1995 Pontiac Firebird Coupe from North America
Well built American sports car, just needs better performance for a 3.4 V6
Alternator 30k, tension pulley at 75k, engine check light at 100k comes on and off, fan motor at 120k, all pretty normal for an American car.
This car has been pretty reliable for 135,000 miles. I drive it daily and take it a lot to 105mph on back roads. It's only a 3.4 V6 auto, it is a shame my previous 94 Honda Civic DX was faster in 0-60 and in top speed - 118mph my Firebird on a good day can only do 110mph.
The Pontiac does good mpg - on the highway 29mpg and the city 20mpg. Just change your transmission oil every 30k and sparkplugs and engine oil at 5k with 5w-30w, and the car will be just a good as any import.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 19th March, 2001
25th Apr 2001, 16:48
Can any one tell me if is possible to exchange from a 3.4v6 to a 5.7v8 and what things should I have to change with it.
10th May 2001, 19:49
You know that Japan limited horsepower because they were afraid of starting a power war in between the extremely competitive Japanese car companies. A Skyline can easily be tweaked to run at its normal power level, around 400+ horsepower. American cars use displacement and the Japanese use technology.
23rd Nov 2001, 08:51
Yes, all cars can be tweaked to perform at levels higher than advertised, especially a low tech small block, but it all costs money. You can also tweek that little V-6 to outrun a V-8, it just takes money and knowledge.
As for swapping engines, sure you can. It's going to cost you though. Get rid of the car and buy a mid 90's LT1 car. I got my SLP Formula Conv for 8800 buck about a month ago. Look for the good deals, they are there.
20th Aug 2006, 14:04
The Firebird governor only allows 110mph. Higher speeds could be possible, but restricted in this vehicle. It is a very heavy car, however, and it has a small engine (3.4 v6) for it's size (about two tons with passengers), so I wouldn't recommend going any faster anyway.