2004 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews - Page 2 of 3

2004 Pontiac Sunfire Coupe 2.2L DOHC Ecotec from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.2L DOHC Ecotec Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired3 kilometres
Most recent distance29600 kilometres
Previous carMazda 626

Summary:

Decent car if you don't get a lemon

Faults:

Windshield wipers stop working once in a while.

Fog lights failed.

Drivers side headlight failed and passenger side just flashed.

Rear struts blown at 10,000km.

Very cheap paint, chips very easily.

Transmission makes a grinding noise.

Trunk lock is cheap quality; trunk was stuck shut for a period of time.

General Comments:

A decent car if you don't have any reliability issues like I have.

It's pretty zippy and decent gas.

My next car will not be a GM product. I will be looking into imports.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th February, 2005

12th Jul 2005, 21:13

My 2003 Pontiac Sunfire, had to have been the worst car made. Problems started from day 1, had to have it repainted b/c of discoloration in the paint and on a white car it was very noticable. Then my tail lights went out, I took it in 6x to get the problem fixed, even had to call the police dept to get escorted to the dealership for fear that I was going to have an accident on the way. Then recently I had to have it taken in because 1 of the 4 cylinders had completely died. Then I had to take it in to get the coil pack replaced as well. The car had to have been the biggest piece of junk I have ever owned, and all of my previous vehicles were used. Imagine that, the first car I buy brand new, turns out to be the worst. I will NOT own another gm vehicle EVER. So I understand where you are coming from. Oh, another problem I had was the vent in the dashboard kept popping up, then when I had that replaced they put the dashboard on with Velcro, in which I made them replace because it looked tacky. Also the cigarette lighter quick working so did one of the air vents... OH the list of problems continue, I finally got rid of it and would NEVER own another one. Just bought an 88 Jeep Cherokee which out performs the Sunfire, and only cost 650. Imagine that... good luck with the car, I hope it gets better.

23rd Sep 2005, 23:16

My 2003 Pontiac Sun fire has been pretty good to me. It has a nice, sporty feel to it. I had the car for almost a year now, and the car still performs like the day I bought it. I love the 2.2l ecotech, it saves me money on gas, and still delivers the power when I need it. the only problems I have had with the car is. I want to go fast all the time. I haven't had any problems with the car electrically or mechanically. The car is a decent car for the price and very reliable.

27th Feb 2011, 18:50

The first problem author has, is that the 2.2L ecotec engine GM has and continues to use, with minor modifications over the years, is a push rod engine (hence the good and constant throttle of it). Only the 2.4 and 2.6 were cam engines! Mine, a manual, has 90km on it, and only mechanical issue it's had was the timing belt stretched about 1 and a half inches due to changes in the original ECU. Self inflected engine rebuild!

2004 Pontiac Sunfire Sportec 2.2 from North America

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired48 kilometres
Most recent distance125 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Corsica

Summary:

Great value and sporty look!

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

I really like my 2004 sunfire. Previous to this car, I had the 2002 sunfire (and I never had a single problem in the two years) I had a serious accident and my 2002 was a write-off. I was so satisfied with the 2002 that I decided to continue with the 2004! I love it even more! They have made neat changes! I love the mags, sunroof etc. I don't care for the fabric seats (kind of cheap) and also, strange, but I find that there is not too much headroom (and I am only 5'11'!!!) On certain angles my head touches the ceiling! Aside from that, I find that car has good kick (improved 2.2 engine) and I can really notice the difference from the 2002.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 2004

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 11 reviews