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2003 Pontiac Sunfire BaseReview
Ran322 writes:
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Fun Car! —

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 melting. But when I took it to the shop, they fixed it and the other 2 recalled parts and it's been fine since. I enjoy driving it. It handles well, though I'm a fairly sedate driver, so that may be just me. The cup holders in the front are something I'd like to change, though. They're fine for cans, small drinks and some medium sized cups, but the large 44oz and up tend to bump into the radio tune knob and change radio stations. Update 5/19/15: I gave this car to my daughter when I finally bought my Firebird. After having it for 2 years, she had an accident with one of those brick mailboxes. The car, of course, was totaled, but she walked away unharmed. The air bags did their job well, and even though she hit the mailbox with some force and the front end was crushed, she was not hurt. So, I add to my review my thoughts on the safety of this car in an accident. If I could buy another Sunfire, I'd do so with no reservations.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Surprisingly, for a 4 cylinder engine, this car has a lot of "get up and go". The gas mileage is pretty good, about 28 mpg on average.  Comfortable seats. Decent amount of room in the trunk.

Cons: Leg room in the back seat can be an issue for people over 5" 5'. It's hard to change the bulbs in the headlights. The fuel pump was very expensive to replace, around $700.

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2003 Pontiac Sunfire Base Review
Jamie says:
vs2007 Mazda MAZDA3 i Sport
2003 Pontiac Sunfire Base winning categories:
  • Power
  • Handling
  • Looks/Style
  • Front Seats
  • Back Seats
  • Cargo Capacity
  • Family Car
  • Value
  • Would Buy
Handling Ranked 2007 Mazda MAZDA3 i Sport better.
"Smaller vehicle and sits lower"
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2007 Mazda MAZDA3 i Sport worse.
"Trunk has much more room, even back seats have more space. Mostly because the Mazda had a hump between two back seats, where the Sunfire was all 1 seat"

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Reviews From Other Years

2005 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews

Cost Effective Reliable Car By TCarp

Excellent car - model will go 200,000+ miles, No problems, performed in weather from -25 deg F to 101 deg F, handles well in all road types and weather conditions, fuel efficient (avg 30 MPG) but fun ... Read More

Very Nice, Clean, And Dependable. This Car Always Starts And Everything Works. By CostaWalker

I really like the way this car drives - it is a good, sure start and they used very good steel - it feels very solid - doesn't blow around like a lot of the more recent model cars. I was suprised at ... Read More

2004 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews

Value Car By dmdixon88

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

2002 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews

Meh... By Shelby1405

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 ... Read More

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

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

Great For Its Price, But You Get What You Pay For. By 7sevin7

Over all its a good cheep car, living up to Pontiac's nick name of the poor man's Cadillac, It has many of the stock issues seen in any Pontiac of its era, with Faulty door locks that give over time a... Read More

2000 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews

Solid Car By JT1981

Solid car, got lucky with this one as some can be lemons. Must have been built in the middle of the week and not on a hangover Monday, or a Friday where the workers are thinking about hitting the pub... Read More

Total Throw-away Vehicle. By Acadia_109231

This car looked kinda nice back in the day when I owned it but it was an absolute lemon. The engine went out at 70,000 miles and was replaced with a $1500 one. That too died as soon as the warranty wa... Read More


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