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Pontiac Sunfire



  • redtide98redtide98 Posts: 3
    If you have Antilock brakes try pulling the fuses for the antilock system sounds like your anti lock system thinks your brakes are locking up releasing them slightly and then reapplying the brakes causing a "clunking" sound. If you pull the fuse and it stops there is no reason other than a annoying light why you can't continue driving.
  • etaketak Posts: 1
    I have a 2000 Sunfire SE two door, manual transmission. I've had the car for 2 months (so far so good) it has 50,000kms. I was given a saftey, inspections and emission when I bought it. However, I have noticed the car makes a lot of noise. When I go over bumps the boot covers sweaks and the heat shield rattle, and the car feels wobbly. As well when I change from first into second the heat shield also rattles. The performance of the car is in no way diminished with the noise, however, it is annoying and embarrassing to explain to my passagers who think the engine is going to fall out or my wheels fall off. Any help would be great, I would love to have an idea of the kind of repairs needed before some repair shop tries to rip me off.
  • nortsr1nortsr1 Posts: 1,060
    I know this question was asked back in early May, however; has anyone heard any late up-to-date rumors about the Pursuit being available for 2006 in the U.S. or will Pontiac only carry the Vibe as a compact type vehicle???? I have a chance to get a loaded 2005 Sunfire with sport pac, etc. but if I know for sure the Pursuit will be available, I would rather wait until 2006???
  • budolegbudoleg Posts: 1
    does any one know how to take off manual window handle without breaking it
    tried to pup it off, but it does not come off must have some lock on it but I can?t find any thing
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    GM is adding the Torrent SUV, G6 4 cyl., G6 Convertible, and Solstice Convertible to Pontiac in 2006. Pursuit is Canada only.
  • nortsr1nortsr1 Posts: 1,060
    will up the $2000.00 incentive on the 2005 Sunfire and 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier in the next couple of months???? along with continuing the GMS pricing? I see they will extend the GMS pricing thru July (Detroit Auto News) :confuse:
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 1,221
    Hi, nortstr1,

    Since this topic is for discussing the features, attributes, etc. of the Sunfire, you might want to talk about this in the Pontiac Sunfire: Prices Paid & Buying Experience or Rebates, Incentives, APR - Questions & Comments topics.


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  • 00pontiac00pontiac Posts: 1
    I have a 2000 Pontiac Sunfire SE...first you'll have to excuse my lack of knowledge on GM cars...I've only owned Honda for the past 10 years! This is my wife's car. Anyway, two weeks ago, the serpentine belt come off (the belt that runs the AC, power steering, etc.) The mechanic replaced a pulley (cracked) and the tenioner, however the same problem occured just last night!? What is happening is there is fluid (power steering fluid, so the mech. says) all over the passenger side engine bay. The mechanic said this two weeks ago, that the power steering fluid tank was over it's limit, and is that way again...

    My question is this...Has anyone had this problem? Is it simply that the fluid is overfull and is leaking, making the belt slip off the pulleys? Or is it some other fluid, coolant?

  • lrmmflrmmf Posts: 2
    I bought my car with 19k and now I have about 50. Let me tell you, the reason WHY you have had problems and WHY your brother-in-law has had problems is because the Mustang is a Ford and who know where Lexus comes from- but my next car in going to be a DODGE! My boyfriend's whole family drives Dodge/Chrysler cars and his has almost 100K miles on it and has never even had to replace his clutch. There never should have been as many problems on my car as I had. A 1999 needing a new radio in 2002? Come on!! Also, in response to "could you really mean the head gasket?" I may be a girl but that doesn't mean I'm retarded. I did not have to replace my head gasket- it was LEAKING from the crankcase seal. I've had my check engine light serviced before and it came back on a day later. YOU TELL ME WHAT'S WRONG WITH IT THEN. Even my grandma's car which is a CAVALIER has every single light on in it, and it has been "fixed" by a mechanic. Some things are beyond repair. "Believe" what you want but don't try to tell me about my car. I know it's a piece of crap!
  • nortsr1nortsr1 Posts: 1,060
    Can someone tell me what the "easy entry"seat is in the sunfire and how it works??? Does it rotate toward the drivers door when you go to enter or exit????
  • swrenswren Posts: 2
    The owners manual won't tell you where the flasher is, and it is not in the fuse panel. It is most likely under the dash on the drivers side.
  • swrenswren Posts: 2
    thats the "low coolant" light
  • nerdanerda Posts: 1
    I have a 98 Sunfire, and recently purchased a new battery and got a new alternator put in. Today, my car wouldnt start. When I turn the key forward it does nothing, and then after I take the key out of the ignition, a clicking noise starts (it sounds like it is behind the glove compartment). When I try to put the key back into the igniton, it beeps. Not sure what is going on here. A friend thought it may be some sort of alarm, but we dont have an alarm.
    Any info would be wonderful!!
  • masterpaul1masterpaul1 Posts: 421
    We have a 98 Sunfire too. I replaced the battery my self just last year, I believe, and had no problem or had to reset anything after replacement. (Some vechicles need to be reset after changing or taking out the battery). Not sure about the beeping, but the clicking noise usually means the battery is low on power or the connection is bad. Did they check the battery to see if it was good before putting it in? Also, check the battery connections. Make sure the battery post covers are off and that the batter cables are tight. Make sure the battery post have no corrosion on them. You wouldn't believe how corrosion build-up on the battery post would cause the vechicle not to start. :D
  • I have 99 2.2L sunfire.
    I've been trying to install this fuel ionizer.
    But the problem is I dont know where the fuel line is.
    Can anyone please tell me where the fuel line is.
    I would be great, if you guys have pictures.
    Thank you :) :confuse:
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    5600 miles. Replacement of Airbag module and plastic trim on BPillar. Oil change and tire rotation. Well, it is not problem free, however, the Ecotech is proving reliable.
    Overall, the car is a good value.
  • I have a 2004 Sunfire 2.2 L, automatic, Moonroof, premium audo, XM radio, Alloy wheels, After market tail lights, an AEM cold air intake, 16000 miles, body in great shape except some tiny dents on the roof above the driverside door, I want to get rid of the car for an RX 8. Any ideas what price I should try and get for it :confuse: , I know right now isnt a great time to be trying to get alot for it since GM has the Employee discount thing goin on.
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 1,221
    masterchief, have you tried using the Used Car Appraiser at It should give you an idea of what the car would sell for.


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  • 0tt00tt0 Posts: 1
    The light in the floor shift console has gone out. I haven't been able to find anything in the Owner's Manual as to how to repair it. Can anyone tell me where I could find information on how to repair this problem myself?
  • I have a 95 Sunfire with 56,600 miles. My check oil light came on 2,000 miles after an oil change, and when I checked, the oil wasn't even to the dipstick. I thought it that was due to a loose plug in the oil pan, but now it has happened again. My coolant light comes on every time I turn, but I have made sure that the reservoir is full to the cold fill line. I've heard that Sunfires have had problems with the coolant light, and I know that most cars eat a little oil, so should I worry about this? I don't want to ignore it and have it turn out to be a bad head gasket. Help!
  • You need a special tool to take that off. It's shaped sort of like a disc with a notch cut out of it. You slide it under the crank to pop off a clip that's underneath. It's a pain without it, but if you have the tool it's a piece of cake.
  • greimergreimer Posts: 1
    I have a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire, and I am having a problem with the door close sensor. My radio / CD won't shut off after the driver's side door is opened. I looked at the door sensor located near the bottom of the driver's side door, and it does not appear to be stuck. Any ideas on where to start looking?
  • I have a 1998 Sunfire. I have replaced engine module and crank sensor, and I still do not have spark. What should I look for?
  • skyyvskyyv Posts: 13
    After reading through all the problems listed here, I feel very lucky. I have a 1997 Sunfire that I bought new eight years ago almost to the day. I went through some of those little nuisance new car bugs including having to replace the radio (which was under warranty) three times (After the third I demanded my money back, got it, my husband fixed the radio and it has worked ever since. :D ), but other than that, I have had few problems.

    Over the past eight years, I have put nearly 180,000 miles on my car and the only major repair I have had to make was a new water pump this past February. The battery went 7 years before it died; the tires over 70,000 miles. It still has the original clutch and other parts including all the original bulbs which are all functional. Cosmetically it looks quite good considering its age and mileage (glossy paint with a few dings and very minor chips). I've never driven the car hard, have always done regular maintenance, and cleaned it regularly. Best $16,000 I've ever spent.

    As much as I love the car I have now, I have decided it's time to get a new one. I've got several on my list that I'm looking at including another Sunfire. I can only hope that my next car will be as good as this one has been to me.
  • cotton2cotton2 Posts: 1
    That is the raditor/coolant light. Mine also came on, took it down to the station and I need a head gasket which will cost $1200.00. I have a 1999 sunfire

    Check you coolant fluid you are probably getting low :) :)
  • Anyone have any idea whats the deal with the Supercharger for the 2004 Sunfire? I read an article about it in the Pontiac owners magazine, it said it was supposed to come out in summer of 05, but I can't find info on it anywhere, any help would be greatly appreciated.
  • crash29crash29 Posts: 2
    Hi, I recently bought a sunfire with a 2.2 engine, 32,000km, 5 speed and when I stall it by letting the clutch out to fast, it's hard to start. It's like it's getting to much fuel. It only happens when i stall it. Is this normal?

    Thank you
  • I heard that under neath the steering wheel are some wires. If you pull the right one you can disable your car, keeping it from being started. Can anyone tell me which one it is? I really need to know before tomorrow morning. THanks if anyone can help me out.
  • I recently took out stock radio and put in aftermarket...Dash lights are no longer working after installing this, just wondering if it's possible that the reasoning why is because the stock radio controls these??? Any other ideas or know if this is true? Let me know please, going crazy without being able to see how fast I'm going at night.'s a 2005 Sunfire.
  • Hey everyone I have an 05 Sunfire. So far I really like it but I am approaching 30K and I was wondering if there is anything I should pay particular attention to. I have been reading all of your comments but there seem to be quite a few problems. It is also hard to tell if your cars were bought new or used and how many miles are on the cars. Any ideas would help! Thanks.
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