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Pontiac Sunfire



  • hodgsonhodgson Posts: 1
    I have a 2000 Pontiac Sunfire GT with the LD9 2.4l
    lemme see, where to start, bought it year and a half ago it drove NIICEE for 2 months.. then the motor blew. had to take my warranty company to court and finally won and got a new motor over a year later FINALLY get it back. drive it home, very nicely, not over 55 and over 4000 rpm, then next day went to go DOWNHILL and get fuel and food. and boom. motor blew again. Just got it back again last night. and the electric fan doesn't work, when going up hills the thing misfires like a mofo, check engine light flashes, I am just praying for the thing to blow up catch on fire and burn to the ground.
  • Today in my local newspaper, there was an article on the 2005 Sunfire which stated that it would be replaced with the Pontiac Pursuit this fall. The Pursuit will be on the same platform as the Chevy Cobalt. Anyone else heard about it?
  • butkusbutkus Posts: 2
    I am looking at a '98 Sunfire, are they rated poorly or do you think they are good for me to get back and forth to work for about 18 months?
  • butkusbutkus Posts: 2
    Anyone know the rating of Pontiac Sunfire? I am looking at buying a 1998 with 84,000 miles for $2700.
  • trw979strw979s Posts: 1
    hey- I have a pontiac sunfire convertible, and well the the top got unlatched on the highway and blew backwards, and the bars are now bent so it wouldnt go down or up right... and does not fit correctly. How do I get the bars fixed ?? anyone know??
  • I don't know if this will help, but in my 2004 Chevy Cavalier, the fuse box is located on the driver side of the dash- the very left. That side is a removable cover.. I don't know if it is like that in Sunfires, though.
  • masterpaul1masterpaul1 Posts: 421
    We have a 98 Sunfire with 78K and it has been very reliable for us. Right now the only problem that I am having is trying to find out why the cooling fan isn't working like it should. I just drained the cooling system about two months ago, since it was the original coolant, when the car was running hot. I know it's not the thermostat since the temperature needle only movies up in city driving. I checked both fuses and they seem to be fine. This weekend I will try replacing the cooling temperature sensor and pray that was the problem. The only thing that I don't like about our sunfire is the brake pads have to be replaced, in the front, about every year or so. From what I've heard, this is normal for this car. Go figure. :shades:
  • darlinddarlind Posts: 1
    I have a 1996 Pontiac Sunfire. My sister-in-law came to pick it up so that my niece could get her license in it. The car would not start. My father-in-law jumped the car off. No problems with the next three starts. Fourth time she tried to start the car it almost did not. She kept trying and finally started. Went somewhere else it, when she tried to start it, the car would never start back up. Brother-in-law replaced battery. He said that the battery that was in there was smoking. After replacing the old battery with the new one it still would not start. He was able to start it with bypassing the starter with a screwdriver and drive it home. Now, it will not even turn over at all. Battery is not dead. Lights come home, but the engine will not even think about turning over. I think that this car might have a factory installed alarm system on it. There is an alarm system light that appears when the switch is turned. I have contacted the dealer, they were no help except to tell me to bring it in and they would take a look at it, but it would cost me. My husband hooked it up to a computer, but it showed no codes. I bought a manual for this car today, but it has nothing in it about where the theft system or where its wires are located. Nothing at all about a theft system. All of the other things that it could be have been checked out. The dealer said something about the car might need re programming! Any advise or help would be greatly appreciated!!!!!!! Any advise about what could be possibly causing this? Any advise about the alarm system, where it might be located, etc? :sick: :confuse: :(
  • My wipers did the same exact thing on my 1997 Sunfire. I went to the local junk yard and got the wiper assembly including the motor for $30. I went home and replaced it, now it works perfectly and it's been over a year. It wasn't that hard and it only took about 30 minutes from start to finish.
  • I'm going to have to sorely disagree. I bought my 05 Sunfire 11/29/04 and everything was great, I couldn't have been happier with it. In April of this year I started having problems with the check engine light coming on. The first time it happened (6,724 miles) I took back to the dealership for service. They replaced the evaporative vent valve. The 2nd time ( one week later) after keeping it for 4 days, they couldn't figure out what the problem was so they reprogrammed it and gave it back to me. Round 3, again a week after getting it back the damn light came on. They kept it for almost 2 weeks before giving it back to me stating that the had fixed the problem this time. Round 4, I got my car back on Wednesday, by Friday the damn light had come back on again. I took it back to the dealership for the 4th time that following Monday, they kept it again for a about a week and a 1/2 and had replaced the purge fuel tank seal and purge canister. Now just 4 days after getting my car back, the light has come back on again. I am now following my states lemon law and have sent a notice to the manufacture for final repair. If they can not get it fixed this last and final time, Pontiac will have no choice but to give me a new vehicle. If anyone else has been experiencing this problem, please send me a msg. :mad: :sick: :lemon:
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    4 times to fix the same problem is a service competence problem, not a lemon vehicle problem IMO. Wish you the best in either getting the problem repaired or a buyback.
  • Anyone heard anything about the new Pursuit that is supposed to replace the Sunfire this fall?
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    The Pursuit is offered in Canada only. No plans to offer it in the US.
  • Thank you for clearing that up. My local paper reported the Pursuit would replace the Sunfire. I thought they were wrong, though. :)
  • carrolltoncarrollton Posts: 2
    I have a 2000 Sunfire SE. 74K miles. When I turn the wheel at a very slow speed or starting position, I can feel a bumping in the steering wheel I think is coming from the right front. I have factory tires so nothing there is rubbing. I've checked the boots and struts which seem ok. I dont feel it once the car gets going. Could it be in the steering column? Anyone have this problem before? Other than that this car runs great.
  • carrolltoncarrollton Posts: 2
    Correction - I meant the problem is coming from the Left front of the car.
  • cindy10cindy10 Posts: 3
    One of my lights came on yesterday and I don't know what it means. (1995 Sunfire) It's a square with an arrow pointing down to what looks like either liquid or the ground. I checked all my fluids and all are ok. Anyone know? :confuse:
  • lrmmflrmmf Posts: 2
    I have a 1999 sunfire & I purchased it in 2002. Ever since I got it, I've hated it! The first thing to go was the radio. Sometimes it would just not start- that was cool. They said it was the key or something. I had the muffler hanger break, the crank case seal was leaking oil into the spark plugs which made driving fun- it was only running on 3 cylinders, the oxygen sensor was messed up, I've needed a new catalyctic converter, my trunk leaks into my back seat, and my favorite- THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT IS ALMOST ALWAYS ON!
  • beliverbeliver Posts: 155
    lrmmf: How many miles on this GM wonder car ? Let's see, Radio kaput ? It can happen. Just did on my brother's Lexus !! Won't start ? It COULD be the Key. Muffler hanger broke, NO big deal get out the old coathanger like they would do down at Bubba's "fix & go" shop. Can't see how a crankcase "seal" Gasket ? can allow oil to get to the plugs. Could you really mean the head gasket ? If OX sensor messed up you will for sure keep getting a "check engine" light. If under 70K the cat convt should have been covered under emissions warranty. Leaks happen, my 2004 Mustang had one on day one !! When or if did you have a tune -up on the beastie ? Sounds like a lot of neglected PM from the prior owner to me. Gotta stay on top of this stuff.

  • gkneebonegkneebone Posts: 3
    My traction control light comes on and the car shifts gears violently. lf l stop the car and restart it, the light goes out and it's ok again for a while.
    Any ideas, it has 85,000 kms.

  • Well I finally got my car back after another 9 days of being serviced at the dealership. It turns out, that every time they removed the tank to run the smoke test, they never thought to look at the O ring seals on the fuel feed lines. This time they finally looked at them and realized that one of the O rings had broke and slipped out of place, which is what was causing the minute leak causing a loss in pressure which set the check engine light off. So, they replaced the tank completely as well as the fuel feed lines and ran the test again. Thankfully no leaks. So I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that the check engine light does not come on again because I really don't want to have the car replaced. I tinted the windows back in January (which cost me about $250) and GM is only responsible for replacement of the vehicle, so I really don't want to have to spend another $250 to get the windows tinted again. Other than this repeated problem, I am satisfied with the overall performance and handling of the vehicle.
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 1,221
    Welcome to the Forums, gkneebone! You might also want to post your question in the Got a quick, technical question? Forum.

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  • cindy10cindy10 Posts: 3
    I have the same problem (my car has 255 000 km !!) My traction control light stays on all the time now. Shifts gears really hard too.
  • Hi Guys,

    Just wanted to know, the cooling fan has not been turning on when the engine gets really hot. I changed the rad fluid and just recently changed the sensor in back of the thermostat thinking that was the problem because when I unplug the wire harness on the sensor the fan goes on an as soon as I plug it back in it shuts of and never comes back on.
    I do not have air conditioning and it is an automatic if that can help.
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 1,221
    Welcome to the Forums, rbelleville! You might also want to post your question in the Cooling Systems: Problems & Solutions Forum, to see what the experts there have any advice for you.

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  • I purchased a used sunfire 2002 few months ago with only 33k km! After one month the light ABS started to go on with SERVICE! However, the brakes are working fine. I didn't take it to service yet, and now after 2 months i noticed that it is started to give some sound when braking. Pedal somtimes doesn't feel right!
    Can you give me some hint on this.

    thanks :)
  • chickschicks Posts: 1
    I have a 2000 Pontiac Sunfire 4-door. The problem I am having is that when I push down on the passenger side fender there is a knocking sound. I thought first maybe it was the strut mounts which I changed with no effect. I had the rear end checked by my dealership and the only thing they came up with was a bad muffler hanger. That was replaced and it still makes the noise. Also, now it seems that when I apply my brakes I hear a clunking sound coming from the same area, the clunking almost sounds like something rubbing.
    I re-adjusted the back brake drums but it still continues to aggravate me.
    The knocking sound is also there although slight when I am driving, especially when I go over a bump.
    I have been told the problem MAY be in the axle bushings, but have not tried anything with that as of yet.
    Any ideas would be appreciated...
  • redtide98redtide98 Posts: 3
    1999 Pontiac Sunfire It has like 120K on it since around 100K spark plugs started to just wollow out the thread and start bouncing around in the hole, causing misfiring etc. I have re-threaded two already and now its doing it again. Any ideas as to what is causing this?
  • elifelif Posts: 1
    that would be the coolant light.

    in my 1995 sunfire, that light comes on even if it is full, possible faulty sensor or blockage somewhere, after a few minutes of 65mph+ driving it goes away. even after a full flush and refill serviced by a local dealer it still came back on.
    so i ignored it. took it to another place and it hasn't come on since.

    good luck
  • redtide98redtide98 Posts: 3
    You should have your CV joints checked before you find yourself on the side of the road most cars around that or higher mileage have CV joint problems. Usually you can have them replaced for around $100 each or less.
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