1986 Pontiac Firebird 2.8L V6 from North America


A sporty gem, this one's a triumph during warmer weather


When I purchased the car the odometer and speedometer were not functioning. Therefore it remains at 130,000 miles.

The headlight motor blew out, so the lids are constantly up.

There is a tear in the driver seat. Otherwise, I find them to be quite comfortable, and all of the other seats have proven durable.

The hydraulic motors to hold up the trunk and hood do not work.

The heater is broken, however because of the temperature at which the engine runs I can heat up the inside of the car rather quickly by setting the air controls at vent.

My most recent discouragement involves a leak in the the fuel filter and lines, being the original, are made of steel.

General Comments:

This is a great car, when in good condition, especially for a single person or couple. The front seats are spacious, however the back is cramped.

Also, trunk space is limited.

The rear end is light, so good tires are crucial for superior handling.

The smaller aforementioned imperfections, like the headlights, can be considered an inconvenience, but do not affect the overall appeal of this car.

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

Review Date: 14th April, 2003

3rd Dec 2009, 23:42

I have this same car, 250.000 klm, runs well, not an oil burner, has some surface rust, but otherwise in good condition. Holds the road in winter better than my Buick Century, would love to restore this car, but at my age it's not worth my time,

1986 Pontiac Firebird 5.0 tpi from North America


Buy one and it will be the only car you'll ever wanna drive


Nothing I could see ever was wrong with it. The car has always done great until I changed the engine. Then I started having problems out of it. My dad built a 1965 300hp 327 with $3500.00 invested in it and he gave it to me. So I wanted more monster power for racing. And I got it with a price of a lot of problems I never would have got if I would have left the 5.0 in it. Now my computer is'nt reading the car right because the tpi dose not match up to the air and fuel it needs to run right.

General Comments:

On the good points and there is a lot. The car handles better then any Ford or Dodge I ever drove. And I haven't seen a street legal Dodge or Ford to compare to it yet. Basically I love the car I have owned it for 3 yrs and I'll never part with it. I think the only car average people can afford that could outdo the trans am is the corvette.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2003

1986 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 5.0 Tuned Port Injection from North America


A Corvette with room for four


Battery was dead due to sitting up for over two months.

Brakes are currently "squeaking."

General Comments:

This car looks great with and without the t-tops being taken off.

Handles exceptionally well, although the rear is a little light.

Interior was wonderfully designed and is very comfortable for a single or even married without children person.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd February, 2003

1st Apr 2004, 10:41

You are a little vague on why the rear-end is light on the car, otherwise I would grade your report high.

1st Apr 2004, 15:20

He's vague on why the rear end is light? Probably because it is not heavy enough. What a Stupid question.

He likely says this because he gets too much wheel spin, and maybe the rear end comes out while going around sharp fast corners.

1986 Pontiac Firebird S/E 2.8 V6 from North America


A very High performance beast


Nothing has gone wrong with my car since I have owned it.

When I bought it though, the hood was stuck shut, a little Grease Fixed that. Also, my father slammed the trunk, which was not (!!) good for the motor that closes the trunk for you, it wouldn't open for about a week after that.

The drivers side seat is ripped, but that's not the manufactures fault.

The engine is perfect. has always started and given me the power when I needed it. It costs me about 20.00 to fill the tank.

General Comments:

This car is more reliable then the new cars in my driveway.

I have left my lights on, for hours, and it started like nothing was wrong.

This car will definitely outlast many of the cars from the same year.

A very cheap, good investment.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st December, 2002

3rd Dec 2008, 19:17

I also have Firebird S/E '86. Nice white one. Only thing what went wrong was paint... it just peeled off. Probably because I had this car sitting for days under hot sun. Anyway I put new gorgeous white paint on it, but I've lost those door decals that say.. FIREBIRD S/E. Anybody know where to get them?