drivers side from getting in and out, but was fairly cheap to fix.
The windows also have a little leak, but nothing to worry about. It just barely drips.
I would never want any other car as my first. The look on peoples faces when you roll by is just unbelievable. The car runs just like it looks smooth and bad to the bone. The cornering is unbelievable and the acceleration is great for a car of it's size. The thing has balls and I don't think a lot of people can believe it. It's funny to see their disgust when they're left in the dust. The best car of the 80's.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th December, 2003
11th Jan 2006, 09:21
I was the proud owner of the first 1988 GTA delivered in South Florida in September 1987. I test drove the 1987 version and I was sold on the thing. It was jet black with camel interior. I wanted the convertible, but at the time they did not offer the 5.7 liter engine on convertibles. I kept it for 4 years until I had to get rid of it because of poor handling (actually no handling) in the snow. Those very wide tires that keep you on the road while driving at speeds above 100mph, are the same that make you hydroplane in the snow or heavy rain. I have no complains about this car. I used to have Mustangs for dessert and Camaros as appetizer. I locked horns more than once with a Vette or two and I was able to hold my own. The car looked fast even when it was parked, I loved it. The down side of that is that 90% of the time you will have a police car in your rear view mirror and they will follow you for ever. Maybe it seemed that way to me, but all in all it was a great fun car. Come to think of it there was one down side. That was with the black paint they used on that year. It oxidized something awful. After three years I had to have the hood and top refinished because of very bad oxidizing. The handling, the performance... it was a dream car. By the way don’t even dream about doing a standard wheel rotation... IT CANNOT BE DONE.