1980 Pontiac Firebird Reviews

1980 Pontiac Firebird Gold Edition 5.0 V8 from North America

Model year1980
Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership1997
Engine and transmission 5.0 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired230000 kilometres
Most recent distance282400 kilometres
Previous carLincoln Town Car

Summary:

Go Thunder Chicken, I love you still!

Faults:

T-Tops like to leak and squeak.

Strange gas smell entering the passenger compartment every now and then.

Never managed to get the vents to work.

Tuning the engine proved strangely difficult, always seemed to run too rich.

Suspension strangely unhinged at times, possibly due to some inspired off road driving done by previous owner.

To be fair, this car was in rough shape when I got it, and it is actually quite remarkable it worked as well as it did.

General Comments:

Considering its aggressive make-up on the outside, this car is a bit on the tame side when it comes to temper.

Smoky and the Bandit engine sound very real and cool; I loved driving it, even though it always sounded faster than it was, or maybe because of that.

The body is timelessly beautiful, an eternal head-turner that no amount of dust or dents can detract from; this car has a very cool, menacing presence.

I've noticed that driver courtesy is somewhat lacking toward Firebird drivers in Canadian city traffic, so beware; if you's rather be seen as a nice person when changing lanes, consider a Volvo instead.

The car is undrivable in snow, losing all traction immediately with as little as 1cm of snow on the roads, which can get quite dangerous.

The trunk is tiny.

Slushy transmission.

Fuel economy was terrifying, but probably due to engine problems I had; I averaged around 40L/ 100km with very defensive driving in deep winter in Canada; other drivers tell me they are getting about 13 to 17L/100km.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th October, 2010

1980 Pontiac Firebird Turbo turbo charged V8 overhead valve from North America

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership1982
Most recent year of ownership1993
Engine and transmission turbo charged V8 overhead valve Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired2300 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carAMC AMX

Summary:

The Firebird shall decimate all

Faults:

A few engine disorders. Headlights blinked out once during a storm, but came back shortly. Audio system a little disappointing.

General Comments:

This car was great when I first got it. Faster than any other car I have owned. Like I said, the audio system is disappointing, 8 tracks aren't what I call "high quality".Great car all round, and the local Detroiters love it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th June, 2003

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews