1990 Pontiac Firebird Overview

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1990 Pontiac Firebird Overview

The 1990 Pontiac Firebird two-door coupe, with a convertible T-top option, came with four different engines. Base models started with the new 3.1, 140-hp V6, which replaced the old 2.8 V6. The next three engines were all V8s. The Formula Firebird featured a L03 5.0-liter, 170-hp motor, while the Trans Am upped the horsepower to 200 in its LB9. The Trans Am GTA, the fastest of the Firebird line, had a 5.7-liter, 235-hp V8. An automatic or 5-speed manual were available with all but the GTA, which only came with an auto tran.
Besides the new 3.1 V6, other changes to the 1990 Firebird included new interior trim and some dashboard restyling. Few 1990 cars were produced, as Pontiac was set to release the 1991 model in midyear. Standard features were kept fairly light, to keep the weight low on this sports car, to ensure optimal performance. New in 1990 was standard driver's side airbag, but there were no ABS brakes. Base models offered tilt steering and power brakes and 15-inch wheels, while limited slip differential, 16-inch wheels, power windows and locks, and fog lights were added as you made your way up the engine line. Cruise control, power mirrors, and air conditioning were all options.
The 1990 Firebird is driven for its power, performance, and off-the-line heft, and it gets rated highly by drivers on these characteristics. Most recommend the V8 engines, and many wish the GTA came with a manual transmission. Owners say it is fun to drive, with an aggressive, sharp-edged style. Great low-end torque and tight cornering are other bonuses, as is the decent fuel economy for a sports car. On the negative side, owners point out that the Firebird handles poorly in the snow, rain, and ice, and that there is often a rattling heard. Paint seems to peel easily off the rear spoiler, and interior plastic parts look cheap and break easily. After-market parts are getting scarce and expensive.

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Car Won't Crank Over

I have a 1990 firebird formula. We switched from Tpi to carburated. We took out the computer and rewired it. We got the fuel pump to turn on my wiring it separately. I turn the key but nothing hap...

1990 3.1 V6 Firebird Bogging Out

Hey guys, I just bought this 1990 firebird , it only has the 3.1 v6 which I plan to swap next summer, but would like to drive the car until then but it Boggs out when I put my foot to the floor.......

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The Security Light Comes On And The Lights Come On But The Car Don't Start

Have problem with the security light coming on

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Wont Stay Running When I Does Start 1990 Firebird Bandit 2 With 3.1

relaced plugs wires coil whole distributer fuel filter has 51 psi at the test nipple all new injectors has spark will run if u spray gas in it your self

I'm Getting Water Under The Hood Of My Car On The Air Filter Lid And Under ...

I have a 1990 Firebird Formula that doesn't start when it rains heavy. When I lift the hood, the top of the air filter lid is covered in water and when I take the lid off, there is water inside of t...