1994 Pontiac Firefly 1.0 litre from North America


This is the best used car I ever bought, I want another one when this one finally dies!


Regular lube and oil change at 5000 kms (3000 mile) intervals.

Oil-sprayed and rust-proofed each October since 1997.

Original Manual clutch went at 175 000 km.

I have had to redo the front brakes every 2 years, 3 years for the rear.

The Left Side Constant Velocity Joint was damaged by an incompetent tire jockey and replaced at his employer's expense in 1999. The rebuilt replacement kept blowing wheel bearings and seals, that ultimately progressed to catastrophic failure in 2001. I have had no further issues since my mechanic replaced the CV joint and drive axle, bearings and seals with a quality re-manufactured assembly.

Exhaust and muffler replaced every 3 years, catalytic converter in 2002.

Tires have been replaced 3 times since I bought the car: at 110 000 km, 160 000 km, and 285 000 km.

I suffered a Deer Strike in 2000 that creased the hood and shattered the left headlamp/side marker assembly (Firefly = 1, Bambi = 0) and another in 2005 that took off the passenger side mirror only. (Firefly = 2, Bambi still 0).

I have a recurring issue with both rear wheel bearings failing after only 40 000 km and I am looking into replacing the rear axle spindles. Continual replacement of the bearings (this is the 6th time!) is not cost effective.

The "Check Engine" light is lit constantly for a "Crank Angle Position Sensor" fault, but that component does not exist on my particular model. Otherwise the car runs great!

Currently the car is in need of Lower Control Arms and McPherson strut assemblies in the front suspension, thus is unsafe to drive at the moment. I intend to perform that repair as budget permits.

The body is starting to show its age, with some rust perforation on the driver's door near the handle and minor rust along the rocker panels and wheel arches. The driver's door hinges are worn, causing a minor sag to the door when open.

General Comments:

As much as I like my 2002 Cavalier, I still love to bomb around the back roads in the Firefly. Cutting through city traffic is fun in a nimble, spunky small car, but highway travel is noisy due to wind noise, and the light weight make it prone to drift in cross winds.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th April, 2005

4th Dec 2008, 18:01

Just browsing and saw the comments on the 1994 firefly.

The car is wonderful to say the least. Everyone makes jokes about me and my dog driving around in this little car ; but I love it. It is tough, great on gas, and has get up and go that is bigger than the car itself. Wish I had a spare.

Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

1994 Pontiac Firefly 4 dr. 1.3L 4 cylinder from North America


Great little car


I Purchased the car for 700$ in 2004. For the next few months a whole lot needed to be done. But I imagine the previous owner just didn't want to put the money into. It is all expected ware and tear for a 10 year old car with 160000km. Anyways the things that need to be replaced:

New exhaust, the whole works. Cadilidic converter, resonator, muffler, piping. It was rusted all over with many holes.

Had to buy a refurbished Starter for 200$

New ball joint, front break calipurs had to be repaired., alignment because the front passanger tire was wearing out on the inside, but this was probably because of the bad ball joint. Like I said, all normal things to be expected.

The one thing I don't like about this car is that its either burning oil or leaking slowly since I got it. About a liter evry month or so (4000 km)

General Comments:

The firefly is a Suzuki built car. Also other names for this car are Suzuki swift, Cheverolet Metro, Geo Metro. I love this car. Suzuki really know how to build small engines as this one performs so well. There are a lot of good reviews for this car and I have to agree! It is great on gas and parking is so easy! due to its small engine, its not the easiest to accelerate going up hills, but on level surfaces its pretty good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th March, 2005

1994 Pontiac Firefly 1.0L - 3 cylinder. from North America


Extremely reliable car


I had problems with the catalytic converter at 135000km.

I have changed the right hand brake cable at 180000km.

I have changed the timing and accessory belts twice since I own this car.

General Comments:

This car is reliable and economic.

However, replacement parts are quite expensive.

Even if the engine is not powerful, it's got enough power to take you where you want to go.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2003