1989 Pontiac Firebird Formula 350 350(5.7L) V8 from North America
Fun to drive, cheap to buy, expensive to keep
Recently replaced the transmission - GM TH700-R4 4-speed plus overdrive. Cost me $2171 US.
Heater core failure in late 2001, filled my passenger footwell with 50/50 coolant/water. Reran heater hoses to bypass core, will replace soon with a $22 part from Auto Zone. Cost is not the issue but time - I will need to remove and replace the gauge cluster and console.
Replaced front windshield after a rock cracked it on the freeway at 110mph.
Front brake rotors had developed radial cracks after previous owners let them wear too thin.
Spoiler cracked when paintshop overtightened its bolts under previous ownership.
Alternator failure last winter. $80 part.
Tires cost upwards of $600 for a full set of Z's.
Great performance, very fast. With Z-rated tires, this car can corner at 35 without a squeal.
Back seats are not meant for humans. Then, it *is* a sports car.
This is not a fuel-efficient car. I get 11-12mi/gal in the city and around 20 on the freeway.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th January, 2002