Getting firsthand information from an actual car owner is one sure way to get an idea of car performance once it leaves the lot. Autobytel features real consumer reviews that give the unbiased experience of a car.
Pros: Body is decent
Cons: One thing after another breaks down in the vehicle
Advice: Don't buy this car unless you are ready for a headacheWhen I had the factory radio taken out and a custom one put in the warning sound that your lights are on ceased, the check engine light came on and the dealership shut it off twice saying there was nothing wrong with the vehicle and the light came back on that same day, the timing CHAIN, not belt, the CHAIN snapped on me at 40,000 miles on a 6 degree weather day with my 5 year old in the car with me which caused at least 3 valves to bend. Dealer ended up taking a month to repair the vehicle and now my ABS system is malfunctioning and causing my rear brake and tire to lock up, yet garage can not find a problem with it. I have to take it apart every 2 weeks to readjust the brake. The sunfire is a disaster waiting to happen. Don't buy this vehicle, it's garbage!
Pros: 100% Red/Orange Lighting Inside
Cons: Light Bulbs Last a Week
Advice: Do The Maintenance or RegretWasn't too serious about buying initially, but one test drive and it bought me, had no choice. The orangish/red lighting inside is very pleasant and upbeat, although the bulbs burn out very easily, which is fine since Pontiac made them extremely easy to replace. I love that GM did away with mechanic odometers all together. Even Cavaliers have them. I do wish these had oil and volt gauges, though. It does have a service light, but have never had mine come on for anything. Daytime Running Lights are a pain and kill bulbs quickly. The blue enhanced light bulbs dont work too well since the casing for the bulbs is black. I wish foglights were std on the SEs. The ETS traction system works exceptionally well on water. Just wish there were more performance mods available. Mine is a 2.2L A/T, BTW.
Pros: Great paint and body look
Cons: It's a cheap car, period.
Advice: You get what you pay for!I'm sorry I bought this car. It looks great, and the gas mileage is decent, but that's about it. In two years, with 41,000 miles on it, I've already spent hundreds in repairs, culminating with a copius transmission leak at the pan and front axle that cost over $300 to fix. It's had one minor thing after the other go wrong - windshield washer failed, light on the stereo went out, *entire* stereo had to be replaced (covered under warranty, thankfully), the color on the cloth seats is wearing off, the trunk carpeting peeled off weeks after I bought it. Drums, rotors and pads replaced. It's VERY 'slippery' in wet weather, scary in Florida. Blind rear vision. Noisy interior from day one,witha mysterious cracking I never figured out. Brakes sometimes 'slip' and braking is compromised.
Pros: Ecotech engine
Cons: Fixed interval intermitant wipers, where's the variable
Advice: Ecotech enginI purchased the sedan with the Ecotech engine, and have been very pleased with the way it performs. I am confident that at any time I get into the gas, I will quickly pass the obstacle, or get up to speed when entering the interstate. I recently had an opportunity to drive a sedan with the standard SOHC engine, and let's just say I felt robbed vs my DOHC Ecotech equipped car. If you are looking at the sunfire, spend the extra $250, and get the Ecotech; you'll be happier with the performance. If you are driving the car hard at all, the Ecotech actually gets better gas mileage than the standard does.
Pros: Economical fuel consumption is great.
Cons: A bit small for a big guy like me, but like I say, great for a younger driver.
Advice: Get airconditioning and Amsoil synthetic lubricants as soon as posible. See www.gastown.com/catalogRelatively quick response and handling for the size, this makes an excellent asset for a young driver. Our model doesn't have some features you would expect in a car of that price, time have changed. Storage for travel bags is more than adequate, even a snow board or skiis will fit if nobody's in the back. After a good Amsoil Car Polish treatment, it stayed amazingly clean after driving through some rain.
Pros: The whole car
Cons: I liked it all
Advice: GET IT!!!One of the best cars I have ever owned. Absolutely awesome to drive!!!!
Pros: Excellent styling/design.
Advice: If you want quality, comfort, appearance and value all in one... BUY NOW!The Sunfire SE may not have the power of some other vehicles in its class, but it more than makes up for this point in the style department. For a young person on budget, such as myself, the Sunfire SE gives you the best bang for your hard-earned buck. I would highly recommend this vehicle to anyone.