So here'* the story. And no I'm not car shopping again.
My family has had this car for years – probably close to 10 years now. My brother drives it now. It'* a 1990 Firebird Bandit II (Limited Edition of course). It'* #45 out of 600 total ever made, with 80,000 miles. It runs fine (though my brother has done some stupid things with it), but the typical old GM paint is oxidized in many spots, the hood decal is looking rough, and it has a powerless 3.1 V6.
My brother is looking at trading it or selling it to get another car. He said he wants something reliable. His biggest complaints about the F-bird are that it needs struts bad, and he doesn't have money to spend on replacing them or anything else that may need fixing. He also says he only gets 17 mpg with mostly highway miles (he probably drives too fast).
IMO it'* a RARE car and I don't know if I'd trade it unless I got something so sweet that I wouldn't care. I don't really know if the 1990 Bandits go for a lot of money or ever will, but it'* so unique I think I would keep it (even though it doesn't have the V8 ).
The good news is that he has apparently paid attention to me since owning Bonnevilles for 6 years, and may get a 3800-powered car. He'* looking at a silver '04 Impala LS with 41K miles, cloth, no sunroof, for $11,900. The dealership only offered him $1500 for the trade. I think that is incredibly low.
I told him that he'll get great gas mileage with the Impala and he'll have very good power with potential for more. I mentioned the UIM problem, but I could change it for him while teaching him how to work on the 3800 (he doesn''t even change his own oil). I think it would be cool if he got it as I can help him out with it (though he lives in NY), but the F-bird is rare, though it needs work.
What would you do if you were in his spot? Here'* the link to his autotrader ad: