1993 Pontiac Sunbird LE 3.1 from North America


Good first car


The interior is falling apart.

It needs struts in the back.

It bottoms out.

The catalytic converter is melting into a ball. That makes my car sound really horrible while driving it.

I had to replace the starter.

I had to replace the brakes and and brake pads.

General Comments:

This car was OK for a first car. It only cost me 1,200.00 so I'm not really complaining. I would only recommend it as a first car. I can't stand it because it makes so much noise. The best part about this car is the interior just because it is very comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th October, 2003

16th Sep 2005, 07:39

Well I think that you guys just got a bad couple of cars. it seems to me that in general the car is a Great car. especially if you can pick one up below a grand. I have one and I've experienced none of the problems that you have.


1993 Pontiac Sunbird LE 3.1L V6 from North America


Inexpensive, yet very reliable.


Breaks were replaced last year, and wore very quickly.

The factory stereo is set up in such a way that it is difficult to add an after-market stereo.

The rotors should be replaced.

Due to the front struts going out, every bump I hit makes an annoying squeaking noise.

General Comments:

The car is very fast.

The engine and transmission are in their original form, no work has been done other than the occasional oil change.

I have plans to bore the cylinders and have the engine rebuilt, not because it needs it, but because I race it, and this will help us both out.

Aftermarket parts for this car can be difficult to find, in my area the car is quite uncommon.

It is always fun to drive my car onto the track with all those Honda's. No one believes my car can do what it does, but I smoke them, then I'm the one laughing.

I love this car. It is very reliable, and sporty. I wouldn't trade it in on the world.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st July, 2003

5th Dec 2003, 20:17

Hey. I have been driving a 1993 Pontiac Sunbird. I read the problem with the cd player installation. In my car the cd player was installed underneath the dash where the old radio is at. The previous owner unhooked the old radio and hooked up the new cd player before they sold the car. I've had mine for almost a year and it has 125,00 miles on it, but my car also has the annoying squeaking sound when you hit bumps in the road.

1993 Pontiac Sunbird LE 2.0 OHC from North America


Reliable, but old, quick pickup on flat roads


Replaced alternator 3 times.

Cracked head, caused the car to misfire.

Replaced cracked head, and head gasket.

Replaced cooling fan 3 times.

Replaced oxygen sensor.

Replaced cooling temperature switch.

Replaced catalytic converter.

Replaced fuel pump, and strainers.

Replaced water pump.

Replaced water pump housing.

Replaced valve cover gasket.

Replaced windshield wiper motor.

Replaced radiator, and hoses.

Replaced brake pads.

General Comments:

This vehicle has always ran extremely hot.

Good performance on flat roads, poor performance going up small and steep hills.

Oil, and oil filter are changed every 2,500 miles. I also substitute Slick 50 for High Mileage vehicles for one quart of oil.

Spark plugs do not want to come out during a change, even if the threads were previously greased, and the car is cold.

Front struts are going bad currently.

Front rotors need replaced, and brake pads were worn 2 months after new ones were installed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th July, 2003

13th Jun 2004, 10:42

First off I have a 90 Sunbird and all of the problems your having could have been avoided. Its great that you changed the oil 2500 miles, but slick 50 isn't so good for the engine. As a matter fact dealers will void warranty if you use such additives. This car is for someone who knows how to work on cars and can hear early warning signs. If you know nothing about engines then buy a Honda (easy care)