1976 Pontiac Firebird Reviews

1976 Pontiac Firebird Esprit 350 from North America

Model year1976
Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 350 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 miles
Most recent distance128000 miles
Previous carCadillac Eldorado

Summary:

One the most reliable and awesome cars ever made

Faults:

Original starter was getting sensitive to heat and was replaced (although it still started the car).

General Comments:

This has been the most reliable car I've ever owned. I had a '94 Cadillac Eldorado that had a dash computer that shorted out and was $700 to fix (only fix, to replace it was $3000.) After that I decided to get an older car that wasn't tied down by all those electronics, and by chance found a 1976 Firebird Esprit on eBay. It is a one owner car, and I bought it for $2700 and it has been my daily driver to college for the past 3 years, about 22 miles each way sometimes a few times a day.

I have put 30,000 miles on the car and have never broken down despite the car having almost every original piece that it left the factory with.

The starter started getting sensitive to heat last summer, and would require a cool down before it would turn on after driving extended periods and I had it replaced. My mechanic told me that it appeared to be the original part from 1976.

Over Spring Break my girlfriend and I took it from Baltimore to Key West and back with no problems. It is in great shape and I have actually won some trophies in shows despite it being my daily driver. If America still made cars like this, there would be no problems with the industry today!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th April, 2009

6th Oct 2009, 06:43

I sure miss my 1976 Firebird. It sure was a good car. I even had it painted. She looked super with all new moldings and so on.

15th Feb 2010, 16:56

My first car was a '76 Firebird Esprit. Mine had a 350 and was Durango Bronze. I had mine custom made at the factory and took delivery in March '76. I kept mine in the garage during the winter, and only took her out on weekends. Damn, it was a beautiful car! I wish I had her back!!!

1976 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 7.5 liter 455 cid from North America

Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 7.5 liter 455 cid Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance1500 miles

Summary:

A powerful, fast American muscle car

Faults:

I bought the car from the auto shop at the high school that I attend. It is completely rebuilt. The 455 was rebuilt and now has about 425 horsepower. A custom 3 inch dual exhaust system was built and put in and the body was completely redone and re painted. The exhaust system on the drivers side fell and was scraping the ground, but I was able to fix the problem.

General Comments:

The car is undoubtedly fast. It has a built up 455 with a performance cam, headers and dual exhaust plus the addition of a Holley 750 double pumper carburetor.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 2003

Average review marks: 8.9 / 10, based on 2 reviews