A great little car
Only thing was my trunk latch breaking, which in turn caused the alarm to go off randomly. Fixed through GM under the after market extended warranty I bought when I got the car.
The trim panel around the sunroof button fell off, pushed it in and it fell off again. It seems the clips are too short, with the pressure of the roof liner there is just no way... however I found a creative solution to fixing it, I traced the edges of the trim piece with a line layer of super glue. I have had no problem with it falling off since then.
Interior seat fabric is by far my biggest complaint of the vehicle, I have the light grey interior, and for some reason, regardless of what I try to do to prevent stains, it still manages to get stained (even with rain droplets). My solution is interior detailing twice a year, I'm really particular on keeping the car as clean inside as possible, and this is the only way I can think of fixing it. Or if you are looking at purchasing this vehicle, try and find one with the leather interior or black cloth.
Changing a bulb isn't exactly something I look forward to doing; it isn't made very convenient. Having to take the whole headlight assembly out is a big pain, you have to be careful not to scratch the bumper when you remove the light. Something that should take a few minutes turns into 30-40 minutes.
I bought this vehicle as a replacement for my aging '97 Land Rover Discovery. I had only a few days to decide on another vehicle, and this 2008 Pontiac G5 SE Sedan caught my eye.
In the months that I have owned this vehicle, it keeps surprising me, and I mean that in a good way. My car has all the options that were available at the time (minus leather and heated seats).
I'm 5'1, and everything in the vehicle is placed perfectly for me. The best is the steering mounted audio controls; I know exactly where they are so I can flip through my favourite XM stations, and never have to touch the stereo or take my eyes off the road.
I fill my G5 with premium gas (only requires regular). I have noticed that after my fuel injectors were cleaned through GM and using a higher grade gas, the car has a lot of power, better acceleration and higher MPG. The car is cheap to fill even on the higher grade gas. I average about $40.00 on almost empty with premium (fill up once every two weeks).
The car is very peppy, great on the highway, and has more then enough power to pass. Acceleration when I first got the car seemed to be a bit slow, but after the cleaning, it has a lot more get up and go.
After the vehicle has warmed up, occasionally I'll be sitting at the lights and wondering if the car is still on. The engine is incredibly silent while idling and at cruising speeds.
I feel exceptionally safe in this vehicle, I live in northern Ontario, and with the amount of snow we get, the car handles really well. Traction control with very good snow tires helps a lot, and obviously sensible driving in adverse weather conditions.
There are a few comfort features that I absolutely recommend when considering this vehicle; leather wrapped steering wheel (drove one that didn't and for long drives I think it would become uncomfortable). Remote starter is another, the car has an incredible defroster and by the time you get out, no scraping the ice. Steering mounted controls as well, not only for safety with keeping your eyes on the road, but because ease of use.
I would recommend this vehicle to anyone looking for a decent car that is cheap to service and drive :)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st December, 2012