The first thing to go was the O2 sensor. The mechanics had to drop the motor to change it, so I was told.
The next thing that when was a gas modulating sensor, linking to the newly replaced O2 sensor, thus blowing that one too. Another expensive repair.
Then the starter went, got a friend to do it, shouldn't have. He left some wires too close to the exhaust manifold, thus they welded to it.
This led to the next issue, the wiring all had to be redone in the rear. That was 6h or shop time. By now I'd say I was $3000 in the hole.
Also took it in to get the rear rotors machined. The car had apparently sat a while with the previous owner. I had no idea. The front rotors still need to be machined.
Next I was driving along and saw a nice cloud of white smoke coming from my car. It got so bad it obscured the view for other drivers as I was driving it the garage. The head was cracked. After trying three other heads from wrecked 84 Fiero and finding they too were all cracked in many places, I had it rebuilt. That was about $1500. Pontiac did not claim any responsibility for improperly machining the head, they only said they didn't expect this car to still be on the road anyway.
Finally, I had a stereo installed and those who did it drilled the amp right into a rad pipe. The garage patched it, and I can still smell antifreeze every time I use the car. The pipe may still have to be repaired one day depending on how well a weld hold on a pipe that is under pressure...
Finally, I had headlight motors installed not knowing one of them didn't work. I would think that would be checked before installation. You have to spell these things out to some garages. In doing this, the wiring in the front got shorted out, blowing the rad fan. I found out the only replacement was factor direct for $400 US, for a fan! They used one from some other car and made it fit. Still cost $2000 all together that time.
Well I am a person who really enjoys small cars that are low to the ground so I can corner fast. It is a fun car to drive and I have to admit I have fallen in love with it. How else can I rationalize wasting a bunch of my student loan money to fix it?
I don't like the blind spots though as I am pretty short and the bucket seats are really low, which doesn't help me to shoulder check. Otherwise, it is pretty much what I expected it to be (minus all the repairs).
I will never purchase another one of these again and wouldn't recommend anyone else do it either.