2002 Pontiac Sunfire User Reviews

2002 Pontiac Sunfire Review Ratings

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  • Performance:3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars 3.3 / 5
  • Appearance:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars 3.3 / 5
  • Overall: 3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 17 reviews
"fuel economy" 10 reviews
"cheap car" 6 reviews
"power" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 5 reviews
"brakes" 5 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"small power" 4 reviews
"noise" 2 reviews

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Shelby1405 writes:
2002 Pontiac Sunfire SE Coupe Review
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3

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A good little starter car but really that's about it

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numerous repairs, cheap feel inside, loves to suck back the gas

Shelby1405
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Meh... — 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 go. I have replaced both wheel bearings, fuel filter, blower motor, coolant lines, and the front struts...twice. In the past 3 years I have owned the car I have spent more than $5,000 on it. Moving along to the gas consumption I was not surprised to find out recently that when the car was brand new it had a gas consumption of 10.3 l/100kn in the city and 7.1 l/100km on the highway. After the years and millage put on the car I'm sure were closer to 11.5+ in the city, so no its not the cheapest on gas. Safety rating is lousy so besides it being a 2 door insurance isn't the greatest but I've seen worse. The one positive is that they are dirt cheap to fix!! Interior is made of mostly cheap plastic and rattles and squeaks when its cold out, which in Canada is quite often. I have replaced the original stereo and speakers (previous owner blew them all) so I can say the stereo system is great but I don't know what the original was like. Seats are comfortable but I wouldn't suggest trips longer than 2 hours in it or your low back will start to hurt, added lumbar support would have been a plus. In regards to power she lacks. Has some get up and go if you floor is but with the fuel economy its not something you want to do regularly. All in all its a cheap car. Its my first and I'm thankful because its taught me how expensive owning a car can be and I'm glad the repairs were on the cheaper end but still a lot to put into a car that is now at 270,000km, thankfully its still keeps going. No sign of dying anytime soon.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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nwhite34 writes:
2002 Pontiac Sunfire SE Coupe Review
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5

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fuel economy. its awsome. it beats the newer vehicles in fuel economy. i drive from Old Forge,NY where i work to Lyons Falls,NY. about a 30 mile drive. drive to work and back every day 5 days a week and some family trips my gas can last me 2 and 1/2 weeks and i can't complain. buy fuel injector cleaner and stuff like that at dollar general and walmart. add it every soo often, do your oil changes as required/recommended, and rotate your tires as recommeneded every so often and get new tires when your tread falls under the legeal limit which should be 2/32 nds of an inch and everything will be all good. nothing to complain about the car as far as fuel or anything goes.

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if you don't do your maintenance when you should.  and check the car at certain milaege intervals as recommended in the vehicle manual and do it right at the mileage it says everything will be fine. if you don't you will run into problems. i had to repair Struts in my car front and back. and brake pads and roaters all the way around and it costed me around $250- $300. i never knew they were going as the family member who had the car before me never told me. never told me the tires that were on it were getting low. had to search for tires at the last second. what sucks about my car is if your going down the road and lets say you feel your car vibrate on a highway at low speeds(when just getting on to the highway from an intersecting street and/or road) like 35-50 mph as getting up to speed. if you feel it vibrate but get up to 60- 62 mph and don't feel it vibirate but may feel it minimally it means that your lug nuts are comming loose. if they are not almost air gun tight they can come loose and you could loose your wheel at any minute. thats what sucks.

nwhite34
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Very Good. Not Much To Complain About. — 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 wrong and its not. something like that when you start your car the day before and its fine and the next day you try to start it and it won't and can't start what so ever and has been sitting in your yard for almost a week and still can't find a cause. lets just say that a problem that happened out of no where's. did have much of a warning or warning signs or anything.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Robert writes:
2002 Pontiac Sunfire SE Review
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5

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the performance and handleing and still gets good fuel millage

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kinda small for family car

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Sweet Ride — every one who gets in my car cant believe how much performance it has and want to know what ive put under the hood of my car and i am always getting asked if i would let them take it for a test drive

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Jim writes:
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Styling, rear seat is usable, moonroof is nice and so is the radio's sound

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Engine noise and power, acceleration, braking, handling, interior, comfort, durability.

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Pontiac Sunfire - Driving Excitement?!!? — Ah, yes...the Pontiac Sunfire. Where do I start? APPEARANCE: Let's start with the good news. It's a pretty good looking car...I like the front. It has good lines, even if the rear end with the spoiler mounted all the way up against the rear glass is a bit questionable. Even the base, standard wheel covers go well with the car. Alloys obviously look better, but the stock covers seem sturdy enough, stay attached, and look fine. I have no objection to the exterior of the car. Four stars. PERFORMANCE: Here's where it starts to go wrong. With the 2200 I4 noisily thrashing out all of its 115 horsepower, this is not a fast car. The transmission feels like it hesitates when it's about to change gears. I have no reason to believe that it isn't a reliable drivetrain, but it's coarse, unrefined, noisy, and slow. Handling is vague. The car wanders without moving the steering wheel, on an example with under 50,000 miles on the clock. Other Cavaliers I've driven have done the same thing. It;s not very confidence-inspiring. The steering wheel feels a bit odd - the bulges where your hands are supposed to go are placed up too high for my liking, but I'm a 9 & 3 hand position driver. The brakes are vague as well. There is virtually no pedal feel. The brakes work fine, but again, they do not inspitre much confidence. The pedal works much like an on-off switch. Overall, it works...it'll get you from A to B, but it doesn't feel like something you'd want to trust. Two stars. BUILD QUALITY: Very mid-90s GM on the inside. That's not a good thing...the plastic feels cheap, the seats are an oh-so-1995 pattern with colored weave in the gray seats, and the switchgear doesn't have a quality feel and seems fragile. The stereo LCD display on the example I'm referencing for this review had fallen apart and was completely unreadable. Fit and finish inside the car is erratic, but they did get it all screwed together, even if the dash does rattle. Two stars. OVERALL: It's a reminder of what happens when GM forgets that they need to build competitive products to sell cars. Thankfully, it's been killed off and replaced by the Pontiac G5. My initial impressions of the G5 are much more positive than the Sunfire, although I haven't driven one yet. To quote the owner of the example used for this review: "As soon as it's paid off, I'm pushing it off a cliff." Two stars.

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Chris writes:
2002 Pontiac Sunfire SE Coupe Review
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easy to drive

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over time i am sure something would break

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Also A Good First Car — the performance was good but not like a sunbird. but was still good, had good gas milage and had good drive ablilty. build qaulity, well for me we didnt have to many troubles with it. appreance was the better of all of it, it had a good sporty look. cost of ownership was not to bad as well, ws good on gas. fun factor was good considering we didnt have kids at the time.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Jeff writes:
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gas mileage

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size

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Not Bad — this car isnt to bad for what it is, gas mileage is awsome, speed not to bad. have the interior completely pulled out, body and suspension currently under construction, still lookin at ideas for a custom rear seat and center console.........

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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YoungNC writes:
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Visual Appeal
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2 doors - hard for large people to get into back seat

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Sensual Appeal — 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 line sound equipment and equalizers bring tranquil notes to the music guru, or if you just like to jam its loud! The visual appeal sneak's anybody's attention between the added LED lights and the cleanliness of the car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Tiffany writes:
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I love the look of it and the great gas mileage. Great car for a college student.

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The fact tha since it is a salvage title vehicle, it has issues. Too small.

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Good Car For 1 Person — 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 has its issues but I do not think it is because Sunfire's are bad cars. This one has just been mistreated. Being a baseline model, it is very basic so if you want options get the gt model. I love the affordable gas mileage, and even though the engine is small it is designed to look and act like a sports car which is fun.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Derrick writes:
2002 Pontiac Sunfire GT Review
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American made somewhat

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Not as fast as i would like it to be

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Good On Gas And Its A Gm — 2002 Pontiac Sunfire. My first car i ever owned. Not as fast as i would like it to be. Dont cost a whole lot to own. It would be fun to drive if I had 8,000 dollars to put into the engine.

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

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jtanguay writes:
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nothing

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everything breaks after about 120,000km

jtanguay
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Junk — This car sucks. Replaced the whole suspension already passenger side ball joint replaced twice already within 150,000km. Drivers side bearing catastrophic failure at around 130,000km. Who engineers these cars anyways? They obviously didn't have long term owners in mind. Built in defects and failure points if you ask me.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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