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1978 Pontiac Firebird User Reviews

1978 Pontiac Firebird Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 6 reviews

  • Performance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Appearance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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"power" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews
"speed" 2 reviews
"sound" 2 reviews
"paint job" 2 reviews
"beautiful car" 2 reviews
"handling" 2 reviews

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firebirdlover writes:
1978 Pontiac Firebird Review
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5

Pros

handle nice

Cons

crowded back seats

firebirdlover
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Just A Firebird Not Firebird Trans Am — Awesome, gorgeous car. nice ride. immaculate condition black with a gold trim at bottom of car no bird on hood and the dashboard had a wood look, red interior nice paint job no rust or body damage very shiny gas mileage fair. good power got caught speeding a few times.

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Alex writes:
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5

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Fast, Beautiful

Cons

Tend to be in bad condition from previous owners.

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Sweet Classic Ride — This is undoubtedly one of the sexiest cars ever made. For an american muscle cars it handles very well, surprised the heck out of me. It also comes with a big enough engine to ourtrun most anyone else, and the engine could easily be made faster if that's your thing. Didn't have it long enough to judge overall reliability, but it's still here after 30 years, and even with it tuned all wrong it pulled great, so properly maintained it's gotta be a beast.

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Michael writes:
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Looks Like Crap Now But It Works Great — Build Quality: had to put a total of 8000 in restoration including cost of vehicle and lot space Car Comparisons: i considered an SUV but this one is my dream car and i decided to get it while i could Performance: haven't pushed it yet More About My Car: its not finished yet

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James writes:
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5

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Looks

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Nothing

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1978 — Performance, V6 was less than powerful, but the looks made up for the rest. The interior was totally awesome camel tan velour interior and great sound system. The painted wheels were tough to keep clean, but it was a nice paint job...

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Larry writes:
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5

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In Your Face Fast, Stylish, Sounds Great, Handles Great, Its mine!

Cons

Rides like a wheel barrell, 6 to 8 mpg..yikes!

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23 Year Resto Project! Built 400ci 350 Turbo Trans Custom Interior & Gauges Fast — I've owned this car for 23 years. I have been through every part of this car, front to back as follows: The engine is a 400ci with an Edlebrock Torquer II High Rise Intake, Holly 650 Carb, Roller Rockers & dual Valve Springs, Dual Timing Chain & Gears, Slightly OverStock Cam, Carter Hi Vol Fuel Pump, Hi Vol Oil Pump, Moroso Valve Covers, Braided Hose Dressup Kit, Dual Electric Fans, Hooker Headers, Magna Flow Exhaust, X-Pipe Crossover, Custom Bends and Tips. Transmission: Stock Turbo 350HM with B&M Shift Kit and 2800 Stall. Complete rebuild with all new clutch packs etc. Undercarraige: Weld in sub frame connectors. Polyurethane body mounts, New spring purches with urethane bushings, reinforced wheel well frame sections, new ball joints, tie rods, pitman arm, spings, shocks, brakes, rotors etc. New stainless steel brake line to rear. Lakewood traction bars. 245/60 Goodyear Eagles on all corners. Body: Fresh paint two years ago. Also painted it myself. PPG with clear. Added rear fender spoilers. Installed all new bird and formula decals. Gold pinstriping. Hurst T-Tops. Rear window louvers. Hood scoops. All stock. Interior: Crushed velour bucket seats. New carpet. (wrong color, should be black) Tilt wheel, electric windows, had cruise control, B&M Quick Silver Slap Stick Shifter, Autometer tach, custom gauges, 4 speaker stereo (nothing great, would rather hear the eingine! LOL) I did ALL the work listed here myself except for the transmission. The car is plated as Historic. I only drive during the summer on warm dry days. Probably only put 400 to 500 miles a year on it. I have way too much money invested to ever get it back out of it. I'll never sell it...period!

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cgmccall writes:
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Great styling, nice driving

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leisurely acceleration

cgmccall
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Uninspiring Performance — I test drove a 1978 Trans Am during one of my active car searches in the early 1980s. Just about everything checked out okay. But one thing didn't: The performance! It was about as exciting as driving a full-size Pontiac. Acceleration wasn't exactly brisk, despite the fact that a big-inch 403 Olds was nestled under the hood. The torque was there, yes, but it seemed to come and go too quickly to figure into acceleration. I passed on this car and didn't look back. I had driven a 1974 Trans Am 455 Super Duty, which would quickly prove to be irreplaceable. The mid and late 1970s were a dark day in the history of automobile performance in the US.

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Reviews From Other Years

2002 Pontiac Firebird Reviews

Great To Look At And Fun To Drive By dled1286

I love the look of the car. Its a very classy look and makes a really good noise even for a V6. Although its a V6 it still eats the gas but thats not a huge deal. There are some manufacturing issu... Read More

Looks Great Aways Been A Very Dependable Car By Gary

Never had anything leave this car stranded. Great looks and handling. Gas mileage is great. 35 MPG from Lauderdale to Daytona.Gets great compliments at all times.reat car for someone who likes Classic... Read More

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2001 Pontiac Firebird Reviews

Ls1 By Kyle

Its a nice powerful car with amazing looks. Gm did a awesone job at making the 4th f bodys. Its a true mustang killer! With over 300hp stock and very little to be done to make it to 400hp. ls1 was tou... Read More

My "mid-life Crisis" Car! By Ran322

I've only had this car for a couple of months, but so far I love it. It takes some getting used to, and there are a few tricks to learn to be able to see around the blind spots and keep the back from ... Read More

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2000 Pontiac Firebird Reviews

A Good Buy By Alex

I wont lie it is a V6 so its not the fastest thing out there. But for a first running car and at around 2850 dollars it was a pretty damn good find. It handles great I got new tires and rear brakes fo... Read More

Sharp By paints4bucks

reliable, very nice car Read More

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1999 Pontiac Firebird Reviews

Black Beaty By mln876

This car is a V6, but it does have power and speed. Had good take off power, she glides around curves like they are nothing. This car loves to go fast, faster you go the smoother the ride, it's an o... Read More

Raven 13 By Anita

My bird is always fun to drive! With the Eaton rear end, she hangs the curves like there's no tomorrow!!!!!Who cares about gas mileage? She was built to run. Performance is top notch, and appearance I... Read More

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1998 Pontiac Firebird Reviews

Looks Good, Runs Good, Overall Great Car By JakeLangbecker

kinda hard to find parts to repair, if bought in good shape and condition, congrats, if not well you have your work cut out for you. nice over all power, should've gotten the v8. nice car over all tho... Read More

Cool Enough For Daily Drive, But Neds Care Like Others. By Haralds

I am a Firebird fan, so it would not be to fair against others. Small engough for city parking, fast when needed, but sometimes a little too low torque, stick-shift what's a real-deal thingy, only for... Read More

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