2001 Pontiac Sunfire Overview


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45 stars

Based on 22 reviews

Fast, Fun And Cool To Drive!!! by Christopher
 — This car is amazing for acceleration, it provides power and control and you can out preform most cars off the line that you see on the streets now a days. Cost for the Car is realitvely cheap, however... Read More
Great For Its Price, But You Get What You Pay For. by 7sevin7
 — Over all its a good cheep car, living up to Pontiac's nick name of the poor man's Cadillac, It has many of the stock issues seen in any Pontiac of its era, with Faulty door locks that give over time a... Read More
My Black Beauty by Carla
 — Most dependable fun car I have owned! Its a 5 speed, handles corners well, great exceleration, wonderful gas mileage, fllies on the highway, even plows snow really well in the north! Its the funnest c... Read More

2001 Pontiac Sunfire Overview

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2001 Pontiac Sunfire

Based on the Chevy Cavalier platform, the compact 2001 Pontiac Sunfire adds sporty styling flourishes, including a new standard rear spoiler, in an effort to appeal to younger, hipper drivers looking for something fun on a budget.  The 2001 Sunfire dropped the convertible, and now is only available as a sedan or coupe.

Little has changed this year to the 2001 Sunfire.  The SE sedan and coupe is the base model, with a 115-hp, 2.2-liter I4 engine and choice of 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission.  The 3-speed auto tran is no longer offered.  Base Sunfires come with dual front airbags, daytime running lights, and ABS brakes.  This year, the SE also gets a standard cassette player.  A CD player is optional, as are power features, a sunroof, and alloy wheels.  The Sunfire does attract Pontiac's youngest consumers, thanks to the sporty GT coupe, which houses a 2.4-liter, DOHC I4 that hits 150-hp.  The GT also features foglights, CD player, and a leather-wrapped wheel.  Rear seats in the 2001 Sunfire fold down to expand the already spacious 12.4 cubic foot trunk, and a front console holds CDs, cassettes, coins, and drinks.  An upgraded Monsoon sound system is offered as an option.

It's Pontiac's least expensive car, which helps make the 2001 Sunfire attractive to first-time buyers or city commuters who don't want to sacrifice style for savings.  Drivers like the sporty looks and the GT engine, though they generally wish there was more horsepower.  Both the trunk and cabin are roomy, and gas mileage is a decent 21/28 mpg.  Owners wish that power windows and locks were standard, and they say the interior materials give away the cheapness of the car.  There are problems with the check engine light coming on frequently.


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I Have A 2001 Pontiac Sunfire. I Just Replaced The Thermostat Because Car W...

When the reservoir empties, the heat goes ice cold. There is no water in my oil, and no leaks but, the water disappears. Also, every time I check the lower water hose for pressure, there is no pre...

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01 Sunfire Se Coupe Cooling System.

I have an 01 Sunfire SE Coupe, new head gasket, water pump, and radiator. Car has heat, it ran fine for 2 days, now it overheats and won't cycle water. When I loosen reservoir cap, black/green wate...

5 views with 1 answer (last answer about a week ago)

My Car Won't Start 2001 Sunfire

My car wouldn't start when it was 0 deg F. It started the next day when it was slightly warmer and in an unheated shop. Now I don't trust it. It turns over well.

5 views with 1 answer (last answer 3 weeks ago)
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The key will not go all the way in the ignition therefore it will not turn or unlock the steering will

9 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)

I Have 2001 Sun Fire. When I Try To Start It When I Try An Turn It Over All...

But then when I tap battery connector it turns lights back on and dash off but still when I try and turn it back on it all happens again

3 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 months ago)