2002 Pontiac Firebird Coupe 3.8 Series V6 from North America
A beautiful daily performer
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.
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