Original reviewer here. You're absolutely right, it's an '05, I mistakenly put '04 because I got it right before Christmas in 2004.
Anyway, to follow up, I've actually had a few problems with the car. Around 16,000mi, and the following has gone wrong.
1) Needed the rotors turned. Minor annoyance, warranty stuff.
2) Back speakers mysteriously quit working. Again, prompt service.
3) Speedometer quit. This one took some doing, because GM handles only the entire instrument cluster as a single unit, and therefore had to order a whole new one for me. Took a while.
4) I've developed a constant shake at highway speeds. This is the most frustrating problem by far. The dealer keeps telling me it's mud in the wheel. They cleaned it, did a rotation and balance, and solved the problem for all of one day. It came back with a vengeance and since then, all I've heard is the same story. Mud. Dealer cannot seem to fix the problem, I've had them look at it twice more. Annoying.
My thanks to the original reviewer for his initial review and subsequent follow up. Objective and well written.
I'm evaluating potential replacements for my wifes 1997 Audi A4 Quattro this year. The new G6 has caught her eye, it certainly looks better than its predecessor, the Grand AM.
Your update was informative. If you could, posting further updates would be most appreciated.
I'd be curious to know if you've been able to fix once and for all the shaking at highway speeds? I don't drive a G6; Grand Am instead, but still want to know...
I'd have my dealer or a shop that I trust check to see if the tires are out of roundness, which can occur if they've been driven without an alignment for an excessive period of time. Of even if the rims are damaged and no longer round. Also if the road is uneven, then it's only amplified at highway speeds. Usually, good shocks and struts can cancel out any vibration and keep the tires on the road. But they might instead be allowing vibration into the car if they are bad.
The G-6 is a good, if rather bland, car, but NO WAY is it worth $5,000 MORE than a V-6 Mustang. I couldn't believe Pontiac jacked the price up so much on the G-6. I just looked at a moderately equipped G-6 base model and it listed for nearly $27,000. That's ludicrous.
Original reviewer here again. We tossed off the car and bought out of the lease early, but let me state that it was not the car's fault. It was my excessive driving under the lease. I was in imminent danger of going way over on mileage so I dropped it and purchased a Chevy Aveo instead.
Yes, the front end shake went away all on its own, and after that initial 16,000mi shakedown phase, the car was flawless. No more problems at all. I actually really miss it. For a first model year vehicle, and especially being one of the first ones released to dealers, I was pleased. But financing it after the lease would've run me about four times the monthly payment on an Aveo, and that decided the issue.
The sound system has gone awry after less than one year. I took the vehicle in FOUR times before they finally replaced one speaker, a bass or woofer in the passenger door. The sound then sounded like the day I bought - for less than one week. Now it sounds like its mate in the left driver door is shot.
I have never cranked up the volume past 3/4 and I've never adjusted the bass up. In fact, I'm always turning it down. Anyway, even though it's under warranty, I'm going to replace them myself with something by JBL, Bose, or Pioneer. I'm not going through the run-around at the dealership again, only to have them replace it with the identical same speaker, which will then probably fail once more.