The 2000 Pontiac Firebird is a vehicle that continues the muscle car tradition in America with its sister, the Chevrolet Camaro. Both vehicles have a powerful engine that gives a big thrill on the road. However, even though it has been around for a while, it’s never quite caught up with the Ford Mustang in terms of refinement or sales. The new line up for the Firebird includes some exciting new trim lines but nothing to get very excited about.
Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6, 5.7-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual, six-speed manual
Models: Pontiac Firebird Base convertible, Pontiac Firebird Trans Am convertible, Pontiac Firebird Base coupe, Pontiac Firebird Formula coupe, Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
The 2000 Pontiac Firebird receives a few new items. The vehicle has new wheels that give the car better grip when cornering. The Firebird also boasts several new interior and exterior colors to choose from. The engines are also revised for lower emissions, better fuel economy, and better throttle response. Also, manual transmissions are now made available with the engine revisions.
The 2000 Pontiac Firebird has a great looking exterior. In fact, the sheet metal is often the reason people buy the vehicle in the first place. There are plenty of angular lines to draw the eye, along with bulging sheet metal for the hood and other key components. It's available in hatchback and coupe versions. The convertible model comes equipped with a power soft-top that has a glass window. The Firebird has a very similar style to that of the Camaro, except the Firebird has the distinctive Pontiac twin-slot grille. Standard features on the 2000 Pontiac Firebird include fog lights, power brakes, rear window defroster, tinted glass, 16-inch alloy wheels, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, an anti-theft alarm system, rear spoiler, power exterior mirrors, daytime running lights, automatic on/off headlights, and intermittent windshield wipers.
The 2000 Pontiac Firebird's rear seats are incredibly cramped, making even short rides for adults uncomfortable. The front bucket seats are low to the ground and are hard to get in and out of. Cargo space is pretty good, measuring 34 cubic feet in the coupe and 13 cubic feet in the convertible. The interior design is pretty good, beating out the Chevrolet Camaro in terms of style. The dashboard is functional, the dials are clear, but unfortunately, most of this good design is marred by the inclusion of cheap, cheesy plastics that look as though it’ll break with a glance. Standard features in the 2000 Pontiac Firebird include bucket seats, keyless entry system, lighted entry system, power antennae, cloth seating, power driver’s seat, steering wheel audio controls, cruise control, power steering, remote trunk release, tilt steering wheel, leather steering wheel trim, air-conditioning, power windows, power locks, and a Monsoon audio system. Optional features include a CD changer and leather seating.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Pontiac Firebird comes equipped with a standard 3.8-liter, V-6 engine that produces 200 horsepower. It comes equipped with a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic. The Formula coupe and the Trans Am coupe and convertible models come with a 5.7-liter, V-8 engine that produces 305 horsepower. It is married with a four-speed automatic or a gratis six-speed manual. A WS6 Ram Air package boosts the engine power of the V-8 to 320 hp.
The 2000 Pontiac Firebird feels like something from the past. The vehicle’s suspension is stiff and unforgiving. The engine guzzles gas like crazy. The vehicle works best when equipped with the WS6 Ram Air package, which adds better suspension, dual exhaust, slits in the hood to cool the engine, and better tires that grip the pavement for better handling.
The 2000 Pontiac Firebird comes equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, an anti-theft alarm system, daytime running lights, driver and passenger front airbags, and fog lights. It was not tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS.
EPA Fuel Economy
Pontiac Firebird 3.8-liter, five-speed manual: 17/28 mpg city/highway
Pontiac Firebird 3.8-liter, four-speed automatic: 17/26 mpg city/highway
Pontiac Firebird 5.7-liter, six-speed manual: 16/25 mpg city/highway
Pontiac Firebird 5.7-liter, four-speed automatic: 15/23 mpg city/highway
- Powerful V-6
- Hard working V-8
You Won't Like
- Bad public image
- Bad interior plastics
- High insurance for V-8 engine
Ugly interior, race car drive.
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