5th Feb 2010, 00:17
I agree wholeheartedly with my peer across the pond -- we Americans really missed the boat on the '04 -'06 GTO. I own an '06 manual with 18" wheels in Cyclone Grey that I supercharged and I will never sell it until I'm no longer able to drive a car. It WILL ABSOLUTELY be a collector car in 25 years when the current generation is wringing their hands over whether the latest electric-hydrogen hybrid sports car looks like a "traditional" 2013 hybrid when tearing away from the stoplight, even though its sophisticated electric motor will propel the car to 60 in 1.5 seconds. Give me a break. If you want performance, styling is secondary.
1st Mar 2010, 14:35
I am looking at a 2004 GTO with 43,000 miles for $15,000. Since they say never to buy a car in its first model year, was there any major difference between the first year and subsequent years?
30th Aug 2010, 17:23
I laughed at the guy who said "I drive a bimmer sounds cooler than I drive a pontiac". Well "I drive a GTO" sounds cooler than both...
I like the new styling, it prevents unwanted attention from the police and people with Honda Civics.. I had an 85 Camaro with a V6, and I would be lying if I said it was quick, but in the eyes of little punks, it must have looked like a Dodge Viper. Every red light I stopped at, I had someone revving up their engine next to me trying to get me to race, it got quite annoying after awhile. I don't see this problem with the GTO. What's really fun is pulling up next to someone who doesn't know what they're up against, and then seeing the look on their face when the 400 horses come roaring to life. You have to appreciate the little things.
I admit the style isn't for someone who wants a car that says "look at me, I'm fast", but for some people it's exactly what they want. I get the same reaction when people find out my 2008 STI (the hatchback that everyone thinks is ugly) has 305 hp and goes 0-60 in under 5 seconds.
It might be just me, but I like fast cars that don't appear to be all that fast.