On a recurring basis, I question why I drive an old M3 around the pothole-plagued city I call home. Then, I wonder why I choose to deal with a car that eats steering racks, window motors and seems to always have a squeaky bushing hiding somewhere. The answer? I’d go nuts (as I almost did) owning an econobox just to avoid a few personality quirks that an older car delivers in spades. That’s why I am digging this well-weathered Pontiac Trans Am here on eBay, which wears its years proudly. Plus, the seller seems committed to selling with the first good offer he receives.
A California car all of its life, this Trans Am retains its original engine with only 110,000 miles. It features a new radiator and the transmission was recently rebuilt. Being a West Coast car that was clearly not parked near the ocean, the Pontiac is rust-free. It was repainted once and your guess is as good as mine as it relates to the quality of that paint job. Any car can eventually lose its battle with the sun, but it could also be evidence of poor paint prep. The Trans Am-specific front splitters, flares, induction system and rear spoiler are all still in place.
The interior is in surprisingly good condition. The dash, gauges, steering wheel and console all look great for their age. The seats are incorrect and the seller says they fit poorly (and it also sounds like they are pretty well shot cosmetically). The fuel gauge isn’t working and one of the window motors needs replacing, but those aren’t terribly big jobs. The original radio remains with the car and the carpets and door cards look super clean as well. Despite its rough-looking exterior, I think it’s safe to say this Trans Am has been loved.
So, back to my original point about driving older cars daily: you do trade some comfort and convenience to daily an old-but-interesting car. Most folks won’t love riding in the car with you, so it’s best to plan for solo trips to grab lunch – not that that’s really a bad thing, if you ask me. And yes, you may have a day or two where it refuses to start and you’ll need to find an alternate travel arrangements, but that’s what spouses and Zip Car are for! Would any of you consider daily-driving this Trans Am? At the very least, I’d leave it stock – what about you?