1996 Pontiac Firebird Overview


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1996 Pontiac Firebird Overview

The 1996 model brings with it some additional options as well as some newly standardized equipment. The 3.8-liter V6 engine which was optional in the 1995 models, is standard in the 1996 base model, and the Formula had its 5.7-liter V8 enhanced to 285 horsepower (305 in the Trans Am).

As always, the Firebird's big engine is what distinguishes it from other sports cars--especially those in its price range where it remains unmatched in value. Alloy wheels with painted surfaces add a sleeker look to the pony car. A variety of packages were available to sport up the look of the car, as well as to add some nice features, such as more engine power, traction control, and remote keyless entry.

Minuses of the Firebird include a failure to adhere to slippery roads (especially in Winter) and a lack of passenger and cargo room.


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    Will The Body Parts From A 96 Firebird Swap W A 2001

    I have a 96 Firebird. Wanna know if parts will swap to 2001 Firebird.. mainly body..

    2 views with no answers yet
    Billy Cheek

    Replacing Engine

    Can I put in a Mitsubishi Eclipse engine into a 96 Pontiac firebird?

    9 views with 2 answers (last answer about a month ago)
    Keith Campbell

    96 Firebird Won't Start

    So today i replaced my starter thinking it was bad because car didnt turn over well. Then i replaced my coil packs and spark. Plug wires. My fuel pump is good i hear it hum on when i turn the key t...

    6 views with 1 answer (last answer 4 months ago)
    Jennifer Guthrie

    Transmission Switch

    I have a 01 automatic transmission for a transam that I want to put into my 96 transam. Is that possible? Will it fit?

    9 views with 1 answer (last answer 7 months ago)

    1996 Firebird Base Model 3.8 V8 Auto. No Power At Starter

    Everything electrical works on the car, (plenty of power) I do not have power to the starter solenoid "exciter wire" I have 12 volts from the battery and the ground is good. I have replaced the ...

    27 views with 7 answers (last answer 8 months ago)