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1997 Pontiac Firebird

Pontiac Firebird Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 5.7 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 285 hp @ 5000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Pontiac Firebird

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  • Pros

    Good looks, powerful base V-6 engine, better value than Mustang

  • Cons

    Hefty size, seating positions, insurance costs, macho image

  • What's New for 1997

    Pontiac upgrades the Firebird in several ways for 1997. Performance freaks will appreciate the addition of Ram Air induction to the options list of the Formula and Trans Am convertibles. Audiophiles will be blown away by the newly optional 500-watt Monsoon sound system. Luxury intenders can get power seats swathed in leather this year. Safety-conscious buyers will find daytime running lights. Additional cosmetic and comfort items keep the fourth-generation Firebird fresh for its fifth year.

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Customer Reviews

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Good driving car, solid

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Vehicle: 1997 Pontiac Firebird Formula 2dr Hatchback

This car is an excellent car to drive, it's real solid, the power is not too bad either, the formulas were actually faster than the Trans Ams, with a 5.7 second 0-60 compared to the Trans Am's 6.1 second 0-60.




'97 formula

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Vehicle: 1997 Pontiac Firebird Formula 2dr Hatchback

The car is a beautiful combination of style and performance that turns heads everywhere. Just because it doesn't have the 505 hp found in the Chevy Z06, you will never feel like you need anything else. Never have I found a postion in which I wished for more acceleration or a higher maximum speed. The ride is fairly smooth, but in the automatic form, 3rd gear gets a little bumpy around 4000 rpm, but 4th gear is smoother and more quiet than I've ever experienced in the f-bodys.




97 formula hatchback

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Vehicle: 1997 Pontiac Firebird Formula 2dr Hatchback

Great style, unexpected great gas mileage for a v8, gut wrenching torque, great fun ripping through the gears, rides nice, great interior layout, handles any curve you can throw at it, lots of third party support for this vehicle, an american icon, FAST!!!




Big bang for low buck

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Vehicle: 1997 Pontiac Firebird Formula 2dr Hatchback

I have 138000 miles on the car now. Specs are :Formula pkg+sport suspension+6 speed. Tires replaced with Dunlop Sport 9000s-no hydroplane , big bite in the curves. Everyone in the family likes to drive this car! Some early problems with wiper controls/speed control and headlight motor. Also need to replace a stress cracked windshield.No problems since 25k miles.




The wrong formula?

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Vehicle: 1997 Pontiac Firebird Formula 2dr Hatchback

bought car new and kept for 5 years with 94000 mi. Had too many problems that ruined the enjoyment of the car. Water pump, oil sending unitleak, pinion seal (2x), intake manifold leak (2x), radio volume control, rack and pinion/tie rod ends - all before I hit 60000 mi. GM should do a better job of making quality cars.



Full 1997 Pontiac Firebird Review

What's New for 1997

Pontiac upgrades the Firebird in several ways for 1997. Performance freaks will appreciate the addition of Ram Air induction to the options list of the Formula and Trans Am convertibles. Audiophiles will be blown away by the newly optional 500-watt Monsoon sound system. Luxury intenders can get power seats swathed in leather this year. Safety-conscious buyers will find daytime running lights. Additional cosmetic and comfort items keep the fourth-generation Firebird fresh for its fifth year.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
/
  • 24
  • highway
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