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2000 or 2001 Trans Am, which should I buy?

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    2000 or 2001 Trans Am, which should I buy?

    Whats up everyone, well Im looking to get a TA and have narrowed my choices here between 2 TA's that are foir sale in my area.

    1. 2000 TA (base) with about 59K miles, manual non ram air listed at about $13,000.

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    2. 2001 TA (base) with about 62,500 milea, manual with the ram-air hood at $15,000 (but im sure i can get the price lowered)

    (both black and no mention of performance upgrades for both)

    Im gonna do a carfax on both and have looked at the differences in years on a posted list. Right now Im leaning towards the 2001 but if for some reason, they are set on that price, I may have to consider the 2000. Im alittle undecided. Any help is appreciated, thanks.

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    Depending on how much you can talk them down I'd say the 01. But thats just my preference.
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    From strictly a performance standpoint I'd go for the 01 because of the LS6 intake, no EGR and the Ram Air hood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 67CamaroRSSS View Post
    From strictly a performance standpoint I'd go for the 01 because of the LS6 intake, no EGR and the Ram Air hood.
    agreed but prices on both of those cars seem pretty high. you could have a decent mileage WS6 at those prices
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    if the '01 has a ram air hood, its proly a ws6. did it have the wing spoiler on the hatch? if you can talk the '01 down to 13k, id get that one ;P like the other dude said, ls6 intake, no egr, and a ram air hood, all plus's...
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    Quote Originally Posted by godless-phoenix View Post
    if the '01 has a ram air hood, its proly a ws6. did it have the wing spoiler on the hatch? if you can talk the '01 down to 13k, id get that one ;P like the other dude said, ls6 intake, no egr, and a ram air hood, all plus's...
    there a ton's of T/As out there that are not WS6s with the Ram Air Hood and spoiler

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    I have to agree I have a ram air hood on my car no WS6 badges but most people never even notice. I would say the 01 for the better looking hood and LS6 intake. At the same time a LS6 intake is only like $300 and you could always get a ram air hood later.
    I know where I live in Houston For around the $15-$16k range you can get a similar mileage C5 Vette. Price seems a littler high on both but if the carfax is clear on both and they won't come down from $15 I would try to work a deal on the 2000.

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    I would go with the 01 for performance reason such as 67camarorsss stated!!!

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    not to much difference but for those prices i would do a car with alot less miles.And for the love of god do an experian check not that stupid carfox crap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplebat66 View Post
    not to much difference but for those prices i would do a car with alot less miles.And for the love of god do an experian check not that stupid carfox crap.
    3k isnt really going to make much of a difference anyway, plus would you take 3k over the intake, no egr, plus it being a ws6 instead of a regular trans am just my opinion.

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    '01.

    Has the better intake, and no EGR, looks better under the hood.

    And, if you have a raised airbox (more than a finger under the inlet, it's a ram air airbox someone put on to match the hood. The raised airbox is about 2'' tall for the air inlet, vs. 1'' for the standard (and all Camaros) airbox).

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    buy the 2001. the reason being is that they put a small truck cam in that year. its whats in my 2001 ss and id fly past all the other ss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eganslp View Post
    buy the 2001. the reason being is that they put a small truck cam in that year. its whats in my 2001 ss and id fly past all the other ss.

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    lol what last time I checked the specs on the different cams they were only slightly different between the years and what do you mean a small truck cam is their a medium and big truck cam also lol?

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    Neither.


    Both are fairly overpriced.

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    http://www.smokemup.com/tech/ls1.php Sorry this is actually a better source it shows the differences between the years!!!

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    Both.

    And let me have the 2001.

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    Great Info guys, appreciate the input. I am leaning towards the 2001 and will try to have a price drop, I currently have a white 2002 A4 TA, but now looking for a manual trans. Im either planning on selling my current TA. I'm meeting the dealership this coming Monday, I know I will not go over $13K for it. I will keep you guys posted. And if I do see a WS.6 or Firehawk for the right price, I'll consider it as well. Thanks again everyone, helpful info.

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    WS6 and all is ok but if you find a real Firehawk for a.good deal that is far more.rare of a find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Luos View Post
    Neither.


    Both are fairly overpriced.
    I agree.

    Even in mint condish, I don't think my 01 WS6 with 70K is worth 15k. That would be nice, but realistically, 13 at best.

    But, if I had to choose, talk the 00 down to 10K and get that one. Use saved cash for ls6, or fast, and long tubes and !egr.

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