8th Nov 2005, 12:42
I wrote the previous comment. After hiring a lawyer for all of my problems I settled with GM out of court under a "breach of warranty claim" (much less serious than the lemon law, but still substantial) and was awarded an 80% refund of the first 10 months I drove the car, or 20% refund of the entire purchase price. I am happy with this outcome. If more problems persist with my GTO I can contact the dealer and try to end my term early... in the meantime all of the previous problems (except the transmission) have been fixed.
11th Nov 2005, 08:39
This baby will fly LS2 corvette motors sets her on the road with 400 horse power at 4000 rpms I give her a10 out of 5.
10th Jan 2006, 23:28
We have a 2004 GTO. We considered several cars (rx8, 350z, etc) before leasing this one. It had to be the electric blue with blue interior. VERY comfortable front and back seats (if you can get in the back seat!). Gas usage is not a good as I hoped, even knowing it was not great. Expected it to be closer to what is presented on the invoice stuff. Now for problems. Noted from almost day one about not getting into reverse without going to another gear first (doing this makes it easier and I hope will preserve the tranny). Noted, but not fixed - gm doesn't know how to fix! Seats move slow on tracks and the drivers side is VERY rickety when moving. Radio will suddenly blare, then go back (feature!) Radio varies in pickup of stations depending on direction facing. Display indicated overheat twice. But not since then and only for a couple seconds. Display Analog differed from Display Digital - EVERYTHING here was off, rpms, speedometer readings were 10 mph different. This occurred 1 time and not since - but remained for entire time car was used until it was shut down.
22nd Jan 2006, 16:26
Took delivery of my 2004 in January 2005 one of the first ones in area. Day one Cruise control disengaged all the time. Fixed first time. Developed wheel hop dealer put in bushing kit and some other stuff (tried, but could not get clear answer on what). Wheel hop disappeared. Then Heater went into re-circulate all the time. Was fixed then failed fixed now on third round. Drivers door occasionally Locks and you have to climb out over council. Intermittent wipers have failed and been fixed 3 times. Driver seat forward and reverse failed fixed, but now passenger gone. Analogue gages go crazy every now and then, but can never get it to dealer to demonstrate. The dealer is great always has a car for me, but it always takes multiple days to fix. Bought this car for fun and transportation it is just too unreliable to use for transportation. Trying to work with GM on trade in help towards something more reliable. Who else is having all this systems fail.
2nd Feb 2006, 19:47
I don't know what you guys are talking about. I have a 2005 GTO and it has 27896 miles, I have not had one problem, neither has my friend who owns an identical one. He has 12000 more miles. Great car, wicked under fierce acceleration. Wheel hop is going to always be there with an independant rear suspension and 400 horses. My suggestion, get the automatic, its worth the 1000 gas guzzler tax.
3rd Feb 2006, 23:18
I was going to buy a GTO, the power is amazing. But after driving it I decided to pass on it. The car is powerful, but it looks like a supped up cavalier (not a compliment), the interior was extremely cheap, and I have heard bad things about its reliability.. I bought a black 6 SPEED G35 coupe (VERY BEAUTIFUL CAR) and I LOVE the way that car moves and handles.
22nd Feb 2006, 10:56
I wrote the first 2004 comment about the GTO and all my problems... I was involved in a lawsuit, GM granted me a settlement, and now am working with the dealer to trade it in. Fortunately the 2005s and 2006s seem to be doing much better than the 2004s... I guess I expected problems from the first year of a new model, but not as much as I have had. My car has been serviced over 10 times for the same problems and still they are not fixed. Sadly I am still in love with my GTO which is why I am trying to trade it in for an '06. I would recommend to anyone reading this out there that is thinking of purchasing/ leasing a GTO to STAY AWAY FROM THE 2004S! This whole experience has been truly a nightmare... In response to the previous comment asking who else has had these problems? The answer is everyone with an '04- try to trade yours in if you can.
22nd Feb 2006, 15:14
It's a bad idea to trade in your badly built GTO for another GTO two years newer.
Do you know if GM has done anything to rectify these problems with the tranny and misc interior "features"?
If they haven't, you're taking another big chance of getting a lemon. If you don't get a lemon, well, you're pretty lucky.
And to one of the earlier commenters on about buying the automatic GTO...
Autos are boring and the manual provides a lifetime of rev it up, gear banging fun.
24th Feb 2006, 15:19
I think I'm pretty smart for trading in the '04 GTO for the '06... first of all, GM has done a lot to rid the '05 and '06 of the problems it had in '04 (notice only people with '04's are complaining?) plus I get a car that just came out for the same price I was paying for my '04 I got in '05. I get 50 more hp and a brand new car without having to worry about being upside down on the lease. After getting a settlement from GM, being able to get a brand new car only solidifies why I love the GTO... yeah there were a lot of problems, but they're trying to make me happy. If it's another lemon (which I have a feeling it won't be) I will hire a lawyer again and make some more money...
Other than calling me "stupid" I do agree with your comment- no one should drive an automatic GTO, it's a sin that GM even makes them! That's like bragging about an automatic Corvette or an automatic Porsche...
24th Feb 2006, 20:13
Sorry, I didn't do any research, but you'd be stupid if the 05 and 06 were the same as the 04. But I guess not.
I would hate to go through the hassle of a laywer to get my car settled. Rather just buy it and be happy knowing nothing will go wrong.
Again...auto tranny = sin.
2nd Mar 2006, 22:10
No, the 2004 model was not the first... but the 2006 will be the last: GM has announced they will stop building the GTO after June, 2006.
Like anyone should be surprised.