This car is similar in many ways to my other vehicle, a 1992 chevy cavalier, but the Sunbird is far less reliable. It has had a cracked cylinder head and several other fairly major problems. I work in the automotive industry and speak with many other owners of Sunbird's and I have yet to find any who really like their car.
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.
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
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.