2007 Pontiac G5 Pursuit GT 2.4 from North America
Great performance and price, mediocre reliability
The entire e-brake assembly fell apart inside at around 8000kms.
Clutch master cylinder was pushed through the firewall at 17,000kms.
Intermediate Shaft needed to be replaced at 23,000kms.
Constant idle issues although this could be related to the dyno tune and mods on the car.
Trunk keeps opening on its own.
Transmission has some very sluggish shifts at times.
The car has impressive acceleration and handling especially for the money. The 2.4 responds well to bolt-ons, I have added Full exhaust, down-pipe, intake and then a dyno tune. This really woke up the engine.
Torque management is very annoying at times not allowing all the torque to the wheels.
Handling is very impressive, especially since I added 18" rims. Not to much dive into corners although my next upgrade will be improved stiffer springs.
The center console/armrest has got to be the poorest design ever, I am 6'0 and I cannot have the armrest down if I have to shift, its much to close to the shifter. Kind of defeats the purpose.
Gas mileage is great, usually around 9.5L/100km according to the computer. Premium fuel should be mandatory, but this can get expensive.
All in all not a bad car to look at, keeps pace with cars 5-10k more expensive!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 4th September, 2008
7th Sep 2008, 17:10
The G-5 is basically a very good little car and I'm sorry to hear that this reviewer has had so much trouble.
As for comment 17:36, I'm really happy that some U.S. auto makers are getting away from the cramped engine compartments and expensive repairs of front-drive cars. Front drive cars are much more complex, much harder to work on and offer no real advantages over rear drive. We have owned several front and rear drive vehicles. My dog currently owns a gorgeous, mint condition 2001 Grand Am that has been absolutely flawless. Our other two vehicles are rear drive and our past experience has convinced us that when snow falls, LEAVE THE FRONT DRIVER AT HOME!! It has less traction and drives far worse on snow than our rear drivers do.
9th Sep 2008, 11:22
Yes, my dog has a beautiful bright red mint condition SE-1. She got her license suspended for road rage (trying to run over cats) and now I do all the driving.
Actually, we call the GA the "dog's car" because it is the only one of our cars she is allowed to ride in. Our black cat, Barak Omeowma, prefers his grabber orange Mustang, and our other cat, Hillary Clawton, likes the SUV.