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1996 Pontiac Firebird User Reviews

1996 Pontiac Firebird Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 23 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" 15 reviews
"power" 12 reviews
"speed" 10 reviews
"handling" 6 reviews
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"interior" 2 reviews
"storage" 2 reviews

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Displaying 1 - 10 of 23 1996 Pontiac Firebird reviews.

Gerrit writes:
1996 Pontiac Firebird Base Review
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4

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- Good acceleration without sacrificing MPGs
- Great handling
- Affordable for almost anyone
- Fun driving experience

Cons


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

85

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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Devin writes:
1996 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Review
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5

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

Cons

Interior, brakes, VERY cramped engine bay.

65

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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Jeff writes:
1996 Pontiac Firebird Review
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4

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Handling, acceleration, looks, sound, interior(front)

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Gas, build quality, interior(rear), storage

55

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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Billy writes:
1996 Pontiac Firebird Base Review
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4

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just a fun car to start with. t-tops were a treat on nice days

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engine problems around 160K miles

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Perfect Car For A Guy Like Me To Start With. Never Regretted Buying It — this was my first car when i turned 16 and what a thrill it was. the perfect car for me to hit the road with. good acceleration but not too much a new driver couldnt handle effectivly. for a rear-wheel car it handled surprisingly well since its low but wide stance. american made so it had its faults here and there but overall a solid car. i loved the aggressive look the firebirds and trans ams took in the late 90's to early 2000's. gas wasnt too crucial since it was only a 6 cyl but it made for the perfect mix of fun and practicallity.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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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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Kevlarkid writes:
1996 Pontiac Firebird Formula Review
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5

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6-speed trans

Cons

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.

Cons

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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Zach writes:
1996 Pontiac Firebird Base Review
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Great mileage great styling

Cons

If you need lots of room don't buy it

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Great Car — Styling is great, good power for a V6 but wish it was a V8 though. Pretty good acceleration and handling could be better. I haven't had to do too many repairs on the car but just general upkeep is important. Gets great gas mileage, 25-26 town/29-31 highway. It's a pretty fun car to drive.

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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Casey writes:
1996 Pontiac Firebird Base Review
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5

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Runs great, fun to drive.

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Small back seat.

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'96 Firebird — Pontiac makes BEAUTIFUL Firebirds/Trans Ams. Its a great looking car that turns heads all the time. It runs great, but I bought it used and there's been a problem with the engine that nobody has been able to determine yet. After longer drives, I've got smoke coming from under the hood. It smells like burning oil, but we haven't found out where it's coming from. Also shortly after having purchased the car, the frame for the boot covering the shifter (the car is a manual transmission) broke and was difficult to replace.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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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

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2001 Pontiac Firebird Reviews

Ls1 By Kyle

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My "mid-life Crisis" Car! By Ran322

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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

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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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