1989 Pontiac Sunbird Reviews - Page 6 of 6

1989 Pontiac Sunbird LE 2.0 OHC from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 OHC Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired113000 kilometres
Most recent distance122000 kilometres
Previous carPontiac Civic

Summary:

A good first car with some benefits

Faults:

My struts went at about 115,000 k's and I spent approximately $450 to repair them.

Had to put new rear springs in at the same as the struts.

Was leaking a very small amount of power steering fluid, but some stop leak fixed that.

General Comments:

The car works great so far. No problems with the engine whatsoever. It doesn't burn a bit of oil or leak any oil.

The 5-speed manual transmission is great and the short shifter makes it fun to work with.

Upgrades are available for this car. I have started with a K&N air filter and I plan some more. I also installed an 80 watt amplifier/equalizer in myself.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th October, 2001

25th Feb 2003, 13:15

Instead of running a K & N Filter, try running a Reactive open filter, with a breather. I have run both filters on my mine, and the Reactive filter is ten times better. The conversion is easy. Just remove the whole air filter box.

18th Apr 2003, 02:23

Hey, I was wondering where you picked up your short shifter from? I have been looking everywhere and cannot find many performance mods for this car at all.

Thanks,

Brenden B. vlsdcs@nfdc.net.

1989 Pontiac Sunbird SE 2.0 SOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 SOHC Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired68500 miles
Most recent distance145500 miles

Summary:

No complaints; you get out what you put in.

Faults:

Remember, the car is 11 years old now so things are expected to break.

I've replaced the timing belt, first when I bought the car, and again at 120K miles.

I replaced the entire exhaust system at 135K.

The transmission pan gasket & oil pan gasket were replaced (but only after running over an unfinished concrete lamppost hidden by snow caused the originals to crack and leak).

The water pump, alternator, starter & radiator have all been replaced, as have all hoses and belts.

A full valve job was performed at 137K, along with a new head gasket.

General Comments:

Forget all those people who say taking a chance on a used Sunbird is asking for trouble. If you don't want any problems, go out and buy a brand new car. Don't mind doing a little work? Go buy used with the expectation of putting at least $500 into the car to make it dependable, and learn to know the warning signs and replace parts before they break.

When I bought my car I replaced all the parts that are supposed to start going bad at or around 70K miles, and I kept on top if it over the years. As a result, this car has never left me stranded (it scared me once or twice - but that was just to remind me to fix the problem).

I would definitely recommend this car to anyone looking for affordable, stylish & reliable transportation.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2001

1989 Pontiac Sunbird SE Coupe 2.0L turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0L turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired30 miles
Most recent distance176000 miles
Previous carPontiac Sunbird, 1.8L turbo

Summary:

GM don't make 'em like this anymore!

Faults:

The usual: clutch @ 145,000mi; x'mission @ 174,000mi; very slight rust @ bottom of driver's door. About time for shocks & struts, methinks...

General Comments:

Great acceleration, especially in 3rd. The cause of much road rage to drivers of newer, bigger stuff.

Can't beat the gas mileage - 32-34mpg in summer, 27-29mpg in winter.

Keep the oil changed, and it'll live forever! Doesn't burn it, yet - about 1/2qt every 3500 miles!

Nice lookin' ride (after all these years!)

Anybody out there know the source of modified ECU Eproms?? I'd like a bit more boost than the stock 12-13psi.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd March, 2001

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