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2000 Pontiac Firebird Coupe

2dr Cpe Firebird

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2000 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am WS6

Source: The Car Connection

A gloriously growly percussion procession.

by Jill Amadio

This coupe really cooks. A 900-lb hyper-gorilla from Pontiac's sizzling stable of muscle cars - one of the Grand Prix coupe models is a Daytona Pace car replica - the 2000 Firebird can smoke just about any car on the road. Presenting the driver, of course, with terrible choices: give in to the temptation and risk a speeding fine, or mash the throttle in short spurts for the sheer joy of it all. Fortunately, one can do both.

Not only does it feel like a brawny muscle car, the Firebird looks, sounds, and acts like one. Slide the key into the ignition, step on the clutch, and a glorious growly percussion fills the air. I recommend just sitting there enjoying the uproar before you slip the stick into reverse or first, and take off. After switching to second gear on this six-speed-plus-reverse manual transmission coupe once you get rolling, the sound subsides and for the rest of the ride you're accompanied by rather nice hi-fi sonics as you rip through the gears.

Actually, I couldn't rip through as fast as I wanted. I found the manual transmission a tad sticky. It didn't move from one gear to the next with the kind of slickness girls prefer but I guess guys would have no problem. The Firebird is available with a four-speed automatic transmission but us yahoos don't want to be a wuss, right? Besides, that short leather-clad Hurst shifter is part of the fun, and it's a short throw so any irritation at gear changing wafts away once you're cruising.

Most Firebird buyers are male in the 35-year old range, but the beauty of this model's elegant styling plus front air dams, side scoops, broad hood shoulders, and a sleek rear spoiler, should appeal to women who want a really sexy-looking car. This is probably Pontiac's best-looker if you get the optional $3150 WS6 performance and handling package that includes a ram air induction system, five-spoke 17-inch wheels, grippy speed-rated radials, low-restriction dual outlet exhausts, a specially-tuned suspension and a power steering cooler that does nothing to chill your ardor behind the wheel. The cooler's main function is to bring down the operating temperature of the power steering fluid though the somewhat trucky feel to the steering wheel would seem to preclude its necessity.

The coupe looks even better with its T-tops removed. You can buy it as a convertible, too, but I think the T-top roof is far more dashing.

Monster power

Under the hood - I took one look and slammed down the lid, it's a nightmare in there - is a monstrous 5.7-liter V-8 that would power half of Disneyland. Well, okay, maybe just one of the rides. Spawned by Chevrolet's Corvette V-8 engine, the Firebird's version pumps out 320 horsepower at 5200 rpm to move this 3536-lb baby. Although the basic body design has not changed since last year, the engine has new cast-iron exhaust manifolds, a better starter design, and an improved canister for the onboard refueling vapor recovery system. If you're budget-conscious, remember you'll have to feed this puppy with high-priced 91-octane fuel. Fuel economy is rated at 18 city, 27 highway.

Like all low-slung sports cars, the Firebird, with 4.5 in of ground clearance, can bottom out over speed bumps. The hatchback trunk is measly, room for a dozen flat footballs and a couple of grocery bags in the well, but even part of this space disappears when you store the T-tops in there. But the back seat, vastly improved as in most other coupes these days, is very roomy, while the front seats are racing-style, power-adjustable six-way lumbar-support buckets that can take you cross-country as comfortably as any luxury touring car. Several of the interior controls, trim and features such as cupholders and remote radio buttons on the steering wheel comes from General Motors' generic parts warehouse and you'll see the same ones on other GM brand vehicles.

The passenger compartment is divided into roomy pods, with a center console. Side door trim is kept to a minimum, no frivolous pleating, but there's an awful lot of plastic. With a steeply raked windshield that helps to give the car its sleek look, you're left with all that shelf space atop the dash covered in vinyl.

The traction control system (TCS) that comes on automatically every time you start the car, is a $325 option, activated by a push-button near the dash. Limiting wheel spins - easy to accomplish with this Trans Am model - it goes into action by closing the throttle and managing engine spark. If you're in cruise control when you start to slip, the TCS will automatically disengage it.

Brakes, of course, are powerful and ready to perform, vented discs in front, power-assist in back, coupled with an ABS system. I found the suspension system very solid. It has front tubular stabilizer bars with links, gas-charted shocks, and a 30-mm stabilizer bar, while in the back are a Salisbury axle with torque arm, trailing arm, track bar, coil springs, and a 19-mm stabilizer bar. All practically guaranteed to give you a firm, safe ride.

As popular as Trans Ams are, it's generous of Pontiac to include as standard equipment a PassKey II theft deterrent system, along with a theft alarm.

No muscle car is worth its salt without a truly splendid audio system, and Firebird delivers with a Delco radio and CD player with a 500-watt Monsoon ten-speaker stereo with tape player and seven-band equalizer poured into the atmosphere by ten speakers.

2000 FIREBIRD TRANS AM WS6

Price as tested: $31,275
Engine: 5.7-liter V-8
Transmission: six-speed manual
Wheelbase: 101.1 in
Length: 193.7 in
Width: 74.4 in
Height: 51.8 in
Weight: 3536 lb
Fuel economy: 18 city, 27 hwy
Major standard features:
Airbags
Air conditioning
AM/FM stereo with CD player
Cruise control
Remote entry
Anti-lock brakes
Daytime running lamps
Removable T-tops
Rear window defogger
Leather seats

© 2000 The Car Connection

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
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Traction/Stability Control Opt

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Pontiac Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-year/24,000-Mile1 CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile2 Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile3 Powertrain Limited Warranty

1Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.

2Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.

3Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2010 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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