1991 Pontiac Firefly Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1991 Pontiac Firefly LE 1.0L gas from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.0L gas Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired68 kilometres
Most recent distance81000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

A true bargain for the tight of budget

Faults:

This has been a wonderful vehicle. Only average wear and tear have gone wrong with it. All mechanical parts are original.

General Comments:

A fun, reliable vehicle.

Very cheap to drive and maintain.

Gets a lot of positive comments from women in particular.

Reminds me of the old 1950's style Nash Metropolitan.

Seriously underpowered with the automatic, and passing a vehicle is an adventure in motoring!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th December, 2003

1991 Pontiac Firefly 1.0L 3 cylinder Suzuki from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.0L 3 cylinder Suzuki Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired195000 kilometres
Most recent distance197000 kilometres
Previous carPontiac Acadian/1000

Summary:

The best small car you can buy

Faults:

Since I've owned it (which hasn't been long) nothing has gone wrong. The things that are wrong with it are:

-Hood popper handle's hinge is broken

-The interior light switches for the doors don't work

-Antenna can't be retracted

-Cracks in driver's seat

The previous owners didn't have any problems with it.

General Comments:

One of the finest cars ever made in my opinion. It's a Suzuki marketed by GM. Fun to drive, excellent on gas, reliable, fairly comfortable, and good cargo space. They're fairly zippy cars - only 55hp, but weighs only 1700lbs. Even with 197,000km, mine still gets 56 miles to the imperial gallon. With the rear seat folded down there's lots of cargo space. The driver and front passenger don't feel cramped. Lack of sound insulation is the only weak point of this car - highway driving is a bit noisy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th July, 2003

1991 Pontiac Firefly LE 1.0 gas from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.0 gas Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired23 kilometres
Most recent distance61000 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Sprint

Summary:

Best bang for a cheap buck!

Faults:

In twelve years of owning this vehicles nothing has gone wrong with it.

I have replaced only wear and tear parts. e.g. tires, top, brakes, muffler/exhaust system.

General Comments:

I still get many positive comments about my convertible. It is fun to drive, very cheap to run, has never let me down in any way, and is one of my favorite vehicles that I have ever owned. It is seriously underpowered, especially with the automatic, and it is most unsafe in an accident. We get a lot of snow here, and it has never become stuck. Traction is terrific!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th November, 2002

9th Apr 2004, 03:48

I also bought one for my daughter when she started to drive. Your comments on power are correct, but the 5 speed trans helps.

The top was changed last year because of the window.

The windshield also because of bad top & door adjustments made it crack.

The engine has a light miss which my daughter wants me to fix, any suggestions???

- valve adjustments??

- vaccum leaks??

- any affordable custom wheels on the market for this model??

14th Mar 2006, 09:11

I must comment on the comment you made about crashing this car... I beg to differ, but the 1991 Firefly has VERY HIGH crash marks, equivalent too many luxury vehicles, all in the 4 out of 5 category! You can check the accuracy of this in LEMON AID! This is one of the reasons I bought this model!

31st Oct 2006, 13:08

I have owned my 1991 Pontiac Firefly Turbo, 2 door for over 5 years and I am sad that I will probably only have it for three or four more! It is a five speed manual and between that and the Turbo I can accelerate up huge hills and have no issues passing people on the highway.

A comment on the safety of this car. My previous vehicle was a 1991 Pontiac Firefly, 4 door. I hit a deer with it and while it was totalled (radiator was pushed right into the motor) I didn't have a scratch on me. I bought this one the next day! When I go to buy a new car I'll definitely be looking for the modern equivalent of the Firefly.

1991 Pontiac Firefly from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1997
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance0 kilometres

Summary:

Good cheap lower performance car

Faults:

Transmission and clutch are a little light duty. Got a new clutch tranmission, throat bearing, differential. Got a used tranny, new everything else for I think $12000 installed so that's not too bad. Replaced all at once around 200000. Still running good today though the clutch is about half gone, and the tranny is started to do the same thing as the old one, but if it lasts me to 300000 I will be happy.

Usually things start to go after you rack up lots of miles. Around 180000 the gaskets started to leak around the engine, seat looked a little worn, put new tires on it.

General Comments:

This is a really good cheap car. It is really reliable and gave me lots of warning signs that the clutch and tranny were starting to go. This is a good family car and it's not very good on hills like all small lower powered cars. I would recommend this car to a teenager since it's cheap, easy to fix and doesn't go too fast. I also recommend this car for a single guy or gal who just putts around town.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th April, 2002

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 10 reviews