2001 Pontiac Firebird Overview


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2001 Pontiac Firebird Overview

The popularity of the Pontiac Firebird spans generations, almost unlike any other car out there. First-time teenage drivers and nostalgic mid-lifers are attracted to it for the same reason -- testosterone-laden speed and looks. While the older generation may associate it with Jim Rockford or expect it to talk a la the Knight Rider, younger drivers may recall it as the car from Donnie Darko or Old School.
The 2001 Firebird is still going strong, though its final curtain call is imminent. Still, it did receive some engine upgrades this year. The 3.8 V6 is now rated at 205-hp, while the LS1 5.0 V8 is now 310-hp, thanks to a new performance clutch and retooled intake manifold. With the WS-6 performance package, now only offered with the Trans Am trim, that ups the horsepower to 325. The SLP Firehawk street racer hits 335-hp. Shocks and suspension are also updated for 2002.

The Firebird comes as either a base, Formular or Trans Am coupe, or a base and Trans Am convertible. The base coupe comes with air conditioning and cruise control, but the convertible adds on remote entry, power driver's seat and mirrors, and leather-trimmed steering wheel. Trans Am trims include leather seats. ABS brakes and dual front airbags are standard across the line, and traction control is an option.
Eye-catching looks, sports performance, and fast highway speeds are the 2002 Firebird's biggest draws. It looks and feels like a street racer, and it even gets decent gas mileage and carries an affordable pricetag. Drivers especially love the WS6 package. Negative comments focus on plastic parts that cause rattling, a rear spoiler that causes blind spots and water to leak into the trunk, and a leaky convertible top. Cockpit-like seating makes it hard to get in and out, and GM's slip-shift gearing is hard to get used to. As always, the biggest complaint is the unusable rear seats that fit no human being. But then, this is a Firebird after all. If you want a family car, go buy a Grand Prix.

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    Charlie Teasley Jr.

    Nothing Working Now

    I got a jump off yesterday and my windows wouldn't go up and my convertible top wouldn't go down. So I took the battery cable lose and everything started back working got in today and now windows ...

    2 views with no answers yet

    Headlights Are Not Bright

    10 views with 2 answers (last answer 4 weeks ago)

    2001 Pontiac Firebird Intermittently Reduces Rpms At Speeds Above 40 Mph.

    This has happened several times now in the last week. Cruising on highway on a level road in 5th gear. When it starts to happen the engine won't respond to increased throttle. Car slows and recovers...

    11 views with 2 answers (last answer 4 weeks ago)

    2001 Firebird Headlight Unlock

    A while back my firebird was having the motor gear issue so my dad locked my headlights so they stayed up even when my lights are off until I could fix the issue. How do I unlock my headlights so...

    24 views with 7 answers (last answer about a month ago)
    Alan Hahn

    Fuel Tank Wont Fill

    So i drive a 2001 pontiac firebird 3800 series II, and i went to fill my tank up (about 14 gallons every thursday) and it only put 8 gallons in. I thought ok maybe the handle just clicked, so i sta...

    11 views with 2 answers (last answer about a month ago)