1991 Pontiac Firefly LSI Convertible from North America

Summary:

Does a great 180, is very economical, easy to park, and the convertibles are fun, fun, fun

Faults:

I bought the car for cheap, knowing it had to have the engine rebuilt. I just had the work completed and am now going to get new front end fenders and have the body work restored. I also need a new rag top and want I want a zip out glass window. I also need new tires, but will get those in time. I always got an oil change on my car every three months. And every couple of years I got the underbody sprayed so the salts would not rust out the body.

General Comments:

They still make these cars in Europe, just not in North or South America. I had a new Firefly in 1990 and someone told me I needed a bigger family car so I sold it. How stupid was I. I sold it with 390000 kilometers on it, and that was in 2000 and I still see it driven around town now in 2016. No serious problems . I drove it every year from British Columbia to California, British Columbia to Saskatchewan. Sure it went slow going up the hills, but in the winter when all the people in their fancy trucks and luxury cars had to pull over, I went right on driving through the snow.

I figure if they restore all the classic cars from the fifties and the sixties, why can't I restore my little Firefly. Look at the model "T" Fords, some are over 100 years old and still going strong. I bought a 1990 four door hatchback firefly last year; it needs lots of work. And then bought a 1991 Firefly convertible to restore; I'm in the process of restoring it right now. I had to sell my previous 1992 convertible Firefly manual because I had problems with my knees. But I tell you having a cheap running little convertible is so much fun and so reliable; can't wait to go back to California and Saskatchewan this summer; it's going to be fun, fun, fun.

I recommend this car for everyone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2016

1991 Pontiac Firefly Sport 1.0 3 cylinder from North America

Summary:

Small car, big ideas

Faults:

Nothing at all, this car has been wonderful.

I have only had the oil and transmission fluid changed out; everything else has been just excellent, no problems at all.

General Comments:

I bought this car not long ago because I had a '94 Suzuki Swift 5 speed, and that was such a trouble free car I decided to try a 3 cylinder Firefly, and nothing has changed, this Firefly is just as good as the Swift.

This car is in excellent shape and is one of the best looking ones around here. I changed the transmission fluid just today, and the car is running great and getting around 43-46 MPG city, and over 50 MPG on the highway. These are just great little cars; very easy to service, maintain and work on, and though they are small cheaper cars, they never give much trouble at all. My car has new 12" tires and the car handles great in any condition.

The interior is actually very roomy, even when holding four people. The rear seats fold down, making the car able to hold and haul almost anything.

Overall I'm VERY happy with this little car's performance, and plan on getting another after this one, I may try an automatic version next.

Overall these cars are just great, and I advise anyone wanting a cheap, reliable, great on gas car, to get one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th September, 2013

8th Sep 2013, 13:45

These are awesome cars, way ahead of their time in technology! They get better mileage than a Smart car, cost a fraction of the price, and can actually seat 4 people, plus they have a hatchback!

9th Sep 2013, 07:37

Yeah it's a funny thing - all the so-called 'technological advances' since 1990 haven't actually improved anything - just made things more expensive and complicated (and thus likely to break down with age).