1996 Pontiac Sunfire User Reviews

1996 Pontiac Sunfire Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 28 reviews

  • Performance:3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 5
  • Appearance:3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Overall: 3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 14 reviews
"ride" 12 reviews
"speed" 5 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"reliable car" 2 reviews
CONS
"power" 6 reviews
"build quality" 2 reviews
"body" 2 reviews
"brakes" 2 reviews

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1996 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr GT Coupe Review
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great little car when it runs, great fuel economy about 7-800kms to a tank. excellent grocery get'er not much more then that

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2.4L engine is the worst motor chevy ever made. with its zero tolerance heads and slacking/breaking timming chains, weak tensioners and soft bottom ends that loves to spin bearings and throw rods through the block. i have replaced 2 motors in this car and there will not be a third.

zak3nn3dy
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Ok Starter Car Not A Reliable One When It Comes With A 2.4 — these cars came with 2 motors the 2.2L and the 2.4L both are 4 bangers. mine had the dreadfull 2.4L when equipped with a 5spd standard transmission it can be a quick little car. mine had a fully rebuilt head, cold air intake, short throw shifter, header, full aftermarket exhaust, lowered suspension with wide 18" tires. a great peppy good on gas car that runs like a top with enough power for the average teenager. although these 2.4L motors will leave you stranded with no warnings as it has done to me twice. these motors are famous for spinning bearings and throwing rods. do not expect to get much more then 200,000kms out of these motors. i HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU BUY A 2.2L. if you see a good deal on a 2.4L walk away you will thank me later

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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1996 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr GT Coupe Review
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drives nice

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timing belt went twice

KrisDeJong
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Totally Sweet — this car drove nice even in the winter, its fast, reliable and couldn't ask for more from this car, it was a 5 speed manual that never let me down and it was a very peppy car! i miss this car and i would own one again

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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1996 Pontiac Sunfire 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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Dependable, fuel efficient. Cheap maintenance.

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Not so roomy.

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Good Teenager Car. Very Dependable. — Ecellent car. Got me to and from a lot of places. I bought it used with 136,000 miles on it and owned it for almost 3 years. I replaced the waterpump and the starter in that period. I probably wouldn't have traded it in, however, the alternator went out and the new one didn't get installed correctly, thus causing problems in the electrical.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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1996 Pontiac Sunfire 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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great to beat on

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the rear brakes lock up when cold

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Great Overall Car — great car to beat on and sound system is awsome, just has one issue, when the brakes are cold they lock up, iv spent some money fixing but now it runs great for 307000, this car has a cherry bomb

Primary Use: Family transportation

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1996 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr SE Coupe Review
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Shiny red paint

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Manual roll-down windows, electrical wiring isn't superior, as a leak from the top of the driver's side door.

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1996 Pontiac Sunfire — Performance - accelerates well, breaks well, sharp steering Build Quality - Has needed lots of repairs, makes lots of squeaks but it's not the belts. Appearance - Has had a new paintjob, interior is clean, exterior has a few scratches and paint chips on spoiler, but no rust. Cost of ownership - 23 mpg on average. Maintenance cost is low. Fun Factor - fun to drive with the windows down!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1996 Pontiac Sunfire 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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Comfortable, Can Take a Beating...

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Slow, Faulty workmanship Engine-wise

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Sunfire: Down In Flames — My first car, well it just looked like crap. The 2.2 liter 4 cyl. was a dog with a manual, and with only 62,000 miles on it everything went wrong with it. A point A to point B car. Very Simple, they were made to be an affordable cheaply made car.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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1996 Pontiac Sunfire 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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space

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lack of pick up and go

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Pretty Good — Its a nice car goes fast... handles really good and fits my friends. Could use some more power under the hood cause it gets a little slow to respond when you go to pass. Super easy to park as it has large windows..

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1996 Pontiac Sunfire 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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Compact, fuel efficient, reliable.

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None!

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Reliable Daily Driver. — Acceleration: Pretty good...I beat people from the stoplights all the time. Great for passing too. Build Quality: Car is in its old age, so various small repairs are needed. Appearance: Nice Firebird styling (front end). Cost of Ownership: Car is 13/14 years old, so... Fun Factor: It's a 4 cylinder, so it can only go so far. Good enough though.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1996 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr SE Coupe Review
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satelitte radio

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scratches

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My Car — i like my car and love its a standard and not an automatic. i would probably like it better if there werent dents, scratches, and scrapes all over the body of it. one of the good thing is my satelitte radio

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1996 Pontiac Sunfire Review
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custom enterior :D

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Needs body work

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Sunfire — Pretty solid car, needs body work and motor needs to be rebuilt. Winter Project :D Umm good on gas, Has custom interior. Pretty fun to drive and lots of mods for it. Performance is decent, should be better soon. thanks

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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2005 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews

Cost Effective Reliable Car By TCarp

Excellent car - model will go 200,000+ miles, No problems, performed in weather from -25 deg F to 101 deg F, handles well in all road types and weather conditions, fuel efficient (avg 30 MPG) but fun ... Read More

Very Nice, Clean, And Dependable. This Car Always Starts And Everything Works. By CostaWalker

I really like the way this car drives - it is a good, sure start and they used very good steel - it feels very solid - doesn't blow around like a lot of the more recent model cars. I was suprised at ... Read More

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2004 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews

Value Car By dmdixon88

I like everything about this car besides it's small size - not much room for luggage! It is very reliable, though, and all maintenance for it has been quite cheap. I average between 25-30 mpg with a m... Read More

One Of The Worst Cars Ive Dorve By Matt

This was my first car, it was free so i wasn't going to pass it up. The build quality was absolutely horrible as most american cars are. The performance was horrible. The interior wasn't too bad to ... Read More

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2003 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews

I Love My Sunfire By pam5733

I have my car going on 5yrs, bought it used. I have had an awesome experience with this car as far breakdowns or repairs. so far so good, nothing major, recent brake job, keep the oil changed regularl... Read More

Its A Great Little Car. Fully Loaded With Sunroof. By Warren0007

Like all the options and Sunroof. Nice stereo system. Dislikes were many little problems down the road with rust and broken wires. I corrected most of the issues but the car was still under 100,000 mi... Read More

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2002 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews

Meh... By Shelby1405

got this car in March 2011 as my first car. Took it to my mechanic to look over he said it would be $500 to safety. turns out Pontiac is horrible with their wiring and $1300 later the car was good to ... Read More

Very Good. Not Much To Complain About. By nwhite34

Problems hapenning out of no wheres like a possible fuel filter issue that can cause your car to not fire and you thinking its a dead battery when its not or when something else could be possibly be w... Read More

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2001 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews

2001 Se Sunfire By mikehaas1983

the overall dependability of this vehicle has been very good i would how ever recomend if you buy one to look into any factory issues it may have or had to see if they have been repaired or not as it ... Read More

Great For Its Price, But You Get What You Pay For. By 7sevin7

Over all its a good cheep car, living up to Pontiac's nick name of the poor man's Cadillac, It has many of the stock issues seen in any Pontiac of its era, with Faulty door locks that give over time a... Read More

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