1997 Pontiac Trans Am User Reviews

1997 Pontiac Trans Am Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 19 reviews

  • Performance: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
  • Appearance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Overall: 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

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PROS
"ride" 9 reviews
"power" 8 reviews
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"speed" 6 reviews
"handling" 4 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"expensive car" 2 reviews
"insurance" 2 reviews

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5

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Incredible power and handling. Reliable, never had any issues, 99k miles and everything is original in the car including the clutch. Gas mileage in the mid to low 20's consistantly. Love the low end torque. Love the exhaust note!

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Two passenger vehicle, the back seat is there just for the reduced insurance. Not easy to take a lot of stuff with you on a trip especially with the T-Tops stowed, but who cares? Seats are reclined even at their full forward possition, so long trips can get you a cramped neck.

Woolley
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Awesome Car That's Never Dissapointed — Love the power and handling of this vehicle. Never had a day's worth of problems in 7 years of ownership. All original in a hard to find WS-6 Ram Air package, which was a 30th anniversary edition in 1997 and a very limited production. Corvette motor, Trimec 6 speed manual with Hurst shifter standard. 18" alloy wheels, leather interior, T-Top roof which is incredible. Love the car, love to get it out on the road!

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

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Sassylass212 writes:
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Pros:  Handling and stand out appearance

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Cons: Gas mileage and out of production

Sassylass212
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A Fun And Sexy Car That's Well Worth The Money! — This car is F-U-N! She's an Arctic White 5.7 L-16V-V8, 4-sp automatic. Her sleek interior and exterior always turns heads. Having previously owned a 1977, the difference in handling is definitely noticeable. She handles corners as well as most of the high priced exotics, even with the stock suspension. She got all the power and torque of an old school muscle car, with most of the newer conveniences (i.e. power locks/windows, 4 wheel anti-lock disc brakes, roomier truck space w/custom T-top slots, on board chip that "learns" your driving style). One really nice feature that GM has stayed true to is rear-wheel drive (she can lay some serious rubber!). At just over 100K mileage, I haven't needed any major repairs, though I have found that some of the less common parts have been discontinued and are difficult to find. Tune-ups are a little inconvenient due to the placement of the plugs/distributor and her mpg are not for the "green-hearted", but then nobody buys a Pontiac with the environment in mind, do they? All in all, if you are a fan of the All American automobile, she's a dream car and unless they decide to bring the Trans Am back, she's part of the last generation of her kind. I don't see many like her anymore (less than 14,000 Trans Ams produced in 1997) and she's a guaranteed conversation piece wherever she goes.

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

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Ricky writes:
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good gas mileage, AWESOME BURNOUT'S

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NOTHING!!

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165 Mph Out Of The Box, No Complaint's!! — i like this car because it has an lt4 350 qand a 6 speed transmission, along with posi rear end, and it has t- tops, and air conditioning. lpus this car will go 165 mph in bone ass stok trim! once i install my turbo setup, it should go 200+...

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

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Richard writes:
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5

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I would have to say this car is unmistakeably dangerous, but if it wasn't, what's the damn point of owning a sports car?
Btw, I love how this site refers to it as "spirited" driving

Cons

Gas mileage, and cost of standard maintenance.
This is a car that you cannot service at home.
Rides too low to go on ramps or sturdy jacks, and the engine bay is tight. If you do manage to get under it all you can do is an oil change. The engine barely fits in the space provided so changing your own plugs is pretty much out of the picture. The car is a unibody, so if you get into an accident chances are it's beyond repair. And parts are NOT cheap unless your comparing to an Lambo.

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Beauty And Beast All In One Package. Truly A One-of-a-kind Driving Experience — Granted I have a WS.6 version with rims from an '02, but this car drives like no other. It responds VERY quickly. The absoulte LAST car you wanna drive in the snow, or a drenched road. On good weather conditions, with the T-tops out, it is amazingly fun to drive. The car is very good about abuse as well. I'm a Fireman/EMT, so I have to start it up and haul something serious at a moments notice, and it responds as if it had been warmed up and ready long before the call went out. I will more than happily admit my feeling of utter satifaction when an import rev's its motor only for me to either; scare it off with just a single rev, or to put it in its place in a drag race. Out of all the cars I have driven/owned, I'll never get rid of this car.

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

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Kevin writes:
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power

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its a boat

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Fun — very fun to drive i hat filling this out because it is very annying they shoudl take this off because it is just a waste of my time please car iq take this off now... tis very un important for us

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

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Andras writes:
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Menacing looks with the power to back it up!!!

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Maybe the gas milage but to me its worth every penny

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Sleek, Fun, Fast, And A Sure Way For Your Insurance Premiums To Go Up — one word to describe a Trans Am, TOY!!!! unless you have a base model v6, dont expect Prius gas milage, if you take it easy with a stock v8 u can manage but only recommend if you have the means for gas. Otherwise fun car for serious enthusiats, ample front legroom, except passenger footwell has hump that takes up some legroom but bareable. Overall an awsome looker that lets its presence know on the road. Overall a very solid car, have driven one cross country twice and never let me down, however i would not recommend having passengers in the back for extended trips unless they are little kids. in all reallity, this is a late model muscle car thats sole purpose is power and speed, so watch out for them Smokeys!!

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

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Ben writes:
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Looks awesome, full of power, sounds tough.

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I hate that I can't drive it in winter time.

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I Wish They Never Stopped Making Them. — This car is absolutely amazing. It handles like a dream and has a ton of power to show off. The gas mileage is pretty good for a V8 and i'm never disappointed with it. Get ready to be thrown back in your seat.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Matthew writes:
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Fast and Fun

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None

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One Of The Best Cars I've Owned — Loved it, probably the best styling of the fourth generation F-Body. I miss it to this day, if it only had an LS1 I probably wouldn't have sold it. Oh well, I have the Z28 now so no more tears for this car!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Blake writes:
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Fast true muscle car

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i want a 572

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Trans Am — Trans am has 450 to the wheels, corvette trans, Locking rear, Performance shell beat down an GT 350 any day all day long. Stroker going on soon. Hauling ass with the top down topping out at bout 190 is a beautiful thing.

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herokid672 writes:
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Looks, speed, t-tops

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Reliability, insurance.

herokid672
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Good Starter Car — Great starter car for someone getting into the performance side of cars. Not too powerful but still makes you smile. Very beautiful looking car, but I wish the interior was made of nicer materials and was bigger inside. I have put about 1k in this car in maintenance and it needs nothing else to run.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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