I bought the car in the beginnig of 2003 @ 101k. For the last year I had to repalce the starter, alternator, clutch, windshield and water pump (that killed me, over $500 for a simple water pump, problems with A/C. At 104k the transmission died and I junked the car. The worst reliability ever.
Car was a disaster from the first year owned. 12 visits to the shop for brakes, mirror knob kept falling off, and visor. I have gone thru 3 radiators, 4 alternators, 2 starters, then it was determined there was a recall on the starter switch, after years of turning key repeadetly on to start, it is determined to be a fire hazard, and needed immediate recall. You think that might have something to do with all the electrical problems. 1 month after fixing the switch the starter went out again, and Pontiac refused to believe the faulty starter switch was to blame. I have since had the seat fail (my wife who is 120 lbs drove this car), and finally the engine gave out at 106k miles.WONDERFUL
NONE This car is a nightmare! So is the dealership and Pontiac.
I've had this car now for almost 4
years; I purchased it back in 2000 @
72k miles (it's now at 115k miles).
It has basically been my first car
ever and it's been a blast for this
first 2.5 years. That's when trouble
started to hit near 90k miles. I've
replaced the transmission AND then
fully rebuilt it a year later; also
master and slave cylinders went out on
me recently. Coolant leaks and water
pump failures. Replaced the
alternator twice already and many more
repairs. I've basically spent over
$5000 in repairs this year. I'm
planning on selling it for a more
reliable car in the next few months.
Other than that, it has a great ride,
nice sound to the 2.4L engine, and
The 2.4L engine is nice & has great
acceleration. The 5-speed is also
very nice and makes it more fun to
Needs better build quality and better
reliability. That's it.
This car looks so sporty-sure hope it
will help it sell fast!!! Bought it
one year ago for 3000.00, have put in
over 1500.00 with another 1000.00
needed. AC compressor failed, water
pump, power steering lines and hose,
intake gasket, plenum gasket, valve
cover gaskets and o-rings, alternator
all needed replacing. Now has some
suspension problems. Need I say
Send Pontiac engineers to Japan to
learn how the "real" car-builders do
things! Simply can't afford to keep
owning American made cars!!