1988 Pontiac Firebird User Reviews

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    1988 Pontiac Firebird Formula Review
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    55

    Overall Great Car And Can Still Be Purchased For A Song — This is the car I wanted in high school. These cars are plentiful if you count the Camaro of the same generation and can be purchased for less than a big scene HD TV. Easy to work on for the most part, some clearance issues on the passenger side if the car comes with A/C. I would love to get a Camaro of the same gen but wife will not hear of it.

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

    Pros: Style handles great T-tops, A/C, love the look of the dash, no more 85 mph speedometers

    Cons: low on power 170 hp from factory but working on that, headlights will not pop up after time cheap gears used by GM

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    25

    Car Is Awesome — The car is fun to drive the performance is outstanding. The interior is completely redone. The car is actually completely restored from the front to back. The car is kind of a gas guzzler but its mainly used for pleasure. The car needs very little as far as maintenance, just change the oil and check the fluids everyday.

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

    Pros: car is fast

    Cons: nothing

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    Great Car. — This is an amazing vehicle. It RAN smoothly, but recently the timing chain went. Its in mint condition, needs paint job. Fast and loud. Handles great around corners. Best, most fun car I've ever had, hope to fix it soon.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Fast. Quick.

    Cons: Nothing sucks.

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    Not For Sale! — Performance: 1.8 60 ft, 13.1 1/4 mile @ 105. Build Quality: ha Appearance: Clear front and rear sidemarkers, Fiberglass stock spoiler Cost of Ownership: Way too much. Fun Factor: Oh too much fun!!! but then again, lots of trouble too. haha

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

    Pros: Fast, Great Handling! Sexy Car!

    Cons: If you broke, do not buy one!

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    Firebird — built up motor, needs some work, looks good, 10 to the gallon lots of tuning, fun to drive, it wasen verry expensive when i bought it but like all built cars with more power then there susposed to they have then need work more often

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

    Pros: Its quick

    Cons: bad gas and has a couple of problems

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    Hopefully Will Turn Out Nice — in the process of building it, Hopefully it will turn out the way I hoped it would. So far the power has shown through the rough exterior and it is a sleeper at the moment. Overall very fun car to drive if your not concerned about safety

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

    Pros: Power, Handling, Torque, Speed

    Cons: Noisy, Bumpy, Cramped

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    It Needs A New Wing. — It has a 350 in it. It needs a new wing. It has great handling performance and runs great. I have alpine speakers, subs, and head unit in the car. thats about all i know. Tires are expensive. Plus it does ok on fuel.

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

    Pros: Its a all around good car.

    Cons: tires

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    Ok Stylish City Cruiser — It was a good 1st car and introduced me to the world of performance cars. The 2.8 liter although great in a 2800lb fiero, is a deadweight in a 3200lb firebird. It looked sporty and again it was a head turner. The interior was pretty basic, I got tired of the stock audio system and put in a aftermarket one. Lots of squeaks and rattles and road noise, but I can forgive that to being a 20+ year old car. Transmission went out on the interstate and it sat in the driveway for 3 months until it was fixed. When it was traded 2nd gear started to slip, and when braking the car veered to the drivers side abruptly, the alignment was either off or the disk brakes were worn/aligned bad. I liked it at the time, but the car was all bark and no bite. If anyone ever purchases a 3rd gen, do look past the 2.8 liter and carbureted 5.0 liter and either go straight the the 350cu GTA/TA or the 3.8 liter TTA. If I were a betting man, this car is in a landfill somewhare, but this car did have a lot of centimental value and I do miss it....

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Looks, sleek shape

    Cons: Cheapness, ran like a slug, gm transmission from the era tend to granade themselves often

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    75

    The Show Car I Tore Up — i bought this car for 3k, it was in immaculate condition, had a 2.8 v6 in it, and it would get up and move, but it wasnt a race car, fun to drive cuz it felt sporty but still got decent gas mileage. WONT STAND UP TO MY ABUSE!!! FORGET PEELING OUT AND DRIFTING!!!

    Pros: very solid car

    Cons: i was hard on it and it didnt hold up to it

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    Fun Car — Fun. Loud! Slow. 170hp is not a lot for a V8. The 255lb foot of torque is enough to make you feel like you are moving fast. The five speed in it makes it feel a lot faster though. She is very fun to drive all in all. Once she gets some paint on her she will be pretty too!

    Pros: pretty in black.

    Cons: not enough power to brag

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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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