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Monday, September 25, 2017
  1989 Pontiac Trans Am GTA
 
 


I purchased this car in the late summer of 1999 from the 3rd owner. It had just over 70000 kms on the odometer, original paint and all original mechanically. It was just the way I’d have ordered it from the dealer, white exterior, grey interior, t-tops and the 5.7 liter engine.

I drove it home in the pouring rain with my then girlfriend (now wife) and tucked it away in a garage I had just rented. The next day I took it for a wash and a drive and finally got a chance to feel the awesome torque the 5.7 TPI possessed, at least that’s what I’d read I’d feel.

The car felt good, handled and braked amazingly, but frankly the power simply wasn’t there. Now let me qualify that statement. I purchased this GTA after selling my 1978 Trans Am with a slightly modified 455. Now that car had torque and serious power. It was my daily driver for many years and spent its weekends at the track where I ran consistent 12.8s with the 3.73:1 gears and dropped to 13.2s with the 3.23:1 gears. So coming from a car with an estimated 450 ft/lbs of torque to a modest 325 ft/lbs was noticeable.

That year I simply drove the car as is. I did a regular tune up and enjoyed the open air feeling that t-tops provided me. I was happy to finally have t-tops; one of the main reasons for selling the 1978 was it’s lack of open top.

2000 & 2001 saw no changes to this car, but by now the lack of power was beginning to affect me. The LS1 cars being sold at dealers everywhere could run circles around me. Pretty much any performance-oriented car offered on the market was faster than mine, but by how much? Well 2002 answered that. Considerably faster was the answer.


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