NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,361 miles

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2002 Pontiac Sunfire engine problems

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2002 Pontiac Sunfire Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 232007

Sunfire 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles


I purchased a 2002 Pontiac Sunfire brand new in 2001 thinking I could save money on gas..at around 20,000 miles the timing chain broke and messed up the whole engine. The engine is a no tolerance engine and when one thing breaks it messes up everything. Service fixed the timing chain because it was still under warranty. I returned regularly to the dealership stating I could hear a noise, and being a woman was not taken seriously. I even sent the vehicle home with the service rep for the week-end and was told he couldn't hear a thing. As it turns out at this time 62,000 miles the engine blew at 55 mph in the middle of a us hwy on the way home from picking up my grandson. This vehicle has been in the shop more than it has been at my home and is now dead...not running...broken..guess I knew what I was talking about after all..even if I am female. Thanks GM for making such quality products.

- Knox, IN, USA

problem #5

Mar 282006

Sunfire 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,400 miles
: the contact stated while the vehicle is driven at any speed, there is a fluttering noise from the front end. The noise ceases when the vehicle is stopped. The dealership has rotated the tires, aligned the front end, changed the oil, flushed the engine, and repaired the rear rotors in an attempt to stop the noise. However, the noise has gotten worse. These repairs have not fixed the problem.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #4

Oct 082004


  • Manual transmission
  • 33,817 miles
My 2002 Pontiac Sunfire stalls at random times, whether in motion or at a complete stop, when ever the clutch is put in. Issue began in the standard warranty with only 33,817 miles, but after multiple testdrives and just normal driving, this issue has carried over onto the extended warranty. The initial day I took my car in for this issue was 10/8/2004, last time it was in for this same issue was 3/4/2005 and still not resolved. The service advisors flat out say, "honestly, we have no idea what is causing this and have no idea on how to fix it." So, I continue driving this car that does and can stall out going 60-70 mph on the freeway. I am currently 7 months pregnant and have stressed and worried about this issue for majority of my pregnancy.

- Los Lunas, NM, USA

problem #3

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 #2

May 092003


  • 23,000 miles
While driving, the vehicle shut off without warning.

- Park Hills, MO, USA

problem #1

Dec 162002

Sunfire 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,950 miles
I filed a complaint on a 2002 Grand Am GT VIN [xxx] concerning steering problems. I cannot find it in your consumer complaint data base, nor any other information related to this vehicle or recalls, safety issues, etc on 2002 Grand Am GT in general. Am I looking in the wrong place? please help. Also, I now own a 2002 Pontiac Sunfire VIN [xxx]. I took delivery on 10.31.02 as part of lemon law byback by GM on above discussed Grand Am. I am having several problems with this new car I consider safety hazards. GM so far has had the car more than I have. How can I file a complaint and find out more information on the areas of concern with this vehicle. So far, it went of park into reverse and hit me in the head causing injury my doc is looking into, the car on the same trip completely shut down, losing all power except radio, and the ABS off light went on. Yet two dealers, midway in phoenix on 12.16.02 and courtesy in las vegas say no problems exist. Courtesy sill has car because it was not fully repaired per work order. I feel like I am in the same black hole I was in with the Grand Am GT except no serious accidents to the vehicle like the one I had with the GT has occurred. Please guide me on what to do if you can. My wife and I are disabled and this is very trying on us. Also, I am waiting per my doctor for the first week in February to rview X-rays and cat scan F my neck. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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