1994 Pontiac Sunbird Reviews - Page 7 of 16

1994 Pontiac Sunbird LE 4.0 from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 4.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Most recent distance87000 miles
Previous carPontiac Sunbird

Summary:

A Great First Car!

Faults:

Nothing, but, I needed tires and the wire is lose on the break light so it comes on from time to time.

General Comments:

I love the car this is my first car and it runs very good it's a very good first car and sports car. All cars are not good sometimes you might get a lemon, but, the best advice is take a person with you who knows a lot about cars that would be your best bet!

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

Review Date: 31st January, 2006

1994 Pontiac Sunbird from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired173000 kilometres
Most recent distance189000 kilometres
Previous carPontiac Sunbird

Summary:

I will never own another one

Faults:

First off I would like to say that I bought my car from a least than honest salesman.

When I bought this car I should have taken it and had a second safety done on it as the parking brake light would not go off. That was my second Mistake.

The day after I bought it I went to unlock the car and pulled out the drivers side lock with the key in it.

A week after I bought this car, the starter went and left me stranded far from home.

A month after I bought it the muffler fell off.

$600 later for the muffler and starter (I never did replace the lock as it would be around $2,000), the car seemed to be running fine and it drove pretty good for about 6 months.

I have always done very regular maintenance on this car, never letting it go more than 4000km without an oil change and taking it for a once over every 6 months.

At 187,000km, I had to replace all the belts in the car.

Shortly after that my alternator went. It had to be replaced. There is another $500.

A month later at about 189,000km. It was making a weird noise so I brought it in to see what was wrong. I found out that my sway bar linkage had broke, the CV boot on the front passenger side broke, Both wheel bearings in the front were gone, and that every part of my brakes on all 4 tires were rotten. Price tag on this? $2000.

General Comments:

The mechanic that I was seeing never mentioned the brake problems to me when I took it in for regular maintenance. So I am partly at fault for the brakes. But I was also told when I bought this car that the brakes were all brand new.

The car was $3500 when I bought it. I still owe a lot of money on it. With this most recent news I got on my car, I am getting rid of it as I can't afford to keep fixing it.

I had a 93 sun-bird before this and had relatively no problems until the timing belt let go and the whole exhaust fell off while driving. I figured that I might be OK with a newer model and buying one from a dealer as my first one was a private sale.

The car wasn't that bad when it was running properly. But was far to expensive to fix for even simple parts. I wouldn't recommend this car if you are looking at a budget. But if you have money to spare and time to spare, it isn't a bad car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st January, 2006

21st Jan 2006, 15:37

Look at the mileage on this car. Obviously you didn't check it very well when you purchased it. The mileage alone shoukd have been an indication of things. Don't blame the car. Also, don't get swindled by dealers the next time!

1994 Pontiac Sunbird LE 4 Liter from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4 Liter Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired76000 miles
Most recent distance86000 miles

Summary:

It is an excellent car

Faults:

So far all that has gone wrong is the A/C belt, it needed removed.

Also the alignment was off so that needed replaced.

General Comments:

This is my first car and it is seriously the best. If your looking for a dependable car get a Sunbird.

It drives excellent, there isn't any serious problems, just some minor repairs.

The seats are comfortable, better than most new cars.

One thing I don't like is no cupholders. I usually have drinks so it makes it difficult to buy drinks and take them home without spilling something.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th December, 2005

2nd Feb 2006, 17:19

I bought a Sunbird LE as well (1994). They're great cars, never had any major problems with mine (had some big issues, but that was because the guy who owned the car before me tinkered with the engine trying to make it a drag car, and didn't know what he was doing, making some simple repairs like timing belt ridiculously difficult).

If you want a cup-holder and don't smoke, remove the cover and insert for the ash-tray in the center console. The hole is big enough to support most drink cups on it's own (unless you accelerate quickly, then some may fall). But if you do a little handy work you can build your own cup-holder... or trust the two they have on the doors, but the window roller-upper things.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 64 reviews