1985 Pontiac Firebird 2.8L V6 from North America




Interior is slightly falling apart. roof fabric is coming off and center consol is pulling apart. And like most firebirds of its year the weight of the doors have pulled it down making some times hard to close. It could use a bigger engine and a shift kit because the automatic shifting is way to fast.

General Comments:

Best handling of any car I have drove it can take very sharp corners at 90 k/m with literally no body roll, this is due to the front and rear sway bars. its just great for corners.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th March, 2008

1985 Pontiac Firebird 5.0 from North America


No trade or money would convince me to disown it


My doors began to hang due to the pins on the hinges.

Had to replace my transmission at 150,000 mile.

It was also beginning to burn oil when I purchased it at 115,000 miles.

AC system went bad when I recently bought it. To expensive to fix at the time, I was only a high school student.

Seats have worned out badly.

T-Tops need new seals, doors like I said are hanging due to hinges, doors also need new seals.

Difficult to find replacements, like seat belts that match your inside.

General Comments:

Like one of the commentators said, this cars are not for people who are looking for economic cars when it comes to gas.

I love my trans am, even though it needs a lot of work, not because of the way I treat it, but simply the way I bought it.

I love the handling and its response.

I made some changes, I took out the 305 engine and replaced it with a 350.

I also had some other modifications along the way.

I only wish there were shops that could replace everything as it came from the dealer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th February, 2008

1985 Pontiac Firebird V6 from North America


This is a fabulous car, and despite obstacles, has proven to be quite reliable


Engine exploded at approx 65,000 miles, had to get engine replaced.

Needed new fuel pump and exhaust pipe from the converter, back.

Needed new air sensor.

General Comments:

This is the best car I have ever owned. Then again, I am biased for personal sentiment, and an enthusiasm for Firebirds overall.

Granted, there have been a few issues in the duration of her ownership, such as a blown engine and exhaust issues.

Despite a few mechanical issues she has had, she has very good gas mileage, her (new) engine runs very smoothly, and she fits like a glove.

Her cabin is clean, in good shape, and she has a good sound system.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th June, 2005

1985 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 6.0 from North America


The best car you will ever own


Stock 2.8 V-6 block cracked.

Computer died.

Goes through tires fast...

Spoiler fell off while driving and busted through a state trooper's windshield, that cost a big chunk of money.

Right side headlight motor broke.

General Comments:

VERY fast car. I put a older Firebird 6.0 Heavy Duty engine in it...

Body is very good about not rusting.

Inside if kept clean stays in very good condition.,Don't fall apart.

Any performance you want in it your can put it in.

I have 780 HP motor and MT street legal slicks...

Very cheap for good solid hardcore muscle parts..

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th August, 2004

1st Sep 2004, 17:05

A Trans Am that came with a 2.8 V6?

Would have loved to have seen the spoiler flying off and hitting the state trooper's windshield, though! LOL.

2nd Feb 2005, 23:14

To the above comment. Please don't compare your late model Bonneville 3.8 liter V6 to the 2.8 liter found in a 1985 Firebird. What is the point of that?

Guess what? Later, i.e. fouth generation base Firebirds and Camaros have the same 3.8 liter engine as your Bonneville and guess what else, they are just as fast as your Bonneville especially with the manual transmission which is obviously not available on the Bonneville.

I just don't like apples being compared with oranges!!

18th Jul 2005, 12:21

I recently bought a 85 Firebird that has had an Edelbrock 4-bolt 350 & an aftermarket 5spd installed in it. It is hystercally fast to drive, but gets almost no traction due to the poor weight distribution, and also handles less than perfect, and gets bad gas mileage. I do however really like it, even though I originally bought it to take the motor out to put in my 54 Chevy, and never intended to drive it. I think I will sell it for a profit at the end of the summer instead. It's very rough, but could be finished up nicely by someone with more time & money to spend on it than I.

Lan Hellie, Colville.