Pontiac Firebird (1999) – Ultimate Guide


  • The availability of GM’s traction control system was extended to V-8-powered Firebirds this year.
  • All Firebirds with a V-8 and some with a V-6 had a Torsen II slip-reduction rear axle.
  • An Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) system replaced the old hydraulic proportioning valve for improved brake performance.
  • Also new was a solenoid-based Bosch antilock braking system.
  • An enhanced sensing and a diagnostic module or SDM recorded vehicle speed, engine rpm, throttle position, and brake use in the last five seconds prior to airbag deployment.

Firebird coupe

Standard equipment for the 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-8 engine
  • cruise control
  • electric rear and side window defoggers
  • Solar-Ray tinted glass
  • instrumentation
    • electric analog speedometer
    • tachometer
    • odometer
    • coolant temperature indicator
    • oil pressure gauge
    • voltmeter
    • LED trip odometer
  • sport exterior mirrors (left-hand remote controlled
  • right-hand manual)
  • 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 to 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
    • 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 and tweeters in rear quarter panels
  • a leather-wrapped steering wheel with radio controls (including leather-wrapped shift knob and parking brake handle)
  • P245/50ZR16 speed-rated all-weather tires
  • power window controls with driver’s “express down” feature (requires power mirrors and door locks)

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








1999 Firebird Notes

1999 Automotive Notes

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  • Top model year production for 1999
Ford   918,040
Chevrolet   609,100
Pontiac   589,574
Lincoln/Mercury   307,077
Saturn   295,584
Oldsmobile   277,782
Dodge   267,064
Buick   216,652
Cadillac   144,599
Plymouth   117,645
Chrysler   47,124
Acura   117,312

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