Used 1996 Pontiac Firebird Convertible

1996 Pontiac Firebird
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1996 Pontiac Firebird

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Used 1996 Pontiac Firebird Convertible for Sale

Pontiac Firebird 1996 2dr Hatchback
160,234 miles
Used 1996
Pontiac Firebird
Base
Absolute Motors
27.6 mi away
List$7,997
Est.Loan: $164/mo
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Dealer Notes
www.AbsoluteMotorsInc.com 571-398-0507 Welcome to Absolute Motors Inc%2521 Absolute Motors is a community, internet based, Auto Dealership that gives customers affordable AND quality cars. Here at Absolute Motors we perform Safety Inspections AND Emissions testing on all of our vehicles, which means we go one step further than most dealerships. In addition to the Safety Inspection and Emissions, we put every vehicle through our own reconditioning process to ensure every vehicles reliability and dependability. Since we are an internet based dealership, we don&%252339;t have a "conventional" road side car lot, which allows us to save on our overhead and pass the savings on to YOU, the customer. Our office is located in the same building as Holly Acres Boats & RV&%252339;s on the 2cd floor, with the entrance being on the side of the building. Sometimes customers end up at the two dealerships located directly next to us because they just turn once they see cars. It is important to note that you will not be able to see our vehicles from the road, they are located behind the building we are located in. So just give us a call if you&%252339;re having trouble finding us%2521 We believe buying a vehicle should be much more than the lowest pirce, check out our customer reviews on Google, Yelp, and Facebook%2521 For pictures, please visit us www.absolutemotorsinc.com -- Please double check the accuracy of the options with your sales representative.

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vehicle overview

Aside from a small period of history during the early '80s, Firebird has been synonymous with performance since 1967. The blue-striped Trans Am from 1969 comes to mind, along with the 1974 SD-455, the 1978 black and gold 6.6-liter T/A abused by Burt Reynolds in "Smokey and the Bandit," the orange 1978 Firebird Esprit driven to fame by James Garner in "The Rockford Files," the 1989 Turbo V6 Indianapolis 500 pace car, and this, the current iteration of Pontiac's F-car.

The Firebird, in base form, is a beautiful car. The blend of angular greenhouse lines and softly bulging sheetmetal creates the automotive equivalent of Kim Basinger in a silk nightgown. Unfortunately, the bespoilered Trans Am, with its aero skirting, decklid Batwing, and peek-a-boo driving lights ruins the effect. Not to worry; the Formula provides all of the T/A's hardware goodies in a more restrained, lighter, less costly package.

The Firebird's cockpit is a nice blend of style and function, and is much better than, say, that found in a Dodge Stealth. Dual airbags and antilock brakes are standard, and Firebird can be equipped with an optional traction control system on the Formula and Trans Am. Additionally, convertible versions of each model were introduced in 1994, so if top-down motoring is preferable, for a boost in price it is yours.

Performance from the Corvette-derived 5.7-liter V8 is astounding, providing enough power to get the Firebird to 60 mph faster than your ten-year-old can get to 40 yards. The LT1 V8 is good for 10 more ponies in 1996, up from 275 horsepower on last year's V8. New for 1996 is a Ram Air WS6 Performance and Handling Package for the Formula and T/A. Twin hood scoops force cool air into the LT1, resulting in 20 extra horsepower. WS6 suspension tuning and P275/40ZR17 keep the Ram Air Firebird planted to the ground. Base models haven't been forgotten; the new 3800 Series II V6 makes 40 more horsepower and 25 foot-pounds more torque than the 1995 base engine. A Performance Package for base Firebirds includes four-wheel disc brakes, a limited slip differential, dual exhausts, bigger tires and a tighter steering ratio. All Firebirds get sharp five-spoke alloy wheels for 1996.

One new exterior color and one new interior color have been added to the roster. Any Firebird can be ordered with a power antenna in 1996, and steering wheel radio controls are available with any radio. A theft deterrent system with a personal security key fob is newly available.

With major powertrain improvements and hot sheetmetal, the 1996 Firebird fries Ford's Mustang. Stay away from the well-optioned Trans Am, because the Formula provides all the performance and image you need, and keeps your budget well in the black.

1996 Highlights

A new standard V6 makes 40 more horsepower than the old one. The LT1 V8 also makes more power, particularly when equipped with Ram Air induction. A new color livens up the exterior, as if it needed it.

Consumer reviews

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1996 Pontiac Firebird Convertible
qwertyuiop,07/27/2003
Good car.
The Little Things
Mike,04/21/2008
I have the T-Top version with the 3.8 L 3800 Series II. The power is good and it's fun to drive. However, I've had to replace the motors in the windows, the oil pressure sensor, a power steering line, and the muffler has a hole in it. Also, the head light motors are out. It is reliable though I've only towed it twice. Just be ready for the little things.
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Features & Specs

MPG
15 city / 24 hwy
Seats 0
6-speed manual
Gas
285 hp @ 5000 rpm
MPG
17 city / 28 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
Gas
200 hp @ 5200 rpm
MPG
15 city / 24 hwy
Seats 0
6-speed manual
Gas
285 hp @ 5000 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    RolloverNot Rated
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    0

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