1995 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews - Page 6 of 9

1995 Pontiac Sunfire SE from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance118000 miles
Previous carPontiac 6000

Summary:

Pontiac, Sunfire: Be afraid, be very afraid...

Faults:

The head gasket is leaking.

Anti-freeze seeps from the car.

The starter went out.

The alternator stopped working.

The air does not work.

Transmission had to fixed.

General Comments:

The car looks very nice, but I have had problem after problem. My first car was a Pontiac 6000, which ran beautifully. When I graduated from college my youth told me it was time to move up and get another car. In hindsight, I should have kept the 6000.

AAA is a great service to have if you own this car. If you don't have AAA, get something in a hurry. The most annoying problem is the broken air- conditioner. I live in North Carolina where the humidity can be out-of-this-world in the summer. I have suffered a many days in this car. Sweating in traffic is no fun.

I have since given the car to my wife so she can get back in forward to work. I had to have the transmission fixed. That sucked down about $700.

I just had to have a Pontiac when I bought it because I figured it would be as reliable as the old 6000. I was sadly mistaken.

Stay away from the 1995 Sunfire!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th June, 2003

12th Aug 2003, 10:12

I must agree about the 1995 Sunfire GT. At first it was a nice looking car, however though I purchased the vehicle do to the fact that I totalled my Honda and my job requires me to drive about 3,000 miles a month. The Sunfire gets great gas mileage and was a great price. however, now I have forked out about $400 so far to just keep it going. Now I am looking to spend around $700 for a new transmission. So just a word for the wise, the Sunfire is the perfect car for a 16 year old high school girl! if you aren't either you might want to keep looking for a car!

25th Sep 2004, 00:43

I have a '95 Sunfire.. and I just wanted to add to your comment about the air conditioning - MINE WENT OUT TOO! And, I live in Minnesota... definitely have some hot, humid summers here. It sucks! I'm getting a new car soon, though. So, that will be nice. :) Besides the air conditioning, I have had no other problems. I would consider myself completely satisfied with my car! I love it!

1995 Pontiac Sunfire SE 2.2 from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance106000 miles
Previous carBuick Century

Summary:

Never again

Faults:

Air conditioner went out at 95000. Purchased a belt that took the a/c out of the loop, cost about $35.

Transmission we out at 103000. Installed a GM rebuilt, but had to go back to the dealership a few times to get everything just right. About $1600.

Starter went out at 103000. Another $300 for a rebuilt.

When the car was in for the starter, the mechanic indicated the head gasket was going to need attention. Estimated it was going to run $700-$900.

General Comments:

This car is fun to drive, but really shows its age at 100,000 miles. Everything loosens up and it ends up being numerous trips to the garage.

The best thing we did was trading it in while it was still running.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th May, 2003

1995 Pontiac Sunfire SE 2.2 from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.2 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance221000 kilometres
Previous carHyundai Excel

Summary:

A fantastic deal and a reliable car

Faults:

The head gasket blew on my car at 219,000 km.

It sometimes has problems with the brakes.

General Comments:

Sometimes under hard acceleration the steering wheel vibrates.

The car is overall a very comfortable car to drive.

It has great handling.

It has pretty decent power and torque for a 4 cylinder engine. It would have been nice to have the GT model. The extra 30 horse goes a long way.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2003

1995 Pontiac Sunfire GT 2.3 from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.3 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 kilometres
Most recent distance231000 kilometres

Summary:

Best car ever

Faults:

I had to replace the catalytic converter at 200,000km.

My water pump went 5000km later.

General Comments:

This car has a lot of personality. It likes to go fast and likes to go far.

It doesn't like to sit in storage very well. The converter and the water pump went 1 week after pulling it out of storage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th March, 2003

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