1994 Pontiac Sunbird Reviews - Page 8 of 16

1994 Pontiac Sunbird LX 2.0L from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0L Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired215000 kilometres
Most recent distance223000 kilometres

Summary:

It will always turn over!

Faults:

The head gasket was blown at 215,000Km which existed when I purchased the car for $300.00 Canadian currency.

The coil pack needed replacement at 222,900Km when it stopped producing spark for #2 Cylinder - The loss of power is remarkable when a 4 banger suddenly becomes a 3...

Suspension is now poor, the struts need replacement as the car just crashes over bumps in the road.

Dashboard has separated just above the radio, this problem existed when I purchased the vehicle.

The front speakers are blown.

General Comments:

The previous owner did not have the time/money to replace the car's blown head gasket.

I spent about $600.00 Canadian currency, purchasing the kit/lubricants necessary to replace the head gasket and give it a valve job etc... I also replaced the timing belt/water pump and serpentine belt at the same time. It took an amazing level of effort for me to complete the job (my first time) but it was worth it.

My Sunbird is fun to drive and very reliable and has not caused me any grief, yet...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th November, 2005

1994 Pontiac Sunbird LE 4 cylinder from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Automatic
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 miles
Most recent distance175000 miles

Summary:

This is a near perfect car

Faults:

The spoiler begins to peel up on the ends. Nothing superglue can't fix. The front speakers were stock when I got them, and after 11 years they were blown to pieces. The trunk leaks a little, but not major. The rear reflectors are a little loose. I think my power steering pump is about to give.

General Comments:

This is a really great car, but when I bought it from my cousin, he worked at a body shop. So this car is in extremely beautiful shape. For a 4 cylinder, this is an awesome car. my friends say its slow, but after replacing the air filter, this car peels out.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th October, 2005

29th Oct 2005, 13:22

Umm how old are you? you sound like a little kid, can't spell lol, sorry, but its true... in my opinion get rid of the heap, GM has disappointed me very badly...

10th Mar 2006, 14:26

I have a 1994 sunbird and I just love it. I only had it a few months. it is the best little car I have ever had. the last car I had was a 1999 sunfire. NOT A GOOD CAR.

1994 Pontiac Sunbird SE 3.1 V6 from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.1 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance141000 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

A quick, sporty little car

Faults:

Driver side window motor blew at 135000.

Water pump blew at 141000.

Serpantine belt tensioner broke at 130000.

Stabilizing rod broke at 131000.

A/C Compressor died at 140000.

General Comments:

Even with all the things that have happened with this car, I still love it.

The 3.1 V6 still has some get up and go to it, and it handles well. I think a lot of these issues can be expected with cars with high miles.

A lot of the issues were relatively inexpensive to fix, with the exception of the A/C Compressor which came to $650.

Even though there is no need for them, I love the little flip up headlight covers.

The seats are a little cushy, making it hard o see over the wheel for shorter people.

All in all though, I love this car. I just wish I could have gotten it when it had 50,000 miles instead of 120,000.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd October, 2005

1994 Pontiac Sunbird LE 2.0 4 Cylinder from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 4 Cylinder Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired185000 kilometres
Most recent distance212000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Awesome, very reliable car

Faults:

The radiator started leaking pretty bad. Had to replace it. It was in rough shape when I got it.

I had to replace the exhaust and muffler.

I had to replace the rear hub assemblies on both rear wheels. Whoever put the tires on previously tightened the nuts down to hard. I ended up snapping off a few of the bolts. That's not the car's fault.

I currently have a faulty spark plug wire which causes a cylinder to skip, but will be cheap to replace.

Has some rust on the doors (Canadian winters and salt aren't easy on exteriors of cars).

General Comments:

I love this car. It's my third car and it has so far been the best. I've hardly had to do anything to it and most of what I've had to do is just general stuff.

It has good acceleration, handles well, and is fairly comfortable. I really like the seats. I'm 6'1" and I find it fairly easy to get in and out of and the seats are pretty comfortable.

It has been a really reliable car for me so far. I think it will be as long as I maintain it. Gas mileage is pretty good too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2005

27th Dec 2005, 21:57

Just wondering, who told you that you needed to replace the whole hub? when a lug stud breaks all you need to do is unbolt the hub, tap out the broken stud, and put a new one on, this goes for pretty much any Front wheel drive car. it has happened to my sunbird and I think each lug stud costs like $1.99, I think someone was pulling your leg and you didn't NEED to replace the whole stud.

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