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1997 Pontiac Sunfire Sedan - Consumer Reviews

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SE 2.2L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual - (12 reviews )
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We love our "Blue Moblie"
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By tenkat
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1997 Pontiac Sunfire Sedan SE 4dr Sedan


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We've had this car for 13 years and she's on 188,000 miles. She's been amazingly reliable. Just now getting noisy after all the miles we've thrown her way.


Best Features

Inside design and the rear seats folding forward making for great space. We use it as a 'truck" in that respect. Solid, solid, solid build. Love the sporty look of the front, too.


Worst Features

Typical Pontiac flaw of paint job sealer flaking off. Motors for automatic windows wear out & need replacing. We've done it ourselves 2x now.


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it's been a long ride
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By almost done
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1997 Pontiac Sunfire Sedan SE 4dr Sedan


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at 180K + miles it still has the original alternator, original timing chain, replaced the battery maybe 3 times, replaced the brakes 2ce. I've taken it places that are made for 4 x 4s, yet suffered only minor brush scrapes to the paint from the tumbleweeds. This car is legend in my office for the abuse it has taken. I live far from dealerships--never had the recall items replaced. Manual transmission has decent acceleration for 4 cylinder. Perfect size for 5'3"-5'10" person, very comfortable. Handles sudden stops well--had to slam the brakes and veer one eve to avoid a burro at 80 mph, slid and stopped without spinning or rolling.


Best Features

Endurance-- I bought it new, totally got my $$ out of this car. Took several road trips with 1 smaller driver and 3 larger adults, lots o luggage, went just fine. Handles sand, gravel, long highway miles.


Worst Features

Switch for the a/c-heat control has broken twice (the one that controls whether it blows from front vents or feet), brakes don't make any noise before they die. gas gauge is unpredictable once it hits 1/4 tank. (1/4 tank = maybe empty)


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By 97 sunfire
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1997 Pontiac Sunfire Sedan SE 4dr Sedan


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so far i have had this car for quite a while, it was my first, and i would never buy away from pontiac or chevy after owning it, take good care of it, and it will never break down,minor wear and tear but thats normal, for a four cylinder great performance,comfortable to drive for a small car, great on gas, i do alot of driving, 25k yearly, and i have never had this car break down or anything, it has been the best first car i could have ever imagined, high milege and she drives like the day she was new


Best Features

aftermarket stereo


Worst Features

brakes wear quickly, but so do all other pontiacs and chevys


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Great Car
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By Ford Guy
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1997 Pontiac Sunfire Sedan SE 4dr Sedan


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Have had this car for a while and never had any problems.


Best Features

The interior still looks like new.


Worst Features

The radio controls could be a little more durable.


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Don't Buy
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By Julie Dunagan
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1997 Pontiac Sunfire Sedan SE 4dr Sedan


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I will never buy another pontiac. After 1 year everything started falling apart.


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