2002 Pontiac Firebird Reviews - Page 4 of 4

2002 Pontiac Firebird Coupe 3.8 Series V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.8 Series V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired100 miles
Most recent distance6408 miles
Previous carPontiac Bonneville

Summary:

A beautiful daily performer

Faults:

1) The stock tires (Goodyear Eagle GS-C, I think) are great performers on dry asphalt, but due to the large weight distribution of the modern muscle car, if the tires are overpowered, it can be a problem. The stock tires are also tremendously bad for wet driving (or at least more than damp roads). Standing water is its enemy.

2) The "check engine" light will come on if the gas cap is not fully on. This can get annoying, but is helpful.

General Comments:

The performance on the V6 is adequate. The suspension is great for touring.

It's a wonderful daily driver, and something you can parade around town in. The t-tops do not leak (it is new, though). The drivetrain is solid and always starts and performs correctly. The automatic transmission is very good. If you're looking for a lot of performance, buy a Trans Am, it's worth the few thousand more. If you want a really good sports car without the V8 insurance, and the same sleek, sexy look, go with the V6. It's a deal overpriced, definitely for a target audience.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th December, 2002

2002 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am WS6 Ram Air 346ci LS1 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 346ci LS1 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired4 miles
Most recent distance7600 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

Fun, head-turning car with LOTS of power and style!

Faults:

Have had the car only 6 months and already had a piece of trim come off one of the convertible top latches.

Had three instances where the air conditioning froze up under high humidity conditions.

There's lots of plastic in the interior which is easily scratched.

The adjustable leather seats are nice, but someone unaccustomed to this type of car might find them very uncomfortable, especially for longer trips.

Don't even think about wedging a normal-sized adult into the back seat - they will NOT enjoy the ride.

General Comments:

Great car that's a lot of fun to drive! This is NOT a car for someone that wants cushy comfort and ease of getting in and out of the car. It is a car for someone that loves to drive, appreciates the feel and sound of a beefy 8 cylinder engine, and wants to turn a few heads.

Make sure you have a GOOD radar detector when you drive this car as this car loves to accelerate and speed! When the light turns green, you can be completely through the intersection and half-way down the street before most cars have even started moving. As for highway driving, this car is barely breathing at 70mph!

The car handles GREAT! The 17-inch 50 series tires grip the road well, and the occasional chirp/squeal they emit when you over-accelerate (even when already rolling), just reminds you of how much fun this car is to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2002

4th Jan 2003, 23:13

What exactly did you mean when you said air conditioning "froze" up?

10th Jul 2003, 17:21

Actually bigger tires can be worse, more weight and a lot more power needed to move them. I THINK the corvette wheels are bigger aren't they? Oh and there isn't much difference between the weight in the 2. I can believe it though, probably an automatic vette or someone that can't drive manual for crap.

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