19th Jul 2008, 17:07
As the author of this review, I just want to say that I had to replace the alternator in December of 2007, and now every minor problem is rearing their ugly heads like little zits before prom nigh:
The fan doesn't work as well as it should.
The exhaust is dying (my fault, I hit a snow bank and bottomed out, which jarred the exhaust and now it rattles when I make a hard right turn).
The interior dash lighting randomly gives out occasionally, causing me to jar it to get it to light up again.
A shopping cart hit it, so now I have a dent in the front which makes me look like a bad driver (I swear I'm not!!)
My power steering is struggling, and sometimes it idles rough and runs hot.
I went out and bought a new car (not a Sunfire either), but it was excellent in the winter, good on gas, and it essentially paid for itself.
26th Aug 2008, 16:03
I have had my 97 Pontiac Sunfire 2Dr 2.2ltr for 3 years now. It has 211 thousand kms on it. My buddy and I did the head gasket last year, but that was my fault. Other than the right rear shock needing to be replaced, it runs excellent.
13th Feb 2009, 11:01
It's a smaller car, and I don't really know what the inside looks like, but if the E-brake is a handled one next to the floor of the driver seat, it'd be good to use if you can't make a turn in the Canadian winter, keep that in mind.
I live in some harsh winter areas, and I used the E-brake to turn a lot due to front wheel drive cars spinning the tires while I'm turning, because I'm trying to go at the same time...
It's not a bad thing to own a frontwheel drive in the winter though, they are considered much better for handling.