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URL: http://riceornot.ricecop.com/?auto=92645
Submitted by: ricerocketboy
Comments: 12  (Read/Post)     Favorites: 0  (View)
Submitted on: 03-08-2015
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Pontiac G8GT


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3-11-2015 @ 10:48:24 AM
Posted By : Tastycakemix Reply | Edit | Del
I drove one of these. The auto mags love this value but it drove like a dog. Two tons w/ 355 hp isn't a uber fast ride. In the backseat, kids can play soccer back there. Leg room city. Since they're rare, the resale value is nice.

3-11-2015 @ 05:39:51 PM
Posted By : wannabemustangjockey Reply | Edit | Del
I've never driven one, but I still love them. I'm actually afraid to drive one since I've wanted one so badly for the past several years and it might kill the dream.

3-11-2015 @ 07:06:32 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#2, Isn't there an old phrase, "Don't meet your heroes"?

I remember one of the guys on Top Gear referenced that saying regarding when they drove a Lamborghini Countach for the first time... as it truly is an awful car to drive.

3-11-2015 @ 07:09:54 PM
Posted By : Low-Tech Redneck Reply | Edit | Del
#3, I think it's "Don't meet your heroes, especially if they're NFL players, the chance you may end up beaten, whipped bloody or shot and left dead in an industrial park is getting higher every day!" :P

3-11-2015 @ 11:11:38 PM
Posted By : Obsidian Reply | Edit | Del
#3, I think the G8's are terribly oversold. As time goes on - the loudest cries I hear about the G8 are the insufferable self-styled "Pontiac Loyalists" who seem to proclaim the G8 as the best Pontiac since the original GTO.

Somehow - to them - the problem was always GM. Oh no - it was never the idea of an habitually unprofitable brand that offered little more than a comparable Chevrolet. No - it was GM and Obama for daring to kill "the excitement brand" - and that if the G8 was only offered with a 6spd - a hi-po block - and priced at about $16,000 - than Pontiac would still be around - and all those terrible things like CAFE and expensive gas and automated parking and automatic trannys would go away forever and it would be a new era of American muscle - in some contrived way not unlike what the Charger is doing.

"But no! GM screwed us over man! They'll be sorry! They'll be sorry they turned their backs on us Pontiac Loyalists! Dodge will come out with a 'performance on a budget' Charger - and I'll be one of the first to put my money down for one! Dodge is gonna sell soooooooooo many of them! GM will rue the day they listened to Obama and killed Pontiac!"

And then I ask them about the Chevy SS - effectively the same car with much better build quality.

"Naw man! Fuck that! It's a Chev! Chevy doesn't have excitement. Never had. Never will."

3-11-2015 @ 11:26:18 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#5, Yeah, I hate to say it, but I've seen first hand where people pine over the G8 and bash the new Chevy SS...

3-11-2015 @ 11:44:09 PM
Posted By : Low-Tech Redneck Reply | Edit | Del
Pontiac performance to me died when the 4th gen F-body was discontinued. From there, they were a badge division of Chevy. Every "performance" car, however good, was a hasty and transparent rebadge with no history or pedigree that were underpromoted, overpriced and had no hope in a weak economy and $4 a gallon premium gas. Market forces and car buying tastes put an end to a storied brand, that's it, it wasn't a greek tradgedy or some backroom deal to stick it to fanboys, they just didn't sell enough. End of story.

3-11-2015 @ 11:55:18 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#7, They were also hampered by overly-powerful dealership lobbies that demanded they have more mainstream models. It's not that *GM* wanted Pontiac to essentially be "another Chevrolet", they were damn-near forced to by the dealerships.

3-12-2015 @ 12:37:11 AM
Posted By : wannabemustangjockey Reply | Edit | Del
#6, I'm one of those people, if only because I think the G8 looks better. I agree the SS is a better car with a nicer interior but it has no real visual character to speak of. It evokes little response from me other than "hey, somebody actually bought one".

3-13-2015 @ 04:10:01 PM
Posted By : Tastycakemix Reply | Edit | Del
#9, I wanted one BADLY as well and it was a "Never meet your hero" moment. I saw that James May segment with the Lamo Countach and I agreed with him.

G8 folks bash the SS mostly because of looks. Its a better car but looks are worse.

I listened to a Bob Luntz interview on Autoline detroit and he was going to turn Pontiac to a niche, performance division and produce cars like the G8 (which he loved) and the Solstice. Even with good sales, there was an agreement to ditch it probably because its not wise to have a niche division when you're going to be bankrupt.

[Edited by Tastycakemix on 3-13-2015 @ 04:10:41 PM]

3-13-2015 @ 08:57:02 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#10, I believe the American-market Pontiac G3 was the turning point in the whole situation. It was at that moment that GM threw up its hands, and told its dealers, "That's it. We give up. You want a mainstream lineup of cars? Fuck you. Here's an Aveo with a kidney schnoz."

The Pontiac dealers lobbied themselves to death. Granted, most were also Buick and GMC dealers, so they're not screwed as GM has lavished much love and care on the Buick division since the passing of Pontiac... and, with cashcow GMC, they still have the big 'ole trucks to foist off on white trash who pay more than they can afford.

3-18-2015 @ 11:05:27 AM
Posted By : Tastycakemix Reply | Edit | Del
#11, Couldn't agree more regarding the G3. They love Buick due to China sales.

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