1997 Pontiac Sunfire User Reviews

1997 Pontiac Sunfire Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 34 reviews

  • Performance:3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 5
  • Appearance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 5
  • Overall: 3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 14 reviews
"ride" 8 reviews
"handling" 8 reviews
"power" 7 reviews
"cheap car" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 4 reviews
"brakes" 4 reviews
"heavy car" 3 reviews
"weak power" 2 reviews

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Regina writes:
1997 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr SE Coupe Review
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Inexpensive and easy repairs, great gas mileage, handles well even in difficult terrain

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Brakes could be better

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It's A Winner — I love my Sunfire. It is a two-door stick shift, green, and it can haul ass. It handles pretty nicely, and is spacious enough for me, even though it's small. It's really great for work and school, and for around town, but I have yet to take it on a longer road trip. We got somewhere over 60 inches of snow this winter, along with a lot of ice, and my car DIDN'T GET STUCK IN THE SNOW ONCE.

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Jonathon writes:
1997 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr GT Coupe Review
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5

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sexy looking

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not a race car

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Good Car — I loved this car it was my best car except for transmission grenading on me or my ecm goin on it, it was an awesome car to be completly honest it's been my most favorite car I have owned yet.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Sheldon writes:
1997 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr SE Coupe Review
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Great on gas
amamzing leg room
lots of parts avaiable

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lots of repairs
many of them on road

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It's Very Common So You Wont Stand Out Mutch. — I like the car as a whole, it's amamzing on gas nice power and looks neat and clean.

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Karen writes:
1997 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr SE Coupe Review
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handles great on the track

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The computer is located in a bad spot for racing

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I Would Drive One Daily If I Could — It makes a fast 4 cyl dirt circle track race car. Everyone remembers it week to week. It has a tough motor, loooks great on the track and handles great on the track. I love this car and never want to change anything about it. Definately recommend it to anyone.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Josh writes:
1997 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr SE Coupe Review
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the gas mileage

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not alot of horsepower

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Decent Car — the cars not that bad. it gets up and goes. It has decent acceleration, but i wish it was a five speed. The gass mileage is great and its a cheap car. It does need body work behind the doors like all the sunfires theres rust.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Phoenixart writes:
1997 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr SE Coupe Review
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4

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VERRRY fun to drive!

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two numbers.......... 2.2

Phoenixart
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My Car! — The pontiac sunfire has always been my favorite car since it was my very first car, My car i have now is a 1997 2.2 sunfire so far its been the best iv put a short ram intake, 4in tip muffler and i recently found some 03 cavalier z24 16 in rims i have put on it, other than that iv replaced a torque mount and a valve cover gasket other than that its running great. ON the otherside finding performance parts and building hp is a hassle, the body is in fair shape no major dents the paint and clear is starting to chip but paint is next on my list. To finish it all up the car has been good to me it gets roughly 33mpg depending how i drive, the car is very peppi and hard to keep my foot off the gas

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Rudy writes:
1997 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr SE Coupe Review
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5

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Lot of torque, look good even for a 10 years+ model,very cheap and reliable

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it's getting old !

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Great Economic Cheap Car — Great car That little engine has a lot of torque and is very economic. It has an autonomy of 850 km on highway. Never had any problem. It has 235 000 km on it. Now tell me that american cars are not reliable ! You can buy a use Sunfire for nothing and it will last forever.

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Basilio writes:
1997 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr SE Coupe Review
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4

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drives like an import, but is cheap to maintain

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not much room

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Why I Love My Sunfire — its lasted a long time and been pretty reliable I would recomend this vehicle to anyone who wants performance and sporty look for very little cash. repairs are generally c inexpensive. drives like a foreign car but parts are easy to find.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Phillyboy18 writes:
1997 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr SE Coupe Review
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Everything on the car is pretty straight forward easy to fix and fairly cheap.

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Not many aftermarket upgrades for.

Phillyboy18
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Fantastic — I would def buy another sunfire. I would prefer it to be a straight drive but I'm happy either way I love my car and for its age and milage i have def gotten my money out of it time and time again.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Malice writes:
1997 Pontiac Sunfire 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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Good on gas

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Something is always wrong with the car.  

Malice
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Annoying — This car is a money pit. Always having to spend money to fix something else that has gone wrong. I dont think that the car has worked properly for more than a week or so without putting money into it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1996 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews

Ok Starter Car Not A Reliable One When It Comes With A 2.4 By zak3nn3dy

these cars came with 2 motors the 2.2L and the 2.4L both are 4 bangers. mine had the dreadfull 2.4L when equipped with a 5spd standard transmission it can be a quick little car. mine had a fully rebui... Read More

Totally Sweet By KrisDeJong

this car drove nice even in the winter, its fast, reliable and couldn't ask for more from this car, it was a 5 speed manual that never let me down and it was a very peppy car! i miss this car and i wo... Read More

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1998 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews

Great Little Convertible! By sle37643

This has been a great little car. Handles smooth, no noises w/convertible top, never any mechanical issues, gets great mileage, is dependable & fun to drive. If you are looking for a fun little conve... Read More

Good Looking Sporty Commuter. By Kevlar

I like the fact that they still look as good today as the first day they were introduced in 1995. They have a great variety of aftermarket parts available and there seems to be enough parts to make ... Read More

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1999 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews

My Car By Kayla

headlights, they dont work. -_- Well my brights dont work and its really annoying because its awfully dark without brights and i live in missouri where their are tons of animals that jump out at you a... Read More

Very Good First Car By tashasue1996

I liked having this for a starter car, got me where I needed to be, never once broke down, good fuel economy, low maintenance costs, reasonably priced when I bought it. it had a sun roof and power win... Read More

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2000 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews

Total Throw-away Vehicle. By Claire

This car looked kinda nice back in the day when I owned it but it was an absolute lemon. The engine went out at 70,000 miles and was replaced with a $1500 one. That too died as soon as the warranty wa... Read More

Excellent Tuner Car To Boost. By James

Performance - Acceleration; fairly good for stock. Braking; good, front are shoes, back are drums. Handling; great for a front wheel drive. Build Quality - I have done several repairs, but I also bou... Read More

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