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