I have a 2001 T/A except mine is a automatic. Two summers ago I had howling in the rearend, (bearings I found out ). Upgraded to a 376 gear and that sure makes a difference in acceleration! Now I want to lower and upgrade shocks. Any suggestions anyone? These cars in great condition are getting hard to find... If you have one, take care of it, it's going to appreciate in value quickly!
Most perfect Firebird? Guess no one told Jay about the 89 Indy Pace Car Twentieth Anniversary. Bought mine new & it has 3100 miles. With the Buick GN GNX turbo 6 this bird flies & it doesn't automatically cut off ignition when you hit 105 either.
Nice car, but I think that styling just has not aged well, it looks dated and not in a good way. I'm surprised that Jay didn't know the designation and history of the WS6 package. First introduced on the 1978 Trans Am, the performance package included higher rate springs, specific shocks and final drive ratio, larger sway bars, 8" wide wheels and bigger tires. The WS6 doesn't acronym anything, it's just the GM code on the build sheet, like F41 (HD suspension) and Z71 (truck off-road package). I miss Pontiac, and their performance culture, but good-riddance to the body cladding and excessive scoops and swoops.
A very nice car. However, those seeking a performance bargain or everyday driver may want to consider a 1997 model with the LT1 engine, which made the same amount of torque as the 1998 LS1, but more than 1,000 rpm lower on the tach. Many road tests back in the day made mention that the newer engine (while far more modifiable today) had noticeably less low-rpm "punch" than the legacy small block engine.