Pontiac Firebird Review – Research New & Used Pontiac Firebird Models | Edmunds

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Pontiac Firebird

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Once in a moon, a car achieves icon via Hollywood that spans all one that burns its image the memory of everyone from car nuts to folks who wouldn’t Ram Air from air-conditioning. During its year in production, the Pontiac achieved screen idol thanks to the appearance of a 1977 Trans Am SE (the black and edition) in the movie Smokey and the

Thankfully, there’s been more to the Firebird than its cornball association with Reynolds (or even cornier with David Hasselhoff in Knight Rider). As with its twin, the Chevy Camaro, the Firebird was born in 1967 to do with the original American coupe, the Ford Mustang.

the sheet metal was virtually between the Camaro and Firebird, a nose and tail, as well as differences inside gave the a little more excitement in the department. Coupe and convertible styles tempted buyers.

In the car’s early years, buffs gravitated to the Pontiac thanks to its enticing array of plants that included the 400 cubic-inch V8 used in the GTO. even offered a high-output inline-6 in hopes of making the more appealing to those who less weight, more handling and a higher-revving engine. was also the period when the Trans Am trim first wearing white paint two blue stripes running the body.

At the dawn of the 1970s, a Pontiac Firebird emerged, only in a sleek coupe style. But as that decade the Firebird’s performance diminished body graphics and spoilers, as if to grew more extroverted. The Firebird appeared for 1982, a lighter, wedge-shaped hatchback with flip-up headlights.

Although performance of this was weak at first, handling was a point and by mid-decade, powerful V8s again becoming available.

true to its heritage, the fourth-generation which bowed in 1993, offered V8 power, a rear-drive swoopy styling and a choice of a or convertible. It also offered than 300 horsepower and 13-second in the Formula and Trans Am versions.

an outstanding performance bargain, the from this era became aged as the years went by. For consumers, it came across as and even crude, especially compared to other sport and convertibles. Sales were and Pontiac finally pulled the after 2002.

Most Pontiac Firebird

Running from 1993-2002, the Firebird generation continued the tradition of performance and style all else. Initially only a body style was offered in Formula and Trans Am trims, the coming with a 3.4-liter V6 hp) and the latter pair with an LT1 V8 (275 hp). Transmission included a five-speed manual a six-speed manual (V8) and a automatic.

The following year saw the of the Firebird convertible, while brought a 3.8-liter, 200-hp V6 for the Firebird. For 1996, the V8 made 285 hp and Ram Air returned for that engine, output to 305 hp.

A midcycle refresh place for 1998 with a new look and powerful new LS-1 V8s that made 305 hp or 320 hp (with Ram Apart from minor differences and a bump in power to 310 hp for the V8 in the Firebird soldiered through mostly unchanged. Ironically, last year also the Firebird’s 35th birthday, was celebrated with a special Trans Am with strange splashed over its body.

Although fast, stylish and this Pontiac Firebird refinement, particularly in regards to the The clunky steering wheel was about as sporty as a taxicab’s and was an abundance of low-grade plastic Furthermore, the seats were plain, and short on lumbar and support.

On the upside, there large gauges, decent capacity and buttoned-down handling midcorner bumps could the solid rear axle out back).

In our road test of a Firebird Formula, we found intoxicated by the rumbling V8 performance and handling. Major gripes the harsh ride, awkwardly ABS, low seating position, rearward visibility and low-quality trim.

Pontiac Firebird

Consumer feedback is mostly toward Firebirds from era. Praises center on the performance for the money (even the V6), mechanical reliability, capacity, handling and styling. complaints concern cheap construction, a smallish interior the body size and occasionally T-tops.

Past Pontiac Models

The previous-generation (1982-’92) was slow out of the blocks, but soon into a road burner. At this hatchback coupe in three trims (base, S/E and Trans Am) and power ranged a 90-hp, 2.5-liter inline-4 to a 5.0-liter V8. A four-speed manual and automatic backed those up.

Mid-decade saw the return of the Formula offered Trans Am performance the added flash and for less and engine options up to 210 hp (5.7-liter V8) and the of a gear to each transmission. quarters with the 5.7 were and the Formula and Trans Am were for their tenacious roadholding. By the this generation ended, the S/E was the convertible was back and the 5.7 V8 was producing 240 hp.

Those considering one of these would be wise to avoid the couple of years, as the engines dogs in terms of both and reliability, and build quality was hit or

For more information on these and older Pontiac Firebirds, go to our Firebird history page.

If you are for older years, visit our Pontiac Firebird page.

For on past Pontiac Firebird view our Pontiac Firebird page.

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