1995 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews - Page 3 of 9

1995 Pontiac Sunfire 2.2 from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired215000 kilometres
Most recent distance235000 kilometres
Previous carMercury Cougar

Summary:

Beware!

Faults:

-Thermostat.

-Head Gasket failure.

-Power window (driver's side)

-Fan control unit.

-A/C compressor.

-Fuel Pump.

-Coolant housing pipe cracked.

General Comments:

A cheaply made commuter vehicle that will drain your wallet rather than save you money.

I had the car for approx. 1 year, and I had all of the above problems occur. The car ended up dying on the side of the road while on a camping trip. The car was towed to the junkyard for $25.

When it runs, it runs OK. Fuel consumption is decent, but not great. I usually got around 10L/100KM.

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

Review Date: 22nd June, 2007

1995 Pontiac Sunfire SE 2.2L from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.2L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 miles
Most recent distance118000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

Not reliable over 80,000 miles

Faults:

My head gasket started to leak anti-freeze at 96,000 miles.

I had to replace the short block engine at 97,000 miles.

I have gone through 4 alternators.

I replaced the head gasket again at 109,000 miles.

I have gone through 6 tires because the car does not do good in the snow.

I had to replace the right front axle and the engine cradle because they rusted out.

General Comments:

This is by far the worst car that I have ever had. It has cost me over $7,000 to keep running.

When I do get it fixed the is an okay car to get from school to work. But any abuse to this car will result in a total break down and thousands of dollars in repairs.

The stock stereo is not very good at all. So I had replaced all 4 speakers and the C. D player.

All in all, this is one of the worst cars that GM has ever built, way to go Pontiac, another unsatisfied customer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th August, 2005

1995 Pontiac Sunfire from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired59000 kilometres
Most recent distance130000 kilometres
Previous carFord Escort

Faults:

MY STRUTS WENT OUT ABOUT THREE YEARS AGO. Also my fuel pump went out six months ago. Now at this point and time I need a motor mount, and the car is running hot for some reason. I have spent about twelve hundred dollars on this car so far. I think that is too much. I'm happy with my pontiac sunfire, but in the future I will not purchase another one. My next car will be a Chevrolet. I think this is a good American made car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th July, 2005

1995 Pontiac Sunfire from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired118500 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles

Summary:

I loved this car! Previous owners seem to be the cause of problems

Faults:

I had to replace a spark plug after owning the car for 2 months.

Battery replaced as it leaked all over. (previous owners cause)

Brakes lock up when driving in rain, or driving down hills.

Bottom engine mount warn. (Previous Owners cause most likely)

A/C does not work.

Heater on constantly, knobs for heating and air conditioning have broken off.

Passenger window motor broken, window lift no longer moves.

Car overheats when stopped at a light, or in drive through, or around town traffic when above 70 degrees.

December 2003 - ABS light on.

April 2004 - I drove the car home from work, and the next day it wouldn't start. It wouldn't turn over, it wouldn't make any noise at all. Had starter checked, and it was fine. Had Battery checked, it was fine. Had alternator checked, it was fine. So now my car has sat for over a year now. I haven't been able to find the money to pay for it to be towed and diagnosed. (The joys of being a college student.) So now that I have the money to fix it I'm afraid too many problems may have occurred from sitting so long. :- (

General Comments:

I loved this car! Although being your first you tend to love it more. I really did love it though. It turned easily, seats were comfortable, trunk space was enormous, in all it was a great college student's car. Especially with a couple of friends.

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

Review Date: 13th July, 2005

3rd Oct 2005, 18:18

Don't know if you still check on your review, but about the starting problem - check the engine relays. These are usually located on the driver's side fender under the hood (maybe not, I'm used to Dodge vehicles).

I had the same thing happen in my Dodge Spirit. I picked up a dozen relays (to make certain I got the right one and one that worked) at a junkyard for $5. Plugged one in and the car started right up.

Pick up a Hayne's or Chilton's manual - they might give you other ideas or expand on this one.

Average review marks: 5.6 / 10, based on 35 reviews