NHTSA — Exterior Lighting: Turn Signal Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,804 miles

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2003 Pontiac Sunfire lights problems

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2003 Pontiac Sunfire Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 052008

Sunfire 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I had bought 2003 Pontiac Sunfire from mcelveen Pontiac-Buick-GMC truck, summerville, SC in 2002. This car was recalled under following recall for rear stop lamps and work was done on 6/8/2005. NHTSA action number: EA04028 NHTSA recall campaign number: 04V524000 make: Pontiac model: Sunfire year : 2003 manufacturer : General Motors Corp. Component : exterior lighting:turn signal my passenger side rear signal light failed in December 2007 and I took the car to lou sobh Pontiac, duluth, ga on 12/13/2007. They replaced the turn lamp. In Feb. 2008 this lamp failed and I took the car back to lou sobh Pontiac, duluth, ga and they replaced the bulb (no paper work was generated by service dept. And work was covered under part warranty). In March 2008 both rear signal light failed. I took car again to lou sobh Pontiac, duluth, ga on 4/5/2008. This time they checked all wiring and informed me that the both sockets are melted due to overheat and may be loose contacts. They replaced both socket. Sockets will melt over the time only if they are loose to begin with, and if it is not caught in time, than wiring may catch fire and also may cause accident. This also may be related another incident I had encountered with my power windows which failed due to failure of regulator due to short (if I remember correctly) which happened at the same time as when rear signal light failed in Dec. 2007.

- Suwanee, GA, USA

problem #6

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 #5

May 142003


  • 1,980 miles
It took 3 different dealership, 9 service repairs before the rear light bulb socket assemblies recall 04V524000 was repaired correctly. Central Pontiac, Buick, GMC - repair 4 times. Inter haven fl 863 299-1221, teinle Oldsmobile-Pontiac-Cadillac-GMC truck, Inc- fremont Ohio, repaired 4 times.

- Sandusky, OH, USA

problem #4

May 122004

Sunfire 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles


Rear tail lights and turn signals-- bulbs burning out on a weekly basis, one bulb was melted in the socket, bulbs have been replaced. I plan on taking it into the dealership next week.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #3

Dec 082003


  • miles
Consumer replaced directional signal bulbs four times. Consumer believed that this was a safety hazard because when preparing to make a turn, and looking in the rear view mirror a vehicle was right next to her.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 152003

Sunfire 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,300 miles
Left blinker and brake lights not functioning - purchased vehicle 5/03 - mileage 2300 miles.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #1

Aug 202003

(reported on)


  • miles
Vehicle has several problems; fuel gauge is not reading properly, causing vehicle to shut off when the gauge reads 1/4 full. Also, left turn signal light does not operate all the time.

- Chesterfield, NH, USA

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