Not for snow
This is a good reliable first car. But living in a place where winters are bad and so are the roads it is not recommended. I have driven in some bad roads and this car likes to slide all over and being as light as it is this is understandable. This car also gets stuck very easily and little snow. I do not and I mean DO NOT recommend this for snowy places.
Over 200K miles and going strong
Other than poor exterior clearcoat and paint, this has been the best car I ever owned. Reliable, economic, sporty.
2002 Sunfire SE Coupe. 2.2L SFI OHV. 4 Speed Auto.
I bought my 2002 model Sunfire in 2013 with 187,000 Km on it. All original and in amazing condition for the year. Mostly highway km. Only parts replaced so far; O2 Sensor (Before I owned it.) I installed new front brake discs and pads, new headlight, 4 new winter tires and just Oil Changes every 5000 km. It will go through pretty much anything if you take it easy. Deep mud or crazy snow, it just goes and goes. Super hard to kill these little Sunfires. I now have 222000 km on the vehicle and it still runs and drives like a champ. Starts every time and even starts up perfectly in the dense cold. Maintenance is very easy on the wallet and easy on yourself as it is quite simple to repair the vehicle on your own. Fuel economy is excellent as well. Average of $35 to $45 to fill the tank with 87 Regular and it will last for over a week of steady driving. If mine ever died, I'd definitely be getting another! :) I highly recommend the Pontiac Sunfire, it will always get you to your destination safely and on time.