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2005 Pontiac Sunfire


The 2005 Pontiac Sunfire is the affordable choice for sport-compact enthusiast seeking a sporty, aerodynamic design wîth a high level of standard equipment, power and torque. It's the right combination at the right price for youth-oriented customers.

New for '05 are four contemporary colors, including Sedona Beige Metallic, Steel Blue Metallic, Sport Red Metallic and Liquid Silver Metallic. Also available in six exterior colors is the new Sport Appearance Package for 1SB and 1SC models, which includes:

• 16-inch Chrome Tech wheels wîth bright chrome finish

• 205/55R16 performance blackwall tires

• Sport suspension

• Sport interior package, wîth leather-wrapped §teering wheel, parking brake handle and shift knob; driver lumbar wîth manual adjust; and passenger seatback pocket

• Dual exhaust outlets wîth chrome tips

• Body-color door handles

• Custom sill plates

• Available in Black, Summit White, Fusion Orange Metallic, Liquid Silver Metallic, Victory Red and Electric Blue Metallic.

Additionally, bodyside sport graphics are available wîth the Sport Appearance Package. The silver-tinted graphics complement Sunfire's sleek design and accent its sculpted line, running from the fenders, through the doors and over the broad shoulders of the rear fenders. Inset foglamps and a split-grille further accentuate the coupe's sporty looks and highlight Pontiac's heritage of excitement and performance.

Sunfire power

The proven Ecotec 2.2L I-4 engine is standard on all Sunfire models. Quiet operation is one of the engine's chief attributes, accomplished by using twin balance shafts located in the cylinder block. Other features that help make the DOHC engine smooth and quiet include a die-cast lower crankcase and a structural cast-aluminum oil pan, which stiffen the block and reduce radiated engine noise. The engine also features an isolated cam cover that reduces the transmittal of valvetrain noise.

The Ecotec I-4 generates 140 horsepower (104 kw) and 150 lb.-ft. of torque (203 Nm), and at 305 pounds (138 kg) fully dressed, it is the lightest and most compact engine GM has produced in its class. When mated to the Getrag five-speed manual transmission, it delivers approximately 33 mpg on the highway. A Hydra-Matic 4T45-E electronically controlled four-speed automatic is available. The Enhanced Traction System, packaged wîth the four-speed automatic transmission in the top-of-the-line Sunfire, aids wîth safety and performance. The system also is available in the mid-level group when ABS is ordered wîth the automatic transmission. (posted on

Sunfire audio

Few things are more important to younger buyers than a vehicle's sound system – and Sunfire delivers a wealth of audio packages to suit the budget conscious as well as the audiophile. Returning for ‘05 as part of the Sun and Sound Package is the CD/MP3 player wîth equalizer and Radio Data System. Playing a CD wîth MP3 format files can provide hours of customized music on just one CD.

Top-level audio quality is available wîth the 200-watt, eight-speaker Monsoon Premium Package audio system, which has been tailored specifically to Sunfire's acoustical environment. With eight speakers placed optimally to maximize sound, Monsoon delivers top-level audio quality. The eight-channel amplified system wîth active crossovers directs low, midrange and high frequencies to the appropriate speakers. The optional Monsoon sound system is ideal for those who place a premium on high-quality sound output.

Sunfire also offers XM Satellite Radio as an option on 1SB and 1SC models equipped wîth the Sun and Sound and Security packages. XM Satellite Radio (continental Ú.S. only) provides more than 120 coast-to-coast, digital-quality channels of original, commercial-free music and premier news, sports and talk as well as advanced traffic and weather information for select major metropolitan areas nationwide. Consumers can subscribe to the basic service for $9.99 a month. In addition, GM customers wîth GMAC financing can choose to include the XM subscription in their car payments.

Sunfire safety

Safety belts remain the primary and most effective form of occupant protection. All seating positions in 2005 models have three-point safety belts. Front inboard belts are mounted to the seats so the buckle moves wîth the seat during adjustments. Retractors for front outboard seating positions have built-in load limiters that allow a controlled amount of give in the belt, thereby reducing the peak load on the chest during the 'ride down' in a crash.

In addition to standard front driver and passenger air bags, Sunfire offers optional seat-mounted side-impact air bags for front-seat passengers. The available Protection Package features side-impact air bags and the OnStar wîth one-year Safe & Sound Service Plan, available as an option on the Sunfire.

OnStar is the leading provider of in-vehicle safety, security and information services in the Únited States and Canada. Úsing the GPS satellite network and wireless technology, OnStar features core safety services and OnStar Personal Calling that allows drivers to make and receive hands-free, voice-activated phone calls using a powerful three-watt analog system and external antenna for greater reception.

Sunfire value

To build on Sunfire's value story, Pontiac announced the Special Value Package (1SV) for the '04 model year. It continues in 2005 and delivers one low price for price-sensitive consumers. With a model price of just $11,460 (includes destination and freight charge), consumers may enjoy the many standard features on Sunfire plus an AM/FM stereo wîth CD player.

Source - GM Corporation
With frugal buyers in mind, Pontiac launched their budget-friendly Sunfire to shoppers interested in cheap, basic transportation. Debuted for the 1995 model year, Pontiac introduced the Sunfire as the compact car that would replace the Sunbird in the compact car segment of Pontiac's lineup. More than just the name was changed, but very dramatic styling changes were also unveiled. The all new styling was shared with the Chevy Cavalier, but General Motors didn't change the Cavalier name. The J platform was also updated structurally to meet the more stringent safety standards of the time.

Initially the Sunfire was offered as a 2-door coupe or convertible in either base or GT trims. The Pontiac Sunfire was available as a coupe, convertible or as a sedan, and all three types came in the standard SE trim level. The coupe and convertible offered an upscale GT trim level. This trim level came standard with the 2.4 liter LD9 engine, dual exhaust, 16' alloy wheels and a front fascia that ‘more aggressive looking'. After the 2002 model year the GT trim level was dropped. Until 1999, the convertible was only available in the SE trim level, but it was then offered in the GT trim. After the 2000 year the convertible was discontinued.

The base Sunfire had the 2.2 L engine from 1995 until 2002 with a 115-hp I4 engine and the GT upped to a 2.4-liter 155-hp I4. An optional, much more powerful 2.3 L Quad 4 engine was available on the GT trim level in 1995 and was replaced by the 2.4 L LD9 engine in 1996. Both the 2.3 and 2.4 liter engines were optional in the 2 and 4-door SE trim level. The 2.2L and the 2.4 L engines were replaced by the 2.2 L Ecotec engine. This would be the only powertrain available for the remaining production period. This Ecotec engine was also an option for the 2002 model year.

Until 2004 the Sunfire was constructed in Lordstown, Ohio and in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. Lansing, Michigan was the home of the convertible production. More than 36,000 Sunfires were sold in the U.S. and a total of 33,724 units were sold in Canada in 2004. Each of these models was priced around $11,500.

The Sunfire was especially popular with the younger shoppers, more specifically, young women. Sharing a platform with the Cavalier, the Sunfire had a very sport look with a rear spoiler and low roofline. It was also popular with its low price tag and good fuel economy. The Sunfire also was extremely light, and it didn't take much for this peppy little compact to go fast.

The Sunfire underwent major updates, once in 2000 and once again in 2003. The coupe was the only model available in the U.S. from 2003 until 2005. In 2000 the convertible was dropper, and once the Firebird was dropped, the Sunfire filled the role as Pontiac's only two-door car until the GTO arrived in 2004. The Sunfire was now only available with a 2.2-liter I4 that achieved 140-hp and had only few standard features beyond AC, rear defrost , and a rear spoiler. Plenty of convenience options were available though.

In Canada and Mexico the sedan continued to be sold until the end of the production run in 2005. In June of 2005 production of the Pontiac Sunfire coupe ended and was replaced with the G5 for 2007.

By Jessica Donaldson
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