1996 Sunfire

Consumer Reviews

1996 Pontiac Sunfire

$750 - $1,750  MSRP Range

Review Score

4.6 out of 5 stars

4.6

7 Reviews
86% of drivers recommend this car
Score Breakdown
4.6 out of 5 stars Comfort
4.6 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
3.9 out of 5 stars Interior Design
4.3 out of 5 stars Reliability
4 out of 5 stars Performance
4.4 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

Makes me feel like I should've felt when I was 18

by Slacker from Md on Sat Apr 14 2007

One beautiful spring day I was waiting at a stop sign with the top down. A woman walking past looked into my car and said, "You are the envy of everyone." How's that for a car review? In my 11 years of ownership I've replaced the top, fixed the AC, had the check oil light come on, and lost the LCD on the radio. There was also a minor oil leak. Not bad for a car with 118,000 miles. Acceleration with a 5-speed is great. 7.9 seconds to 60mph and the ABS braking is excellent. Gas mileage is in the 28-30 range in weekly driving.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

a great car and a convertible too

by Its all good from Brooks, Alberta on Mon Nov 12 2007

A great car and 12 years old it still makes people smile. It is fast and reliable and economical It has a backseat and a trunk (lots of convertibles have one or the other, some have neither. This one has both !) Problems over 188,000 km have been....... 1. replaced tired power window motor 2. replaced fuel pump (pretty exspensive but i'm told that running down to the last few drops in the tank hastens the end of the pump) 3.replaced the air conditioner 4 took apart the radio and replaced the bulb myself ! 5. filled the tank, changed the oil, changed the tires and eventually the brakes Other than that, we drove for thousands of miles, smiled lots and brought smiles to many others. I would like the power window buttons to be on the door instead of the consul I love the pick up (2.4 l) and the economy (35 PMG ) the red guages , the pass through from the trunk, the super sized glove box, the one hand operated power top

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Great little car

by Kendrick from new york on Wed Apr 23 2014

I got a 96 convertible for my first, it has some minor electrical problems and the speedometer quit but the body is still in great shape, mechanics look at the bottom and are surprised to see how good it looks being 18 years old, top goes down nicely, got a nice sound system in it, makes the girls smile, not bad for 900 bucks used, a couple people told me it looks like im driving a bat-mobile with it murdered out, its way ahead of its time when it came out in looks, people cant believe its a 96

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
3 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

good transportation and affordable

by skit from oakland county, Mi on Mon Jul 15 2013

This car is good on gas and great for getting around town. Anyone in need of reliable and dependable transportation should consider this car.

3 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
3 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Great car, less maintenance and good on gas

by KP from Overland Park, KS on Thu Oct 19 2017

Great small vehicle, good on gas and never has trouble. Good for someone looking a small car for work or school.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Selling after 17 years a 1996

by PrairieLady from Sioux Falls, SD on Fri Sep 06 2013

After 17 years of being in love with this little convertible, I am selling it as I am going to get a newer car. There is 94000 actual miles on it and over the years I have spent very little on repairs. The same mechanic has taken care of it all these years too. Everything on it works, except the ABS and check engine lights stay on. If this car was still made today, I would buy another one. The only reason I am selling it is because the exterior is getting a bit rusty and the top is shrinking and I am in the public, so need a better looking car. The engine is good and it still has ZIP!!! When I sell it I know I will cry, as it has been a wonderful, reliable, comfortable and fun car. Trying to decide what to replace it with has been difficult. For those who would ask what I am getting...a Ford Focus 2009 with 35000 miles on it. Hopefully I will like it half as well as I have this little Sunfire.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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3 out of 5 stars

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by l from PA on Thu Mar 24 2011

This car does not last. Everything falls apart. It is not worth the money needed to fix it once it starts falling apart.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
3 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
2 out of 5 starsInterior Design
1 out of 5 starsReliability
2 out of 5 starsPerformance
3 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car!!

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Our Take on the 1996 Pontiac Sunfire

Before letting the '96 models slip away, we tested the Pontiac Sunfire SE and Trans Am convertibles, which offered stark contrast to one another.

Sunfire is an economy car with a top that goes down rather easily and smoothly when you grab a handle in the center of the windshield top and give it a light pull.

The attraction of the Sunfire is open-top motoring in a cute small car that obtains 22 m.p.g. city/32 m.p.g. highway mileage with its 2.4-liter, 150-h.p., 4-cylinder engine (a 2.2-liter, 120-h.p., 4 is standard)--$395--teamed with 4-speed automatic--$245--with traction assist (a 3-speed automatic is standard with no traction assist offered). All the advantages of a convertible, all... Read More