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This is a discussion on 86 firebird within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; hey i figure ill ask this overhere im gonna go check out a 86 firebird this weekend.the car has 37k ...

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    hey i figure ill ask this overhere im gonna go check out a 86 firebird this weekend.the car has 37k on it and the guy wants 4g.i know to take a good look at the T-tops what else should i look for as far as common problems for these cars go and what not.the price seems too good

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    The main problem is lack of power

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zinergy View Post
    The main problem is lack of power
    and style. and quality. but i would still buy one

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    Quote Originally Posted by big hammer View Post
    and style. and quality. but i would still buy one
    I would if it was a GTA

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    Ok all points valid I'm just lookin for it to be a DD I got my goat for the power and style

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    The price is high if it's just a Firebird even with the low miles. It's nothing special. If it is a Trans Am it depends on what the options were. WS6, aluminum wheels, TPI etc.

    Mechanically the cars were petty good. Just your usual wear out items.

    The rest is cosmetics. Headliner droop, console pulling away at the sides, clearcoat issues if it is original paint and the rear spoiler cracking if it is the big black wing. The electric window motors have a tendency to slow down over time and the plastic gears usually break in the headlight motors also.

    Oh and there were no GTA's in 86

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajaciuk View Post
    The price is high if it's just a Firebird even with the low miles. It's nothing special. If it is a Trans Am it depends on what the options were. WS6, aluminum wheels, TPI etc.

    Mechanically the cars were petty good. Just your usual wear out items.

    The rest is cosmetics. Headliner droop, console pulling away at the sides, clearcoat issues if it is original paint and the rear spoiler cracking if it is the big black wing. The electric window motors have a tendency to slow down over time and the plastic gears usually break in the headlight motors also.

    Oh and there were no GTA's in 86
    We were refering to 3rd gens not just 1986.

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    Quote Originally Posted by okay469 View Post
    Ok all points valid I'm just lookin for it to be a DD I got my goat for the power and style
    So if you have a goat as your weekend warrior then why not pick a car that is actually a good DD instead of a outdated sports car. If you have 4 grand to spend on a DD you can get cars that are better DDs and even faster than the 86 bird in some cases. 2000ish GTP for example is just as fast but much more economical.

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    Check the floors,doors,jams,wheel wells,and under the hatch for rot.

    Check the body lines make sure all the metal is straight.

    Under hood look for damage and rot by the batt.

    check the frame next to the steering box. it likes to crack there. check for the smell of water in the inside. check all fluids

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    you should have a bike as your DD like me....just kinda sucks when it rains or snows-.-..snows the biggest buzz kill

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    Quote Originally Posted by TmaxicanA View Post
    you should have a bike as your DD like me....just kinda sucks when it rains or snows-.-..snows the biggest buzz kill

    That wouldnt work up here in WI. But in summer my DD is my bike. Usually put on 5-8k miles a season. Which is basically 5 months long. Winter subaru is the DD

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    IMHO you could buy a 3800-II powered f-body for that or less and still be nicer and faster than a tired v8 smogger from those years.. A stock 3800 would eat that car alive reguardless of what factory engine it has.. Just about any newer v6 car will have more power and be faster than an 86 fire chicken/TA..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zinergy View Post
    So if you have a goat as your weekend warrior then why not pick a car that is actually a good DD instead of a outdated sports car. If you have 4 grand to spend on a DD you can get cars that are better DDs and even faster than the 86 bird in most cases. 2000ish GTP for example is twice as fast but much more economical.
    Fixed..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zinergy View Post
    I would if it was a GTA
    eeeeyeah!

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    i would take a gta or iroc over a 6 cyl 4th gen.

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