1989 Pontiac Firefly Review from North America

1989 Pontiac Firefly

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance300000 kilometres


All in all, a decent little no-frills car


The car was fine for the first few years. After that, anything that could go wrong with it mechanically, did.

The engine was rebuilt twice.

In the first year, a button on the dash fell off.

Passenger side door lock began to get stiff, and eventually would not lock.

Very large ignition/door key broke inside both door locks.

Interior cloth and vinyl wore badly.

In later years of ownership, the engine would not turn after wet weather.

General Comments:

Engine power isn't all that great. Forget about trying to pass anyone while going uphill.

Cabin is loud, and window fogging can be quite bothersome.

Excellent fuel economy.

A decent car if you're only concerned with getting from point A to point B.

If well maintained, this car will last for years. I logged plenty of miles on mine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 12th June, 2001

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review