1995 Pontiac Firebird Reviews - Page 6 of 8

1995 Pontiac Firebird Formula V8 3.57 from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission V8 3.57 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance89000 miles
Previous carPontiac Firebird

Summary:

This car is truly always a work in progress!

Faults:

I have had the transmission rebuilt in the vehicle twice. I have replaced the alternator, water pump, and the normal replaced parts (i.e. brakes, battery, thermostat, headlights, etc.). I have a electrical malfunction. I have to sometimes wiggle the tail light bulbs to get my blinkers to work. Weird, huh? I have a head light motor problem the do not go up and down at the same time, so I have to crank it down at night or unplug them and leave them up.

General Comments:

I know my problems are plentiful, however this is the most beautiful car I've owned! It is an eye catcher. My minor problems are only known by me and not others. I love my Formula. Her name is Rachel (the young white girl). This car has had some magnificent upgrades and out performs many other street racers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd March, 2004

15th Apr 2004, 08:45

I know what you mean about the problems of your Formula, I have had some of the same. I love my car, but it is a lot of work to keep going.

7th Dec 2004, 23:42

Wow...reading these comments makes me feel like you're all writing about MY car. My '95 Black V6 ("Katrina" - Michael Knight's Firebird was K.I.T.T. so mine is KAT) has had it's share of problems, but is overall my pride and joy. Three alternators, window motor replacements, rebuilt transmission, tension pulley and a few other engine repairs, but I've put 105,000 VERY rough miles on her. I've also replaced the driver's side headlight motor. Apparently, Pontiac made their gears out of nylon which seems pretty dumb. There are a couple of outfits on the internet that sell brass replacements. I'm not a handyman or mechanic by any means, but the online directions made rebuilding the motor an easy task that saved me about $250.

1995 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 350 5.7 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 350 5.7 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

A god damn sexy missile

Faults:

Just an oil leak, but that comes with a performance car.

General Comments:

This car is like a missile. When you're on the highway and hitting the gas, it always has more left.

It also looks real sharp. The body style is very similar to the new one, so it never looks outdated.

The car's handling could be a little better, other than that the car is a true girl getter, missile, that looks good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th June, 2003

1995 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 5.7 LT1 from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 5.7 LT1 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance69500 miles
Previous carPontiac GTA

Summary:

An extremely fast chick magnet

Faults:

The fog light just went on the car. Also just replaced the wipers and the power antenna. Previous had raced the car so the rear end clunks a little bit at low speeds (going to rebuilt it this winter though). Service Engine light comes on when the car warms up (believe it to be because a K&N cold air kit was installed). First owner was a smoker so I had to take all the seats out to steam the carpets and get rid of the left over cigarette butts (I'm a cleanliness freak).

General Comments:

For the price, nothing beats this car on the road. Extremely fast (just have to be careful, this car was basically bred to race), and loads of fun with the t-tops off. Get the manual transmission, it's a lot more fun to drive. The only problem with the manual, is the Skip-Shift feature, it can be an annoyance. Around town, I only get about 13 MPG a gallon. Highway though, I can get a lot better. Insurance isn't too bad where I live, considering I'm only 18.

My car is black with the chrome rims and it looks absolutely sweet when cleaned and waxed. I just go paranoid because you can see dust and fingerprints on it very easily. I would only buy black again as a show car, because of that fact that I like my cars to look absolutely clean all the time. The girls also love this car; I get all the looks in it :)

I'm going to keep this car as long as possible, hoping to one day build up a collection of Firebirds and Trans Ams.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th June, 2003

10th Jun 2003, 02:31

The skip-shift on the manual transmission is easily disconnected. I'd try to describe it on here, but I don't have the time. Look up how on the net or ask a mechanic familiar with the car. I did it on my 95. Makes all the difference in the world.

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