1st Generation (1995—2005) Sunfire Problems

This generations ranks 19th out of 29 Pontiac generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (14%), electrical (13%), and the brakes (11%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Engine Seized 2 complaints at an average of 53,500 miles in the 1997 Pontiac Sunfire.
  2. Fuel Pump Failure 6 complaints at an average of 78,179 miles in the 2003 Pontiac Sunfire.
  3. Broken Vent Control 5 complaints at an average of 59,165 miles in the 2003 Pontiac Sunfire.

What Sunfire Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Pontiac model years.

Watch out for the 2003 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Watch out for these common problems

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