Pontiac Firebird (1998) – Ultimate Guide


“The automotive family tree includes the branch that bore muscle cars — those revered, big-engined road rockets of yore,” said PMD’s 1998 sales catalog. “As often happens when a species evolves, the strong get stronger.”

  • The hot, rear-drive 2+2 Firebird offered just five model choices in 1998, after dropping the Formula convertible.
  • Previously base, Formula, and Trans Am convertibles were offered, but ragtop production failed to top 8,000 units in 1996-1997.
  • Production numbers for 1998 were close to 2,100 ragtops.
  • Coupes were again featured in base, Formula, and Trans Am trim levels.
  • Formulas and Trans Ams got a new, all-aluminum 5.7-liter 305-hp V-8 with a six-speed manual transmission.
  • A Ram Air package provided 320 hp.
  • Styling was freshened with a front fascia that incorporated a new headlamp design.
  • There were updated taillights, too.
  • Suspension tuning was revised and base models received a one-piece driveshaft.
  • Firebird V-8s with four-speed automatic transmissions had a larger torque converter.
  • All Firebirds got standard four-wheel disc brakes.
  • A midyear Formula option was an AutoCross package with a beefed-up suspension.
  • A $1,125-delete option that turned the Formula into a stripped-down street performance car was also new.

Firebird coupe

Standard equipment on the base Firebird coupe included

  • extensive acoustical insulation
  • dual front airbags
  • air conditioning
  • a black fixed mast antenna at right rear
  • a brake/transmission shift interlock safety feature with automatic transmission
  • power four-wheel disc brakes with four-wheel ABS
  • the RPO L36 3800 Series II 200-hp SFI V-6 engine
  • cruise control
  • electric rear and side window defoggers
  • Solar-Ray tinted glass
  • instrumentation
    • electric analog speedometer
    • a tachometer
    • odometer
    • coolant temperature indicator
    • oil pressure gauge
    • voltmeter
    • LED trip odometer
  • sport exterior mirrors (left-hand remote controlled)
  • a day/night inside rearview mirror with reading lamps
  • left-hand and right-hand covered visor vanity mirrors
  • a Delco AM/FM stereo ETR radio and cassette
    • seven-band graphic equalizer
    • touch control
    • search-and-replay
    • Delco theft lock
    • clock
    • seek up/down
    • remote CD prewiring
    • four-speaker coaxial sound system
  • reclining front bucket seats
  • four-way driver and passenger front seat manual adjusters
  • a rear two-passenger folding seat
  • a four-spoke sport tilt steering wheel with adjustable column
  • the PASS-Key II theft-deterrent system
  • P215/60R16 touring tires with a high-pressure compact spare
  • the RPO MM5 five-speed manual transmission
  • controlled-cycle windshield wipers
  • bright silver 16-in. five-spoke cast aluminum wheels

Formula coupe

Formula models also included (in addition or in place of the above)

  • a power antenna
  • power door locks
  • power automatic sport mirrors with blue glass
  • a Delco 500-watt peak power Monsoon® AM/FM stereo with
    • CD
    • seven-band graphic equalizer
    • clock
    • Touch Control
    • seek up/down
    • search-and-replay
    • Delco anti-theft lock
    • high-performance 10-speaker sound system in coupe or six-speaker sound system in convertible
    • HSS speakers and tweeters in doors
    • 6.5-in. subwoofers in sail panels
    • subwoofer amp and four speakers
    • tweeters in rear quarter panels
  • a leather-wrapped steering wheel with radio controls (including leather-wrapped steering wheel; shift knob and parking brake handle)
  • P245/5OZR16 speed-rated all-weather tires
  • power window controls with driver’s “express down” feature (power mirrors and door locks required)

Trans Am

Trans Am models also included (in addition to or in place of Formula features)

  • an audible content theft-deterrent system
  • remote keyless entry
  • a six-way power front driver’s seat








1998 Firebird Notes

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  • Top model year production for 1998
Ford   878,405
Chevrolet   561,218
Pontiac  473,804
Lincoln/Mercury   332,403
Oldsmobile   291,064
Saturn   243,814
Dodge   241,619
Buick  212,780
Cadillac   175,089
Plymouth   143,245
Chrysler  48,739
Acura   108,758

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