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

Pros

the gas mileage

Cons

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

Pros

handles great on the track

Cons

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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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

Cons

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

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VERRRY fun to drive!

Cons

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

Cons

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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Jogo writes:
1997 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr SE Coupe Review
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3

Pros

Looks sporty

Cons

The engineering, not to easy to work on.

Jogo
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Nice Car Good On Gas Compared To My Suburban. — Fun to drive at first then my rod bearings went bad. Car looks slick 1997. Can't wait to finish fixing it. Not the easiest car to work on though. Bought it used, with some problems. Currently installing a new crank kit.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Shane Mj writes:
1997 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr SE Coupe Review
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3

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this car is ok not the greatest but u can make it how u want it

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they brake down ALOT!!!

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Its A Sunfire..... — well its slow lol has pretty good handling but for a sports car what else to u get lol. the car costed me nothing and i have just been putting some amount of money in it to make it look just a tad better then any other sunfire n the road lol

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Melissa writes:
1997 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr GT Coupe Review
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4

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It does good on gas and well made.  Great winter car!  Looks attractive...too me...

Cons

Rattling spoiler, sluggish brakes every body has one

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My Brum-brum — I rather like this car. Though I'm kind of wanting a new car, I'm not ready to get rid of this one. This car starts in impossibly cold weather without being plugged in. Like for example, I forgot to plug in one night and it got down to -43 degrees celsius with the windshield and the next morning it still started...a little stiffley but it started. It does pretty good on gas, fairly cheap for repairs...except my tires but they're sport tires and that's my fault...its got good acceleration for an automatic and i like the look of the body. It started rusting 2 years ago but the rust has barely moved. It's handling is pretty good but the braking is a little sluggish. The needed to find a way to properly fasten the spoiler, and though its not "loose' per say it still rattles a little.

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Sheldon writes:
1997 Pontiac Sunfire 2 Dr SE Coupe Review
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3

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Great on gas
amamzing leg room
lots of parts avaiable

Cons

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

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sexy looking

Cons

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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2005 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews

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Very Nice, Clean, And Dependable. This Car Always Starts And Everything Works. By CostaWalker

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2004 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews

Value Car By dmdixon88

I like everything about this car besides it's small size - not much room for luggage! It is very reliable, though, and all maintenance for it has been quite cheap. I average between 25-30 mpg with a m... Read More

One Of The Worst Cars Ive Dorve By Matt

This was my first car, it was free so i wasn't going to pass it up. The build quality was absolutely horrible as most american cars are. The performance was horrible. The interior wasn't too bad to ... Read More

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2003 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews

Its A Great Little Car. Fully Loaded With Sunroof. By Warren0007

Like all the options and Sunroof. Nice stereo system. Dislikes were many little problems down the road with rust and broken wires. I corrected most of the issues but the car was still under 100,000 mi... Read More

Fun Car! By Ran322

I've owned this car for 6 years and I still like it tremendously. There have been a few problems with it. There were some recalls that I was unaware of until my tail-lights kept burning out and meltin... Read More

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2002 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews

Meh... By Shelby1405

got this car in March 2011 as my first car. Took it to my mechanic to look over he said it would be $500 to safety. turns out Pontiac is horrible with their wiring and $1300 later the car was good to ... Read More

Very Good. Not Much To Complain About. By nwhite34

Problems hapenning out of no wheres like a possible fuel filter issue that can cause your car to not fire and you thinking its a dead battery when its not or when something else could be possibly be w... Read More

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2001 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews

2001 Se Sunfire By mikehaas1983

the overall dependability of this vehicle has been very good i would how ever recomend if you buy one to look into any factory issues it may have or had to see if they have been repaired or not as it ... Read More

Fast Sporty And Fun To Drive By untaimedspirit09

I havent found nothing that i dont like about my car :) Shes my ought one and she has never left me stranded... Got to find some parts for her but shes still a good looking car :) 38mpg and lovin it :... Read More

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