2000 Pontiac Sunfire Consumer Review: Great when it wants to work

2000 Pontiac Sunfire - Consumer Review

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SE Sedan (2.2L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Great when it wants to work
By keet on


2000 Pontiac Sunfire SE 4dr Sedan


The pontiac sunfire feels like a sporty little car for a four cylinder economy class vehicle.
The acceleration is so-so and the car shakes at high speeds, but this is to be expected.
What is completely inexcusable is how frequently everything breaks down and how unreliable the whole thing is.

This car was used as a daily driver when it was only a few years old, yet within the first year the AC compressor blew out - twice.
I paid for the full repairs.
It blew out again within a year's time.
The shop told me that the compressors were garbage out the factory.
The water pump broke twice in 4 years of light driver.
I went through 3 batteries.
This is all from light commuting!

Best Features

Steering column is right where it needs to be. The whole seating feels natural and just, right, albeit a little low. The air, when it works, hits every corner of the interior. The car has moderately good turning and power, but the standard brakes leave alot to be desired. The car is very responsive for an economy class vehicle, but the lack of a good body prevents it from really feeling solid. On especially windy days on the bridge into the city, there were times when I felt like it was about to roll off and plop into the ocean from being so lightweight. A good size breeze will cause the car to shudder and it easily hydroplanes with any consumer grade tire in moderate rainfall.

Worst Features

The electrical problems with the sunfire needed to be ironed out. There were a few recalls where the steering column would cause the car to not start or even kill the electrics altogether (no headlight, horn, etc.) The A/C remained nonfunctional through much of the car's lifespan, in spite of multiple repairs. I think I spent almost the cost of the car on repairs to it within a few years. The grand am doesn't suffer from such unreliability issues thankfully.
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