1995 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews - Page 4 of 9

1995 Pontiac Sunfire SE 2.2L from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.2L Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.0 / 10
Distance when acquired99000 miles
Most recent distance106000 miles
Previous carPontiac Sunfire

Summary:

Cheaply made!!

Faults:

As soon as winter approached, my car just started falling apart. I had a blown head gasket at 105,000 miles. I need a new water pump, a new pulley, a new drive belt, the power steering had a leak in it, and much much more.

General Comments:

I used to love my car until I realized that it was crap. As soon as winter came and I went over 100,000 miles, I just started having problems with it. It is a very sporty car and I love the feel of it, I just wish I didn't have to spend $1500 on it to fix it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th January, 2005

2nd Jan 2007, 01:45

I can't believe you would say it is cheaply made because it was having problems at a high mileage! Most cars are gonna have problems like those you listed sooner or later. If it went as long as you say without, that is a very good car, better than Chevy. I had a 96 Chevy Beretta and I had a belt and the water pump go, and that was before that many miles, I am sure. And remember things break more in the winter because of the cold air. It is drying and it makes things just snap. And the parts just can't take the cold.

1995 Pontiac Sunfire SE from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Great Looker, Poor Runner

Faults:

- Blown head gasket (3 times!)

- Replace starter ~60000mi

- Replace alternator ~ 90000mi

- 2 spark plugs fell out of head! ~50000mi

- Constant coolant leaks

- A/C controls short out.

General Comments:

This was my first new car and may I say what a disappointment. The car was a great looker, but was extremely underpowered. After only 20K miles the head gasket went out. It went out twice more before 50K miles. At $1000 a pop this got a little frustrating. Finally I had the head and engine block planed which seemed to help. At one point I had 2 spark plugs literally blow out of the engine! Was never able to have that explained. I kept the car for 10 years because it was cheaper to play the constant maintenance than have a new car payment. Finally sold it for around a thousand bucks. I have been told by several mechanics that this car and engine were typically very reliable. Maybe I just got a lemon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th January, 2005

1995 Pontiac Sunfire Base 2.2 from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.2 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.3 / 10
Distance when acquired158000 kilometres
Most recent distance205000 kilometres
Previous carHyundai Excel

Summary:

A fairly cheap car to own

Faults:

The transmission seized up and broke the driver's side axle.

The clutch slave cylinder failed twice.

The heater core needed to be replaced.

The engine has a loud knock.

The car currently can't move under it's own power.

The interior is made with lost of cheap plastic.

The shifter is sloppy.

General Comments:

This car has a rare Interior. It is Bright orange in color, kind of eye catching.

When it runs it runs good.

It goes down the road well.

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

Review Date: 23rd January, 2005

1995 Pontiac Sunfire GT 1.5 four cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.5 four cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired115000 miles
Most recent distance116000 miles
Previous carCadillac DeVille

Summary:

Awesome little ride

Faults:

Absolutely nothing has gone wrong with this Sunfire! I am amazed with the condition of the interior of this car! It's like sitting inside of a fighter jet cockpit.

General Comments:

I am a large man (six foot six and 330 lbs!) and amazingly enough, I fit into this ride better than I did in my '82 Caddy! Handling is pretty tight, and I am seriously considering keeping this car around for a long time. I have heard a lot of negative feedback about the '96 Sunfire, and am shocked to hear of all the problems people seemed to have! I wonder if its because they drive like maniacs in thier cars or if it was genuinely from manufacturer faults, for I follow the speed limits and have been in love with this car since I purchased it and have yet to have any problems...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th June, 2004

22nd Apr 2009, 19:52

I finally glad to see a positive feedback. I don't think they are as really as bad of a car that everybody says they are.

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