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Pontiac Firebird Questions

karing03
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Seeking Installation Instruction For Headlight Motor (module) On The Driver...

I am trying to replace this part and the manual only offers an extremely vague instruction/diagram for this procedure.

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tc_andrews
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Bad Fuel Pump?

Would a bad fuel pump cause a car to run strong for around 8 min, then shut down, and not restart for around an hour or so? I replaced everything it may be, sensors, modules, optispark, ... and wit...

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Charles Atkin
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99 Firebird Wont Stay Running

Has a v6 3800. Started it yesterday & it revved up real high then sputtered out. Now it wont stay running unless my foots on the gas and i think its occasionally backfiring out of the injectors! W...

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someguy80
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I Am Wondering What The W72 Rpo Code Means On A 1980 Pontiac Trans Am. I Kn...

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Carguy8388
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Crank No Start

I have a 1998 Pontiac Firebird 3.8 liter the car cranks but doesnt start I replaced the fuel pump fuel filter I've also change the relay on the fuel system I still get no pressure at the fuel rail

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Older Pontiac Firebird

1978 Pontiac Firebird Overview
1978 Pontiac Firebird
83 pictures
1978 Pontiac Firebird reviews:
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
1977 Pontiac Firebird Overview
1977 Pontiac Firebird
60 pictures
1977 Pontiac Firebird reviews:
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
1976 Pontiac Firebird Overview
1976 Pontiac Firebird
53 pictures
1975 Pontiac Firebird Overview
1975 Pontiac Firebird
18 pictures
1975 Pontiac Firebird reviews:
4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars
1974 Pontiac Firebird Overview
1974 Pontiac Firebird
57 pictures
1974 Pontiac Firebird reviews:
4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars
1973 Pontiac Firebird Overview
1973 Pontiac Firebird
80 pictures
1973 Pontiac Firebird reviews:
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
1972 Pontiac Firebird Overview
1972 Pontiac Firebird
10 pictures
1972 Pontiac Firebird reviews:
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
1971 Pontiac Firebird Overview
1971 Pontiac Firebird
31 pictures
1971 Pontiac Firebird reviews:
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
1970 Pontiac Firebird Overview
1970 Pontiac Firebird
33 pictures
1970 Pontiac Firebird reviews:
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
1969 Pontiac Firebird Overview
1969 Pontiac Firebird
159 pictures
1969 Pontiac Firebird reviews:
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
1968 Pontiac Firebird Overview
1968 Pontiac Firebird
152 pictures
1968 Pontiac Firebird reviews:
4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars
1967 Pontiac Firebird Overview
1967 Pontiac Firebird
121 pictures
1967 Pontiac Firebird reviews:
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

About the Pontiac Firebird

Let's face it.  Not to say that women don't own this car, but the Pontiac Firebird is a guy's car, especially the Trans Am with the gaudy, yet strangely magnetic Screaming Chicken flattened on its hood.  Clint had one, Smokey and the Bandit chased each other in them, and David Hasselhoff spoke to one weekly on Knight Rider.  The Pontiac Firebird was one of the only original muscle cars that survived through the 1970s and actually achieved even more legendary status in the 1980s.  It was one of the longest surviving performance cars until its departure in 2002.
The Firebird started life as a pony car coupe and convertible, competing with the Mustangs, Camaros, and Corvettes of the 1960s, but never really achieving much popularity.  Sharing a platform with the Camaro throughout its life, and later even the same engines, the Firebird began to carve its niche with a distinctive front end and a wide array of V8 engines.  The culmination of these came in the early 1970s with the SD-455, a racing engine that hit 370-hp.  Appearing as it did smack dab in the middle of the energy crisis, the Firebird became the only true performance car left on the road for a while, until it too succumbed to government regulations that depowered the V8s to under 200-hp and eventually even a shocking 90-hp.
But the Firebird did not give up, though GM had several times threatened to can it.  Thanks in big part to the success of the Smokey and the Bandit movies and persistently excellent sports handling and performance, sales increased among hypertestosterone-fueled males, and the 1980s saw a more aggressive redesign and the slow return of more horsepower.  Gradually a 5.7-liter engine that brought the Firebird back up over 200-hp came with the GTA, followed by a tuned-port injection engine with greater torque power.  
The 1990s brought back the convertible for the first time since 1969 and more engine power in the form of the newly designed LT1.  This engine returned some heft and grit to the street racer.  Later, a Street Legal Performance Firehawk and a WS6 package added a sportier suspension, parts, and engine.  The Screaming Chicken spread its fiery wings for the last time in 2002 when, with little warning or fanfare, GM discontinued the Pontiac Firebird, celebrating with a 35th Anniversary edition and not much else.  It seemed like such a quiet sendoff for a car that had such staying power, flash, iconic name recognition, and cross-generational impact.