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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components: Disc: Rotor Problems


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,850 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 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Pontiac Sunfire Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 022004

Sunfire 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 250 miles


Memorial day 2003, when coming to a quick stop a loud gringing noise; this was intermittent and the car went to dealer a number of times since; this has happened 13 times in 15 months; most recently on August 2, 2004, that same noise and the steering was lost/tires locked. Immediately brought it to the dealer who did a 1 mile test drive and stated the car was fine and needed the rotors turned and brake pad replacement. This does not account for loss of steering or tires locking up.

- Bridgewater, MA, USA

problem #4

Jul 212004

Sunfire 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I purchased a brand new Pontiac Sunfire back in 2002. I started having several problems shortly after. My main concern was a foul odor in the vehicle.the odor was so strong it made me sick. I had to ride with the windows down.which this wasn't noticed until the summer months when the tempatures heat up. It was taken to the dealer to be checked out. On the second attempt they dicovered a leak underneath the car. I was told there was a crack at the seem and they would repair the crack and then replace carpet. However once again the odor is back and the car is back in the shop. This time they claim they found standing water underneath but cannot find a leak. I have been told they will fix it and replace carpet once again. I have been very patient up until now. Instead of having a new car smell, I drive around with a mildew smell. Correct me if I'm wrong but mildew can be harmful. Needless to say, it is a odor that will not go away.when I exit the car I notice that the smell still lingures with me. Although the carpet has been replaced the smell is still very noticable. I have had several other problems with this vechicle such as anti-lock brakes (twice), brake ligths, problems with radio and speakers, cutting out while driving on the interstate (sputtering),tempature gage reading high. I was even told that the rotors are bad which easily could be wear and tear but I feel they could have been bad from the get me this is all minor, my main concern is the leak and car which has been to the shop more than the gas station should be classified as a lemon. Especially with only 26,000 miles on it. I strongly believe that I should be given a refund or a new car. When you purchase a new car you should be satisfied. In this case, my story leaves a sour taste in my mouth and nasusa feeling in my gut. Please help... kimberly stevenson.

- Greenfield, IN, USA

problem #3

Feb 192002

Sunfire 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles
While driving at any speed or while sitting still consumer can see and feel the engine shaking violently. Also, there is a pinging sound coming from the front end. Dealer wants to change the brake pads and turn the rotors.

- Elkhart, IN, USA

problem #2

Oct 022003

(reported on)


  • 5,000 miles
When brake pedal was depressed brakes made a loud noise, and excessive force had to be applied to stop vehicle. This was caused by the rotors continuously cracking. Dealership resurfaced and replaced the rotors. Also when slowing down or at a complete stop, vehicle would stall without warning. Dealership reprogrammed the computer chip. In addition, power windows malfunctioned. They would engage by themselves and slide up/down, and stick in either position. Dealership replaced the motor, but the problem still exists.

- Pulaski, VA, USA

problem #1

Jul 222003

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer states that vehicle's stopping distance has greatly increased due to defective rotors. Rotors have been replaced 3X in a year.

- Northfield Center, OH, USA

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