1995 Pontiac Firebird Reviews - Page 3 of 8

1995 Pontiac Firebird Convertible 3.4 from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.4 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Prix

Summary:

A Firebird is only as good as the driver who is supposed to care for it

Faults:

Previous owner (s) Neglected the car for years, apparently. Bought cheap and restored/customized it. All top engine gaskets, rear main seal, catalytic converter, exhaust, front trans seal, rear shocks, alternator, tensioner pulley, serp belt, replaced stereo, installed custom white gauges, custom headlights. A portion of repairs were preventive maintenance i.e. rear main and front trans seal.

General Comments:

I am anything but a typical car owner. Cars I buy IMPROVE in condition during my ownership. I don't tolerate neglect or lingering issues with what I drive and the model has to have redeeming qualities beyond typical or I won't own it.

The Firebird, and especially the Firebird Convertible I bought struck me as a car with huge potential. After including a body kit and other customizations, as well as bring it up to top condition... it might as well be a Ferrari. It COMMANDS attention. A visit to McDonald's drive-thru resulted in half their staff, gathering at the window, manager included.

Best of all, with the 3.4 Litre V6 that gets 29 MPG on the highway, I don't feel guilty driving it. This car is an absolute BLAST to drive. It corners exceptionally well and when healthy, the 3.4 engine DOES have guts, especially after the intake has been upgraded and a Flowmaster exhaust installed.

Car bought for $2100. Invested $3,000. Feels like a million bucks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th May, 2008

1995 Pontiac Firebird Base 3.4L from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.4L Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired103000 miles
Most recent distance116000 miles
Previous carDodge Daytona

Summary:

NOT that fast, NOT that furious, NOT really worth it

Faults:

- Shifting linkage needed adjustment at 105K. (Shifter indicator was in park and went into reverse.)

- Thermostat stuck open at 108K.

- Water pump went out at 112K.

- Turn signal switch stopped working at 113K.

- Starter solenoid wouldn't work also at 113K. (Required to start the car.)

- Headlights and taillights were very dim at 116K.

General Comments:

Pros:

- Looks nice

- Great on gas

- Can do burnouts (but not big ones)

Cons:

- Frequent mechanical problems

- Frequent electrical problems

- Rusting inside engine block.

I had this car for over a year and already had to dump at least $4,000 into it. Engine has not been reliable at all. Coolant was brown and engine block is rusting on the inside. Water pump and starter solenoid both went out in less than a month. Although the engine great on gas, they're a huge pain in the butt to work on. You have to take out so many components just to replace one!

Firebird is a great car, but the 3.4L engines lack horsepower and torque! GM should have only put V8's into Firebirds, considering it's an AMERICAN MUSCLE CAR!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th March, 2008

7th Mar 2008, 10:41

Common universal question everyone gets with an old car at some point - When do I stop putting money into it?

11th Mar 2008, 21:52

I've owned 7 Mustangs, including V-8's. With insurance and gas prices as high as they are, I would not have bought my 2007 Mustang unless it had the 6. Many people prefer muscle car looks, but without the 12 mile per gallon mileage and outrageous insurance. If I were in the market for a used Firebird, I would ONLY look for a V-6.

1995 Pontiac Firebird 2 door coupe 6 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 miles
Most recent distance113000 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

Fantastic

Faults:

Alternator in 2001, wiper blades, tires changed twice in 11 years, right headlight motor.

General Comments:

Almost new when I bought it, has been very reliable. Handles and feels well when driving. Cruise speed 75-80 at 2500 rpm on highway, I may sell it due to growing family. Tuned up car/changed timing belt at 100,000.. Never broke down, definitely a fancy looking car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th July, 2007

1995 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 5.7 350ci from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 5.7 350ci Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance99000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Best car in its class for its time

Faults:

The torque arm bushing wore out at about 97,000 miles.

Wears through tires very fast.

General Comments:

Super fun to drive because it is very fast.

The interior makes you feel like your in a race car which adds to the pleasure of driving it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th March, 2007

14th Mar 2007, 16:31

I'm jealous. I've been wanting to find a good used Firebird, as I think they are awesome cars and better looking than the Camaros. Congrats on a great car.

15th Mar 2007, 00:28

I own one and I must agree with you, yes they do run through tires fast!!! wooohooo!!!

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 23 reviews