We bought almost new. Has been a great bullet proof car! been in several accidents, #1-t-boned a Mercedes and destroyed it, barely hurt front bumper, small split but under bra, #2-rear ended by a honda accord, literally destroyed the honda, front of honda was accordionned, barely a scratch on rear bumper of SunFire, no kidding, #3-hit a deer, put a half basketball size dent in front fender, popped most of dent out, rest is under bra. Mechanical repairs made: starter and head gasket, that is it besides regular maintenance items, brakes, plugs, whatnot. Fast in the summer, great on snow and ice in the winter.
My sunfire, while fun to drive, has had nothing but problems. It had a wiring issue that 12 "technicians" at RON TONKIN LIARS AUTO sales could not find. Pontiac said there wasn't any known issues or recalls. I bought this car with 60,000 miles. It had already had a motor replaced with another used one that the LIARS at R.T.K. didn't tell me about. Since I bought it I have had to replace the 2.4 engine at 80,000 and now I have a rod knocking at 100,000. The vehicle gets routine oil changes, has never been over-revved and has never overheated. But yet I am looking at yet another engine swap. I baby this 4 cylinder and it still went pear shaped. Where is the Pontiac of old?
Very good handling, decent sound system when the rear speakers work. Quick ratio steering and does well in the snow. Looks good from the sides and back.
2.4 L engine reliability. Change the front end so it doesn't look like "mater" from cars. The onboard traction control system is dangerous to use for anything except starting on an icy road, do not use any other time.
Overall not a bad vehicle, 99 with 2.4L twin cam. 138,000mi fun to drive on the highway with moonroof open - the ladies seem to like it to. however its currently being serviced for a new water pump in intake gasket
moonroof, fold down back seat, good gas mileage when running right, overall fun to drive
The location of the water pump! just now having to replace and its one of the most difficult ones i have ever relaced being that the pump is ran by the timing chain. a lot of fun to fix...lol
In the ten years I've had the car, I had not not have any major problems. It has 135kMi In fact, so far it has all been maintenance items (oil, brakes etc).Very impressed with the reliability of this car.
Love the car. The dealership was the worst part. Extremely RUDE People working there including the owner. I haven't have to replace anything other than the brakes the entire time that I have owned the car!