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1996 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr GT Coupe Review
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Nice Little Car. — I have pretty much enjoyed owning this car. It has pretty good pick-up for a 4-cylinder and just has been a joy to own. However, I have had to make some major repairs to the car such as a water pump and putting in a new-used engine at around 130,000 miles. Otherwise, the car runs good and is fun to drive.

Pros: Has good pick-up, decent on gas mileage and looks nice.

Cons: Water pump when I first got it and a small leak with coolant. Had to put a new engine in it at 130,000 miles.

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1996 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr SE Coupe Review
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Gota Love Pontiacs- Sunfire — I like the way it does good on gas, especially these days of $4 bucks a gal. crazy. Gota magnaflow muffler on it, gives it a little boost of power, thats always good. Way fun to drive, steers super easy. Sharp looking for its age. Still in pretty good condition. Theres one tiny spot of rust starting though, better fix that. Otherwise its a great car to drive for everyday! (:

Pros: looks, gas millege

Cons: its got a tiny bit of rust and itsn't brand new

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1996 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr SE Coupe Review
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A Green Coupe For Josh — Well it must be made known that i never wanted to own either the Sunfire or it's corporate twin the Caviler. I heard their reliability and performance sucked....now having had one for about a year...i can say only one half of that statement is true..and even then, it's only partially true. The handling and acceleration of my car is crappy..but it's steady and predictable when pushed which is great It's also great in the snow and ok in ice, it doesn't like to slide a lot. As for build quality....yea...American made cars in the nineties and early 2000's sucked. Don't get me wrong the car doesn't have a lot of squeaks and rattles from the interior, but that's only cause it wasn't used heavy before me(only 49k when i got it). The exterior tho....leaves a bit to be desired. there's rust and cracks at couple places on the unibody, there's a myriad dent and ding not to mention spot where the top layers of paint have worn off and the rear appliqué scratches VERY easily.. but on the whole it's little things. On the mechanical front only one major thing has been wrong with it....a blown head gasket, and apparently from normal wear and tear cause i wasn't racing it at all(it'd lose every time so what's the sense?). At $750 and two days down, it wasn't cheap....but on a good note it seriously increased average mpg and power. In talking with other owners and going through various J-body websites i found this was a fairly common thing, once and done problem with the 2.2 ohv engines. Now on the MPG war...i get between 29 and 31 for mostly highway and staying below 75...i go above 75 it drop to 26-29. other than, that, basic maintenance was needed when i first got cause it wasn't done right by the first owner. Fuel filter, trannie flush, coolant change(done with the headgasket) and the rest of the regular stuff.. i haven't had to do anything but an additional oil change since then. And the fun factor is not entirely lost on this car....it does tricks The hand brake is right next to the drivers seat( where it should be in a sporty car), it makes backroads more fun than if u were driving some suvs or trucks or worse, a Chevy Aveo. I'm also sure that with the addition of a few of the widely available suspension and performance parts and a good set of wheels and tires the car could be changed into a decent little sports coupe. And I would recommend this car to any first time driver/owner. It provides reliable transportation, yet requires the kind of maintenance that everyone should know how to do and is still somewhat fun. So this fun, cute (yes ladies and gentleman, sadly that's the word that's been used) and simlple coupe can get the job done and keep u rolling efficiently.. if ur willing to give it some love()cough() ok and a lil money.

Pros: It runs. it turns, it stops. when i want it to, It's "cute"??  decent mpg. plenty of help resources and lots of owners to talk too.

Cons: Not a great amount of fun....poor body....poor resale.Head gaskets like to go....

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1996 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr SE Coupe Review
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Very Tough Car — owned the car for over a year now, had to replace the engine because of a major overheat at 190.000 miles which is good.

Pros: gas mileage, good pickup, tough engine,

Cons: seats had a recall on them i beleive, the spring in the back pushes at the seat, doesnt look bad at all and doesnt do damage to the seat, seats arent electric

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1996 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr SE Coupe Review
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Tough Little Beater — This car was hit HARD 3 times and managed to stay on the road (strangely each time it was hit was by a middle aged woman in a mid-sized SUV). It wasn't too reliable, didn't handle, accelerate, or stop well, and wasn't too comfortable but it got me from point a to point b in relative safety.

Pros: Tough, simple to work on

Cons: You'll be working on it alot

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1996 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr SE Coupe Review
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My First Car! — My First Car, 2 Door Aqua Blue/Green Sunfire. 2.2L I4 120hp/140ftlbs 5 Spd Manual 15" Wheels Brembo Slotted Rottors, Ceramic Pads, Stainless Steel Lines Sony Xplode Deck

Pros: Good on gas, Easy To Fix

Cons: Not Enough Power

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1996 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr GT Coupe Review
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Fast, Sporty And A Smooth Ride — I love the car, I do. It's a great car for my first car and I have no complaints. Picked up the thing for 4 grand and haven't regretted it since. It's got some sweet equalizers and such and it sounds nice so it's my car.

Pros: Sounds great!
Fast off the line!

Cons: Takes a bit to get it going once it hits 60
A big stick in the wind

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1996 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr GT Coupe Review
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Dont Buy A Death Trap.. Stay Away From Pontiacs — Horrible piece of miserable GM build quality. Everything on it only works when it wants too. Bad performance, even with a V6. Glad i crashed it and ended its miserable life.. speaking of which the air bags were faulty so they didnt fully deploy.. could have killed me.

Pros: nothing

Cons: everything

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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

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

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

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

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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