2002 Pontiac Sunfire User Reviews

2002 Pontiac Sunfire Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 32 reviews

  • 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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Jim writes:
2002 Pontiac Sunfire SE Coupe Review
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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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YoungNC writes:
2002 Pontiac Sunfire SE Coupe Review
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5

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Visual Appeal
Fast
Nice Stereo

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2 doors - hard for large people to get into back seat

YoungNC
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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:
2002 Pontiac Sunfire SE Coupe Review
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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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nicaball writes:
2002 Pontiac Sunfire SE Coupe Review
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Cheap, Sporty and fun to drive

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Gas

nicaball
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Ok — Appearance- I like the exterior styling. Its a very sporty looking base model. Handling- I like the way this car takes corners. Dislikes- It is a pretty expensive 4cylinder on gas compared to japan 4 cylinders engines. Parts are pretty cheap except for the clutch kit which ran me about $700 my cost.

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:
2002 Pontiac Sunfire SE Review
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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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Craig writes:
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looked nice to people who didnt know much about cars

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SLOW

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I Likes The Look, But Not The Engine — haha, performance was ridiculously slow. Not even sure how I drove a 4cyl. engine. It had an awesome paint job, i Loved it. The interior was really shot, like cheap as ever, but the exterior was great. It was fun to drive for the time I guess.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Chris writes:
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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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Kyla writes:
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not enough power ;)

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:) — I loved this car!!! This car was my baby! It had nice pick up and nice speed, but not a whole lot of power. Didn't cost much to drive. FUN AS HECK TO DRIVE! good running car. i recommend it!

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2005 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews

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2004 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews

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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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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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2000 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews

Excellent Tuner Car To Boost. By James

Performance - Acceleration; fairly good for stock. Braking; good, front are shoes, back are drums. Handling; great for a front wheel drive. Build Quality - I have done several repairs, but I also bou... Read More

High Mileage But Still Running Smoothly By louie2208

the car still run perfectly even there's some problem on the under chassis. still need to fix the driver side window. need to replace windshield washer hose. and windshield too. ala in all the car st... Read More

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