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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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    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.

    Pros: handle nice

    Cons: crowded back seats

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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...

    Pros: Looks

    Cons: Nothing

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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.

    Pros: Fast, Beautiful

    Cons: Tend to be in bad condition from previous owners.

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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!

    Pros: 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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    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.

    Pros: Great styling, nice driving

    Cons: leisurely acceleration

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2002 Pontiac Firebird Reviews

    The Power And The Look Of A Classic Sports Car. By Hollywoodhandler

    This car is very eye-catching. The sleek style always turns heads, especially when the top is down. It has lots of power and handles corners like a dream. it gets approximately 22-24 miles mpg highway... Read More

    Soooo Much Fun By mottomike7

    and at least with my version 188k miles, the reliability was an issue. The alternator went along with the pullies and the belts but in all fairness any car that is 13 years old and with nearly 200k of... Read More

    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

    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 sliding on the turns. I certainly wouldn't let my 20 year old son dr... Read More

    2000 Pontiac Firebird Reviews

    It's Awesome ! By Dianataylor

    I didn't have anything that I disliked about this car. It's fun, very economy, easy to maintain and a lot of fun to drive. Especially after a stressful day. There is nothing like driving around with ... Read More

    I Would Definitely Recommend This Car. Sleek, Smooth, And Beautiful. By summit900

    The look of this car is beautiful. The inside is nice for a 14 year old car. There are no rattles or any problems. The t-tops and rear hatch seals don't leak, this seems to be a problem area for these... Read More

    1999 Pontiac Firebird Reviews

    Black Beaty By migration_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

    1998 Pontiac Firebird Reviews

    Awesome! By Defyall1986

    Love everything and hate nothing about this car. Awesome looking car with great power. Has ton of appeal and turns heads everywhere. Future classic car with timeless styling! Since Pontiac no longer e... Read More

    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

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