Oh, this is gonna get brutal.
Hello guys, welcome back to Cars I don't like that Everyone likes, and today we're going to be looking at a target that pisses me off the more I see it. The 4th Gen Pontiac Firebird
This car, is one that inspires pure rage in me. Few cars can inspire rage in me, but this one does. (Trust me, the truly rage inducing cars will come at a later date.)
Now I know what your thinking, "How can you hate this? It's got so much horsepower, its a bargain, its one of the best values going right now" all of that is true, it does have a lot of horsepower, it is a bargain, but I don't care about that. Lots of cars have tons of horsepower, doesn't mean I automatically like them. So the horsepower arguments are irrelevant.
First off, look at this car.
Do you know how hard you have to try to make a car that doesn't look sick in black? Pretty damn hard.
This car looks so wrong, it's an embodiment of everything wrong with Pontiac's styling department after 1990, the unpleasant shape, the fake performance bits that don't do anything, and enough plastic cladding to submerge a Mattel factory. I know Pontiac used plastic body panels in the 80s as well, but most of the time that stuff wasn't as bad or tasteless. This just takes it too far, and check out that interior.
I never understood the hate for GM Interiors from that decade, I get it now.
So it looks ugly and has a bad interior, why should those be qualifiers for the hate I have for it? Easy, its what those represent that pisses me off.
As you all know both the Camaro and Firebird were the cheap horsepower alternatives to the Corvette, easy enough, but for some reason when the fourth gen came around, Chevy and Pontiac took cheap to a whole new level. Thus gave the catfish monstrosity of the 4th gen Camaro and this plastic clad thing. And it makes me mad.
Pontiac did not have to go this cheap, the 4th gen Firebird represents a certain level of laziness, and that's why I hate it. Firebird was Pontiac's most prestigious name, the name that defined who Pontiac was, I mean for god's sakes its a name that's achieved fame in two separate generations!
Admit it, you're drooling at both right now.
But where was that admiration and passion for the 4th Gen, it seemed like Pontiac just thought, "Well people like it, just make it go fast and slap the name on it and it'll sell!" but that's not how it works. And that's why I hate the 4th gen, it reeks of laziness, a hack job designed to appeal to people who like the nameplate and the mentality of "make it go fast, screw everything else" just angers me. In some ways it's why I can't get behind the revived GTO Pontiac made back in 2004, you need effort, not a nameplate, in order to make a good car.
So what about you guys, am I just some kook wishing for the good ol' days? or do you feel like Pontiac should've actually cared? Join me next time, when I decide to go a bit different and give my opinions on the generations of a car with a very storied history.