1996 Pontiac Firebird Buyer's Guide

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Overall
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Value
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Performance
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Style
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Comfort
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Fuel Economy
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Reliability
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1996 Pontiac Firebird Owner Ratings & Reviews

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1996 Pontiac Firebird - High-maintenance

JC
Phoenix, Arizona
Overall
3.0
Value
3.0
Performance
4.0
Style
4.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
2.0
Reliability
1.0
This car looks very good on the exterior. I originally bought the car when I did not expect to have to do a lot of driving with it, and so my main concern was feeling good about its appearance. However I have now owned it for seven years and feel some regret. I've put about 50,000 miles on it and the maintenance costs have exceed the initial cost of the car.
Pros
The best aspect of the car is that it is sleek. It is a cool car. It has a V6 3.8 engine. It is enjoyable to drive. The handling is excellent.
Cons
The car has required a massive amount of repairs. The worst was the fact that the motor blew at about 161,000 miles. I've replaced just about every part in the car. Of the top of my head, I recall replacing the motor, fuel injectors, spark plugs, coil pack, AC, tires, cooling fan harness and relay, hoses, filters, BCM, other wiring issues, other cooling aspects, alternator, water pump, serpentine belt, multiple batteries, and a few other things. I guess they call it a Firebird because it's always running hot. The cooling system is poorly designed. The maintenance costs are killing me. The ... (more)

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