2002 Pontiac Firebird Reviews

2002 Pontiac Firebird Convertible 5.7 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 5.7
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired41000 miles
Most recent distance57000 miles

Summary:

It will make you smile often

Faults:

Left blinker, left signal light works intermittently.

Rear end is weak. Cannot handle the power.

Interior plastics fall out.

Installed an Escort Passport Max with Laser Interceptor.

Best U.S. vehicle ever made. I believe the workers of this car took great pride in their work, and therefore assembled it to the best of their ability.

General Comments:

Runs silky smooth. I had to wait like crazy to buy one. Luckily I found a Trans Am enthusiast who hardly drove it. I updated the exhaust, computer chipped it, installed an Escort Passport Max and the Laser Interceptor 2013. I got tired of the mundane tickets when I travel on the freeways. I should have done it before, but 'Hey, I'm a girl so I thought I could get out of tickets. NOT!'.

I enjoy my convertible. I know I smile often, but I truly enjoy smiling for the past two years; even more when the top is down and I am flying... I live in heavy traffic, but watch out when off peak hours, because I get to drive quickly home, the beach, the nail shop, the car shop, the restaurants, the city, the country, friend's house, etc...

Now I know why the boys like this car. The rumble at the stoplight. The roar of its engine. The crazy speed. The reliability. Oh, I use Chevron Super and it's $4.25 now, but it's well worth it. Oh did I say "I just beat a guy who drove his Honda Civic..." I didn't even punch it... heheh.

I am truly very happy with my car. I named him 'Kevin'.

If anyone knows what spark plugs and wires to use, what oil to use, what filter to use, what tires to buy, what brakes you recommend... Let me know... It's about that time to give him a major tune up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd August, 2013

6th Aug 2013, 01:04

I've seen an MPG and power improvement using Iridium plugs. Cost a little more, but well worth it. With such low mileage I don't see why your plug wires would need replacing.

For brakes and oil filter, A.C. Delco is a good choice.

High performance Michelin tires will probably improve your MPG, as long as you don't drive in the snow. Pennzoil synthetic is the best oil I've ever used, although Mobil 1 is also very good. Just change it every 5,000 miles, and your Firebird will stay ahead of the ricer's for many years.

2002 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission Automatic
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance42000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

Car is a definite rattle trap, but I still like it!

Faults:

I am the original owner of a 2002 Pontiac Trans Am. I recently had to replace the front sway bar with a solid bar (the original ones are hollow). I also have had to replace the turn signal bulbs at least three times in the past two years. I only have 42,000 miles on the car, it runs great, but it is a definite rattle trap. I am starting to hate the ride, because I recently took a job that I am on the road for, and I can hear every rattle when I go over bumps, etc.

The tires wear out quickly, and I am not as happy with this car as my previous cars (1983 Chevrolet Camaro and 1989 Camaro IROC-Z). I owned both my Camaros for over six years each, and nothing beats a Chevy Camaro!

General Comments:

I like my car, get lots of complements, but am not as happy with the Trans Am as the Chevrolet Camaros I have owned in the past.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th June, 2011

2002 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am WS6 5.7 LS1 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 5.7 LS1 Manual
Distance when acquired13 miles
Most recent distance92000 miles
Previous carDodge Neon

Summary:

Best car I have ever owned

Faults:

Have not had the problems with blinkers that others have had, cannot remember ever needing to replace them.

Did have to have the rear differential and you joint replaced while still under warranty.

I do have some squeaks that are very annoying, could it be the T-tops?

General Comments:

I love the power on this car, and like one of the other comments on this site, I don't drive it hard, but will run with you if you think you can beat me. What is it with Altima and Maxima drivers anyway, I mean, are they serious thinking they are quicker?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 2009

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 10 reviews