3rd Generation (1982—1992) Firebird Problems

This generations ranks 3rd out of 29 Pontiac generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (72%), hvac (9%), and the interior (9%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Heater Core Went Out 1 complaints at an average of 72,000 miles in the 1992 Pontiac Firebird.
  2. Gas Gauge Stopped Working 1 complaints at an average of 20,000 miles in the 1989 Pontiac Firebird.
  3. Runs Roughly 1 complaints at an average of 70,000 miles in the 1989 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 1992 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1992 3 4 3 1.37
1991 1 5 3 0.21
1990 1 4 3 0.2
1989 3 4 1 1.32
1988 1 4 1 0.18
1987 0 3 1 0.0
1986 1 4 1 0.19
1985 0 6 0 0.0
1984 1 8 0 0.24
1983 0 3 0 0.0
1982 0 4 0 0.0

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