NHTSA — Exterior Lighting: Headlights Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,836 miles

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2003 Pontiac Sunfire lights problems

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2003 Pontiac Sunfire Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 142004


  • 3,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire. While driving approximately 40 mph at night, the headlights suddenly became extremely dim. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and repaired according to a safety recall. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer on three separate occasions for identical failures, but the repairs did not correct the issue. The NHTSA campaign id number was unknown. The failure mileage was 3,000 and the current mileage was unknown.

- Bensalem, PA, USA

problem #3

Jan 062008

Sunfire 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,346 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire. While driving at night, the low beam headlights failed to operate. The dealer stated that the headlamp circuit malfunctioned due to a failed wire and corroded connection. They made the repair. The current and failure mileages were 55,346. Updated 3/5/08 the rear turn signals were inoperative as well.

- Maineville, OH, USA

problem #2

Nov 302006

Sunfire 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 25,000 miles
Low beam headlights quit working. The bulbs tested fine, the fuse tested fine and the multifunction switch seems to be working properly. I replaced the switch with a known working switch and the low beams still do not work. I drive when it is dark outside and am forced to use my high beams to see and make sure that I am seen by other drivers. I talked to the dealership and they suggested replacing the multifunction switch which I did and the low beam lights still do not work.

- Spokane Valley, WA, USA

problem #1

Mar 252004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at night, the headlights failed. This caused poor visibility to the driver. The brakes became inoperative. While driving at any speed the vehicle vibrates. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic informed the driver that the rotors needed to be replaced.

- Spencer, IN, USA

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