2nd Generation (1978—1981) Firebird Problems

This generations ranks 1st out of 29 Pontiac generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the electrical (100%), We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. No Electricity 1 complaints at an average of 81,000 miles in the 1978 Pontiac Firebird.

What Firebird Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Pontiac model years.

Watch out for the 1978 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1981 0 2 0 0.0
1980 0 3 0 0.0
1979 0 3 0 0.0
1978 1 2 0 0.24

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