I finally retired my old Sunbird at 237,000 miles. I really appreciated how good a car it was when I tried to replace it and couldn't. There is simply nothing comparable out there. Pontiac directed me to Chevy who tried to sell me a Cobalt. Real piece of junk in comparison. It is 1000 pounds heavier, has a bigger engine (not necessary) and doesn't ride as well. Fuel economy is advertised much less. (I got over 36 MPG on my Sunbird (5- speed) until about 3 years ago; I'm sure my compression was bad at the end.) Finally bought a Hyundai Elantra, but it doesn't ride as well, has a smaller trunk, and takes up more space in my crowded garage.
"Big car" ride and trunk space and "Small car" economy and overall size.
I bought this car back in Sept 01'. I
have had nothing but problems. Within
2 weeks of owning the car, i needed to
have the head gasket replaced, the
alternator replaced, transmission, gas
tank, fuel lines and many other parts.
This car was the biggest waste of money
because i ended up paying more money to
fix it than the car was worth.