1988 Pontiac Firebird Reviews - Page 2 of 6

1988 Pontiac Firebird trans am gta 5.0 TPI from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 5.0 TPI Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 kilometres
Most recent distance200999 kilometres
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

Can I go out and play???

Faults:

Rough idle (needs tune up),

General Comments:

I just bought this car for $2000.great shape just could use new paint. Its red with t top, and a total black int, looks sharp. This car does handle very well and looks quit good, but the mustangs 302 is better as far as power goes.I've heard that these cars can't handle play time, and things start blowing apart. not bashing the car just going by what people tell me. I honestly think I'm just going to sell this car in the near future.

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

Review Date: 20th September, 2006

6th Feb 2008, 17:14

Wrong!! The Mustang was faster that year. Yours achieves about 6.7 to 60 while the Mustang is 6.2 (with the no-cost traction-lok axle of course)...All you need is a half second to say bye bye... Had two 5.0's and never lost to a Camaro or Firebird stock vs. stock period!!

1988 Pontiac Firebird Formula 350 5.7 TPI from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 5.7 TPI Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired211000 miles
Most recent distance211000 miles
Previous carSAAB 900

Summary:

Fast, fun, good looking American muscle

Faults:

I had to replace the computer, and one of the headlight motors.

General Comments:

I really like the car, it was given to me by a family member, and although it had been sitting out in the weather for a couple years, it cleaned up nicely with some soap, water, &wax. The body is very solid.

At first, it had an idle problem, and the passenger side headlight would not move, my mechanic replaced them both, I installed a new battery & changed the oil & filter, and now it runs like a top, is reliable, fast & powerful.

The body has 211K miles, but the engine was rebuilt a couple years ago, and doesn't have any more than 10K on it.

Looks stealthy moving down the road. It's black paint looks like glass. Cool 80's car.

Its top speed isn't as impressive as a lot of the new cars, but she rips & tears off the line! Posi rear end, and Dunlop tires really grab the road!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th May, 2006

14th Aug 2006, 01:15

What does she top out at???

1988 Pontiac Firebird Coupe 2.8L from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.8L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired250000 kilometres
Most recent distance265000 kilometres
Previous carOldsmobile Achieva

Summary:

Good looking, fast and under rated

Faults:

Spark plug cables melted away at 255000km.

Transmission mount broke at 260000km.

Brakes wear very quickly in the front.

Left strut tower rusted badly after 10 winters.

General Comments:

This car handles great and easily takes turns doing 40 km/h.

With few modifications including dual exhaust, cold air, ram air and turbo charger, the 2.8L Engine does 0 to 120 km/h in 12sec.

Very reliable, starts in minus 50 degree weather.

Cabin is very comfortable, except the back seats.

Trunk space is limited.

T-roof is a lot of fun in the summer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th May, 2005

28th Mar 2006, 08:47

Although I would never drive my T/A in winter I can testify that LB9 TPI starts without problems. And bricks in the back keep you from fish tailing too ;-)

Before finding my 85 T/A summer car, I drove an 86 Z28 even in winter! They are identical except cosmetic influences. My LB9 engine always started (without block heater) even up here in the arctic land, FINLAND.

20th Apr 2006, 17:15

I have this car as well, it's in blue like the one you have depicted. I really, really love it too. It is underrated! I am just coming on here because I have it in primer right now; and am about to paint it. Unfortunately, when I got the car it was faded pretty bad, so I don't know exactly what it looked like. I saw that picture of the blue one and got really excited, and would like to see more pictures, bigger, more detailed and more varied. Please, PLEASE, MSG ME OR LET ME KNOW WHERE YOU GOT THAT picture!!! You can contact me at http://www.myspace.com/aaronbeall

Thank you, Aaron.

22nd Aug 2006, 14:45

Where did you find a turbo kit for a 2.8? I've been looking around and can't seem to find anything for mine... Did you modify one designed for another car?

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 21 reviews