1990 Pontiac Sunbird Reviews - Page 9 of 9

1990 Pontiac Sunbird LE 2.0 Overhead Cam from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 Overhead Cam Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 miles
Most recent distance155000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Nova

Summary:

A very good car that will last many years if properly treated and taken care of

Faults:

Brakes most frequently go out at around every 20k.

A/C system needed a charge when I got the car, but has been good since.

Alternator at 60k.

Water pump at 100k, also changed the timing belt while everything was apart.

Raditor fan at 140k.

Struts and wheel bearing at 150k.

Freeze plugs went recently at 154k.

General Comments:

I have been very happy with this car since I bought it and it has given me few problems. The things that need to be done to the car now are because of old age, and I gladly pay a few extra bucks for parts to fix her up. Even though I have a newer car now, I'm still keeping what I consider to be the best car I owned, my Sunbird.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th January, 2001

19th Jun 2002, 01:44

I own a 1990 Pontiac Sunbird LE, automatic transmission. It has around 127,000 miles on it, and I suppose is doing pretty well considering. However, the car has the nasty habit of stalling in the middle of traffic. I suspect that third gear is shot, and thus preventing proper down shifting. It also guzzles transmission fluid like there is no tomorrow, with no apparent leak.

Besides the major inconvenience, nothing terribly large has needed replacement (in the past two years I have owned it).

I am curious to know if anyone else has had difficulty with this make of car, and could perhaps offer suggestions!

1990 Pontiac Sunbird LE 2.0 L 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 L 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired34000 kilometres
Most recent distance65000 kilometres

Summary:

All around good vehicle

Faults:

Leaking on weatherstripping on front doors and trunk.

Steering rack blew, needed to be replaced.

Gear ratios wrong, not too wrong, though.

Air conditioning was empty after only a few years.

Rear defogger relay blown, small repair.

General Comments:

A great little car, economic and comfortable.

Just enough power to get around without eating up a lot of gas.

Great stock stereo, smooth ride, tough little car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd January, 2001

1990 Pontiac Sunbird GT 2.0 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired112000 kilometres
Most recent distance127000 kilometres
Previous carGMC Sierra Pick-up

Summary:

A high performance bargain!!!

Faults:

Nothing at all.

Minor body work touch-ups.

Emergency brake cable.

General Comments:

With 165 hp and 15.6 1/4 mile times... it was worth every penny!!! It handles very well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th July, 2000

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 28 reviews