1988 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA 5.7 Chevy TBI from North America


In fifty years of driving, nothing comes close


In all the years I've had this car, nothing ever went so bad that I couldn't drive to a parts store and fix it in the parking lot.

The worst problem I had was a blown rubber front brake line. Not only did I have to buy the line, but a bunch of tools, a one man bleeder... And I had all that stuff at home!

General Comments:

I went through the whole car before I started driving it. I look back now, and it was a CRAZY amount of money over the years. I usually fix things even if I think it may be going south.

I had the heads flow bench corrected, had a custom computer chip made by a guy who built Nascar engines, and fitted the highest speed tires I could find. I like replacing steel or plastic with stainless or titanium if it makes sense.

When I took it on the road finally, I was the happiest I've ever been. I think I moved some things inside my body to new locations, but it doesn't hurt.

Competition? No. Some bigger cc motorcycles, yeah. But they were all little light guys. Mustangs? Never. Several dozen of 'em bit the dust. Top speed? I don't know, but the needle was headed toward zero from the right, and it felt like a couple elephants were sitting on the roof. The spoilers made a huge difference. I was stuck to the road.

When I slowed down, and nothing had broken, I decided not to do THAT again.

But I did.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd May, 2015

20th Jun 2015, 20:08

The only disappointing part about these old Firebirds is GM's choice to discontinue Pontiac V8s. That 301 turbo had huge potential and could've possibly saw 300+ horsepower with some engineering refinements. It was already pushing 345 lbs of torque in its crude carbureted form.

1988 Pontiac Firebird 305 TBI from North America


Impractical, but fun!


- Leaking heater core (replaced one on my previous Firebird too).

- Broken radiator neck; plastic was brittle with age.

- Water pump failed, twice.

- Clogged catalytic converter.

- Motorized hatch release failed.

General Comments:

T-top car, very flexible in the body. Fun to drive when gas is cheap -- getting a bit pricey these days :)

Winter tires are a must, they make a big difference, even just in the rain. Speaking of rain, sometimes it finds its way into the car and puddles on the floor. Seems to leak somewhere around the hatch. I have taken this car on logging roads, and it does fine. Just watch out for the airdam on the bigger potholes.

Overall, it has been a very reliable car, still runs strong with regular maintenance. Twenty three years old, and still turns heads.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th June, 2011

1988 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA convertible 5.0 TPI from North America


Best model year 3rd generation Firebird built... period!


Trunk pull down motor, fuel pump, coil/distributor, driver's exterior door handle, and convertible top pull down motor failed.

General Comments:

Great overall looks, can't beat the body style, love the convertible conversion.

Enjoy the digital dash, steering wheel radio controls, and 5 spd transmission.

Lots of torque!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 2010

1988 Pontiac Firebird Formula 5.7L 350cdi tpi from North America


Gotta get yourself one!


On the third motor. Run them hard; if they were meant to run, they will hold together.

Fuel pump went out, that's about all.

General Comments:

Fun, fun, fun, love it to death. Has WS6, will leave posi for more than 1 block long with no prob.

Nice tight ride, corners great, outruns almost all Mustangs!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 2009

10th Dec 2009, 08:39

" If they were meant to run, they will hold together"

Even drag motors (ones that ARE "meant to run") have to be rebuilt constantly.

This review is too brief and has too many inconsistencies to be credible.

And yes, the old Camaro/Firebirds were WAY too heavy to beat their 80's Mustang counterparts, except for the Vette powered later ones.

1988 Pontiac Firebird Pontiac Formula 350 V8 5.7 350 from North America


1988 Firebird Formula 5.7 V8 Blows Away the Competition!


Over the 20 years that I've owned this 1988 Firebird Formula 5.7 Litre V8 muscle car I've had to replace the alternator about 10 times and I only have a factory stereo and speakers. Only major flaw I guess.

It was hard to roll with the posi rear up north in New York when I bought it. Anything over 6 inches of snow I had to call in sick.

Now living in Florida I have to use a higher viscoscity motor oil, due to the year round heat demands on an already hot running engine.

Had to replace the headliner due to the HEAT in Florida to.

General Comments:

Great car all around and would blow away any Ford Mustang that met me at a light, due in part to the 350 V8 350 Chevrolet engine that Pontiac went with in the Firebird Formula in 1988.

I changed the oil every 3K miles and it still runs like a champ.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2008

21st Jun 2008, 13:28

The 5.7 TPI came out in 87.