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2005 Pontiac Sunfire Coupe


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Pontiac Sunfire Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.2 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 140 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 23/32 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2005 Pontiac Sunfire

  • Despite a peppy engine and a few neat options, this decade-old economy coupe is outclassed by newer competitors.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Low price, torquey four-cylinder engine, optional satellite radio and OnStar.

  • Cons

    Overall design showing its age, low resale value, poor side-impact and front-offset crash test results.

  • What's New for 2005

    Other than revised package content, the Sunfire continues unchanged.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (18 total reviews)

6 yrs and going strong

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Vehicle: 2005 Pontiac Sunfire Special Value 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

I bought my little sunfire new in 2005. I got the sport package with the snazzy wheels and side designs. I have had more complements on this Electric Blue car, than my red mustang! It just looks FAST and sporty. I'm not even a big fan of blue, but people love it. I have never had to do a thing to it, just reg. oil changes, runs great. I only have 35,000 miles on it, but I'm pretty rough on a car, and it has done well, and is still BEAUTIFUL. I have the 5 speed manuel, gets good gas mileage, about 33 hwy, 25 in town. My kids all say it is a really rough passenger ride, but as the driver, I don't notice it. It has a lot of get up and go (torque).

Loved my sunfire

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Vehicle: 2005 Pontiac Sunfire Special Value 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

It's been almost a year since I lost my Sunfire, but I loved it! Tires were the only regular problem I had. But after four years, the battery only stalled on me once, and the window motor started shorting. But those were minor problems compared to the fact that I was able to move efficiently. I took many 14 hour road trips in my little sunfire. Comfort was a bit short on those trips, but gas mileage could not match to most other cars. $60 could get me from Tucson to Dallas easy. I loved the sunroof. Rarely used the MP3 player. Loved the sound. Loved the mobility. Loved the style. It was my first car so maybe I'm a bit bias here, but still! Pontiac Sunfire = Amazing First Car!

Great car for the money

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Vehicle: 2005 Pontiac Sunfire Special Value 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

I got this one brand new, and the only major problem I have had was a flat tire. The car runs very smooth, and handles well, although the windshield frame proves to be a slight blind spot at times, and the design of the interior make it difficult to see into lanes to the right/rear. Engine-wise, not a problem yet. Friend of mine has an Elantra, and paid at least 5k more, and I would still rather have the Sunfire. Mine is a manual trans, and even though i only get 140hp, it still kicks a little when i need it

Gas Mileage


  • 23
  • cty
  • 32
  • highway
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Full 2005 Pontiac Sunfire Review

What's New for 2005

Other than revised package content, the Sunfire continues unchanged.

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Purchased a Pontiac Sunfire 2005 on 31 December 04. MSRP $18,9XX and cost after rebates was $8,7XX. Was a bit surprised with the vehicle. It is equipped with ABS, traction control, RDS equipped stere...

:cry: I had never had any problems with my Sunfire until nearly a week ago. Went out of town (30 miles) to do xmas shopping and it drove great. Coming home the FUEL light went on (1/2 tank gas in tan...

I recently purchased a 2005 Pontiac Sunfire 2DR Coupe and I would like to get the most out of it, but money IS an issue! I just purchased the 'Pontiac Sunfire Gas Fuel Saver 1995 - 2005 MORE HP!' off...