Rattles in the dash and trunk that no
mechanic could figure out and/or fix,
replaced wiper motor twice, horn fuse
busted within 10K miles, I am on my
THIRD HEAD GASKET (Pontiac has had to
pay for each), alternator went early,
engine mounts replaced at about 45K
miles, rear defrost broke by 75K miles,
sometimes have to stop the car when it
snows since the wipers (no matter if
they are old or new) don't apply enough
pressure to clear, have been driving
for 2 years with an "unfixable"
loose/rattle noise from the back, air
conditioner doesn't cool car when hot
out until you have been driving for 15-
20 minutes (been checked), sounds like
The Pontiac Sunfire is the most
reliable car I have every driven. I
have had mine since I was a Senior in
High Scool. My car is now 7 years old
and I have never had a problem one out
of it. They are great!!
This vehicle was a gift to my ministry from a good friend whose son ran it into the ground. I just rolled it over 227k and it still runs great. I do have a rattle in the rear left corner and as best I can tell, is coming from the struts. Cupholder really needs to be used for an ashtray. Gotta hold the drink in my lap in order to shift into Park. This car will probably run well into the 300k range if the tranny hold out. The previous owner had some work done to it about 40k ago and it shifts hard once in a while. The headliner is coming down a little in the back. Quick fix with hot glue.
This car is fun to drive. It has
plenty of pick up (it is a 5 speed) yet
it gets great gas mileage (28 city/33
highway). I will admit that you feel
every bump in the road, but you do in a
$50,000 Corvette too. It was a real
bargain when you add in the $$ saved
with the gas mileage.
We purchased a 1996 sunfire coupe black with the 4 speed automatic in 2010. The car was nothing special but for 3 years it withstood a 45 km commute five days a week for 3 years. Then it withstood a year of intense new driver city driving. It was rotting out, the exhaust broke off so we sounded like the god of thunder for a year and a half and it was GUTLESS, You had to nearly floor it in the last year of its life. We got it with 220 000kms and when the fuel pump finally went at 305 000kms we scrapped it. Overall it was fine. The transmission had been rebuilt prior to us buying the car and in 80 000kms it had four oil changes within four years. Really not to much to complain about.