by groupb on Feb 16, 2012 Vehicle: 1990 Pontiac Firebird 2dr Hatchback
I bought my 2.8 V6 brand new in 1988, it was the only manual transmission they had on the lot in Phoenix. The stick helps the acceleration dramatically. A chip didn't bring much improvment. The AC was great and needed in AZ when I moved to the NW the lack of a rear defroster was felt immediately. Car looked awesome when new, great now. 1988 cars if still on the road look outdated, not the Firebird. It was my daily driver for many years. Once I got more cars, and the Firebird was parked for extended periods, problems began,
now I fixed them and try to rotate my cars so all get street time. 4 studded tires was the only way to drive in the snow. Love it today just as much as I did 24 years ago
by gr1mhunt3r on Mar 7, 2011 Vehicle: 1990 Pontiac Firebird 2dr Hatchback
I had a 1990 Firebird with the small 3.1 v6 and preferred the styling and handling over my 1992 Camaro z28 5.7 liter.
It does not have good acceleration with the v6 but has amazing sound, comfort and control.
The overall interior and exterior design was the best of any car I've seen (other than early Challengers) and was fun to drive even though it couldn't go nearly as fast as the Camaro.
by the bandit on Apr 23, 2008 Vehicle: 1990 Pontiac Firebird 2dr Hatchback
Picking up chicks, roaring on main street, gliding threw the curvy back roads like a magic carpet. only a few thing that these car do excellently. most of the v8 Firebirds and Camaros have been BEATEN!!! and are now rusted and have more parts around them on the lawn than in them. If you want a car to burn the rubber off the wheels and leave a strip on the pavement get one with a v8 in it already (specifically a 350 (5.7 L) not a 305 (5.0 L) but if you want a car that you can say "I made this car the way it is" get a v6 (which will not been beaten!!!) and take the time and money to get a great engine and drop it in. the parts that these cars came with were not specifically made for performance
by Jimmy Jim Jim on Feb 10, 2004 Vehicle: 1990 Pontiac Firebird 2dr Hatchback
Its a nice car unless you live in the
north. Park it during the winter
because these beasts don't move in
snow. They have good power and are
very fun to drive but they don't get
the highway mileage as some of the
smaller cars. (mine gets about 15 city
and 20 highway) They're a nice toy for
summer but unless you have a team of
guys in the trunk with shovels and
sand you aren't going anywhere in the
by bcroft on Feb 7, 2004 Vehicle: 1990 Pontiac Firebird 2dr Hatchback
Even at over 150,000 miles, this car
still is reliable and fun to drive. If
you're looking for an incredibly good
value in a used car, look no further.
The only cons are the dated styling
and the standard sports car problem --
small back seats. But let me say that
this car can transport a LOT of stuff
when you put down the rear seats -- more
than probably 80% of other cars. Skis
and snowboards, christmas trees, and all
the groceries for a large house party
were transported in this surprisingly
by bdw9714 on Aug 29, 2002 Vehicle: 1990 Pontiac Firebird 2dr Hatchback
I bought it used, with about 120000 miles on it. Have had to invest in repair,
as it was sitting for a year. Now I drive it as my daily car, and I am in love
with it. Responds well to mods as well. I wish I had bough a v8, but the v6
will do just fine until that time comes.
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