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2000 Pontiac Firebird

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Vehicle Overview
Firebird is Pontiac’s version of the Chevrolet Camaro muscle car, and the future looks dim for both. Combined sales of the rear-drive Firebird and Camaro are only half those of the rival Ford Mustang, and General Motors may drop these cars by 2002.

The Firebird model lineup continues in base, Formula and Trans Am price ranges with few changes for 2000.

Exterior
Like the Camaro, Firebird comes in hatchback coupe and convertible body styles, with removable T-top roof panels available on the coupe. The convertible comes with a power soft-top and a glass rear window with a defogger.

Styling on the Firebird is the same as Camaro’s except for Pontiac’s trademark twin-port grille, different taillights and exterior details.

Interior
Cramped rear quarters and low-to-the-ground front bucket seats are Firebird traditions. Cargo space of 34 cubic feet in the coupe and 13 cubic feet in the convertible is adequate, given these aren’t family cars. The dashboard is attractive and functional, and the standard center console contains cupholders and useful storage bins.

Under the Hood
Base Firebirds come with a 200-horsepower 3.8-liter V-6 engine and either a standard five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic. The performance-oriented Formula coupe and Trans Am coupe and convertible have a 5.7-liter V-8 and either a standard four-speed automatic or a no cost six-speed manual.

Standard horsepower on the V-8 is 305, but the optional WS6 Ram Air package boosts ...
Vehicle Overview
Firebird is Pontiac’s version of the Chevrolet Camaro muscle car, and the future looks dim for both. Combined sales of the rear-drive Firebird and Camaro are only half those of the rival Ford Mustang, and General Motors may drop these cars by 2002.

The Firebird model lineup continues in base, Formula and Trans Am price ranges with few changes for 2000.

Exterior
Like the Camaro, Firebird comes in hatchback coupe and convertible body styles, with removable T-top roof panels available on the coupe. The convertible comes with a power soft-top and a glass rear window with a defogger.

Styling on the Firebird is the same as Camaro’s except for Pontiac’s trademark twin-port grille, different taillights and exterior details.

Interior
Cramped rear quarters and low-to-the-ground front bucket seats are Firebird traditions. Cargo space of 34 cubic feet in the coupe and 13 cubic feet in the convertible is adequate, given these aren’t family cars. The dashboard is attractive and functional, and the standard center console contains cupholders and useful storage bins.

Under the Hood
Base Firebirds come with a 200-horsepower 3.8-liter V-6 engine and either a standard five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic. The performance-oriented Formula coupe and Trans Am coupe and convertible have a 5.7-liter V-8 and either a standard four-speed automatic or a no cost six-speed manual.

Standard horsepower on the V-8 is 305, but the optional WS6 Ram Air package boosts output to 320.

Performance
The stiff-riding, noisy, gas-guzzling V-8 Firebirds are dinosaurs in the 21st century. Though the V-6 models are tamer and easier to live with, they are still leftovers from a different generation.

 
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Consumer Reviews

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(4.9)
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(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

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(4.0)

Last of a dying breed

by PeteWS6 from Rochester, NY on October 29, 2018

Hard to find these cars in great condition. True American muscle and one of the last staples Pontiac has in the auto world. LS1 provides lots of power and reliability. Replacement parts are ... Read full review

(5.0)

Best Bang For Buck You Can Get

by Fontiac Pirebird on February 19, 2018

The 98-02 V8 Firebird and Trans Am are one of the best bang for your buck performance cars you can buy. They feature the LS1 engine, GM’s all new V8 engine design first appearing in the 1997 Corvette, ... Read full review

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Firebird received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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