2005 Pontiac Sunfire Reviews - Page 3 of 4

2005 Pontiac Sunfire 2.2 liter from North America

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.2 liter Automatic
Distance when acquired150 miles
Most recent distance8000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Metro

Summary:

Good looks and fun to drive

Faults:

In the beginning and up to about the first 2000 miles, the Sunfire would hesitate as the temp. would go through the 180 degree mark. It has since diminished itself, and did not show up as a code defect?

I had to take the car back 5 times to get the trunk lid to close. Striker out of position.

Horn did not work. Horn was repaired, and now the turn signal toggle does not work.

To the shop tomorrow.

See (http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/sunfirepontiac/)

General Comments:

I enjoy the car, but wish it had electric windows.

I get about 35 MPG.

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

Review Date: 6th May, 2007

2005 Pontiac Sunfire 2.2L Ecotech from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.2L Ecotech Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired14771 miles
Most recent distance24000 miles
Previous carChevrolet TrailBlazer

Summary:

Wonderful Car for a Reasonable Price

Faults:

So Far nothing has gone wrong with the car, Runs like a dream.

General Comments:

This car means business. At stoplights you step on the gas and she's gone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd November, 2006

2005 Pontiac Sunfire SL 2.2L ecotec from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.2L ecotec Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired10 kilometres
Most recent distance60000 kilometres
Previous carMazda Protege

Summary:

Good Cheap Economy car, has a few faults

Faults:

Check engine light came on four times. Took the car to dealership I bought it from three of those times and got fed up with their service. I found a better Pontiac dealership near my work and they have been excellent and solved the problem the 4th time. It was some problem with the Radiator. Warranty covered the costs.

Brakes vibrate a lot after about 25000km's during moderate/hard braking.

Interior rattles like a stones in a pop can at around 20000km's.

Front seats are uncomfortable for long distances, Poor head-rest support.

Paint has already seen better days. certain areas such as the pillars and roof are starting to fade at 55000km's.

Doors plastic exterior piece between rear bottom and top of window on the outside of the door has popped out at 50000km's. Wind at 100km/h is unbearable!

Door trim has bubbles and finish is wearing off at around 40000km's.

General Comments:

I bought the most basic model with only Air, 15" steel rims, fog lights, CD player. It's a 2door model, Black Paint.

Excellent car for the price I'm not complaining about that one bit. performance wise the Ecotec is quite powerful for a base-model car compared to the base civic, protege, SX 2.0 and so on. A manual transmission is a must as autos are noticeably slower.

Suspension is decent. Steering around corners it handles well and over bumps.

I only paid $14,500 Canadian after taxes for a brand new car!!! That's amazing compared to say the Pursuit which is pretty much the same car only looks nicer. which is that price before taxes!

Mechanically this car has had no problems besides the check engine light which was no big deal. The transmission shifts quite well and the clutch is a little stiff.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th September, 2006

1st Nov 2010, 20:23

*original poster*

UPDATE:

Sold car recently at 176,000kms. At this point it needed all new brakes, tires etc.

Other problems were the dash light burned out, the windshield was replaced three times and stone had chipped it. I had both front wheel bearings replaced.

Great cheap commuter. I had no serious problems with it other than replacing wheel bearings.

Pick one up! The gas mileage was not the greatest though, I averaged about 27 MPG, mostly highway.

2005 Pontiac Sunfire 2.2L 4 cylinder from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
Engine and transmission 2.2L 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired26 miles
Most recent distance6700 miles
Previous carChevrolet Beretta

Summary:

It is dependable and sharp

Faults:

The only thing that has gone wrong with the car is the trunk lid, I noticed it having trouble latching every once and a while, but I did not think much of it. but now it would not latch at all, i have an appointment at the dealership, but any advice to fix it myself.

General Comments:

Very nice car just stock, with a few modifications they are very sharp.

I put a new exhaust, air intake, euro tail lights and wheels, it is pretty sharp and is pretty quick.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th April, 2006

22nd Dec 2007, 09:50

My daughter got a 2005 Sunfire with 20000 miles on it for Christmas 2006.

Both windows have stopped working and had to be fixed.

Replaced the battery at 21000 miles.

The rear speakers stopped working and were fixed.

The trunk has always had trouble latching, and now will not latch at all. I am going to see if I can fix it now.

There is NO room at all in the back seat if a 6 footer is driving.

Mileage is mediocre.

The seats are terrible and have to be semi reclined for a 6 footer to drive..

The driver side seat belt gets stuck in the guide on the side of the seat. A VERY bad designed car.

The motor is very BUZZY, but it does accelerate pretty good.

In comparison to my other daughter's Honda Fit with 20k on it now. NO defects at all.. There is no comparison.

I would never buy another Sunfire or any GM 4 cylinder powered car.

10th Mar 2008, 22:50

I have an '05 Sunfire, and I'm taking it to get the fuel system replaced (injectors and possibly fuel rail) in 2 days. Luckily it's still under warranty. I looked under the hood the other day and there were small pools of gas around the injectors and fuel stains on the motor.

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 14 reviews