1999 Pontiac Firebird consumer reviews

$18,250–$30,460 MSRP range
side view of 1999 Firebird Pontiac
95% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 4.2
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.4
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5.0

Excellent Car!!

Trans Am is a classic with amazing power and performance! Love this car. Comfortable, sleek and roomy. The LS1 engine is one of the best!

5.0

This car will never die ...............

The vehicle has been in my family for 20 years. Past down from father to now daughter (myself). I am now over 50 yrs old and would like a luxury vehicle and have had many years of t-tops off with the wind blowing with my friends going to softball games, etc. it's now time to hand it off to a younger girl/guy who could enjoy like I did. :)

5.0

Appreciating in value annually.

I have a v6 model and a Trans am. both very dependable and easy to repair and cheap to maintain and repair. great mileage. v8 17 to 22 v6 19 to 24.

4.4

My 1st 4th Gen T/A

I have been a Pontiac Trans am / Firebird man for 42 years. Have had a dozen or so but this is my 1st 4th gen and I love it. Fast enough when I need it and good on gas. The convertible and 6 speed are AWESOME. Take it to cruise ins and car shows only. As good as it looks, I got more looks from my 3rd and 2nd gens. Go figure

4.7

Car from my past

1999 trans am. Owned one once in 1999. Had to get rid of it while moving. Always wished I had kept it. Found one in Bloomington. Glad I had the chance to get it.

5.0

The most fun, head tuning car I?ve ever had

It gives you the feeling of being in a cockpit and you?re about to take off! Take the T Tops out and you will also enjoy the wind whipping through your hair while you?re soaking up the sun. Handles the road and curves like a dream. A true adrenaline rush for any gear head not to mention the 6 gears to rip through!

5.0

Beautiful car and wonderful price.

The car was exactly as described, the motor is strong as an ox, the interior is in mint condition, and the price was amazing! I would recommend cars.com to anyone!

4.7

Pontiac firebird

Love it ... hate to see it go. I only use it for fun, but it is quite reliable . The exterior is excellent. Interior is good as wells

4.0

One of a kind... in good and bad ways.

This is one rollercoaster of a car to own, the styling, power, poor design, good gas mileage and overall persona is quite a cocktail. First things first performance, with the six speed manual and the LS1 under the Ram Air hood acceleration ranges from steady to stomping. In every gear power from 1000 rpm and up is sufficient to keep up and overtake traffic even today it's a powerful vehicle in the grand scheme. With a heavy foot traction control will step in on first and second. The traction control is quite good for the age it enables a fair bit of wheelspin and doesn't cut power totally before letting you put the hammer back down. When your not being a hooligan, the car is very sedate when you short shift and gets respectable gas mileage in the high 20s on the highway. The stock exhaust is quite docile until you get well above 3000 then it starts to sound like it should. I installed a catback exhaust and it raises the volume level just a bit more across the board right where I like it. Handling and braking are surprisingly good for what is such a big and relatively heavy vehicle, due in no small part to the massive tires, stock size of 275-50 17s on the WS-6 package. Be prepared to drop a 1000$ for a new set however is the tradefoff for all that rubber. Be forewarned if you abuse these cars the rear axles will not tolerate it for long, thankfully rebuilds are cheap but the issue can still redevelop the only real solution is to get an aftermarket rear end which will let you add more power and be much more aggressive with the clutch. The interior is a comfortable place to be for the front two passengers, on long trips the adjustable air bladders for side ladders and lumbar hold you snugly for hours. However the seat leather isn't very good quality and the overall feel of he interior is that off fragility. The door panels will crack eventually unless you take matters into your own hands and do it yourself fix em. The super steep windshield, huge side windows and rear glass gives a very good visibility picture all around. However seeing stop lights is sometimes difficult but the T-tops help usually. Other issues with the cars are the headlights will eventually have an issue with the gears that the motors turn. The fix is fairly easy to do and cheap, but it's not confidence inspiring to always second guess the lights working, there is a manual raise mechanism that needs an Allen wrench which I keep on hand. The hydraulic clutch system is another known issue, if you don't change the fluid frequently it tends to lose the ability to fully disengage the clutch at high RPM shifts. Overall the car is a dependable vehicle with mostly cheap fixes due to its simple but rugged components. The styling of the car is extremely aggressive and one of a kind. The measure of a good looking vehicle is one that makes you look back at it every time you park it and it's definetly got the power to turn heads. So if you want fun, fast, and reasonable cheap car to run the Firbird and camaro of the late 90s come highly reccomended.

4.9

The most trusted car I own.

It took me any we're for 7 years with no problems at all it was my all day commute car and very fast car.