The G-6 is definitely as good as (probably better) than the vastly over-rated Japanese competition. I've driven several Pontiacs over the years and currently drive a beautiful bright red Grand Am. I test drove the G-6 and was impressed with the car except that the new styling is just so plain looking and no sporty colors are offered. Hopefully Pontiac will do something to remedy these deficiencies in an otherwise great new car.
There is no question that Japanese auto makers are favored by the automotive magazines, most likely due to huge amounts of advertising money they pay them in exchange for good reviews. We're in our late 50's and have owned over 30 cars since we got married. The ONLY cars we ever had one second's trouble with were 2 Japanese cars and one German Car. None of our GM, Ford or Chrysler cars have ever given us any trouble, including one Ford that went 325,000 miles and one Chrysler that went 240,000. We currently own two GM cars (Pontiac Grand Am and GMC Envoy) and one Ford (Ranger truck). None of them has ever required a single repair. I like the high quality and performance of the new G-6, but don't care for the bland styling. They look too much like every other compact car on the road. For that reason we will drive our sporty and distinctively styled Grand Am another 100,000 miles.
I own a 2006 G6 with a panoramic sunroof. I love the car with the exception of the wind noise from the sunroof. It is so bad that it whistles. It has been in the shop 5 times since march. I have only 7000 miles on it. I'm in the process of asking GM to buy it back from me. Has anyone been thru the buyback process? I do believe that this problem is a fluke and I will buy another with a panoramic sunroof, just maybe it will be the GTP this time. If anyone has info that can help me, please send it to email@example.com.
The panoramic sunroof is a NIGHTMARE of poor design. It CAN'T be made air-tight and will most likely let water in also. Whoever came up with that design should be fired. Expect MUCH more negative reviews about these things. I test drove a GT with the sunroof and it also whistled and roared. I don't see any way they could be made to work. We bought a Ford.
I bought my pontiac G6 GTP convertible 1 month ago. This car is wonderful. When you have the top down you can talk to each other in a normal voice and hear each other very clearly. The acceleration is wonderful. The instrument layout is great. I would recommend this model to anyone who wants to have a fun car and smart looking to boot!
Totally agreed. You could not go wrong with this wonderful car, same goes for its sister, the Saturn Aura. The panoramic sunroof is a great idea, but rather expensive. I opted for the regular sunroof. It's big enough for me and goes fine. My wife has an Aura XR with a panoramic and has none of those problems. Perhaps they corrected it.
And I'm sure the buyback process will go fine. General Motors is very good at taking car of America and the consumers!
I have a 2006 Pontiac GTP, and it's almost 1 yr old. It has been in the shop in Feb. about the sunroof. Yes it clicks, rattles, and sounds like it will come off when you open it. The dealer tries to fix the problem, but every time they do it, something else is wrong, like usual. They have also ordered parts, etc, that did not work. Let's just say it's been in the shop for almost 6 to 8 times. The noise is getting on my freaking nerves. So I just file a lemon law on my car, and as of today it is still in process. I filed at the end of Oct, GM received the letter back Nov. 06, no response after I called and made the appointment for the final repair. As of today still haven't heard anything. So it's been almost 45 days when is the time of filing a claim. I'll be glad when a resolution come about. I will like a replacement, but w/out the panoramic sunroof. Hopefully I will know something by christmas.
I own a 2005 Pontiac G6, GT. It's a fun car. The only problem I have had is that the battery went dead at 37,000 miles. Otherwise, for the price, 30 MPG (even with a lead foot), great stereo system...it's a great car for the money. Sporty, safe, great brakes and handling!
Definitely consider this car over a foreign model. We MUST support our US makers! They are making great cars!!
2005 G6. Been in the shop for: brakes, Traction control, headlights went out, had body control module replaced, leaking thru dome lights, corroded electrical connections (imagine that!), roaring/whistling panoramic run roof, driver door gasket fell off, etc. Been in shop NUMEROUS times, and has only 15,000 miles on it.
You do know that this car is a Toyota Solara with a different body and powertrain. The Toyota Solara is a MUCH better vehicle then this car. Nice attempt by GM, but it still can't compete with Toyota.
Oh NO! Another member of the devout Toyota fan club lashes out! Do you have any proof that the Toyota Solara is better then a G6? No, I didn't think so, because if you did, you would have said it. The Toyota Solara is ugly, overpriced and if it is really the same car as the G6, then why is it so much more expensive? Probably because people like you pay it! But to be completely fair, I don't really like the look of the G6 either, but they made up for that with the new Malibu, Lucerne and Impala!
The new Impala is an extremely ugly car. It looks like Chevy could not come up with any good designing ideas and therefore used the styling of a 1997 Chevy Lumina. I swear the car stylings are one in the same when I first saw the new style Impala and it does not even have the "trademark" insignia on the exterior.
Funny the comment is now "support US manufacturers" vs. "buy American"
Reason? The Solara was engineered and designed IN AMERICA and is built IN AMERICA.
Toyota is a much stronger company than GM (it could buy GM in seconds), so if you really care about American jobs (which is what all these xenophobic comments are about) you'll buy the Solara over the G6 - Toyota will be employing Americans five, ten, 50 years from now. GM probably won't.
Not continue with another Toyota rant in the wrong section, but here it goes. Toyota could not buy GM. You have no sense of how massive an organization like GM is. In Toyotas rush to manufacture more vehicles then GM they have burned through billions of dollars and sacrificed their once notable quality.
So instead of wishing to see tens of thousands of hard working people lose their jobs, maybe you should go and test drive a new GM product. I recommend one of their new trucks or one of the epsilon based cars.