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Common issues? Complaints? What's your review?

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    Common issues? Complaints? What's your review?

    Hey everyone. I'm looking at possibly buying an ls1 Camaro or firebird. I'm wanting to know what you guys don't like and do like about your cars. Give me a quick review.
    Also are they really that bad during the winter? I live in Indiana so we can get a bad winter one year, then barely any snow another.

    I currently drive a stage 2 6spd Jetta GLI sand my first car was a supercharged Grand Prix... Just for reference.

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    I daily drove mine for years including through a few snow storms and down here that includes alot of ice usually. Stock they are fine just be careful and watch everyone you. Otherwise rear ends blow easily even in stock form. Leather wears quickly especially on drivers side seat. Fog lamps especially on trans ams burn out quickly or water gets in housings. Sail panels bubble from defect in the glue they used to put the panel on. Lighter colors tend to have less issues with it. They are not that comfortable compared to the newer platforms under camaros. Plus they look kind of cheap on inside like most GM cars of that era. T-tops develop leaks.

    Things I like. The TA looks awesome even after this many years. Unfortunately I dont feel the camaro catfish look aged as well. They aren't that expensive to modify especially compared to newer camaros and most mustangs. A well maintained f bod gets a lot of compliments now especially from people who know what they are looking at. Unfortunately our cars have hit the age where a lot them have been beaten and abused. They respond well to mods and they can be lighter compared to more modern muscle cars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raynor139 View Post
    I daily drove mine for years including through a few snow storms and down here that includes alot of ice usually. Stock they are fine just be careful and watch everyone you. Otherwise rear ends blow easily even in stock form. Leather wears quickly especially on drivers side seat. Fog lamps especially on trans ams burn out quickly or water gets in housings. Sail panels bubble from defect in the glue they used to put the panel on. Lighter colors tend to have less issues with it. They are not that comfortable compared to the newer platforms under camaros. Plus they look kind of cheap on inside like most GM cars of that era. T-tops develop leaks.

    Things I like. The TA looks awesome even after this many years. Unfortunately I dont feel the camaro catfish look aged as well. They aren't that expensive to modify especially compared to newer camaros and most mustangs. A well maintained f bod gets a lot of compliments now especially from people who know what they are looking at. Unfortunately our cars have hit the age where a lot them have been beaten and abused. They respond well to mods and they can be lighter compared to more modern muscle cars.
    Awesome. Thanks for being detailed! Until I finish school in a couple months I plan on just tackling immediate issues and common failures.
    As far as the quality and looks. Yeah I've owned an 01 Grand Prix I'm okay with cheap interiors.
    As far as rear end goes: I read that the 01 and newer have an LSD, do those hold up better?

    Thanks for the response. I did a quick search and couldn't find much on this topic. At least not in one specific post

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    Just went through the exact same process. Best advice, go test drive several cars and talk to the owners about maintenance get receipts and check the car over very well. Remember at 20 years old common issues like power window motors and door locks can add up quickly on your maintenance bills.
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    Thanks for the heads up guys

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    Not a chance in hell I would winter drive an F-body... but it has been done.

    Check out this thread: Guide to Buying a Fbody

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    Really? Luckily I'm not in a hurry maybe I'll wait if I buy one

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    Rear wheel drive, tons of torque, and wider than wide stock size tires. Not a great combination for winter driving imo.

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    Yeah jeffs winters vs mine are totally different to drive in. Now that i have multiple cars like Jeff I would never do it again. But if I had to down here it's possible.

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    Yeah I'm in Indiana so it's hit or miss. If I have to I'll look for a ZL1 and get winter tires but I don't have to yet lol

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    I was able to fit low profile tire cables on the rear of my 2000 SS with 285s when the wether got really nasty. I made it through 2 winters in Montana before I got my STI. I only remember having to walk home once after getting stuck and abandoning the car on the side of the road.

    In 50,000 miles of ownership from new I did the following:
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    It was a fun car but shit quality. I put 50,000 miles on an STI after I got rid of the SS with 0 problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    Rear wheel drive, tons of torque, and wider than wide stock size tires. Not a great combination for winter driving imo.
    Been driving F-body’s through winters since 1995, last 4 with narrower (@245/45/17) snow tires. The biggest problem is when:

    A) the snow at the bottom has become ice
    B) the snow has the consistency of sand

    I wish Maryland would let me use studs but I also wish the state would recognize the 2nd Amendment, so I must just wish for crazy things.

    As far as complaints; good condition trim parts are getting hard to find, and expensive (come on repel guys, time to give 98-02’s some love), could use a gallon or two larger fuel tank, a smidge larger trunk (knowhere nearly as bad as the new Camaro’s and Mustangs though), and three inches longer in length back seat room.

    I am still trying to figure out why the 4th gens weren’t designed with true dual exhaust in mind. Coulda used a 12 bolt from the get go, or at least an 8.5 rear.

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    Probably a combo of space limitation and the almighty dollar consideration. That's why God made electric cutouts.

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    I live in IN and commute 65 miles each way every day. I owned f-bodies for years but then had not for about a decade. I went out last year to buy a brand new mpg lil shitbox and instead bought myself a 2001 TA. I drive it year round. In Fact it had 71K and in the past year I now have it up over 100K miles. I bought it to enjoy not sit around. If I am going to put that kinda mileage in a car, I want it to put a smile on my face and these cars do that. I have driven my 97 TA year round as well and knew exactly what I was getting into. With a decent brain and some snow tires they really are not bad to drive in the IN winters at all. I have in 3 winters of winter f-body commutes had about 4 or 5 days I drove truck cause I had to. Deep snow or icy, but for day to day the TA is the go to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    Probably a combo of space limitation and the almighty dollar consideration. That's why God made electric cutouts.
    I know my neighbors at 7 in the morning wish to God they hadn't made them.

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