1990 Pontiac Firebird Overview


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Extremely Fun, Gorgeous, And Agile by Nikolas
 — One of my favorites that ive owned/driven. The only sense of unreliability came recent, which obviously is due to nearly 20 years of age. That reflects the reason of my less than perfect reliability r... Read More
Love My Car by carnut123
 — my girlfriend is the original owner i have 100000 of the 181000 miles on the car its only been back to the factory for repairs 1 time other than that i have done everything to it. I never had more enj... Read More
Can I Get A Hell Yeah by Dominic
 — fun fast easy to work on and cheap mechanical parts and a iconic car but parks like a god damn boat , body parts are a bit harder to come by but mehh what are you gonna do its 20 yrs old for peeps s... Read More

1990 Pontiac Firebird Overview

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1990 Pontiac Firebird

The 1990 Pontiac Firebird two-door coupe, with a convertible T-top option, came with four different engines.  Base models started with the new 3.1, 140-hp V6, which replaced the old 2.8 V6.  The next three engines were all V8s.  The Formula Firebird featured a L03 5.0-liter, 170-hp motor, while the Trans Am upped the horsepower to 200 in its LB9.  The Trans Am GTA, the fastest of the Firebird line, had a 5.7-liter, 235-hp V8.  An automatic or 5-speed manual were available with all but the GTA, which only came with an auto tran.
Besides the new 3.1 V6, other changes to the 1990 Firebird included new interior trim and some dashboard restyling.  Few 1990 cars were produced, as Pontiac was set to release the 1991 model in midyear.  Standard features were kept fairly light, to keep the weight low on this sports car, to ensure optimal performance.  New in 1990 was standard driver's side airbag, but there were no ABS brakes.  Base models offered tilt steering and power brakes and 15-inch wheels, while limited slip differential, 16-inch wheels, power windows and locks, and fog lights were added as you made your way up the engine line. Cruise control, power mirrors, and air conditioning were all options.
The 1990 Firebird is driven for its power, performance, and off-the-line heft, and it gets rated highly by drivers on these characteristics.  Most recommend the V8 engines, and many wish the GTA came with a manual transmission.  Owners say it is fun to drive, with an aggressive, sharp-edged style.  Great low-end torque and tight cornering are other bonuses, as is the decent fuel economy for a sports car.  On the negative side, owners point out that the Firebird handles poorly in the snow, rain, and ice, and that there is often a rattling heard.  Paint seems to peel easily off the rear spoiler, and interior plastic parts look cheap and break easily.  After-market parts are getting scarce and expensive.


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