I have owned this car for a little over a year now after getting it pretty cheap and I love it and hope to have it for years to come. First few months were okay but did a few weird things that required some work to be done to it but no problem because I do just about all of it myself. It growled when accelerating from a stop but surprisingly fun to drive and extremely cozy in the fall and winter!
I got 3 months/2000 miles out of it and the engine bearings went bad, guessing the previous owner didn't keep the oil changed. Since then all has been well with it. I have replaced the brake pads and rotors, drums and shoes, mounts and alternator but it makes up for that wit it's power!
Power, Sound of engine, handling after suspension and tire upgrade, sporty looks after minor exterior upgrades, potential of 2.4l engine
Engine mounts seem to weaken quickly, engine lubing isn't sufficient, and rides rough on bad roads even after upgrades
I bought my car used with 32,000 miles on it. I have put on a little over 40,000 in the past four years and have had NO problems with my car. It has been perfect in the snow, perfect in wet weather, nice and cool in the summer. I have only had to replace a few things, but I have a wonderful mechanic who takes good care of the car; I haven't needed any expensive work done. I love this car and were it not for an expanding family, I would never sell it. Two-doors aren't very car-seat friendly!
Extra Traction Control... I have never once gotten stuck in our bad winters. Best feature ever.
The bucket seat is way to low for me- I can't reach ticket windows, drive-throughs, etc. Raise up the seat so smaller people can see!
I really did love this car. I purchased the 1998 SE Coupe in 2001 with 28k on it. Drove it from NYC to Florida, to Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland (love the roadtrips), and never had a problem save normal wear and tear. The engine was ridiculously fast (and it was cherry red.. yes, I got many speeding tickets), and it STUCK to the road. I hated to get rid of it, because it was still in excellent condition, but I couldn't afford to park it in Manhattan anymore ($400 a month.. ouch). Really do love this car, though.
The engine was ridiculous. Totally unexpected. Faster than you'd think. Handled great. Sticks to the road. Great pick-up.
Mm. Let's face it -- the design is typical Pontiac of that era. Rental car looks.
Bought the car with only 1200 miles on it, and was always a great car. Always got me where I needed to go, never left me stranded. The AC always blows cold, and I have never had to do any major maintence besides brakes, and fluids. The engine is fast, and gets great fuel economy. But, one day we took it up town, went in the store, came out, and would not start. Car had 242,000 miles on it by then. Was a great car, and we were expecting it to go. Guy at the shop said the engine was blown, and we had the option to crush it, or rebuild it. We crushed it, and now own a 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser.
Moon Roof, Quick Engine, Stereo, and Interior Design.
Interior could be built of better plastice, and cup holders could be more convienient.