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This page is devoted to the Pontiac Firefly (and its relatives) because I like these cars. My first car was a 1987 Chevy Sprint with an automatic transaxle and a 3 cylinders 1.0l engine. Since then, I bought another one, a 1989 Pontiac Firefly with a manual transaxle and a 3 cylinders 1.0l TBI engine. The weirdest Firefly I ever saw was a 1988 Sprint with a custom 1.9l engine and a manual transaxle. I drove it for a ride, but it's performances were not as good as they should have been. I would like in the future to get my hands on a Firefly Turbo. 
 
 
THE PONTIAC FIREFLY IS AN OUTSTANDING CAR
 
Fun to drive
Cool to drive (GTi & Turbo)
Simple mechanics
Looks good
Fuel economy
 
 
THE PLATFORM INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING CARS
 
Pontiac Firefly
Chevrolet Sprint
Geo Metro
Chevrolet Metro
Suzuki Swift
Suzuki Forsa

Firefly General Info

These cars are technicaly refered to as "M Body" vehicules by GM. All these vehicules are built by Suzuki Motor Corp. (Swift/Forsa) and imported by GM (Firefly/Sprint/Metro).

The platform was introduced in 1985. Major changes were performed on 1989 models and 1995 models. In 1989, Suzuki changed the name Forsa for Swift.

The available engines include:

The 3 cylinder intercooled turbo engine was abandoned in 1992. The 4 cylinder 1.3 SOHC engine has the same power but less torque.

The most interesting models are the Swift GTi and the Firefly / Sprint Turbo 89-91.

The combination of the standard 3 cylinders engine with an automatic transaxle is for grandmothers only.


My Firefly

 
On the left, its me with my '89 Firefly -- On the rights, its two 10" woofers which are part of my 300Watts audio system

Firefly Engines Info

Standard 3 Cylinders Engine 1985-1988

Cylinders 3
Valves 6
Displacement 1.0l (993 cc)
Power 48hp @5100 rpm
Torque 57 ('86 & '87) or 78 ('87 & '88) ft.lbs @3200 rpm
Compression ration 9.5:1
Fuel system 2 stages, 2 venturi carburetor with EGO sensor
 

Standard 3 Cylinders Engine 1989-today

Cylinders 3
Valves 6
Displacement 1.0l (993 cc)
Power 52hp @5700 rpm
Torque 58 ft.lbs @3300 rpm
Compression ration 9.5:1
Fuel system EFI - Throttle Body fuel injection (TBI)
 

3 Cylinders Turbo Engine 1987-1991

Cylinders 3
Valves 6
Displacement 1.0l (993 cc)
Power 70hp @5100rpm
Torque 107 ft.lbs @3500 rpm
Compression ration 8.3:1
Fuel system EFI - Multi point fuel injection (MFI)
Power boost Turbocharger with intercooler
 

Standard 4 Cylinders Engine 1989-1997

Cylinders 4
Valves 8
Displacement 1.3l
Power 70hp @6000 rpm
Torque 74 ft.lbs @3500 rpm
Compression ration 9.5:1
Fuel system EFI - Throttle Body fuel injection (TBI)
 

4 Cylinders DOHC GTi Engine 1989-1994

Cylinders 4
Valves 16
Displacement 1.3l
Power 100hp @6500 rpm
Torque 83 ft.lbs @5000 rpm
Compression ration 10:1
Fuel system EFI - Multi point fuel injection (MFI)
 

Standard 4 Cylinders SOHC Engine 1998-today

Cylinders 4
Valves 16
Displacement 1.3l
Power 79hp @6000 rpm
Torque 75 ft.lbs @3000 rpm
Compression ration unknown
Fuel system unknown (EFI)
 
 
 

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Firefly Mechanic

The Firefly is a great car for do-it yourselfers because its mechanic is very simple (especially the fuel injection models). Also, there so much room under the hood that you can do most repairs with the engine still in the car. Also, all the parts surrounding the engines are easy to access and very few of them requires to get under the car. However, if the car is equipped with air conditioning, things may get a little bit more cluttered.

Great books for doing repairs and having full specs. & schematics:

 
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Last modifications: 99/05/06