NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,309 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

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2002 Pontiac Sunfire Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 122008


  • 91,000 miles


On November 12, 2008 I was in an auto accident. I was driving my 2002 Pontiac Sunfire that I had purchased on October 28, 2008. As the car ahead of me began to brake I began to brake as well. However, it did not feel as thought the brakes "grabbed" causing me to collide into the car in front of me. I have a broken foot caused from pushing on the brakes.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 292007

Sunfire 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Pontiac Sunfire. While driving between 35-40 mph, the brakes failed. The vehicle struck and destroyed the rear bumper of the preceding vehicle. The contact's vehicle was destroyed and towed from the scene. A police report was filed. He was transported to the hospital by an ambulance and sustained injuries. The current and failure mileages were 26,000. Updated 01/29/08

- Four States, WV, USA

problem #3

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

problem #2

Aug 152002

Sunfire 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 18,000 miles
The brakes on my Pontiac Sunfire 2002 grinds, and when you hit a bump it sounds like the front end is coming apart, I believe its the brake system that's causing the awful noise, its embarrassing that a new car sounds like a 1969 Pontiac firebird coming down the road.

- Winchester, IN, USA

problem #1

Nov 062002


  • 20,000 miles
The front drivers side tire heats up to the point that there is a smell of burning rubber. The brakes are lagging which has caused extended stopping distance.

- Winnie, TX, USA

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