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Great Car
By firebirdnation on 04/12/13 10:34 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 2dr Convertible

Review

i actually have the 3.8 firebird w-68 package (ground effects and same trans am wheel/ rim sizes) but you wouldnt think it by they way it looks, handles and performs. I have beaten multiple high end cars and performance cars off the line, down the strip etc such as Corvette Z06 or Camaro z28's. This car is superb. It is my daily driver. Im now at 141xxx and still running strong. Only problem i've had is a small oil leak but thats pretty normal on all cars. Stock the 3.8 push 200hp or so and these cars have tons of potential. Iv added multiple bolt ons (cold air etc) l and full exhaust mods and a performance chip and that alone pushes the RWHP to 380+hp. Phenominal car and handles great too
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A Great Sportscar
By ken32708 on 02/20/11 20:09 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Pontiac Firebird 2dr Hatchback

Review

I have owned this car since it was new. Although it has had some problems, it is after all a sportscar and you can expect them. With just over 100,000 miles on it now, I finally had the plugs changed and the second round of new coils and wiring. That and replacing the muffler with a Flowmaster have restored the old higher power capability again. Also, I replaced the Monsoon stereo with a Sony that has is XM capable and added a 10" bass tube that LOOKS LIKE a NOX tank. The kids and grandkids want to know what I want to do with the car when I die and I tell them, I'm being buried in it. When all the Firebirds are gone, the world will be a dimmer place.
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Pontiac did build excitement!
By 1776data on 11/18/09 21:13 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Pontiac Firebird 2dr Hatchback

Review

When you think of american muscle cars, you always thought of pontiac. The firebird is synonomous with having fun and getting to where you gotta go a little faster. The 3800 V6 has plenty of pep, the suspension is tight, and the body style is enviable. Add the t-tops and the optional ground effects package and you will have people turning thier heads. The 97 firebird has beautiful flowing body lines and curves, it makes you feel proud every time you turn the key.
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A great American muscle car
By TransAmChick on 02/24/09 16:00 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 2dr Hatchback

Review

'97 Pontiac Trans Am. Love my baby! I bought this car used (one owner), and it's now 11 years old, but you'd never know it. It's been very dependable and hasn't given me any major problems, except that I go through rotors fairly fast even though I'm not hard on braking. Obviously not recommended for everyone, but it's awesome to drive. It's my daily driver, and I put about 8,000 miles on it annually. Not too good in the snow, but if you've driven RWD before, you'll know what to expect - Traction control helps. If you have a "beater" and can keep a car like this in the garage in the winter, that's the best option. It's a shame GM doesn't make these anymore; they are sorely missed.
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Great Summer Car!
By austin on 01/30/08 08:10 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Pontiac Firebird 2dr Hatchback

Review

This is a wonderful car, my grandmother bought this car in 1997 brand new and although it has had some major problems I still love this car. Fuel pump replaced twice and the plugs and wires have been changed every summer we pull it out of storage since it was about four years old. Car has great acceleration and good feel when shifting this 5-speed. Excellent fuel economy (23/35) when driving like this car was meant to be driven (fast). Some problems have occured at about 60k miles such as the window motors going out and the radio but that's to be expected. This car is very dangerous in the winter on ice as we live in michigan so it is only driven in the summer. Very nice car for the money!
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Good Driving Car, Solid
By Jake2007 on 11/03/06 14:43 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Pontiac Firebird Formula 2dr Hatchback

Review

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.
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I love this car!
By BP on 06/24/06 14:08 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Pontiac Firebird 2dr Hatchback

Review

Gas mpg on the road right now is really nice! It is very fun to drive! Love the pop-up lights and the power of the engine! 3.8 L with 200 hp what's not to love? If I wanted to I could easily boost the hp on this thing. Why do that though when it gets such great mileage for a sporty car (we ain't talking about a honda civic or anything this is a firebird). If you don't want one or don't like the one you have sell it! someone else will though!
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Fun Car!!
By B4May on 06/05/06 20:46 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Pontiac Firebird 2dr Hatchback

Review

I have been driving this car for 6 years and I still love it as much as I did the day I got it. Rides a little rough, but it's a sports car after all. Love the steering wheel radio controls - I'm forever spoiled and will never drive a car without them. Also love the great orange dash lighting. T-tops are very fun, but I don't use them as often as I could because they are kind of a pain - manual removal and have to store them in the trunk, so it must be empty to do so. I have had problems with the spark plugs - mechanics complain because they are difficult to change. Back seat is small - but again, it's a sports car, so you don't buy it for hauling people or cargo. Super fun to drive!!
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It rocks
By Swimmerboy on 04/04/06 11:16 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 2dr Hatchback

Review

This car is more fun to drive thing my mom's 2006 mustang. I have be out standing happy with my car. and it has never left me anywere. even after the waterpump went out. i was able to limp her 2 miles home. the only bad thing is she lecks a little oil. but i dont have to add oil between oil changes.
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'97 Formula
By Danny on 02/22/06 11:42 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Pontiac Firebird Formula 2dr Hatchback

Review

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.
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