4th Generation (1993—2002) Firebird Problems

This generations ranks 8th out of 29 Pontiac generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (29%), electrical (20%), and the lights (11%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Blown Motor 1 complaints at an average of 35,000 miles in the 2002 Pontiac Firebird.
  2. Starts, Then Stalls Instantly 2 complaints at an average of 102,136 miles in the 1995 Pontiac Firebird.
  3. Trouble Starting, Makes Clicking Noise 2 complaints at an average of 49,661 miles in the 2002 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 2002 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2002 12 1 229 7.56
2001 4 0 213 0.97
2000 2 0 192 0.43
1999 4 1 72 0.86
1998 2 0 70 0.42
1997 8 3 46 1.55
1996 4 2 43 1.35
1995 5 3 42 1.98
1994 2 3 20 0.24
1993 1 3 16 0.34

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