2000 Pontiac Sunfire

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of the 2000 Pontiac Sunfire. Base trim shown.

2000 Pontiac Sunfire Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
The Sunfire is the lowest-priced model in Pontiac's lineup and a corporate twin to the Chevrolet Cavalier. Sunfire has different front and rear styling than Cavalier and presents a sportier personality. They share major mechanical components, including engines. Both brands get fresh styling touches and a handful of new features this year. General Motors' PassLock theft-deterrent system, which must read an electronic code embedded in the key before the engine will start, is a new standard item.

Interior
A new center console includes a padded armrest, storage slots for coins, tapes and CDs, and two cupholders for the front seats. All models have front bucket seats and a floor-mounted shift lever, and the gear selector indicator is now illuminated on those with automatic. A 200-watt Monsoon sound system with eight speakers is a new option.

Exterior
Sunfire comes in two-door coupe, four-door sedan and convertible body styles. Appearance changes include new front and rear fascias and integral fog lamps on the GT coupe and convertible. SE models get new side ribs and rocker-panel moldings.

Under the Hood
SE models come with a 115-horsepower, 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine. A dual-camshaft 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 150 horsepower is standard on GT models and optional on SEs. Both engines are available with manual or automatic transmission.

Performance
Sunfire and its Cavalier cousin aren't the most refined or best performing subcompacts, but both are good ...
Vehicle Overview
The Sunfire is the lowest-priced model in Pontiac's lineup and a corporate twin to the Chevrolet Cavalier. Sunfire has different front and rear styling than Cavalier and presents a sportier personality. They share major mechanical components, including engines. Both brands get fresh styling touches and a handful of new features this year. General Motors' PassLock theft-deterrent system, which must read an electronic code embedded in the key before the engine will start, is a new standard item.

Interior
A new center console includes a padded armrest, storage slots for coins, tapes and CDs, and two cupholders for the front seats. All models have front bucket seats and a floor-mounted shift lever, and the gear selector indicator is now illuminated on those with automatic. A 200-watt Monsoon sound system with eight speakers is a new option.

Exterior
Sunfire comes in two-door coupe, four-door sedan and convertible body styles. Appearance changes include new front and rear fascias and integral fog lamps on the GT coupe and convertible. SE models get new side ribs and rocker-panel moldings.

Under the Hood
SE models come with a 115-horsepower, 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine. A dual-camshaft 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 150 horsepower is standard on GT models and optional on SEs. Both engines are available with manual or automatic transmission.

Performance
Sunfire and its Cavalier cousin aren't the most refined or best performing subcompacts, but both are good values among small cars. They come with a generous helping of standard features, including anti-lock brakes, air conditioning and a rear defogger — items that are optional on some rivals.

 
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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(3.8)
Performance
(3.5)
Interior Design
(3.5)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Over 200K miles and going strong

by LB on November 2, 2017

Other than poor exterior clearcoat and paint, this has been the best car I ever owned. Reliable, economic, sporty. Read full review

(4.0)

2002 Sunfire SE Coupe. 2.2L SFI OHV. 4 Speed Auto.

by Sunny from Alberta, Canada on December 16, 2014

I bought my 2002 model Sunfire in 2013 with 187,000 Km on it. All original and in amazing condition for the year. Mostly highway km. Only parts replaced so far; O2 Sensor (Before I owned it.) I ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Sunfire received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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