1985 Pontiac Firebird Reviews - Page 6 of 6

1985 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 5.0L 4bbl from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 5.0L 4bbl Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance115000 miles
Previous carPontiac Firebird

Summary:

Very fast

Faults:

New eadiator because of a small leak.

Seats are worn (got seat covers).

Motor has gotten weak from racing around a lot.

Needs a paint job (small blotches of rust are showing, especially on the drivers side door).

Some electrical problems with turn signal/brake lights.

Steering column became loose.

T-tops leaks slightly and seals around the door windows are not too great.

General Comments:

This car, although getting old, is still very fast and very sharp if not looked at too closely. I still have not maxed the speedo out. Rips out of second gear!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th March, 2001

2nd May 2005, 13:01

I've been all the reviews of the 85 Trans AM and most said it is very fast.. are we talking about accelerations or top speed? The one that was given to me only has 85mph on the speedometer..

21st Jun 2008, 01:58

To the above comment (even though from 3 years back) the speedometer in a car is no gauge of it's performance; at least not in the late 70's/early 80's era. As I understand it, back then the car companies were petitioned by some special-interest bleeding-heart facet of the government with this idea of the 85 mph speedometer to try and keep people from getting into 3 digit speeds. I guess the logic was that if you couldn't tell how far above 85 you were going, you'd back off the gas pedal or naturally assume that the car's mechanical limit was 85mph.

Truth is, these cars can usually get up around 130mph with the stock V8, acceleration all depends on how the car is geared. Some are neck-jarring at lower speeds, some tear it up at higher speeds.

BTW, if anyone seriously knows how to handle a car at those speeds, they won't be busy looking at the speedometer, anyway. Too bad they stuck the tach on the wrong side of the display.

1985 Pontiac Firebird 5.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1985
Engine and transmission 5.0
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10

Faults:

The car has 120,000 miles and has only had general maint. problems such as alternator, starter, brakes, tires etc.

The engine and transmission have never needed any work but the electronic controlled carb has caused a few problems,

General Comments:

I used the car for autocross competition until 1990 and in that year won the SCCA south Florida ESP championship. Quit as champion because the newer Mustangs and Firebirds were just too powerful for this car to be able to compete against.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th October, 1999

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 22 reviews