1998 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews

1998 Pontiac Sunfire SE 2.2L from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.2L Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired127700 miles
Most recent distance159000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Corsica

Summary:

Love it

Faults:

Clutch slave cylinder went out at 144,000 miles. I ended up replacing the entire clutch assembly while I had the transmission out.

The air conditioning compressor has recently gone out, but again it has almost 160,000 miles on it.

General Comments:

The car is fast and fun to drive. I can get almost 40 mpg when I take it on long trips. During every day use, I get 30-35 mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2011

1998 Pontiac Sunfire SE Convertible 2.4 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.4 Automatic
Distance when acquired73000 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles
Previous carSaturn VUE

Summary:

Don't buy one... everything breaks

Faults:

The timing chain rattled really badly. Needed to be replaced or it could wipe out the valve train if it broke. Had the chain, pulleys, water pump replaced... $800, ouch!

Now the passenger window won't go up, goes down, nice huh.

OK, this car has 75,000 miles on it. Piece of junk!

General Comments:

The car has the quad 4, so yeah it's quick and cute I guess.

Don't buy a Sunfire, junk... get a Mazda, Saturn, Toyota, or Honda if you're gonna buy an older used car.

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

Review Date: 7th January, 2011

7th Jan 2011, 19:47

Your vehicle is 13 years old, and just because you have only about 74,000 miles, doesn't mean anything. It is actually worse to own an aged car by year wise that has low miles, because that means the vehicle hasn't been drove much within 13 years, which would allow for excessive moisture/corrosion to build up, and ruin pulley bearings and ruin water pumps.

And as for the timing chain, all 98 Sunfires had timing belts, not chains, but a very likely cause to that is oil not being changed regularly; oil deteriorates while sitting (loses its viscosity/lubrication properties); it's just as bad as driving without changing the oil, and oil starts to thicken when it's not started, warmed and changed regularly.

It's that funny ya say don't buy a Pontiac, buy a Saturn; well Saturn and Pontiac are owned by the same company, GM, and Pontiac and Saturn used the same exact engines and transmissions, and there hasn't been a true Pontiac motor since 1989, and Saturn never had its own motor!! And since 89, Pontiac has used Chevy motors and transmissions, and ever since Saturn was created, they have used what is considered the lower class Chevy motors and transmissions.

It is just difficult for me to understand how this reviewer can come to the justification that this car is junk, just because it needed a few parts replaced, and they have only owned it for about 3,000 miles.

1998 Pontiac Sunfire SE 2.2L 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.2L 4 cylinder Don't Know
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired4000 miles
Most recent distance154645 miles

Summary:

Best car ever!!!

Faults:

I own a 1998 Pontiac Sunfire 2.2lt SE. There have only been two repairs other than brakes, spark plugs and wires. 154,645 miles and it's 13 years old.

The two parts that were replaced were a water pump around 120,000 miles, due to it slightly leaking. Its repair price was 159.99 plus tax, and the second part that was replaced was a pulley tensioner assembly, that was around 152,000 miles. Repair cost was $230, and at 110,000 miles I upgraded the exhaust system with a 80s series performance Flowmaster exhaust system, and I upgraded the air intake with an AEM cold air intake system, and I have added multiple color ledglow underbody and interior lighting, and all my upgrades mentioned were not necessary; it is something I have done to make my Sunfire unique, and that's why I'm NOT listing my upgrades as a repair, because there was nothing wrong with the original exhaust or air intake system.

The 1998 Pontiac Sunfire SE with the 2.2lt engine is very well built, and extremely reliable. Mine has 154,645 miles, and still running strong, and my Sunfire that is 13 years old, and has 154,645 miles.

The service engine light has never been on, and yes, the light itself works, which that just furthermore proves to me the 2.2lt 98 Sunfire was extremely well built!!

This Sunfire is the most trouble free and well built vehicle I have owned!! I highly recommend the 98 2.2lt Sunfire!!

General Comments:

This car handles wonderful, and with an exhaust and intake upgrades, the 98 Sunfire is pretty damn fast, and the 98 Sunfire is very sporty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th January, 2011

18th Jan 2012, 10:43

I have a 98 SE, and it has 350 000 kilometers.

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 47 reviews