definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,875 miles

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problem #2

Nov 012009


  • 45,750 miles
I too have a 2001 Pontiac Sunfire SE 2.2 auto with about 58,000 miles on it. I bought this car in March of 2002 with only 14,937 miles on it. I had no problems with this car till November 2004 at 44,874 miles, when an 8 point buck ran into the left side front fender and damaged it, the hood, windshield, driver's door, roof, and back door while I was driving 55 mph. The car was repaired, then sat outside for about 4 1/2 years. Had to install a new fuel pump and battery, then I started driving it again every day in November 2009. Now I have no high beam headlights, lights are good. Also, when I put the transmission into gear, the daytime running lights flash real fast about 7 or 8 times, then go out, and the service light comes on, but if I turn on the low beam headlights first, it is fine! service light goes out after car is turned off and restarted, until put back into gear with the headlights off! I have replaced the daytime running lights relay with a new one, but it still does the same thing, and if I leave the relay out, then when I turn on the headlights, one is normal and the other is real dim!! this has been an ongoing problem for about a year now. I thought it may be a problem stemming from the deer damage and repairs, but I see from all of the other comments on here from the past 9 or 10 years or so, that this seems to be a common problem with this car. Would this be the turn signal/dimmer switch in the steering column causing all of these problems"? any ideas?" thank you!!

- Fremont, OH, USA

problem #1

Mar 112009


  • miles
2001 Pontiac Sunfire running lights will not work. They will flicker when the car is put into gear and then shut off completely. The check engine light came on as well as the service (wrench) light at the time of the running lights failing. I began using the highbeams only (until I could figure out the running light) and they will not work now. The headlights will still flash when the lock button is used on the key remote. I have gotten pulled over for my headlights not working because my highbeams failed in the middle of driving the vehicle. I now have no headlights and have been reading internet discussion boards of many other people having the identical problem. Many are saying that GM knows of this problem and refuse to recall the problem.

- Ashtabula, OH, USA