1996 Pontiac Firebird User Reviews

1996 Pontiac Firebird Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 24 reviews

  • Performance: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
  • Appearance: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
  • Build Quality:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 16 reviews
"power" 12 reviews
"speed" 11 reviews
"handling" 6 reviews
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"storage" 2 reviews
"interior" 2 reviews

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tmac9496 writes:
1996 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Review
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4

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Very fast, and fun car. None other like it.

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Has the very long front end, hard not to scrape the front bumper pulling in places

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Love It. — Love everything about the car. Wouldnt want any other car. By far the best car ive ever owned, and driven. The car always catches peoples eyes, and they are always looking when i drive by. Kids love the way it looks too.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Devin writes:
1996 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Review
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5

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Power, handling, fuel mileage, appearance, sound, fun.

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Interior, brakes, VERY cramped engine bay.

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1996 Trans Am — It has great straight line performance and is much better in the twisties than people would have you believe. The motor is absolutely bullet-proof and just as powerful as the newest Mustangs in stock form, running about the same times for 9 years longer. The interior build quality is typical GM, especially for a car with a V8 and low $20k price. The money went into the drivetrain. The appearance is very nice to me. The front end looks much better on the 98-02 Firebirds and the exhaust does not fill out the rear bumper at all but a catback fixed that. Fuel mileage in this thing is amazing for what it is. I see about 26 mpg highway with a vacuum leak as it only turns 1800 rpms at 80 mph. Cars without any issues will bring in 28-30mpg. City mileage is what you would expect for a muscle car but the average in the low 20s is great. As for fun, well, it's an F-body. This car is all about laying down some rubber and it's impossible to resist. It does get tiring having every kid in his Honda trying to race you but that's about the only downside. It's also a great platform for modification which is a lot of fun in itself. Don't buy this car if you are looking for something refined as it isn't. Buy it for the big smokey burnouts that put a smile on your face.

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FireFoxFF writes:
1996 Pontiac Firebird Base Review
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3

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It's a Firebird people.  They are not making these anymore!  This is a classic in the making so save them while you can!  Scheech!

Cons

Zedel can be a money pit at times.  It rarely has prolems but when it does, they are whoppers.  Bought her for $3K and have dumped $4K into her.  But, whaddaya going to do?

FireFoxFF
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Zedel - Yes It's Name Is Zedel — Bought this car for my (then) 18 year old son. First car first love - you know the tune. Zedel has been a money pit at times but there are long stretches where nothing is wrong with her and you tend to forget the pain of repairs. Then, BOOM. But what are you going to do? Can't kill her, she's family. She will be a classic someday and my son takes car of that car like a puppy. Named her Zedel from her first license plate which started out with ZDL.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Gerrit writes:
1996 Pontiac Firebird Base Review
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- Good acceleration without sacrificing MPGs
- Great handling
- Affordable for almost anyone
- Fun driving experience

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- Interior is a little cheap
- Very small backseat
- Not practical for winter driving

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Fun And Reliable. I Would Recommend This To Anyone Looking For A Fun Weekend Car. — The acceleration for this car is more than you would expect from a normal V6. It gives you plenty of pep without sacrificing much fuel economy. The car is very fun the drive and handles corners great. The interior is a little cheaply made, but as long as you aren't rowdy on the inside I think you should be okay. I consistently get around 22-22mpg with a good mix of city and highway driving. This car has always been reliable and enjoyable.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jeff writes:
1996 Pontiac Firebird Review
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Handling, acceleration, looks, sound, interior(front)

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Gas, build quality, interior(rear), storage

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1996 Pontiac Firebird — the car gets good gas mileage for a sports car. It has amazing perfomance. Especially for a V6. I love the look of the car. It has needed a new oxygen sensor, thats about it. The car is so fun to drive and is worth the gas mileage compared to a camry or accord. The interior is good and its got a nice amount of room up front. however the back is not so roomy. Id say the best parts of the car are acceleration, looks, and handling. and the worst part is that since it is made my general motors, it was not put together all that well like interior wise. But it is fine if you treat it right.

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Kevlarkid writes:
1996 Pontiac Firebird Formula Review
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5

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6-speed trans

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price of parts & service

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Love It — I love this car its my baby, my girlfriend thinks its hers way better than the other camaros i've owned , super fast and lots of fun, most definantly not a winter car, t-tops are great, wish it still had a stereo, darn theives

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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PonchoVip writes:
1996 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Review
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4

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The T-tops.

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6 cilinder.

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The Firebird. — Exelent Car, nice performance but i need por horse power thats why i sold it. Some of the parts are expensive on the dealer but you can find it on a yunk yard for a really nice price. Nice one.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Jason writes:
1996 Pontiac Firebird Formula Review
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Fast, Fun, Scares away hondas...

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Not a good winter car

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Get It For Fun In The Summer — It was fast, fun, and reliable. It only had 50k on it when I bought it, so it was in extremely good shape, I did my best to keep it that way. I miss it now that I sold it.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Gregory writes:
1996 Pontiac Firebird Base Review
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fun, sexy, t-tops

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gas,  and the need of tlc.

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Good Car, But Could Be Better. — had good acceleration. nimble and quick. its an older car and does need tlc. but for the most part, quality was good. this car is sexy. cost of this car is in the gas... this car is very exciting to drive, speacially with an cia, shift kit, and exhaust :)

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Patrick writes:
1996 Pontiac Firebird Formula Review
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Power, looks, sound system

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intake leaked oil,  fits only 2 people comfortably

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Awesome — Really fun car to drive and with the six speed got really good gas mileage even with that much horsepower.

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