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Sexy no Frills Solstice GXP
Pros: Very fun to drive.
Cons: Lack of storage.I purchased a 2008 new in Sept. 2009 shortly after the announcement of the demise of Pontiac. I got an excellent on a new Solstice GXP. First the good news the performance is excellent. The 2L tech-4 engine has the power curve of a 2-stroke dirt bike thanks to the turbo-charger. The very light chassis has the handling of a go-cart but is soft enough to be an everyday driver. I commute 2 hours one way to my job so I spend allot of time in this car. I also got the upgraded stereo with the bose speakers which is really necessary with the top is down. I plug my phone into the aux jack on the front of the head unit so I can listen to my music on Slacker internet radio and recieve phone calls while I drive. Without it I would not even hear the phone ring with the top down. With the top up the car is pretty quiet for a convertable, and a sports car. Now for the down side: The clutch engages very early and since the engine has very little torque on the low end it is easy to stall when starting in 1st gear. There is very little storage anywhere in the car but it is a sports car. Other minor functions like opening the windows require gymnastics to reach the controls. The top is a tight fit into the trunk. You have to really push it down to get the trunk to close and when it is
Pros: Driving it.
Cons: Pontiac has gone out of business
Advice: Buy it, drive it like there is no tomorrow.Of all the cars I have owned in my lifetime, the Pontiac G8 is my favorite. It is very fun to drive, responsive, safe, and gets a lot of looks. BMW owners are jealous and stop at random locations to ask me about my car.
Pros: The way it looks
Cons: The trunk
Advice: Buy it! The best value in the sports car worldThis is one of the most enjoyable cars I have ever owned. Timeless looks, outstanding handling and a great value for a sports car. This car feels very comfortable hanging with cars substantially more expensive. Even though it is 4 years old, it still evokes comments and questions every time I go somewhere.
Pros: Engine - Supercharged V6
Advice: Buy one if you can find it!Great car - impressive power/acceleration, super brakes, good handling. Ride is a little bit stiff, but not objectionable. I got the Competittion Group option, which includes paddle shifters on the steering wheel and a Heads Up display projected on the windshield. This display make a big difference on long trips. This is a very quick and fast car. I try to use cruise control on the Interstate so my speed doesn't creep up to the 'Arresst me' area. The car is quiet at speed and you can get going significantly faster than you think you are going!
Cons: radio display light dim
Advice: get it while you canI bought a 1997 Grand Prix in 1998. I had it for 11 years. It still runs like a new car after a GM certified rebuilt Trani and a few other minor repairs @ over 160,000 miles. It could still beat any car on the road. When someone buys it for 2,000 they will get many more years out of it. I just bought a 2005 2 weeks ago. I love Pontiac. My car of choice for comfort and power. Very happy with my purchase and looking forward to another 11 years with this one while I can still drive one.
Pros: 11 speaker stereo.. Remote start..
Cons: it only came in automatic tranmission.
Advice: if you like a car that delivers high performance and also has that high end look, then this is the car for you.The G8 GT handles better then my previous car. I have owned high performance cars for the last 20 yrs. This car rides very smooth and handles extremely well. I am very impressed with the look and performance and the interior which is one of the nicest that i have ever seen in a pontiac.
Pros: how well it drives.
Advice: I am sure which ever car you pick will be good but i strongly suggest a pontiacWhen i seen it i knew it was the perfect car. So affordable, but not cheap looking. Rides like a dream, even looks like one. Everyone that see's my car loves it!!! I would recommend this car to anyone. The only problem i have with it is that it only gets 22 mile to a gallon. But thanks pontiac for another great car!!!!!!