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Engine Stalled While Driving

2003 Pontiac Sunfire

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Pontiac dealer.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
52,610 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
  2. replace fuel pump (2 reports)
2003 Pontiac Sunfire engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Pontiac Sunfire Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 012010

Sunfire XL 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,137 miles


Pontiac Sunfire 2003. Once in a while, one never knows why it happens - engine shuts off when idling. On one occasion the car was on the road, trying to make a turn, slowed down the car to make the turn. Naturally, engine rpm go down; but then the engine dies, steering wheel locks and there is a near miss colliding with another car.

I managed once to do the following - the engine turned off on its own while I was waiting at traffic light. Right away I took it to mechanic without turning the engine off until it was checked. The board computer memory didn't record any failure. It could be bad electrical contacts, or anything around the ignition computer, etc. Who knows. Thankfully, it doesn't happen often and hopefully it stays like that.

- , London, Ontario, Canada

problem #5

May 032010

Sunfire 4 Cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles

car is at a shop 3weeks now, nothing being done. the so called mechanics cannot find the engine problem ?

- , Estes Park, CO, USA

problem #4

Sep 202008

Sunfire 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,972 miles

While driving on the highway the car stalled and slowly stopped in the middle of the highway. There was a tow truck close by that came to me and towed the car to the dealership were i purchased this car three weeks ago. Suggested that the dealership should pay for the tow that was $145.00. They did and fixed the car for free since it was under the 30 day warranty.

- , Oakville, Ontario, Canada

problem #3

Jun 042007

(reported on)

Sunfire 2.2L

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,553 miles


You love this one...

Bought car Aug 14th 03, First stalled at an intersection one month later! Hadn't even made the first payment! Took car to dealer, couldn't fix, couldn't duplicate problem. Still have same problem now at 260,000 km's. Learned to deal with it. Car always restarts thank God. Annoying and dangerous. GM I'm sure knows what is wrong & won't deal with righting the situation $$$. Seems to be a computer logic problem but not sure. If you turn car off for a few moments and restart - usually stalling goes away for awhile.

- , Woodville, Ontario, Canada

problem #2

Jun 272007

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

I spent near a grand on fixing my car in diagnostic fees, on a 300 dollar fix.

- , Spring Grove, IL, USA

problem #1

Aug 242006

(reported on)


  • 28,000 miles

My engine cut off on a mountain road.... going downhill.... and because of that I lost my brakes and power steering. I do not know how I made it to the edge of the road but I did and pulled the emergency brake! I turned the car off and waited a few minutes then started it back up and had NO problems with it after that. (I'm taking it to the dealer tomorrow to have it looked at!)

- , South Hill, VA, USA

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