1988 Pontiac Sunbird SE 2.0 from North America
350,000 miles got me my money's worth and then some!
Well, in fifteen years and 350,000 miles, let's see... The most memorable (but few) are as follows.
Flip up headlights quit in 1996.
Gone through two water pumps.
Top paint surfaces deteriorated rapidly beginning in 1999.
Six alternators, lastly in April 2003.
Power Steering Rack replaced in 2001.
Unbelievably reliable car. No major mechanical work (engine and transmission) needed, ever!
Seats have gotten to the point of the cushioning just flat wearing out. Were comfortable on many long trips.
Engine still gives me 30 to 33 miles per gallon highway. Still accelerates close to the day I first brought it home.
Suspension and transmission held up great. Still corners flat with good replacement struts and shocks.
Just wish I could've solved the "new alternator every two years" problem.
Today is last day of ownership due to too many wearable items needing replaced. Dash is cracked in several places, door interior fabric tearing, tires bad, paint job is horrible (but NO rust), etc.
This car stood up to a lot of hard driving from home (Florida) to Maine to Minnesota and just about everywhere in between.
A used Sunbird in decent shape can be a good value if given good care and upkeep.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th September, 2003