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1998 Pontiac Sunfire User Reviews

1998 Pontiac Sunfire Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 32 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:3.6 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
  • Build Quality: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
  • Overall: 4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 13 reviews
"ride" 9 reviews
"speed" 7 reviews
"cheap car" 5 reviews
"handling" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 7 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"interior" 2 reviews

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Kevlar writes:
1998 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr GT Coupe Review
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4

Pros

It is a terrific little sporty commuter and is still very good looking after being introduced nearly 20 years ago.

The Sunfire coupes are great for finding aftermarket parts and customizing. Still relatively plentiful and not too expensive to buy.  

Cons

The build quality could have been better and they are not cheap to fix especially if you have to pay a garage their shop rates.

I also feel that they could be better on gas but there are also parts on the market to help with this along with making sure that the O2 sensor is working properly as that will eat at your fuel economy in a hurry.

The water pumps are known to go and on the GT models the engine has to be removed from the car to be able to get at it to be replaced. It is a minimum $821.00 and can cost up to $1131.00 to fix as there are other parts that usually need replacing when the pump goes and are (GM) only parts.

It pays to shop around for the right car and always ask about the repair history as well as receipts for the work or it could get expensive. "These cars are getting older and if they were not maintained properly then it is to be expected".

"When buying I strongly recommend you check  the rocker panels and look for any signs of rust as these cars have been known to break in half if the rockers have been destroyed by rust".

If you see any signs of rust poking up around the rocker moldings (right and left side) ("on the regular coupe") walk away because it means that the rust has already eaten through the rocker where you can't see and has probably destroyed the inner structure.

It is roughly ($967.00) per side to fix minimum if the whole outer panel has to be replaced and the inner structure is needed to be repaired.

The GT is harder to check due to the size of the body molding. You have to  reach in directly behind the molding on both sides and you want to do it in front of both rear wheels and behind the front wheels and or try to look underneath to see signs of rust and again if the rockers look rotten walk away.

Kevlar
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Good Looking Sporty Commuter. — I like the fact that they still look as good today as the first day they were introduced in 1995. They have a great variety of aftermarket parts available and there seems to be enough parts to make them better then they were from the factory so there are many different ways to build these cars. To me the Sunfire Coupe is what the GTO, Chevelle, Mustang, Camaro are for younger generations to buy and customize as they are cheap to buy and again there are lots of parts available so it leaves you to your imagination to do what your tastes desires. They are stylish enough to want to own one and can look amazing when they are built or customized with keeping shot lines straight and the use of body filler is kept to a minimum or if they are just maintained properly. What I dislike is that they were built for the cheaper car market so the build quality was not as good as it could have been to save build costs for GM to pass the savings on to the potential new car buyer. The filler neck for the fuel is behind the right rear wheel and is prone to rot after a short period of time so I recommend using the rubberized rocker guard and spraying them well to prevent rust . Also I feel that there should have either been a seal or gasket and/or shield stopping water and mud being pushed around the fuel filler cap and into the filler door. This would stop it from running out around the door/opening causing extensive rust over a period of time.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Brenton writes:
1998 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr GT Coupe Review
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5

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Quick, sleek

Cons

Needs more power, better fuel economy

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My Car — I really like my car but i wish it had more power and that the gas mileage would be a bit better. It needs some body damage repaired. People keep rubbing up against it with their cars in the parking lot lol. The interior is roomy but I wish it was set up a little bit better.

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Randy writes:
1998 Pontiac Sunfire 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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4

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Great mpg, manual trans., durable, decent leg room in back seats.

Cons

Slight interior quality whoahs..... that's pretty much it.

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'98 Pontiac Sunfire (fuel Saver) — It's a pretty good car. The engine has nearly 200,000 miles on it and no issues. Doesn't leak, doesn't smoke, doesn't burn oil, doesn't burn antifreeze, nothing.I manage to get an average of 32mpg (hwy and city combined) in the summer and about 30mpg in the winter (which is quite lovely considering fuel prices). A couple problems are that the a/c doesn't work, and the passenger door locking mechanism makes entry difficult. I had to replace the manual transmission in it because some yahoo overtightened a bolt to the transmission, which cracked the case and cause it to leak out all of it's lubricant. Which of course I didn't realize and I drove it around probably the entire time I owned it (prior to break down) without any lubricant in the gearbox. Just know this. American cars are just as reliable as foreign cars. You just have to make sure they were taken care of properly when you purchase them

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Ben writes:
1998 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr SE Convertible Review
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4

Pros

convertible, quality equalizer for radio and CD player, good feel to the handling, cool-looking car

Cons

damage to weather strip along driver side window causes water leakage in the rain, ride can feel a bit bumpy at times, not so bright head lights when not using high beams

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An Awesome Car, That Has Held Up Well For Ten Years — All top of the line accessories included when I bought it, most of which I use all the time. The fact that it is a convertible is awesome, I get to brag about it to my friends. The body of the car is great, looks like a minor sports car. The circuitry is tarting to get old though and some things have needed replacing. the headlights are a little weak in the dark without the high beams. The original upholstry is still in the car and doesn't look bad at all for its age. The gas mileage is ok; in the city it gets around 17 miles per gallon, maybe more, and I haven't measured the mpg on the highways.

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sle37643 writes:
1998 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr SE Convertible Review
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Been a great little car ~ had no issues!

Cons

None

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Great Little Convertible! — This has been a great little car. Handles smooth, no noises w/convertible top, never any mechanical issues, gets great mileage, is dependable & fun to drive. If you are looking for a fun little convert to drive around in, this is the one.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Sunfire2012 writes:
1998 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr SE Convertible Review
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4

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nice ride, good mpgs,

Cons

ok speed

Sunfire2012
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First Car — I think this is a good first car for people who dont really want to pay alot of money for one, it gets around with good gas mileage, it definitely isnt a drag car, its pretty fun to drive though. I have had this car for 1 1/2 years and i really do like it. the fastest ive gone in it was 110 mph but it shuts down at 111 it has the gt engine and ive been thinkin about puttin money into the engine cause it does have the room to grow.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jessica writes:
1998 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr SE Coupe Review
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It's easy to drive.

Cons

The motor is about to die.

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It's A Good Car. — I like the car. It runs well and it looks cool. It is a small car but you can fit a lot of stuff in it. The car is very easy to drive and I hope that I can keep it for a long time.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Justin writes:
1998 Pontiac Sunfire 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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fast

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the frame lol

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Good Car — good workin car .. get it undercoated though or it will rot out and dont use it as a off roading car thinking its a 4 wheel drive cause its not but does do good in mud and snow and they are fast if it has a 2.4

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

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Ryan writes:
1998 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr GT Coupe Review
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Its purple.

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Random Noises haha

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Bat-mobile — It is purple which makes it totally awesome. Everyone calls it the bat mobile which is pretty sweeto. It takes corners like a pro. But sometimes it makes odd noises and im not sure what will happen next. Ha ha

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Carlos writes:
1998 Pontiac Sunfire 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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The liftoff when you gas it... pedal to the floor!

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Its thirsty... very thirsty when you accelerate it.

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Niceeee... — The only thing that makes my car constantly in the garage is that I dont have spare parts in my country anymore. But with the propper technical service, this Pontiac would be as fast and powerful than that day i bought it. Its a wonderful and fun ride to have. and very powerful too for the money.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2005 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews

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

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Very Nice, Clean, And Dependable. By CostaWalker

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2004 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews

Value Car By dmdixon88

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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

Fun Car! By Ran322

I've owned this car for 6 years and I still like it tremendously. There have been a few problems with it. There were some recalls that I was unaware of until my tail-lights kept burning out and meltin... Read More

I Love The Car By Justin

It looks sick, good gas mileage, fun to drive, Relatively good acceleration, great braking and handling I haven't had to repair it at all, though Iv only been driving it for the last 10 000 kms (I n... Read More

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2002 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews

Meh... By Shelby1405

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Very Good. Not Much To Complain About. By nwhite34

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2001 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews

Fast Sporty And Fun To Drive By untaimedspirit09

I havent found nothing that i dont like about my car :) Shes my ought one and she has never left me stranded... Got to find some parts for her but shes still a good looking car :) 38mpg and lovin 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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