1988 Pontiac Firebird Formula 5.0 TBI from North America
This car is high performance at its best
To date I have had no problems with this car. A testimony to Pontiac, this 16 year old car still looks and runs like new.
In my 38 years of driving lots of hot cars, this stock 5.0 with throttle body injection, a 5 speed transmission, and optioned with the WS6 suspension package is the nicest American Muscle I have ever owned.
The handling is awesome both in and out of traffic and especially on winding country roads.
The interior and body styling really makes you feel like you're in a timeless modified race car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th March, 2004
10th Feb 2005, 06:05
I personally own a 1988 Pontiac Firebird Formula and I love it. The steering is tight and it doesn't hesitate when you punch it.
17th Oct 2005, 22:57
I also have a Pontaic Formula, I have to say that the Formy is an awesome car. Its my 2nd car, so I can't offer comparison to much, but it is very responsive; the only downfalls it has IMO is that the steering is very hard (but that's good for racing, since you get a really good feel of it) and the (automatic) transmission is weak. However, there are many many upgrades available, and this car is FUN!!! The WS6 suspension really does make the car grip well (Along with the stock 16"s)
11th Nov 2005, 20:12
I have owned my 88 5.7 formula since 1988 my dad pointed it out to me while I was interested in buying a cool car. My dad said he knew a guy who was selling a nice ride. Interested in a GT at the time I said Idon't know. Long story short after one drive, still todate in my garage sits my 88 with original brakes tires etc. with only 48000/km. What can I say, but thanks Dad .
25th Nov 2005, 20:30
I also own a 88 Pontiac Formula. Its very powerful for a 17 year old car. Those years were the horrible gas-crisis years when Detroit had smog regulations forced on it. The Formula easily burns its rear wheels when WOT and the only downside for mine, is the weak drivetrain. I've had the transmission rebuilt twice. I think this is just the result of too much low-end torque. =)