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Pontiac Sunfire


The of the Sunfire, the Sunbird, was built by GM as an in 1977 before being and released as a convertible model, the in 1983. It was available in two door three door hatchback. sedan. and four door base forms. The sporty SE only in a hatchback. while the LE model was available in both or sedan. Hatchbacks and wagons had folding rear seats, the SE had a split folding rear

An S model was later added to the line. The base J2000 was a transverse mounted 1.8 liter CID ) four cylinder with carburetor. hooked to a four manual transaxle. The engine’s combustion chamber had a centrally spark plug with turbulence, 9.0:1 compression. The control module had built in

Standard equipment included front bucket seat s, brakes. locking fuel door, body color s with rub strip s, swing out quarter windows, AM radio digital clock, rally (P175/80R13), and fiberglass-belted tires. and the LE had wide body side s and rocker panel moldings. The SE added Viscount trim. a set, and driver’s remote

The Sunfire finally debut ed in replacing the Sunbird that had in production for 13 years. The J-Body is manufactured in one of three plants: Michigan ; Lordstown, Ohio ; and Arizpe. State of Coahuila. .


(specific to 2002 SE The Sunfire’s 2.2 L dual-cam engine is responsive. even when with an automatic transmission. It is difficult to tell how responsive a car will be based solely on because many factors into play – the of the transmission. its willingness to downshift. levels, and where the power is. In the Sunfire, all these factors are balanced for good economy good acceleration and high (in other words, you can accelerate from pretty much any It’s not limited to use as a zero-to-sixty that needs to be kept 6,000 RPM .

Handling is sporty. not excellent, but a comfortable feel around This car begs to be tossed – I’ve noticed the years I’ve driven it it performs very well in and ice. Again, there are that do better around the but don’t feel as nimble. steer can be noticeable on takeoff.

is well balanced with and small pavement irregularities are smoothed out. You can feel the but you won’t be bothered by it.


The instrument panel has red lighting, and includes temperature. speed and fuel gauge s as as a trip and overall odometer. are sometimes a little odd. The control is accessible on the end of the turn stalk, as well as the headlight

Everything else is pretty in its usual place, though vary from one model to the next (I’ve noticed discrepancy between the 1995 and models, the only comparison made).

Both stereo and control systems are well though the climate controls are plain – they changed from the 1995 to the 2002 model.

Similar to the Cirrus. there is no ashtray. a cupholder insert. The cupholders are fairly small. The 2002 has two main cupholders, while the and previous models have one sure exactly which marked the changeover). Additionally, one holder is in the center console, too far for the driver to safely reach.

Opening the center console all the way two small cupholders for the rear

Pontiac Sunfire

The trunk is decently sized a compact car), and can be enlarge d by down the rear seats. rear seats must be down at once. (2002 and models)

New for 2003: Sunfire has a new 2.2-liter engine, redesigned and rear styling. revised suspension. a 60/40 split-fold seat (finally), and a new wheel The Sunfire sedan has been The convertible Sunfire was discontinued the 2000 model year.

Details: The 2003 Pontiac is available in one version with Preferred Equipment Groups: 1SB, and 1SC. Safety include dual airbag s, an anti-lock brake system child-seat tether anchors, safety locks (SE sedan) and running lights. Power from a 2.2-liter 140-horsepower 4-cylinder engine. A 5-speed transmission is standard, and a 4-speed is available.

Standard equipment includes air a floor console with fog light s, remote-control outside AM/FM radio, power power steering, tachometer, trunk release, and rear Preferred Equipment Group 1SB tilt steering wheel. system with CD player, and impact airbag s. Preferred Group 1SC includes sport cruise control. intermittent wipers, 16-inch cast wheels, anti-lock brakes, bucket seat s with adjuster, and a leather -wrapped wheel, shift knob and brake handle.

XM satellite is optional on all models. OnStar is on 1SB and 1SC models.


Sadly, the Pontiac Sunfire is in of being eliminated, though GM has not by any said this yet. Motors is planning to unify its not unlike the efforts by DaimlerChrysler to Chrysler. Mitsubishi.

Hyundai. and platforms together and end up with a like Ford. covering the without flooding it. Thus, GM reduce its car platforms to these list): Delta (small ), (intermediate ), Sigma (RWD ), and Theta (?). There are rumors of a Y body which include the sixth generation

The Delta platform will the GM-J, GM-Z, and GM-2700. It has yet to be which models will the transition .



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