Yeesh, The Sunfire

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Our pal Marcos runs a great custom shop in Antioch, California. His paintwork is absolutely legendary; he's an heir to a classic California legacy that runs the gamut from bombas and classic lowriders to the O.G. lead sleds pumped out by guys like Gene Winfield. A few years ago, we were at his shop and noticed a custom-painted Sunfire. We were like, "What's up with that?" He replied that GM had given it to him as a SEMA project car. But the paint gun of Marcos Garcia could not save the beleagured Sunfire, a car we'd always felt was a non-starter to begin with. But check this: we just realized that Pontiac sold that thing for ten freaking years and we didn't notice. A decade! Of that!. One can bitch and complain about GM's current product line, but at least they're not selling stuff like the Sunfire anymore. Amen. A-a-a-a-men.


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Truly a deplorable car, and you bring up a good point in your initial post, Davey: at least they're not selling stuff like the Sunfire anymore. I used to date a girl who drove a '98 Cavalier, which is basically the same car, and it was terrible. It did nothing well, and were it not for the VW Bus, this would be my all time least favorite car to drive. The engine was coarse and the chassis flaccid. It had no power yet the throttle linkage was set up so that if you barely tipped in on the pedal you were actually giving the car about half-throttle (I presume this was to give the car the illusion of vast reserves of power). It had an automatic whose shift mapping was seemingly generated by a random number generator. And I'd rather be broken on the wheel than spend another minute on one of its misshapen seats.

Which is why I kind of liked the Cobalt I had as a rental. Sure, it had its faults, but it was sooooooooooooo much better than the Cavalier/Sunfire that they seemed quite minor.