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Pontiac Firebird Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 5.7 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission
  • Horse Power 285 hp @ 5000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Pontiac Firebird

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  • Safety
  • 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.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (22 total reviews)


Love my car

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Vehicle: 1996 Pontiac Firebird

i love my 96 formula it has 3:73 gears hurst throwshifter cold air intake front line lock and all around a very sound car. i have a question tho, if any of u can help there is a squeaking noise comming from the front end that i cnt figure out i dont no if its common or not if u can help it would be great. and another thing is there any other way to increase the horse power of this fire breathing beast it already has freekesh power but i want more of it thanks for the help.




Firebird of paradise

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Vehicle: 1996 Pontiac Firebird

I am the former owner of a 1996 Pontiac Firebird, with the 3800 V6 engine. I miss my car. I was constrained by necessity to sell her in Feb. 2009. But for ten years, this car served me well. The V6 engine had good performance, with 200HP and 225 lb/ft of torque. But what really impressed me was the reliability of the car. I have owned other Camaros and Firebirds in the past. I love these cars, but they are generally not well known for their reliability. But my 96 Firebird was rock solid reliable. The 3800 GM V6 motors are excellent. The fuel economy wasn't top notch (in fact, I think that the LT1 engines were more fuel efficient), but the car was fun to own and drive. I miss it!




1996 firebird v6 3.8

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Vehicle: 1996 Pontiac Firebird

My firebird is equipped with a 3.8 L v6, t-tops and and some nice rims and i am very happy with it.The power is amazing. I put headers, cold air intake and did some head work to mine and it will rip the tires off. The fuel economy is great. This car is all around fun to drive. The only reason I would sell this car is to by a v8 model.




Nice car

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Vehicle: 1996 Pontiac Firebird

I traded my 1970 El Camino for this 1996 firebird with the LT1 motor in it. The guy before me put on hooker headers, Flow masters, cold air flow, lowered the rear end, put 6 way springs in the front end. This car is a rocket ship! It will blow any stock V8 away. Plus it looks nice and rides like a new car.




Not really reliable.

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Vehicle: 1996 Pontiac Firebird

I owned one of these for 2 years. I had to spend 6000 in maintaining the vehicle. Be careful of who you buy it from and get an ASE certified mechanic to check it out first.




Great car to keep

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Vehicle: 1996 Pontiac Firebird

I have the `96 bird and an `01 grand am gt1 anniversary edition. The grand am will be out of my inventory long before the bird. I can't believe how well it has held up mechanically and stylishly. I am going to be pleased to give it a pimpin in the springtime. It is going to be a classic some day!



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
/
  • 23
  • highway
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