Pros: Nice Appearance
Cons: Not mechanically sound
I purchased a 1995 Sunfire and had problems from the moment I drove it off the lot. The radio didn't work! Shortly thereafter, the car began to stop (shut off) in traffic without explanation. The car would sputter, then die.
For 8 MONTHS I took the car back to the dealership, and each time, they told me that "The Machine" says that there's nothing wrong. Finally, after many threats and eventually, the promise of imposing the "Lemon Law", they took back my car (at $2000 for mileage) and gave me a new car (with $1200 as a down payment).
Now, I've had a 1997 Sunfire for 3 years and the same thing is happening! I thought it was just bad gasoline, but it kept dying on me. I had it towed to the dealership and they told me that "The Machine" said it had a bad fuel pump. That pump cost me $700 (with labor)!
The very next day, following the repair, THE CAR DIED ON ME AT WORK! I'm sure you can imagine the creative words that I used to express my anger.
I called the dealership to express my dissatisfaction and was told, "We don't know what to tell you. It must be something else." Once again, I had it towed back to the dealership to be looked at. They kept it for a full day and told me to come get it because "The Machine" said everything is fine.
Fast forward 1 day...
It's Saturday night and I'm leaving the video store. As I turn the key, the car sputters, but has some power. When I pull out into SATURDAY NIGHT TRAFFIC, the car sputters, and has no power when I hit gas pedal. It died in the middle of traffic! I had to push it more than one block to get it out of the way. Luckily, there was a nice guy who ran out to help me. Now, I have to use MORE of my leave time from work to take my car back to the dealership and have "The Machine" diagnose it again. Add to that the cost of my THIRD vehicle rental in 7 DAYS from the dealership: $30 each time!
What the heck am I supposed to do about this? Has anyone else experienced these problems? Please write me at email@example.com.
NEVER...EVER....EVER.... buy a 1995 or 1997 Pontiac Sunfire!