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Pros: FM/AM Cd player & A/C
Advice: If you want a reliable car that is fun to drive, this is it.My name is Ronald Smith & I own a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am that I bought in March of 2006. I have had NO problems with the car, & absolutely LOVE the way it handles & performs. One of my favorite features is the FANTASTIC FM/AM stereo CD player. I have kept track of my gas milage since I have owned the car, & I have run three tanks of fuel through it, with results of 17.7 MPG, on one tank, 17.5 MPG, on the second tank, & 19.5 on the third tank. The car handles very well on the road, & I would recommend it to anyone who is shopping for an excellent mid-size car.
Cons: power forward seat to get into the back
Advice: Drive the rest before you buy the best.When I saw the car I thought it looked OK, but once I drove it I fell in love! It's appearance is not as flashy as some of the other muscles out there now, but it blows them away in the speed department. I love the comfort, handling, pick-up, and the sleekness. I drove everything considered in it's class only to find out the GTO is in a class all its own, way above the rest.
Pros: all the horses, or maybe the dig. dash
Cons: how they changed the looks for american drivers
Advice: get it used- save a *@ load, dont be a puss get the stickI fell in love with this thing, took it for a test drive (used), didnt think i could afford it but it is a steal of a deal, unbeliveable performance per dollar. go take one for a drive. I took off my spoiler and it really shows of the lines of the car. silver is dead sexy and I love the IRS.
Pros: The great sound and awesome power.
Cons: Larger trunck would have been nice. Memory settings for seats with heat.
Advice: This car is better than the mustang. The LS1 is so much better than the Ford Cammer1. The GTO is the coolest car available. 2. Great car for easy cruising and when the ricers challenge leave them in a pile of smoke. 3. The car is very comfortable. 4. The 6 speed is fantastic. 5. Likes to use fuel. Have been averaging about 13 in the city, but have had had several 200 mile interstate trips that have yielded low 20's at 75 -80 mph.
Pros: whomping stomping 6.0 Liter (366 cu in) OHV V8
Cons: Window sill height - needs to make the driver feel wrapped in tight safe cockpit
Advice: Buy a stick shift to avoid the federal gas guzzler taxI have a 2005 Cyclone Gray GTO in automatic form. This car is fast! Those journalists who have no clue how to shift give the 6 speed a rating of 5.0 in 60 seconds and I'd hate to see the false advertisement of the auto. The truth is the auto is slightly faster than the stick. It has the ability to hustle the car from 0-60 in 4.6 seconds and there's a stopwatch inside the 2005 GTO to prove that point over and over again. The quality of the GTO is light years from any standard GM product. The move was highly intelligent to use Monaro as the platform base for the GTO. So for all the ridiculous statements that it ain't made in America, the truth is the engine and performance is as red blooded American as any muscle car from the 1960s. I'm not going to complain that it has Australian influences (they have hot blonde surfer chicks there). The fact is the Holden Monaro CV8 is the perfect platform to work from. Yes, they could have been slightly more aggressive in exterior styling. Thank God they didn't go all out retro, that would get old sometime and freshening would only ruin the original retro look. A stock GTO will stomp a stock Mustang GT anyday. The facts are there and sure the Mustang GT will win in the looks department because it's a chick's or a secretary's car. The GTO is about brute force and power. Big engine in a little car. The new GTO fits that image well but it is more sophisticated than the original. Don't get me wrong, I love the new Ford Mustang GT, but I like the GTO better. The fact I can fit adults in the back is an added bonus I never thought of until I took a ride back there myself. So nice to share the performance.
Pros: 6 CD changer/stereo
Cons: rear visable,rear seat access, wheels,design,price
Advice: you pay alot for the GTO badge, I believe this is a 27000.00 car without the nameI purchased this car without doing my homework, I did not test drive it, being it was the middle of winter. When I finally did drive it in the spring, I was very dissapointed with it. The rear view from the driver seat is terrible. Access to the rear seat is not good. The gas mileage on the 6-speed is severly overated.(best on the highway for me was 22.5) The heater works good but is very noisy, The road noise is terrible. handling is OK but not great. Power is OK but not great. I believe Pontiac released the 2004 model to soon, now with the 05 out and the new 6.0 with hood scoopes and a better looking exhaust system, my 2004 is just about worthless. (GM is offering a 5000.00 rebate on the 04 also) I believe Pontiac could have made this car more to resemble the classic GTO, something like Ford did with the Mustang. The 2004 GTO is actually a 25500.00 car and the rest is for the GTO badge.I believe the buyers of the 2004 model, (like myself) got screwed by Pontiac, and unless they give the 04 buyers the 5000.00 rebate that there are currently offering, (it won't happen!!) I will never purchase another GM vehicle again. I did make a 34000.00 mistake with this car, but I only blame myself
Pros: Power and comfort
Cons: rremote entry key is too big
Advice: Don't shy away from the GTO just because it is a Pontiac cause it definitely is not a your typical PontiacI stopped at the dealership strictly to test drive the GTO and wound up taking one home that night. The car is an awesome ride, handles well and has more than enough power. The interior is very comfortable and of a much higher quality than typical GM models...2 thumbs up