1989 Pontiac Sunbird Reviews - Page 4 of 6

1989 Pontiac Sunbird LE 2.0L OHC/FI from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0L OHC/FI Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired16 kilometres
Most recent distance181568 kilometres

Summary:

This bird is called the Rustbird, Rainbird, Humming Bird

Faults:

Coolant Leak at 174,000 km a bottle of stop leak fixed that, I had no idea where I was loosing the coolant and the engine would always overheat. Its Great now.

Rear shocks, Complete Brake Job, Rotors, drums, lines, pads, shoes the whole nine yards.

Tune up every spring, before winter, Plugs, PCV valve, Lube, oil, filter, Air filter.

Car is extremely good on gas, very loud when driving it hard, tight steering and body rusts like nothing.

No Cup Holders!!!

Granny shifter which I hate.

Parts are extremely cheap and easy to find.

General Comments:

I love the car, its been good to me, I abuse it though sometimes, but it is always cheap to fix and run. It never lets me down except for cold weather sometime the ignition gets frozen and you can't turn the key, and when you do you have to press the gas pedal to the floor to start it. Make sure you have a good battery that can handle this car in cold weather that's all I can say.

I Replaced the factory speakers and stereo because the other ones where complete garbage.

If they didn't rust, and the head gaskets didn't go more than other cars they would probably still be on the 2004 showrooms.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 2004

1989 Pontiac Sunbird LE 4 cylinder. from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership1991
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder. Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired112000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Cutlass

Summary:

This is a good car that is easy on gas

Faults:

That car caught on fire. It had developed a problem in the cooling system to where the car would not keep water and antifreeze in the car. The body was in bad condition.

General Comments:

The car I have now did have its problems, but is running good now. I would recommend the Pontiac Sunbird to any one. It is a good handling car and is easy on gas. It has get up and go. I love my car. It is also the perfect size for me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2003

1989 Pontiac Sunbird 2.0L SOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0L SOHC Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired260000 kilometres
Most recent distance320000 kilometres
Previous carPontiac Sunbird

Summary:

This is the best car I have driven

Faults:

I blew the motor within 2 weeks of buying car.

Nothing besides that.

General Comments:

I love this car, I would recommend it to anyone who loves the passion of fast and safe driving as-well as great gas mileage. My car has never left me stranded except for when I blew the motor. (my fault didn't check oil level). This car is very peppy for a 2.0L SOHC and steers like a train on rails. If you want some good advice take out the power steering pump, she will handle 90o corners at 120KPH. I am not bullshiting you. Get this car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st October, 2003

1989 Pontiac Sunbird SE 2.0L from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0L Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired139000 miles
Most recent distance194000 miles
Previous carBuick Skyhawk

Summary:

All around nice car, and it never breaks down!!!

Faults:

Engine was rebuilt at 100,000 miles.

Water pump died 180,000 miles.

Catalytic converter clogged up around 170,000 miles, resulting in a top speed of 30mph up hills. A cleaning/rebuild was less than $300.

Both flip-up head light covers broke off. Cheap fix with some glue.

Interior cloth on roof started falling down at about 190,000 miles.

General Comments:

Bought this car for $1600 when I graduated high school, six years later and I'm still driving it. I'm amazed that its still running strong after almost 200,000 miles.

Power is surprisingly ample from the 4cyl. engine, and the car handles semi-well although there is noticeable body roll in the corners.

The Sunbird never let me down once in the 60,000 miles I had it. It did die once when the water pump went, but as luck would have it my Mom was using it at the time. Or perhaps somehow it knew? Either way it cost me less than $2000 dollars in the six years I had it. The only time I ever had to stop was when the headlight covers broke off at one end, at night they would flap in the wind when I got over about 40 mph, so I had to get out and rig them with duct tape for a couple weeks.

I always loved the interior set up, orange lights from the drivers door all the way around to the shifter with everything pointing right at the driver. Nice and comfy on long trips while the gas gauge moves down nice and slow.

All in all I have no real complaints, so don't be afraid to buy a used Sunbird.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st July, 2003

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 20 reviews