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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 (47 total reviews)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Good car, some faults

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

I got an '05 Sunfire with roughly 117000 miles on it, it's still going strong! Except the gauges... I'm not sure if it has something to do with the heat, but everything works at night and in the mornings. But everyday after school, after my car has been sitting in the sun for 8 hours, the gauges like to "stick". I don't know if this is happenign to everyone or just me. I think it's a very nice first car, it's got a nice accelation, and gass isn't too terrible on it. But my only problem with it is the Gauges. I'm not sure if it's electrical and can be fixed manually, but if anyone knows anything, please tell me.




Happy so far!

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

We just purchased my first car... 2005 Pontiac Sunfire base with air conditioning being the only option, no power windows, no power locks. It was 4000 with 86,100 miles on it. Obviously, since it's my first car I love it, but seriously this is a fun car to drive, and the 5 speed stick shift just adds to the fun! This is the best year reliability wise for the Sunfire, and in my opinion I think this was the best design of the Sunfire series. I do wish i at least had a cassette or cd player, but until i come up with the $$ for a new head unit, my Belkin Auto FM Transmitter will do just fine. So far so good!




05 pontiac sunfire

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

I bought my sunfire with 5,000 miles on it. It had done well besides some issues.. The first was the dash, had to replace that after two weeks since the gauges all fell.. now my problem is the electrical, things keep shorting out.. other than that the car is great. Drive to NY twice a year 700 miles each way, to Fla each year and to work each day. Knock on wood, it hasn't failed me yet. Great at high speeds, low speeds and gas mileage is the best. Oil changes every 5-7000 miles..




Love this car but frustrated

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

I would buy another Sunfire in a heartbeat. My frustration right now is finding the parts I need to keep my 2005 running so I can keep it a while. I have been looking on line and cannot get a clear name and purchase price for the parts I need. If anyone can help me I would appreciate it. I want purchase the parts so my fiance can put them on. I need a hanger/bracket for my muffler it is swaying and squeaking. I need a trunk latch and or cable. I have not been able to use it for 2 years either sticks close or pops open while driving. I need a washer fluid reservoir mine has a hole in it. And I do not know what I need for a tachometer sticks when over 100 degrees.




Every thing keeps breaking

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

The car broke the third day we owned it. the fuel injecter went out then it was the coil pack, that went out. the the transmission is slipping and instrament pannel has allmost gone complety out.




Sturdy, cheap, a to b

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

Bought new and currently have 161000kms. Car rattles like crazy and is really starting to show its age. in 05' it was the most powerful, affordable eco-car in its class. My base model manual trans black 2dr with decent tires is peppy in a straight line but handles horribly. The seats are unbearingly uncomfortable for long trips. Good things about it is they are super cheap for everything incl. parts and insurance. fuel econ is decent. I avg 600kms a 53L tank mixed driving. I noticed these cars are approx $4000 for one in OK condition. pick one up if your on a budget. itl make a great short commuter and has a reliable drive train. watch for everything else. GM's tend to fall apart at 120kms



Full 2005 Pontiac Sunfire Review

What's New for 2005

Other than revised package content, the Sunfire continues unchanged.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 23
  • cty
/
  • 32
  • highway
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