'89 Turbo Trans Am

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    '89 Turbo Trans Am

    http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/cto/3281147750.html


    This one looks really good. Less than 700 miles. I'm thinking about taking a look at it. Price seems very good at $27,500.

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    Good price, great car.

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    Re: '89 Turbo Trans Am

    WOW! That's a beautiful car!
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    Re: '89 Turbo Trans Am

    3rd gen Firebirds are way up on the list of my all-time favorites, and the '89 TTA is the king of that line.

    This is really tempting.

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    Good price on a rare, low miles, 3rd gen.
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    Re: '89 Turbo Trans Am

    Boy would I love to have one of those...

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    Re: '89 Turbo Trans Am

    NICE find. GO FOR IT!!
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    Re: '89 Turbo Trans Am

    I dreamt of owning one of these when they came out, but munchkins precluded swapping my 84 for an 89, though I wish I had anyway .

    I thought it was brilliant of Pontiac to drop Buick's 3.8l Grand National engine into that car. It made it stupid fast.

    Although I'd be tempted I'm too old to be getting into a car that low to the ground. Nothing elegant or sexy about a middle-aged dude crawling out of a car.

    I'm hoping someone realizes how rare those cars are and snaps it up. 700 miles. Wow. If you're truly into it, and it checks out clean, go for it -- assuming you can get in and out of the car elegantly .
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    Re: '89 Turbo Trans Am

    Quote Originally Posted by zete View Post
    I dreamt of owning one of these when they came out, but munchkins precluded swapping my 84 for an 89, though I wish I had anyway .

    I thought it was brilliant of Pontiac to drop Buick's 3.8l Grand National engine into that car. It made it stupid fast.

    Although I'd be tempted I'm too old to be getting into a car that low to the ground. Nothing elegant or sexy about a middle-aged dude crawling out of a car.

    I'm hoping someone realizes how rare those cars are and snaps it up. 700 miles. Wow. If you're truly into it, and it checks out clean, go for it -- assuming you can get in and out of the car elegantly .
    I'm too old for it too, but I don't care. I try not to look too arthritic getting in an out of the Camaro, and this one is lower.

    The price has actually dropped from $29,500 to $27,500.

    I got an e-mail from him. He's the 3rd owner. It was originally one of two bought by a collector, who passed away. The collector's son wanted money more than the car and that's when the current owner acquired it. The current guy has a kid heading to college in the future and is looking to gather some money. He's driven the car a little and trailered it to a show in Ohio last year where it won 1st prize in the 3rd gen stock category. It hasn't been driven since he replaced the fuel pump last year.

    If I didn't have my Camaro, I'd buy it now. I'd need to clear that space in my garage.

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    Re: '89 Turbo Trans Am

    Quote Originally Posted by ksr View Post
    http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/cto/3281147750.html


    This one looks really good. Less than 700 miles. I'm thinking about taking a look at it. Price seems very good at $27,500.

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    Some free advice from someone who works in the classic car market (): If you can afford it, buy it! That's a great price on one of these with such low miles. The car, at the very least, warrants an in person examination. These Firebirds, along with almost all Ponchos, are gaining in value very rapidly, not to mention it being ultra-cool already. There are a few of these Anniversary T/A's with low, low miles. I've seen them sell in the mid-high $30k's... And that's with these later Turbo T/A's being relatively obscure. They came and went without really making a street reputation as many who purchased them put them in the garage and rarely drove them hard...

    With the original window sticker, owner's box (which should include pace car decals), and sun shades, combined with the mileage, this car is not only a good buy, but a great buy!

    Best wishes...

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    Re: '89 Turbo Trans Am

    It might be a great investment, even at this price. They are likely the fastest of the third-gens, and still reasonably quick by modern standards. My only pause would be that it would be a shame to drive it and add a lot of miles at this point. Yet, NOT driving a car like this is absolutely no fun! Are you interested in being the caretaker of what may become a valuable artifact of factory muscle? If not, you might be happier with a less-preserved version; you won't kill the value by actually enjoying it as it was designed to be enjoyed (i.e. full boost, foot-to-floor!).

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    Re: '89 Turbo Trans Am

    Quote Originally Posted by Tone View Post
    It might be a great investment, even at this price. They are likely the fastest of the third-gens, and still reasonably quick by modern standards. My only pause would be that it would be a shame to drive it and add a lot of miles at this point. Yet, NOT driving a car like this is absolutely no fun! Are you interested in being the caretaker of what may become a valuable artifact of factory muscle? If not, you might be happier with a less-preserved version; you won't kill the value by actually enjoying it as it was designed to be enjoyed (i.e. full boost, foot-to-floor!).
    Some of the old road tests ran 4.5 seconds 0-60, so really even more than reasonably quick by today's standards. Pontiac's official 250HP rating was pretty much laughed at by reviewers. The V-8 Trans Am in the last 3rd gens claimed about the same HP and were nowhere near as quick.

    If my two-car garage wasn't full, I'd buy this. Since it is, this a long shot. If I bought it, I'd probably put 3,000 miles or so a year on it. I couldn't resist. But I can see the point as an investment. In some places, perhaps outside of Pittsburgh, I think the seller could already do much better.

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    Re: '89 Turbo Trans Am

    Consensus is the car is worth the money, hands down. I agree.

    Probably all on the up and up. But I'd still be careful. I've seen too many scams on Craigslist. If I owned the car and wanted to get top dollar (to put a kid thru college) it almost surely will bring more thru Ebay or a top notch auction, even after fees.

    Best of luck to you.

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