Looking for a Used Sunfire in your area?
CarGurus has 583 nationwide Sunfire listings and the tools to find you a great deal.
Have you driven a 2002 Pontiac Sunfire?
Average User Score
3.7 ⁄ 5 stars
Based on 32 reviews
2002 Pontiac Sunfire Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 32 reviews
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.
What's your take on the 2002 Pontiac Sunfire?
Pontiac Sunfire Questions
Car Won't Start
replaced ignition lock on 2002 pontiac sunfire antitheft light is lite car will crank but not start.
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...
Alternator Issue? Brand New Battery, No Turn Over, Rapid Clicking
One Friday night(10pm) no sign of life from my car. Got it jumped moved to a new parking lot then let it sit for a while. Turned it off. 14 hours later I go back to the car, attempt to start it up a...
2002 Pontiac Sunfire While Driving Stumbles And Looses Power.
2002 Pontiac sunfire while driving stumbles and looses power. It tries to shut off. Dash display lights up all icons on the dash, then settles back to normal. It will do the same when taking off, an...
2002 Pontiac Sunfire
I have one more question with my car. My check engine light came on and stays on. Just started today. Car runs fine. I noticed yesterday my shift (4 speed manual tranny) indicator light was not workin...