2003 Pontiac Sunfire SE 2.2 Ecotec
Aside from routine oil changes, maintenance done every 4,000 miles has included:
Check engine light has been on since a week after purchasing. Found to be a fuel evap issue or something to that effect. Not a driveability issue.
New tires and spark plugs at 125,000 miles. Spark plugs were replaced as preventative maintenance.
Both front struts replaced at 130,000 miles.
I replaced the battery in November of 2014, just as a precautionary measure due to the age of the battery that was in it.
I also replaced the serpentine belt at 145,000 miles, again just as preventative maintenance.
At 157,000 miles I replaced the front brake rotors, calipers, and pads as well as the rear brake drums.
I'll be needing a new exhaust and hangers here soon at 162,000 miles, as well as a new window regulator on the driver's side.
In all, considering the car's age and mileage, it has been very dependable, with only the usual wear and tear that is to be expected.
For the most part, I really like this car. It has always started up and been dependable, especially considering the car's age and mileage. I've put over 40,000 miles on this car in a little over a year and a half, and plan on replacing it with something newer soon, but will keep it as a backup vehicle. I've always done routine maintenance with quality OEM parts since owning and would like to make this car last to at least 180,000 miles. I believe it's more than capable of doing so.
The only ongoing issue is a pulsating in the brakes despite having replaced most of the braking components. Seeing as I generally do my work myself, I plan on taking it to a mechanic to have a professional look it over.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th January, 2017