1988 Pontiac Trans Am User Reviews

1988 Pontiac Trans Am Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 15 reviews

  • Performance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 9 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"speed" 3 reviews
"style" 3 reviews
"beautiful car" 2 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"expensive car" 2 reviews
"interior" 2 reviews

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5

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Great styling and performance and it has stood the test of time.  Very solid powertrain with reasonable maintenance costs.  Outstanding handling and the best exhaust note of any car I have owned.

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Cheap plastic in the interior and some squeaks and rattles.

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A Classic American Performance Car. — I sold a pristine BMW convertible for this car with no regrets. Of the 20 plus cars I have owned, the GTA is my favorite. An imperfect automobile that has enough character to outshine any flaws. No complaints-buy them why you can still find them. It took me over two years to find a clean low mileage GTA for under $10k.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Tug writes:
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flat out fun to drive

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gas mileage lol

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T-tops Off Rollin — really enjoy driving this car everytime im in it... its an attention getter to say the least.. great looks and great performance even more so when i get new engine in it... will be much better after more power and performance

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Bethany writes:
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Fun, quick, responsive.

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GM interior quality loses again.

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Worth The Investment To Save! — She responds to mods well, but runs out of breath too soon as does any TPI. Interior has some creakiness improved with subframe connectors. Suspension is a blast just with stock. Body looks great! Gas mileage is decent for the V8.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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David writes:
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Powerful future classic american muscle

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no real reason-gas mileage maybe and small rear seats very low to ground but all those things don't matter when you get behind the wheel.

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Great Car I Love It, Powerful Full Of Options And Comfortable... In The Front. — 5.7 Litre Tuned Port Injection 350 V8 With MSD Ignition Timing Control - T/A GTA Notchback-718 Made and they were only made that year 350 V8 5.7 litres of Detroit Muscle- The Notchback ismade of fiberglass-Digital Gauges- 120,000 miles-Its Automatic but it will do-This car is Fun to drive everyone stares and they can hear me before they see me=Loud. 12-15 MPG at best but i dont care- It has Mcpherson Shocks Stock from the factory

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Kurt writes:
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power

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nothing its a muscle car

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Pure Muscle — This is an oustanding example of a pure muscle car from the late 80's. Outstanding acceleration, cool styling, easy to work on, and owns mustangs. Pontiac should never have stopped making the Trans Am or gone out of business at all.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Bernard writes:
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Its fast and easy to make faster

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every one Has one or a Z28

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It Might Be A Little Loud — Performance - L98 5.7 L pulls hard but could always use more power Ported Aluminum High Flow intake - Larger throttle body NOS capable.NoNOS High Flow Headers - Flowmaster - 255/45/R16s High Flow High volume Fuel pump - MSD Ignition & wires Ported Aluminum Heads 8th mile 8.3 sec. Still working

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Kody writes:
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fun and a head turner

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moderately expensive to own

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The American Dream — I love my Trans Am GTA. The professional suspension package handles like a dream! Acceleration and cornering abilities are superb! Gas mileage is about 20 mpg but real Americans don't care about that! This car is super fun to drive and turns a lot of heads because they know you are a serious car guy!

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Kevin writes:
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FAst and Pretty

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EXPENSIVE TO FIX

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Gta Trans Am — This is not just a trans am this is a 1988 GTA trans am. I owned for 1 year now, the best summer car i ever had, very fast comparable to a corvette can race any new or old car in the gm or pontiac or asian line up. Very fast the ladies love it but its a hard find

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Chad1381 writes:
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Lots and Lots

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It was haunted - it made me a bad bad boy.

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Italian Red, Gold Rims, Can We Say Gino ? — I sold the '85 305 Trans Am for this automatic '88 350 V8 GTA. Once again - way ahead of its time. This dash display was like you were piloting the Starship Enterprise. Oh I had a lot of fun in this car too. T-tops as well. I bought this Trans Am because I thought they looked BETTER than the Corvettes of the same era. I just wish I had of had manual instead of auto. I got into a lot of trouble with this car. Cant explain here. I miss the Gold rims - this certified my Gino status.

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Adam writes:
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Great style, Amazing durrability

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Lack of power out of the 305 based engines

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1988 Transam — 1988 was a bad year for the firebird/transam. 305 TBI should have never been used in this car. 170hp at the crank 129 at the wheels is nothing to be boasting about. If it wasn't for the style of this car for the time then chances are it wouldn't have done so well.

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1999 Pontiac Trans Am Reviews

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1998 Pontiac Trans Am Reviews

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