2002 Pontiac Sunfire Overview


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2002 Pontiac Sunfire Overview

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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What Is The Ets Button For?

I cannot figure what the ETS button is for next to the steering column. What is it?

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2002 Pontiac Sunfire Headlight Low Beam Won't Work, Wipers Work Then Don't ...

Bought this 2002 Pontiac Sunfire Used. Everything worked fine but after 2 weeks, the Low Beam Headlights won't work, and the Windshield Wipers work and then don't work. More crazy stuff happens too, l...

17 views with 3 answers (last answer 5 days ago)

Tail And Dash Lights Dont Work

dash lights all went out at once and now tail lights dont work. back up and break lights are fine.

191 views with 5 answers (last answer about a week ago)

Engine Swap

I have a 2002 Sunfire and would like to put a 2000 sunfire engine into the 2002. They both have the 2.2 and the 8th digit in the VIN is 4 for both of them. Can I do this easily?

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Anti Theft

Changed ignition and key and tumbler and the anti theft light stays on not blinking and car does not crank did the reset numerous times still nothing

5 views with 2 answers (last answer 2 weeks ago)