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2003 Pontiac Sunfire - Consumer Reviews

2003 Pontiac Sunfire Coupe

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Base 2.2L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual - (65 reviews )
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I love my Car
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Justin
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Vehicle

2003 Pontiac Sunfire Coupe 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


Review

the car has been amazing reliable for me, i use it as a daily driver and my work car ( i deliver pizza ) and to be honest for a car with 230,000 on it, its solid the engine is very strong and amazing, its got ample performance and has been bullit proof this far (knock on wood) iv only had to replace the fuel pump and spark plugs, people complaining about brakes is just stupid, they wear thats what they do, iv replaced the brakes probley a good 6x but no biggie, its cheap its a sunfire :), im purchasing a 2008 chrysler 300 limited and still keeping my sunfire cuz it will probley last longer then that car will, its treated me well and i treat it well, il be happy to get it over 500,000km's :)


Favorite Features

Engine is Very strong, Good Torque, the looks, the handleing, the cost of repairs, the fuel economy, never failed me, always starts when its -40 out, engine is smooth even at 230,000km's


Suggested Improvements

Interior design, very plain and basic, more power never hurts, but it is powerful enough for everyday use, more sound deadning, better fit and finish


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Great Value car
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By bilsfire
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Vehicle

2003 Pontiac Sunfire Coupe 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Car is def. mechanically sound, solid engine and tranny(standard). Interior build quality is less than par, but for the performance factor, you get what you get. The exterior wasnt thought out 100%, the fact that its front wheel drive and comes stock with a rear spoiler, is counterproductive. As long as maintainance is under control, the vehicle will last as long as you last. Oil changes on any smaeller engine aluminum, or otherwise, with higher rev ranges, should be done every 2000-2500 miles as a rule. Performance again is great, the power to weight ratio is above average for the class of car. Plenty of torque for getting going, not too much(spin tires in snow) good horse power.


Favorite Features

High power curve in upper rev ranges, large oil capacity for engine size, drop in oil filter, great gas milage(even when hammering on it) smart engine placement, and easy to repair engine . Overall, one of my favorite chassis.


Suggested Improvements

Engine parts metric(prefer SAE), rear spoiler, less weight, rear wheel drive, or all wheel.Less trunk space for larger doors(im 6' 183 and fit, and i have slight difficulty getting in. More attention to detail on interior( dash board build quality, seperate gauges instead of cluster, better speaker covers, lighter door latches, stronger seat adjusters, stronger glove box latch, better center console). Price for new vehicle is too high, considering all the above needed improvements. Fire whoever put these cars interior together.


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Cheap Car. Reliable for first 80K mi.
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By Annie
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Vehicle

2003 Pontiac Sunfire Coupe 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


Review

This was the first car that I ever bought. Bought it with 32K miles on it. CD player broke after having it a week. Was fixed for free under warranty. Replaced brakes twice, but they are like $15 each. Seats are uncomfortable and front seat belt strap hits you across the neck. Car handles rough and shocks/struts start to go bad. Doesn't have much power. Car handles HORRIBLE in the rain and windy weather. Slow oil leak started around 60K but not a major issue. Fog lamps stopped working around same time. Driver's side door started catching on frame and wouldn't open. Have to get rid of it now at almost 85K because transmission is bad, but has been reliable up until that point.


Favorite Features

Gas mileage


Suggested Improvements

Make things sturdier - the outside dents so easily! More comfortable seats.


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Great car, no problems at 120k
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By fingaz
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Vehicle

2003 Pontiac Sunfire Coupe 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


Review

My dad first purchased the Sunfire new in 2003 as a 2nd vehicle to commute to work. He got it with all the bells and whistles (which only is power windows, A/C, sunroof, monsoon sound system, dual exhaust and spoiler) for only $13,000! I ended up taking the car off his hands and it has NEVER failed me. 120k mile and I have never ever had one problem with it. Of course I keep up with oil changes, tires, brakes and the like. The car still looks current and modern and it does perform well for only having 140 horses!


Favorite Features

Fun to drive, great value, good on gas.


Suggested Improvements

more power, comfort and more manly. But, hey.. its a cheap commuter car.


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Not So Great
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By dl922
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Vehicle

2003 Pontiac Sunfire Coupe 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


Review

These cars have an extremely poor build quality. My center console lid has broken, had to replace one window motor, and another soon, vent selectors don't work, the plastic cladding on the outside of the door gets caught on the fender. The list goes on and on. I've had this car for just over two years, and I simply cannot wait to get rid of it.


Favorite Features

I like the sunroof, and it does have a sporty ride. The car itself handles pretty well for being an economy car. The mid-level sound system is pretty decent for being factory.


Suggested Improvements

Everything could use improvement.


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