13th Mar 2008, 13:52
I own an 05' GTO and an 06' GTO. I just had to trailer the 05' to the dealership because the computer/transponder in the steering column went bad and won't let the key turn. Fortunately Pontiac is going to pay for the parts (which is good since the column is$1300 and the key is $360). The cars do have minor flaws here and there, but all my friends that have them have modded and upgraded the engine, suspension and drive train. These cars are similar to the old muscle cars, in that the people that really love them and buy them intend to mod them and customize everything possible. My 06' GTO has had a new cam, headers, exhaust, pulley, intake, ect, and I have yet to have any problems with it. As far as the tire wear issue, they make a camber kit to put in the rear to straighten the tires and stop the inner wear. The rotors, just buy a set of DBA (Disc Brakes of Australia) power slots to fix that. The people that have all the little problems, if you don't like the car, get rid of it. I guarantee there will be someone ready to buy it. And to the person that that posted there GTO put down 410HP, try pulling your car on a mustang dyno, instead of the dynojet dyno. Dynojet is the free spinning version. Typically they make 335rwhp-345rwhp bone stock.
27th Jun 2008, 20:05
My 2004 GTO runs great and it is a blast to drive. I bought it used for $18K with 27K on it and it's a friggin blast. The Holden Commodore and Monaro are superior in most ways to the cars currently built in America. They are overbuilt workhorses. The best part is you don't see a lot of these on the road and their understated.
I you want a real muscle car go for it.
29th Jul 2008, 12:01
I purchased a 2006 GTO in October of 2006. It was basically my dream car, 400hp, 6-speed manual, rear wheel drive. It was great for the for 6-months or so... and then, it just completely FELL APART.
I've had my fun in it sure, but it would be more than a stretch to say I abused this car in any way. Though, it still decided to crap the bed on me. It all started with a main engine bearing coming lose and eating the engine alive. A new longblock later, it ran like crap, faulty install from day one, after 15 or so trips to three different dealerships, all of which said "that's how it's supposed to sound!".
I finally got a SECOND long block installed. Along with replaced struts, glovebox door, clutch master cylinder, bushings, fuel tank sensor, you name it!
I've done nothing but maintain this car perfectly, and have babied it out of fear since the first longblock install. The car still seems to be lacking the power it had originally, squeaks and rattles like a tin can, and I absolutely hate owning it. I pay way too much for a POS. I'm writing a reimbursement / repurchase letter to GM today, I don't see how I can lose a lemon law case with this car, it should be a slam dunk.
I'll never buy an American car again, and if I do... you can bet your a$$ it's not going to be a GM product.
7th Aug 2008, 16:00
I have a 2005 GTO and love it. I recently looked through the rear window and noticed the rear seat seams were separating. Since no one ever sits in the back seat I find it strange that this has happened. I was telling a friend who has a 2006 GTO and he immediately went to look at his car and the same thing is happening. Anyone else having this problem?
14th Aug 2008, 11:19
My son purchased a 2005 Pontiac GTO in September 2005.
In June 2008 he took it back to the dealer from whom he purchased it because of engine knocking. The car had about 22,000 miles. The dealer did not want to service the engine. Now the knocking is getting louder and there is real danger of an engine failure. How many other customers have had this problem? Is it time to get a lawyer involved?
25th Feb 2009, 23:26
I have owned a 2005 GTO for over a year. This is the best car I have ever owned. It has over 30000 miles without 1 mechanical issue. The problem many people are having when they buy a used GTO, is the lack of knowledge about the history of vehicle. If you purchase a GTO from a 22 year old, with limited income you might expect problems. Mobile 1 synthetic oil changes are approximately $75-$100 each. Alignment will be a problem if you hit a pot hole at 90 miles per hour. The GTO is not your Camry, it is fast aggressive and requires a lot of preventative maintenance. If you take care of the GTO it will take care of you. I have seen two 2005 GTO's with over 90000 miles. I love my GTO and still can't wait to drive somewhere.
4th Jun 2009, 20:05
I own a 04 GTO and have found it to be an awesome car. I have had no issues with struts, radio, seats, tires, or anything else. I currently have 30k miles and will keep this car for a long time, if not forever.
I bought it used from someone who took excellent care of it.
The car is powerful, rides like a new Jaguar, gets good mileage for a 350hp car. Flies under the radar. Has an exceptionally nice interior. Hey if you don't like the radio, change it. If you don't like the tires, buy new ones. If you change the shifter to a race version, it will rattle.
Oh by the way, in case you didn't know it, if you beat the doo out of the car, it will break like any other car. Long live the GTO!!
13th Jan 2010, 13:40
I own a 2005 GTO with 56,000 miles. I have recently noticed resistance when trying to get the car into 1st and 2nd gear. Has anyone had the same problem, and if so, what needed to be done to fix it?
22nd Jan 2010, 00:07
I just purchased an 06 GTO, and oh my is it fun!!! It immediately surpassed every expectation I had for its performance.
I am 30 years old, and can truly say I love cars more than a fat kid loves chocolate. My last car was an Audi S4 twin turbo, and I've driven a number of other cars including a g35 pfft. Comparing it to a goat is laughable. I had an extremely long list of issues with my Audi, but loved it to death. The Audi's fit an finish made my GTO feel cheap as??? immediately but I did expect it. I mean the Audi is a luxury sport sedan, while the GTO is a muscle car.
My GTO has no tire rub, but a number of knocks I've heard from the struts all around. I really am torn because I know I can't afford to keep it. Bottom line is extremely problematic.
My advice to anyone looking for one.. Get it, you won't be sorry. That is if you can afford to replace everything with aftermarket parts. My driver's seat is broken for sure.