1991 Pontiac Sunbird SE Convertible 2.0 from North America
Practical, reliable fun
Thermostat stuck (due to my lack of maintenance), causing the head gasket to blow at 122,000 miles.
Air conditioner stopped working at some point... probably because I never used it, since I almost ALWAYS have the top down.
Timing belt at 90,000 miles. (Again, due to my lack of maintenance.)
Original top replaced in 2005 at 133,000 miles.
Back windows stopped rolling down recently, and the front passenger side is getting REALLY slow. (Common problem, especially at this age, and in the Florida coastal climate.)
Reupholstered the driver's seat when the top was replaced. (My 225-pound frame wore it out.)
Despite the head gasket issue, this has been one unbelievable car. The Brazilian-made engine has been put to the test, since I do NOT drive this car easy. Very peppy, good gas mileage. When I left her sitting for a couple of months, she got a little cranky on me, but a tune-up brought her back to life.
It took me six months, but rather than pay the $1250 for a head gasket replacement at the shop, I paid $225 for a remanufactured, warrantied cylinder head and changed it myself. It's a fairly easy car to work on. While I had her disassembled, I changed ALL the belts, hoses, and re-insulated all the wiring. I swear she has more pep NOW than she did when I bought her. (Possibly due to the slightly increased compression, due to the shaved (re-manufactured) cylinder head.
GREAT sky blue paint job on this car. I've waxed it maybe 4 times since I bought it, and never been garaged. I live on the gulf coast of Florida, and the salt air tends to erode paint jobs rapidly, but this one still SHINES.
This car is also good for tall people (I'm 6'2"), because the seats are low in the car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th July, 2006
13th Aug 2006, 15:55
I have a red 91 Sunbird convertible also. Bought it three years ago, put a black top from original white, had constant coolant leaks in 3.1 v6 and finally blew the gasket. Now have another v6 and the car is lots of fun. 5 speed. Have replaced left window motor. Where can I find squeegees for the windows?
4th Sep 2010, 05:12
Hey 2006 commenter! I have a red 1991 Sunbird convertible, V6 5 speed. Bought it in 2002 and soon replaced white top with black. Engine had coolant problems and cracked the header. Did you find squeegees? Where?