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    Re: 2002 35th Anniversary Edition Camaro SS and Trans Am | Retro Review

    I had a chance to get a pristine 2002 35th TA back in 2005, I balked at the asking price, and ended up getting a new Nissan Maxima instead....dumbest freaking car decision I made in my entire life.
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    I had a '98 Trans Am convertible, first year of the final Firebird refresh. Fun, powerful car. 305 HP sounds like nothing today, but that car could fly. It was fast even by today's standards. I think C&D had the top speed tested at 162 mph, with 0-6 in 5.0 seconds. Pontiac actually included a print of this review when you requested a brochure.

    I didn't have the Ram Air version. To me, the few extra horsepower wasn't worth those hideous nostrils that came with the special hood for that version.

    I actually wish I had gotten the hardtop or t-top. The convertible was great in warm weather, hell to drive with the top up. Massive blind spots with the top up, to the point where at certain angle when merging on to a highway, you had to stick you head out the window because even the mirrors didn't help. The nearly blind lane changes took a lot of fun out of the car. I only kept it for 3.5 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ksr View Post
    I had a '98 Trans Am convertible, first year of the final Firebird refresh. Fun, powerful car. 305 HP sounds like nothing today, but that car could fly. It was fast even by today's standards. I think C&D had the top speed tested at 162 mph, with 0-6 in 5.0 seconds. Pontiac actually included a print of this review when you requested a brochure.

    I didn't have the Ram Air version. To me, the few extra horsepower wasn't worth those hideous nostrils that came with the special hood for that version.

    I actually wish I had gotten the hardtop or t-top. The convertible was great in warm weather, hell to drive with the top up. Massive blind spots with the top up, to the point where at certain angle when merging on to a highway, you had to stick you head out the window because even the mirrors didn't help. The nearly blind lane changes took a lot of fun out of the car. I only kept it for 3.5 years.
    You're buggin....I absolutley loved the double nostrils, the commercial where it ate the "Lamborghini" at the stoplight was one of my favorite car commercials ever, 2nd only to the "Nissan pigeons" ad. Keep in mind I was only 17 when the 98s came out but to this day, I keep a soft spot for the WS6.
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    Re: 2002 35th Anniversary Edition Camaro SS and Trans Am | Retro Review

    They were rated at 305 but were really making 350-360, in 34-3500lbs (considered portly back then) it's a pretty good power/weight ratio.

    I bought my '01 new and by then it was hard not to find a WS6 car - pretty sure WS6 production totals were actually higher that year than T/A and Formula totals. Mine was the only one of about 8 on the lot that wasn't a WS6 or Firehawk, and I didn't want to pay the $3K+ premium for basically a hood and wheels (the ram air cars essentially dyno'd the same as the regular LS1s). Ended up with an NHRA Edition, which was pretty rare (1 of 143 in '01).

    As impressive as a low 13 stock 1/4 was 18 years ago, moreso might've been the 28mpg one could pull down on the highway.
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    You're buggin....I absolutley loved the double nostrils, the commercial where it ate the "Lamborghini" at the stoplight was one of my favorite car commercials ever, 2nd only to the "Nissan pigeons" ad. Keep in mind I was only 17 when the 98s came out but to this day, I keep a soft spot for the WS6.
    I thought that hood was just a mess. But I was 34 when I got mine. Maybe If I was 17, I'd have thought that was cool. To me, it ruined the look of the car.
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    Re: 2002 35th Anniversary Edition Camaro SS and Trans Am | Retro Review

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    I thought that hood was just a mess. But I was 34 when I got mine. Maybe If I was 17, I'd have thought that was cool. To me, it ruined the look of the car.
    Hell I'm 38 now and I still think its cool, but you know what they say..."different strokes for different folks"
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    Sad part about this is the lack of love for the Catfish Camaro SS
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    Re: 2002 35th Anniversary Edition Camaro SS and Trans Am | Retro Review

    I've always been a bit more conservative when it comes to stuff like this. I liked the standard hood. Even with that, it was still a rather expressive car.

    I thought the '98 refresh really hurt the Camaro. 1993-97 was one of the few times that I actually preferred the Camaro to the Firebird. I didn't think the Firebird front end clip was quite right in those years, and I liked the small, recessed headlights on the Camaro.
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    Re: 2002 35th Anniversary Edition Camaro SS and Trans Am | Retro Review

    Quote Originally Posted by ksr View Post
    I thought the '98 refresh really hurt the Camaro. 1993-97 was one of the few times that I actually preferred the Camaro to the Firebird. I didn't think the Firebird front end clip was quite right in those years, and I liked the small, recessed headlights on the Camaro.
    100% agree, the 93-97 Firebird nose was too pointy IMO and the added ram air hood looked awkward
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