1992 Pontiac Firebird Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1992 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am V6 from North America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired93000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles

Summary:

An enjoyable and affordable classic ride with plenty of opportunities to personalize and show off.

Faults:

Driver side automatic window engine needed to be fixed.

Air conditioner is temperamental.

Brake fluid for left rear wheel was leaking.

The factory rims had custom locking nuts on them so they can't be taken off with out the proper equipment that should come with the car. Otherwise, good luck on changing the tires.

A silent alarm system that came with the car broke causing it to not respond. When security is breached, the car will not start. Unfortunately only removing the entire alarm system will cure this.

The pop-up head lights don't always work. Sometimes one or the other will pop-up. Getting out of the car and pulling it up manually usually works. They need new engines.

The automatic antennae was stuck. It also needs a new engine. Pulling out the fuse chip, so the batteries aren't wasted, also disables automatic locks.

The buttons on middle arm piece for windows and electronic side view mirrors have a tendency to pop off if not properly secured.

Dashboard had cracks from standing in the heat.

General Comments:

Other than the brakes, all other fixes were for convenience features.

Be careful of the Plexiglas nose piece! It isn't plastic or sheet metal so it will not dent if hurt, it will break.

Young people, especially those that grew up with Knight Rider, love the car. This is definitely a "hangout" car.

This car still looks intimidating. As a girl, I found it useful to drive a car that is not easily "pushed around" by other cars, large trucks, or a SUV on the road.

It sticks to the road at all speeds and around corners.

This car has slightly better than average gas mileage. I have far to drive everyday so that I've put 5000 miles within less than a year. A full tank will take me a little over a week before a refill.

Acceleration is number one. Without even slamming on the gas pedal, the car will reach 40 mph right out of a red light before other cars start to roll.

For under $2000 this car is great for college students that need a good looking, A to B car that can also become a hobby.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th October, 2004

1992 Pontiac Firebird Coupe 5.0 TBI V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.0 TBI V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance102000 miles

Summary:

Nothing more fun for the money

Faults:

Alternator failed, but I caught it early. The alternator failed because it was previously improperly installed.

Radiator fan was slow. I replaced it. Cheap repair.

New starter. I went through 3 of them. They seem to fail from heat.

Replaced coolant temperature fan switch. It is not working again, so I must fix again. This is becoming annoying. Not a very enjoyable thing to replace.

Window motor failed and the other side is starting to go. Replaced motor.

General Comments:

I love this car.

For its age, it is very reliable.

I would not recommend this car to someone who treats their car poorly or does not know much about cars. If you do all the preventative maintenance and treat this car well then its totally reliable.

The performance is nice, but every car always needs to be faster.

My gas mileage is 15-20 in the city. Depending on how I drive. And 25-30 on the highway.

Also as a special bonus, every girl that I have ever dated loves this car also.

I will probably own more firebirds in the future.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th January, 2004

1992 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 3.1 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.1 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired91739 miles
Most recent distance92609 miles

Summary:

It's a fun, fast, car

Faults:

Had to get beaks fixed. Cost $400.

Had to get new converter $250.

One of rear tires was leaking, so got two new performance tires for rear. $80 (each)

Leak in cooling system, needs more fluid. $50 (per pound)

General Comments:

Great car to drive, loads of fun in warm weather, with t-tops and all.

Be careful because when roads are slick car hydroplanes. I put sand bags (150 pounds) and it helps out.

Not the greatest pick up with a V6 and all, but still a fast car. Easily over 120, haven't topped it out yet.

Being a teenage guy and all it does wonders of chicks.

Buy car from owner, much cheaper and they know more about history of car. Bought mine for 2,600 from original owner.

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

Review Date: 30th November, 2002

7th Apr 2008, 22:16

For one they never made a v-6 T/A, and two 3 of the 4 things that have "gone wrong" are common repair things for any car shouldn't be marked against it.

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 10 reviews