1998 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews - Page 5 of 11

1998 Pontiac Sunfire 4 DR SE 2.2 Liter from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.2 Liter Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired147000 miles
Most recent distance152000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Lumina

Summary:

Flat out not worth 50.00

Faults:

Power steering pump, temp censor, racapinion, oil pan, transmission (almost going out) struts all around, air temp censor etc...

General Comments:

This car is not worth the money, and if you want to buy one, you better get it looked at before you do.

I bought the car for 2100 dollars, and only put 4000 miles on it, then came to find out that all this stuff is going wrong at once...

It's not comfortable at all, no space and the door handles like to break all the time. This car is cheap and I would not ever buy another one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th May, 2007

8th May 2007, 01:14

For what its worth, that's the highest mileage Sunfire I've seen yet.

19th Aug 2010, 21:34

Learn what's wrong with the car before you buy it.

I have 3 Sunfires; one has over 200,000, and is still running strong. Treat your Sunfire right and it's an amazing car.

2nd Sep 2010, 21:00

I have a 98 Sunfire with 206,300 miles, and it's still going good. Love it.

6th Jan 2011, 20:20

Ya, that's not even close to the highest mileage Sunfire I've seen. I live in the IA region of the Midwest, where Pontiac's are what you see on the road all the time, and the highest mileage Sunfire I've seen was a 98 Sunfire that was used by a vehicle parts delivery store that had around 337,000 miles with the original motor (never rebuilt). The only internal part ever replaced was a timing belt, and this Sunfire would still get up and go, and drove very good, considering the mileage. The transmission had been rebuilt around 205,000. The reason I know all this about the car, was because I used to drive it to deliver parts, when I used to work for the parts store, and what it comes down to, is how the vehicle is treated during life. If you're not hard on it all the time, it will last for a long time. And yes, some vehicles are manufactured with flaws; usually doesn't happen though, so again, it all comes down to how the person drives and treats a vehicle, as to how long it lasts! If you buy a older car with high mileage, you need to expect parts needing to be replaced, or should be replaced!!

1998 Pontiac Sunfire from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Semi-Automatic
Previous carPontiac Sunfire

General Comments:

My daughter bought this car in 2000. This past week she went into the ditch on a dry road. She mentioned the back "broke loose" and she lost control. she is fine.. but we are wondering what happened? in looking at web searches for this problem, one site eludes to fatigue of rear suspension trailing arm bolts. Anyone know about this problem?? also, where do I look to see these bolts, and are they replaceable? thanks.

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

Review Date: 24th January, 2007

12th May 2007, 14:19

All I have to say about this situation is your daughter was more than likely having a little fun driving the car. I am in my mid twenties, a 2000 Sunfire GT owner and love to test out the performance handling often. Having a standard transmission, I admit that the car is fun to drive at higher speeds while cornering, and holds true to the road most of the time if properly controlled. As far as the rear suspension is concerned, I would advise that you go to a local garage and get a free inspection. If they are reputable enough, they will not try to charge you to inspect the rear end of your car. If they try to say anything about labor and whatever, I know for a fact that they are full of it. I work in a garage myself and we are always happy to inspect people's cars to ensure that they are safe for the driver. A GM dealership will probably try to charge you for inspection. As for losing control of the back end spinning out in a front wheel drive automatic car, I am baffled that it could be anything related to the car and more likely related to the driver.

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