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NHTSA — Equipment: Electrical: Radio/Tape Deck/Cd Etc. Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,181 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 Pontiac Sunfire accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2002 Pontiac Sunfire Owner Comments

problem #3

May 222004

Sunfire 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Unsure of the day in April of 2002 the car was purchased. I don't know the exact date the problems began. The problems are with the heating/air conditioning system, brakes, all seat belts, windows, roof leaks, electrical system and radio. The electrical system shorted out, had to be repaired. Problems continued with the heating/air system so I took it in again. It still wasn't repaired properly. One vent over the radio does not blow the air out effectively like the vent next to it. When the heating/air conditioning system is turned off the air continues to blow air out the floor vents that increases with acceleration.the car doesn't cool properly unless the recirculating air is on. The window of the cd player/radio became too hot to touch.I was told this was normal and nothing was wrong with the radio. Since this time,1/2 of the window display is faded.the electrical windows do not work properly. The passenger has problems similar to the driver window but it doesn't occur continuously as in the driver's order to roll the window up, the operator has to wait for at least 5 minutes, depress the button, the window will roll up less than 1/2 an inch. This process continues until the window is up. It seems as though the motor is overheating, has to cool down in order to operate properly again. The seat belts have been fixed once but now the shoulder harness on all seat belts do not lock into place. The brakes grind and squeek at times. The roof leaks where the rear window meets the roof. When going up a hill the car has difficulty at 20 - 30 miles an hour. The dealership stated I should have spent more money for a car, and not bought a cheap one. I have been to two dealerships without any luck. I also have contacted the Pontiac customer assistance service center and they refuse to assist me in locating a dealership with the proper staffing, all they will provide is a list of dealerships. I feel as though this is a safety problem for investigation.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #2

May 012003

Sunfire 4-cyl

  • miles
Vehicle has cut-off or couldn't be started 7 times. Also, the vehicle was towed 4 times due to its stalling problems. Pontiac had been given 4-5 chances to fix the problem since May 2003. The mechanics could not duplicate the problem. The power train module failed intermittently and the PCM assembly was replaced, the cd player did not function properly, and the engine would crank, but not start. The mechanic(s) found the fuel pump shorted.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #1

Sep 252002

Sunfire 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,543 miles
Service brakes wore out prematurely, and destroyed the rotors and other brake components. The brakes squealed and made a grind noise, the left (driver front) hub cap rattled/shaked, water leaked in the back seat. The service technician said the metal brakes didn't have pads. The front end steering shaked, the rotor(s) had worn out, the right inside door panel was loose, the speaker had gone out, the power steering squeaked per invoice, the ac chirped, and a wind noise had come from the front doors.

- Houston, TX, USA

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