1999 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews - Page 5 of 10

1999 Pontiac Sunfire SE 2.4L Twin Cam from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.4L Twin Cam Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired58000 miles
Most recent distance61700 miles

Summary:

This is a very reliable car and a very great first car

Faults:

The front rotors and brake pads were replaced before I got the car.

I only thing that I had to replace was the rear brake drums, shoes, and return springs which ran about $130.

General Comments:

The interior is very comfortable and it is actually very spacious.

The 2.4L Twin Cam is a beast, very responsive with great acceleration linked up with the 5 speed manual transmission.

The car is very sporty and it looks more expensive than it is really valued at.

The trunk has a lot of cargo space and the rear seats fold down for even more space.

The car handles very well with a smooth ride, with no annoying cabin or road noises.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th September, 2005

1999 Pontiac Sunfire SE 2.2L DOHC from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.2L DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Most recent distance86678 miles

Summary:

Awesome sports car for a 16 year old

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with this car.

The only thing that needed to be replaced was the front rotors. Which cost a total of $30.00.

General Comments:

This is my first car, and it's a great one. The car handles and takes sharp turns without a problem. It's good on gas, and for a 16 year old male and his friends, it holds up very well.

The engine is very clear cut and dry (meaning very easy to work on if need be).

Overall this car is great. Good on gas and very quick. Great price and with a sporty look too!

Recommended highly for a first car!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th August, 2005

1999 Pontiac Sunfire SE Coupe 2.2 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired30 miles
Most recent distance132000 miles
Previous carPontiac Sunfire

Summary:

She is a cute, but costly car to own

Faults:

I don't recall all the mileage to every repair, But here is a list:

The same #2 plug, uncountable times.

2 batteries.

1 alternator.

4 sets of head light (bulbs)

2 headlight switches (on the steering column)

1 v-belt.

2 seals (right under the top half of the engine, head gasket?)

At least 25 pairs of front brake pads, unknown, still unsolved braking issue.

1 (soon to be 2) sensor on the rear brakes.

General Comments:

With every turn she keeps costing me money!!

I think she was/is a lemon!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th August, 2005

15th Nov 2005, 16:22

Funny that you mention brake pads. I recently bought a 98 Sunfire (in July) and I have had to change my front brake pads once so far, but they are already squeaky starting to sound squeaky again. I'm wondering if it'll happen again..

4th Dec 2005, 16:12

I have had a 1998 Sunfire GT for 2 years now and have also had countless problems with the front brakes. That must be something with this car. I never knew other people were having the same problem. Also, right now I am changing the manual transmission in it.

5th Oct 2006, 11:00

After my third trip to the repair shop for passenger side brakes and "locked" calipers, I replaced the hose myself (repair shops said it looked good), and no more brake wear.

I looked this up on the Internet and found several comments that the hose "kinks" on the inside. Evidently the hose is made up of 2 parts; a rubber inside and a tough outer shell. The outer shell can look like new, but inside it may be kinked.

Like 10 bucks at rockauto.com. You will have to bleed or have the brakes bled after changing the hose.

1999 Pontiac Sunfire GT 2.4L from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.4L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance102000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

It's a good cheap quick sporty looking car

Faults:

I had to replace the struts, battery, and breaks, but the car does have more than 100,000 miles so i guess its OK.

General Comments:

The car is good on gas, its roomy for a coupe, is quick, sporty looking, Mine is a convertible so its pretty cool and affordable

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th June, 2005

1999 Pontiac Sunfire 2.4 liter from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.4 liter Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance127000 miles
Previous carPontiac Sunfire

Summary:

Sporty, reliable, great car!

Faults:

The only problem I have ever had with this car was at 122000 miles. The alternator went out. It cost a total of $300 for parts and labor.

General Comments:

This was my first car and it was the best choice I could have made!

It was very reliable. Only one problem in the five years I've had it.

It always started in cold weather. We were in MN.

I would drive it into the ground if I could, but some jerk rear ended me and now she's totaled.

Even after that she runs great, but the insurance company wants her.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th February, 2005

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 41 reviews