1998 Pontiac Firefly Reviews

1998 Pontiac Firefly 1.3 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 kilometres
Most recent distance70000 kilometres
Previous carPontiac Firefly

Summary:

A great unit. GM should make them again!

Faults:

Exhaust.

General Comments:

A great little car. I have written about my 1999 unit and wrote that if they still made it I'd buy another. I landed this one which had never seen winter 2 months ago. Price was 3,200$ This unit is the 4 cylinder, much more power than the 3. The wife loves it!

Nice colour (purple) and it was in mint condition, except for a small dent in the roof caused by a branch.

Works very nicely for my small 4 person family.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2006

1998 Pontiac Firefly 1.0L from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.0L Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired139000 kilometres
Most recent distance152000 kilometres
Previous carPontiac Parisienne

Summary:

Excellent gas mileage, but not very powerful, really wish it was an automatic

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with this car at all.

General Comments:

Nice little economic car. Great for zipping around in the city. But I feel cramped in it sometimes. Manoeuvring at slow speeds can be hard with the absence of power steering. I find that because of the high-back bucket seats, there are considerable blind spots. The lack of cruise control and the inability to stretch while driving is discouraging me from any attempt at a long distance road trip with this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th September, 2005

1998 Pontiac Firefly NA 1 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1 liter Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired40 kilometres
Most recent distance360000 kilometres

Summary:

Very, very reliable

Faults:

1. Broken fan mount at 120000 Km.

2. Corroded injection resistor at 160000 Km.

3. Failed water pump at 355000 Km.

4. Failed windshield washer pump at 325000 Km.

General Comments:

My Firefly is extremely reliable. For example, this car still has (at 360000 Km) the original rear brakes.

Fuel economy is also excellent. On the highway I get about 55 miles per gallon.

The steering is nimble.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th July, 2004

1998 Pontiac Firefly Base 1.0 TFI from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.0 TFI Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired33000 kilometres
Most recent distance56000 kilometres
Previous carFord Aspire

Summary:

A good bargain car

Faults:

The interior is falling apart.

The doors leak sometimes, and it makes a lot of noise at high speed.

General Comments:

This car looks alright, and handles really well for what it is. It gets a lot out of the little engine because it's basically made out of plastic.

It's great for city travel, but high way travel isn't fun. It's really loud at high speed, and it's fuel mileage suffers (it's geared for the city).

Still it's cheap, and relatively fun to drive.

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

Review Date: 24th February, 2003

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 4 reviews