7th Sep 2006, 12:19
I couldn't disagree more with the above poster. Those are not all results of poor driving. Consider all of the electrical problems listed...
I owned a 96 Sunfire GT---worst car I have ever owned. Electrical problems beyond belief... I had to have the following electrical items replaced:
* Headlight/turn signal stalk (replaced 4 TIMES due to shorting out)
* The car's main computer module.
* EBS brake sensor (replaced 3 times!)
Also...my rear brake lights mysteriously stayed on when I shut the car off... causing the battery to die. The only remedy I found to getting them to go out is to unplug one of the battery fuses under the hood. Not to mention... my interior dashboard/accessory lights worked sometimes and did not work other times.
The car hits bumps as if your driving over huge craters and boulders (with new or old struts/tires..it doesn't matter).
The list goes on and on... I had thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket repairs long before the car ever hit 75K miles. Basically, I could have purchased a higher quality foreign (TOYOTA!) model and would have had far less headaches and inconveniences.
I, as well as my entire family, have officially boycotted Pontiac for life.
24th Mar 2009, 12:23
I agree with most of you. Pontiac has seen me for the last time and I live here in the motor city. Most of my family worked for GM.
Don't you think it's a little odd that almost every post here every Sunfire owner has the same electrical problems?
I am also seeing a lot of rod knocks. That means you need a new motor. Mine just started knocking last week and now nobody will touch it.
I have $11,000 into this car and 88000 miles, and I need a new motor.
I am so disturbed I am writing my legislators and GM to complain. They need to do something about this. It's not got anything to do with fast driving. Give me a break.
16th Feb 2010, 11:08
I own a Pontiac Sunfire GT 2000, got it brand new, and this car has been my dream car so far, after 10 years the only thing I have done to it is change tires, spark plugs every 6 months to keep it running great, change the oil, and air filter every 6 months. I think that if you take car of your car, your car will take care of you. So, if your car is a lemon, it's because you made it a lemon. When we lost the Pontiac Sunfire, we lost a very good 4 cylinder transportation automobile.
12th Jan 2011, 15:32
I have a 2001 Sunfire GT with 240,000kms and haven't had a problem with it in the 5 years I owned it, other than a leak in the trunk caused by the air vent. I did own a 1996 Sunfire SE, and it was another story altogether. It seemed to have more problems than is worth listing. Some cars are lemons and others aren't. While this is sometimes the result of driving habits or poor maintenance, it is not always. There seem to be ones that are just doomed from the start, and this goes for any manufacturer, not just Pontiac. I know many GM owners who have had great vehicles, and I know some who have had rotten luck. Same goes for the Honda owners I know.