2003 Pontiac Sunfire from North America




I'm not sure where to start, but I will never purchase another one again. The first 6 months of having it, the entire wiring system went. I have had a wiring harness put in, brakes replaced constantly, brake lines have been replaced due to rotting underneath or just breaking, the exhaust system is horrible, the struts have been replaced a few times since I bought it, and the spark plugs (I lost count on how times that they were replaced).

Now the most recent issue is the timing belt just went on it; it acts like it wants to start, but it won't. Even had someone tried to jump start it and it didn't work, and that's when my mechanic told me that it was the timing belt, especially after I heard something snap right before it just died at a light.

General Comments:

I would not recommend this car to anyone, not even to my worst enemy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 30th September, 2015

2nd Oct 2015, 02:38

Both 4 cylinder engines available for this car did not use timing belts. They came with chains.

9th Jan 2016, 17:24

You do realize that the timing belt is a normal wear item that needs replaced at regular intervals right? The fact that it broke shows nothing about the quality of the vehicle, but that you don't maintain your vehicle properly.

2003 Pontiac Sunfire 2.2 Ecotec from North America


Ehhhh, it's an alright car


Window motors have gone out & the switches later broke.

Exhaust hanger rusted apart. Replaced at 67,XXX.

Fuel pump had to be replaced at 78,XXX.

Inner tie rods replaced at 152,XXX.

Timing belt chain snapped at 155,XXX, causing the engine to seize. Had to replace the engine.

Front left coil snapped at 160,XXX.

Have had to replace fuel tank straps at 160,XXX.

Clear coat is wearing off the front/rear bumper of the vehicle (silver colored car).

Check engine lights never turns off.

Fog lights don't work.

Have had to replace multiple bulbs outside of the car.

Door locks inside of the car do not work.

General Comments:

My girlfriend purchased this car in 2005 with 43,XXX. The car came from California & now is in Minnesota. Car was great for a few years; then it's been down hill ever since.

The car itself isn't that bad. Decent look with alloy rims; basically your standard car with sporty features. It's built for a chick. Interior is nothing special at all.

Great on gas, but as you can see above with all the problems with our Sunfire, it is time to upgrade.

Would I recommend you buy a Sunfire? Hell no, too many common problems,

I'm sick of my girlfriend nagging about what's going out on it next, so we are looking at selling it soon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th May, 2012

2003 Pontiac Sunfire SE 2.2 ecotech from North America


She's may not be much to look at, but she's got it where it counts


Fuel pump failed at 160000 km, but was having issues since I purchased it.

Fuel evaporation system leak; still passes emissions test.

General Comments:

Great little car. Bought it for $3000 used, and it has been reliable. Performance is great for its class at the time.

Just replaced the engine coolant, and I am expecting to get another 100 000 out of it.

The seats are awful, and on long drives they really do suck.

All in all, a great car if you're buying used.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th May, 2012

2003 Pontiac Sunfire 2.2L Ecotec from North America


When I wrecked my Sunfire, I went back to the Pontiac dealership to buy another just like it


Transmission output seals leaked at 135000 miles.

General Comments:

The Sunfire is sporty as a stock car.

My Sunfire is upgraded with a Cold Air Intake from RK Sports, and I got all the 25 hp that it was said to get.

The dual exhaust that was put on gave me another 20 hp.

The lowering kit and the aftermarket bushings and engine mounts gave me almost 1.5 seconds on my quarter mile.

As a stock engine, I got 400 miles to the 13 gallon tank racing it.

As a modded car, I can get 420 miles to the tank with a 0-60 in under 6 sec.

I drive the car like a race car, with or with out the mods, and I beat out most of the street racers in my area without a loud exhaust and a loud visual profile.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2009

30th Dec 2009, 16:49

I seriously doubt getting 20 HP out of an aftermarket exhaust without changing exhaust valves around and doing some major engine work. I just don't buy it, sorry.

30th Dec 2009, 19:07

I owned a 2002 Sunfire, which I purchased new in August of 2001, and my opinion is that the Sunfire is pretty basic transportation, nothing more.

3rd Jul 2014, 21:06

I agree, just adding dual exhausts, does not give any more torque, and perhaps 0.5 HP because of less outrush resistance.

In any case, if you wanted more HP, why not get a car with a little more snap, like a Subaru, or a Mazda..?

Good luck.