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!!