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2003 Pontiac Sunfire - Consumer Reviews

2003 Pontiac Sunfire

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66 Total Reviews

Base 2.2L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual - (66 reviews )

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A lot of car for the money
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By dabug
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Vehicle

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


Review

I bought this car 5 years ago with 32k miles. It now has 90k. I did have to replace the fuel pump at about 50k which is very hard to get to and have changed the brakes once. Other than that no major issues. It has the feel and look of a sports car with the economy of a compact. I am now selling it because I want a truck, but I believe it has a lot of life left in it. Also, reading the other reviews I noticed the ones having the most problems are base models, ones like mine with the dual exhaust and other upgrades tend to be more reliable and a lot nicer cars, however they are harder to find.


Best Features

Sportiness, handling of a sporty car, decent gas milage, pretty reliable, roomy for a small car. (Adults can get in the ack seat without being too cramped. If you want one definitely buy one that has the dual exhaust and alloys. They are a lot better cars. Only issue is you won't get a sunroof.


Worst Features

Make it easier to lwer the fuel tank, not fond of the material on the seats, some plastic parts do break but are easily fixed, a little loud on the road noise, but honestly, it is still a small car. You can't expect a Mercedes for the price you are paying for these. Be realistic.


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Stuff that shouldn't break does
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By D Hyde
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2003 Pontiac Sunfire 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


Review

This car is poorly built. The drivetrain so far (50K miles) is fine, but just about everything else has been a disaster. After just a year, both power window motors broke, which cost >$800 to fix. The original brake shoes wore out after only 10K miles, yet the 2nd pair is still fine after 40K. On the roof the clear coat is bubbling and peeling, which started when the car was only 4 years old. The radio sometimes does not turn on when the car does. The whole body is tweaked, so sometimes the doors won't close. Several wheels and the back axle are bent. The suspension is way too soft so the weight distribution is impossible to manage, causing poor handling. Mine doesn't have anti-lock brakes..


Best Features

Sunroof


Worst Features

Use thicker stronger materials. Stiffer suspension, wider tires, anti-lock brakes


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Reliable Car for me
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By luvmycar
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Vehicle

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


Review

I bought my Pontiac Sunfire used w/29k miles. It now has 77,000 and I have not had any major issues at all. I still get great gas mileage and over 30 mpg on the highways. It's fun to drive and noise is not a factor. The engine is strong and peppy for a 4 cylinder.


Best Features

Body style, sound system, gas mileage, sunroof, fun to drive


Worst Features

front electrical outlet awkward area, upholstery design, front seat belt doesn't adjust well for us smaller folks. Cup holders in bad spot in front of the stereo controls and air controls.


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over all
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By Roxanne Jordan
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Vehicle

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


Review

This has been a very good car. over all repairs were good. In 5 years 1 front strut replaced,Motor for powered windows and fuel pump ( my fault for running on emtpy). Other reviews show that the fog lights have gone out and it has to do with the wire harness mine also has the same problem.I have to get rid of it for it is to close to the ground for getting in and out and it is a very rough ride. Not a car for someone with children.


Worst Features

Change the shock system so it can be a little smother ride.


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Great Car, going on 6 years, no problems
Performance
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Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
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By saxguyck
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Vehicle

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


Review

We have had this car in our family since new in 2003 and have have absolutely no problems with it. Runs perfect, starts right up, minimal maintenance and no repairs necessary. We got a great deal on it; $13,000 fully loaded (dual exhaust, power windows, doors, sunroof, spoiler, 6 speaker monsoon sound system). considering that this is an entry level, commuter car, it has been worth every penny. Great gas milage too. 27-31 (normal driving.. some highway, some back roads, some bumper to bumper traffic)


Best Features

fuel economy, sound system (even says the artist and the name of the song)


Worst Features

better quality interior/more amenenties (but considering the basicness and low price of the car its fine)


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