2002 Pontiac Sunfire Overview

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GT
9 national listings
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Average User Score

3.75 stars

Based on 32 reviews

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
Good Car For 1 Person by Tiffany
 — The car is a small car that doesn't have a lot of power and since it is two door it would not make a very good family car. I can see a 4 door sunfire being a decent family car for a small family. It h... Read More
Sensual Appeal by YoungNC
 — This car is Fast! The manual transmission allows you to catch that yellow light, throw it into a lower gear and get ahead, or just plain tear out of a stop light. The Stereo is amazing too, top of the... Read More

2002 Pontiac Sunfire Overview

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Based on 32 reviews

2002 Pontiac Sunfire

A baby Grand Am, some call the Pontiac Sunfire, a compact economy car with enough sporty lines and flourishes (standard rear spoiler) that make it more attractive and appealing than the Chevy Cavalier, with which it shares a platform.  New this year for the 2002 Pontiac Sunfire is a standard tilt steering wheel on the SE and an electronic trunk release for all models.  Other than that, the Sunfire awaits a much needed update.

There are two trim levels -- SE and GT.  The SE comes as a sedan or coupe, with a 2.2-liter, 115-hp I4 engine and choice of 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic.  The GT starts out the year with a 2.4-liter, 150-hp DOHC I4, but later in the year gets a new Ecotec 2.2-liter DOHC I4 rated at 140-hp.  The new lightweight engine is more refined, quieter, and livelier than the old one.  It will be optional for the SE.  Air conditioning, a security system, cassette player, ABS brakes, and daytime running lights are standard on all 2002 Sunfires.  Moving up to the GT adds a CD player, foglights, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter.  The Sunfire is Pontiac's entry-level car and is aimed at a younger consumer.  To this end, options include a Monsoon sound system, alloy wheels, and a sunroof.

Drivers say the 2002 Sunfire is definitely a good starter car, as it's easy on the wallet both at the dealership and at the gas pump.  However, there are numerous problems reported with the front struts and the check engine light.  The Sunfire feels roomier than other compacts, and owners like the big trunk that can be expanded with fold-down rear seats.  Gas mileage is decent and the GT is energetic and fun to drive.  There is reported body roll and a sloppy feel behind the wheel for some drivers, who also complain about the seat comfort.  Cupholders are located poorly.

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Pontiac Sunfire Questions

titi_chanel
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My Daylight Flickers 5 Times On And Off Then Turns Off Completelt And Then ...

i have a 2002 pontiac sunfire and everytime i put the car in reverse, the daylight flickers on and off then turns off completely and then the service light soon comes on what can be causing it, what ...

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

My Daylight Flickers On And Off Then Turns Off Completely And Then The Ser...

i have a 2002 pontiac sunfire and everytime i put the car in reverse, the daylight flickers on and off then turns off completely and then the service light soon comes on what can be causing it, what ...

23 views with 3 answers (last answer about a week ago)
dflat
0

Why Would My Service Light Be On My 2002 Pontiac Sunfire?

My service light comes on and stays on as soon as I put my car into drive. It doesn't come on until I actually put the car into drive. But then sometimes it doesn't come on at all. This just started y...

4,728 views with 7 answers (last answer about a week ago)
EB3667
5

2002 Pontiac Sunfire Will Turn Over But Won't Start

I have a 2002 Pontiac Sunfire. It will turn over but won't start. I have charged the battery. I have replaced the fuel pump and crank relays. Checked all the fuses. Had Autozone check the control modu...

33 views with 3 answers (last answer 2 weeks ago)
Jeanne Tappe
5

My Car Will Not Start! I Had A New Alternator Put In Almost 2 Years Ago. I ...

My oil is good. I've also checked my belt and it looks as good as new. Its cold out. About 32° . My car will just not start someone help!

40 views with 14 answers (last answer 2 months ago)