This is my 2nd Sunbird. I abused the first one, and killed it outright. I have found these cars to be extremely reliable, as long as you babysit it. Regular maintenance on an almost religious schedule is imperative. The 2.0 will need a head gasket job at about 100000M, and do yourself a favor, and have an authorized GM dealer do it. I went ahead and replaced the head as well, and am happy I did. Overall, a great car, just needs a finely tuned attention to detail. I will drive mine til the wheels fall off. Parts are hard to find! If you can get your hands on one at a local junkyard, do so, and LOAD UP on as much as you can carry.
Great on gas, but make sure you address the cat-con if you have over 100,000 miles on it.
I think it is a good beginners car. I find it very easy to control. It does have a little problem with speed when going uphill, but what do you expect with an older 4cyl car. Yes it is a little hard getting used to the fact there isn't much legroom for anyone but the driver but all in all I personally think its a great car.
Lights and windshield wipers are easily reached without taking a hand off of the steering wheel
It could use more leg room and more reliable parts for things that are probably adjusted almost daily such as seat adjustment levers.
We bought our Burgandy Pontiac Sunfire
LE Sedan brand new off the lot. We took
excellent care of the car, garaged
every night, cleaned/washed once a
week, annual service etc. After two and
a half years of owning the car the rear
shocks went, a month later the front
grill busted and the headlight cracked
from the cold. and two months after
that i went out to start the car in the
morning and it sounded like a tractor.
The engine blew. My dad calls it
the "Disposable Car"
My Sunbird has been my favorite car I
still kept it after I bought another
vehicle. This car with the right mods
drive good. I am a fan of Noise so my
sunbird is equiped with Flowmaster
Exhaust, K&N Air filter, Hyper White
lights, self built undercariage air
scoop, and Cobra Eyes. All in all I
LOVE my sunbird
I love my S-Bird! Had it for over 4 years
now, personally put over 60K on the odometer
(currently at over 140K). Still runs great,
for the last 2 years had to change oil only,
that was all the maintenance!
Interior design is more cockpit like than most cars
better interior plastics, some are rattling
and not fitting well anymore