Test Drive: 2000 Pontiac Sunfire – Autos.ca

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Pontiac Sunfire

January 4, 2000

The Pontiac receives a face-lift and some upgrades for the 2000 model Available as a two-door coupe, sedan or two-door convertible, the offers a standard 115 horsepower 2.2 four cylinder engine or 150 horsepower 2.4 litre DOHC cylinder engine. Prices at $16,135.

A face lift and a gear box

You might be surprised to that the Pontiac Sunfire is one of the popular cars in Canada in fact, it#8217;s the third car in the country. From January to of 1999 (latest statistics the Sunfire was the third best-selling car in just behind second finisher, the Chevrolet Cavalier, and the Honda Civic.

Since the and Sunfire are almost identical built by General Motors, GM rightfully claim the title of #1 car platform in Canada.

The Sunfire and were last redesigned in #8211; changes for 2000 are minor. The Sunfire#8217;s sportier has been reinforced with aggressive styling which a restyled front bumper, new rocker mouldings, and new wheel and alloy wheel designs. The turn signals on SE models been moved lower in the and on GT models, they are flanked by new fog

Revised taillights and new round lights give the rear a different appearance.

The Sunfire#8217;s has a new instrument cluster with gauges. As the gauges are closer they#8217;re easier to see through the new four-spoke steering wheel. The cluster now includes a speedometer, coolant temperature, fuel and a digital odometer.

In addition, a new centre console with two cupholders, a concealed coin storage for tapes and CDs, and a armrest. At the rear, are two new cupholders and new child seat tether

A new feature this year is a premium audio system a 200-watt amplifier and eight available on GT models.

Mechanical refinements include a new five-speed manual transmission, and a new Delco ABS system which rear brake proportioning to braking forces and prevent lockup. Also new are a quieter pump, improved engine and a new lighter plastic fuel

Three Body Styles, Two Levels, Two Engines

Sunfires in three distinct body a two-door coupe, four-door and two-door convertible. Two trim are offered, SE and GT: coupes and sedans in SE trim while coupes and are available in GT trim.

SE models a standard 115 horsepower 2.2 litre OHV cylinder engine, an adequate, engine that lacks but gets the job done. Fuel is reasonable, averaging 8.4 litres per 100 (34 mpg) with a manual

GT coupes and convertibles have a 150 horsepower 2.4 litre DOHC cylinder engine, first in 1996. This engine considerably better performance when mated to the new manual transmission. The 2.4 litre engine 9.7 litres per 100 kilometres (29 mpg).

A new Getrag five-speed manual is standard on all models, and a four-speed transmission with a floor is optional. Last year#8217;s automatic transmission, which was on SE sedans, is no longer offered.

SE Best Value

The SE Coupe and both of which start at are the best values in the Sunfire Standard equipment includes an stereo with digital and four speakers, power dual airbags, fixed wipers, one-piece folding seatback, rear door locks and rear tether engine block heater, inch tires, and 3 years of Assistance along with the 3 year/60,000 km warranty.

Of these the four-door SE sedan is the best buy it#8217;s easier to get into the seat and it has a larger trunk litres vs 351 litres).

Available on SE models include the 2.4 litre 4-speed automatic transmission, air cassette or CD player, 15 inch with alloy wheels, control, and tilt steering SE sedans, but not coupes, are available optional power door keyless entry and power with driver#8217;s express-down Coupes, but not sedans, are available a rear spoiler.

GT Coupes, which start at include the 2.4 litre engine, transmission, P205/55R-16 inch Goodyear Eagle RS-A tires and alloy wheels, suspension, dual exhausts and spoiler. Standard interior include a leather-wrapped steering shift lever and parking handle, AM/FM/CD stereo six speakers, air conditioning, cruise variable intermittent wipers, and steering wheel.

My test car was a GT convertible the new manual transmission.

I found the new transmission more and easier to shift than the manual transmission, and above-average for class of car. Fifth is a great cruising gear for highway driving. The improved and quieter engine (even in the make the 2000 Sunfire more refined than the model.

Sunfire coupes and seat three rear but the convertible seats two in the rear. there was a surprising amount of legroom and headroom for a convertible. in to the back is a bit of a chore since the passenger seatback folds but the seat doesn#8217;t automatically forward.

I was surprised to find a rear seatback in the convertible most convertibles don#8217;t one because the folding top gets in the The trunk is bigger than for a compact convertible (280 cu. ft) #8211; that#8217;s about 2/3 the of the sedan#8217;s trunk.

This of a roomy interior and a versatile area makes the Sunfire one of the practical convertibles on the market.

The power top has a single release in the centre at the top of the windshield and activates by the button and turning the lever. The top is lined and has a glass rear with a defroster.

Half buyers are women

GM#8217;s research shows that half of all Sunfire prospects are and a high percentage of these are single, most between the of 25 and 45. GM says women are attracted to the because it combines great and practical features at an affordable

Certainly, the Sunfire SE models are a value. For under $20,000, you can a well-equipped compact car that#8217;s roomy, fuel-efficient, and easily

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