1984 Pontiac Firebird Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1984 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 305 carburated V8 from North America

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 305 carburated V8 Automatic
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired133335 miles
Most recent distance136128 miles

Summary:

I would never trade my Blackee for any other car in the world!

Faults:

I tend to have trouble with the new alternator draining my new battery in extremely cold weather.

The right pop-up headlight motor is obviously a nuisance, but it can still be raised manually.

Aside from that I can't say much about defects since I bought this car in a very much used condition.

Since then I have replaced just about every worn out part as it burns out from the smallest fuse to the transmission except for the engine itself which still runs.

So far I have not had any major issues. The money I have invested into it including purchase price is still a bargain.

General Comments:

After all the repairs so far, all stock parts no fancy performance parts yet:

This car is simply a dream to drive. And since it's black I get the usual "Knight Rider" and "Smokey and the Bandit" comments despite its desperate need for a paint job.

It doesn't like to idle, but racing down the thruway is an awesome feeling.

The V8 engine is a gas guzzler. I refuel every 4 days, but it's worth it. I wouldn't forgive myself for paying those prices if it were any other car.

The body is solid cold steel! A few weeks ago I accidentaly plowed into a car's rear door. I pulled out of the dent without a groove in my baby's nose. Barely felt the impact!

The built-in speakers boom with the $50 CD player I got at Wal-Mart.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th December, 2004

25th Dec 2004, 20:06

Well, your car sounds simply adorable!

11th May 2007, 11:46

Sounds to me like you've got a real piece of garbage on your hands.

1984 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 5.0 from North America

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.0 Automatic

Summary:

Awesome car! And one sexy beast!

Faults:

Front flip up headlights give me grief, the switch burns out a lot. Trying to figure out if it's a short.

Rusting in all the usual spots.

Bit of a rattle in the back hatch.

Struts needed replacing. Hood and hatchback.

Fuel pump likes to blow.

General Comments:

Overall this is a great car. I've had a few little issues here and there that are very annoying and on occasion persistent.

You can't beat the look with that sharp front nose. The lines are great from front to back.

The thing is fast and easy to modify. Working on it is generally easy with the odd "why the heck did they put that there?" but that's pretty normal.

Comfortable and SUPER fun to drive.

When you hit the highway it likes going fast. The ride is super smooth the faster it goes.

As long as I take care of it, it takes care of me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th November, 2004

1984 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am HO 5.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.0 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired53500 miles
Most recent distance55800 miles
Previous carPontiac Firebird

Summary:

Fantastic. Fast, reliable, and fun. Everybody should have one

Faults:

Although this is a low-mileage pampered car, the drivers seat is badly worn, which is not uncommon in Third Gen Firebirds.

Heater blower motor expired at 54000 miles. Cheap and inexpensive to fix, I just haven't got around to it yet :)

Pinion bearing had collapsed just before I bought the car. It was a days work to repair, but one full set of new bearings later and its perfect. Cheap parts too... even here in the UK.

General Comments:

Not a common car in the UK, and it turns heads wherever it goes. I get stopped and asked questions about it all the time.

It will beat just about anything the UK 'performance' market can throw at it...period.

Handling is remarkably good, for a 20 year old car. Lethal in the wet though!

Driving position is comfortable, and all controls are in easy reach. Optional electric seat helps in this matter though. The previous 84 I had didn't have this option, and it wasn't quite so comfortable.

You can insure one of these in the UK for well under £200. Try doing that with a 'hot hatch'!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th July, 2004

13th Jan 2014, 19:12

Hehe, it's the exact opposite here in the States. A Firebird will cost an arm and a leg to insure here, but a hatchback would be dirt cheap (most are econoboxes here). Even something "hot" like a VW GTI would cost many times less than a Firebird.

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 12 reviews