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Pontiac G8 Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • mgdimmgdim Posts: 1
    i am about to do a similar deal but with the employee discount. Are you concerned about getting parts 3 or 4 years from now? That is the only thing holding me back. What is GM doing with Holden?
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    I have heard or read nothing about Holden going away. So, I don't believe replacement parts are going to be a problem.

    I'm currently looking at the G8 GT myself and have been offered a pretty good deal, at least by normal standards. It seems there are two schools of thought, those who believe it's a bad idea to by a dying breed and those who feel this is the last chance for something great. I'm leaning more toward the latter. Whether or not this car holds significant value into the future, I'm looking at higher CAFE standards and the auto industry in general as leading to more "sensible" cars...meaning much more tame as far as performance is concerned.

    I'm struggling over the nit-picky things, e.g., cruise control functionality, lack of Homelink, lack of fold down rear seats, lack of auto-dimming mirror, etc. Of course, I don't like spending such a large amount of money, regardless, on something I don't HAVE to have.

    I've been offered a Black/Black leather GT with Premium Pack and Sport Pack for $29,505 out the door and I've been told (but not in writing) that I can apply my GM card to that for a final of $26,505.

    Has anyone received anything close to this? Anyone care to comment on whether or not this is a good deal? Please give me more than a simple yes or no. I'm looking for comparisons...I'm getting this offer in Charleston, SC. Thanks!
  • vinnynyvinnyny Posts: 772
    My local dealer is offering similarly equipped cars for 26,995 plus TTL. One of the key factors is that the MSRPs have jumped more than $2k so that may affect the deal you're offered. As to the GM Card cash, you should have received a private offer that allows you to spend up to a specified amont. Mine allowed me $5k on all Pontiacs and Saturns. If you didn't get this offer, go to your GM card account under "manage my earnings" and you should be able to get the code there.
  • eliaselias Posts: 1,941
    Vinny as usual you are the man and have the best GM card action! I've got the roundup to $3k offered for many GM-vehicles but will seek that $5K code you mentioned, thanks!

    quietpro, what are you referring to about the cruise control? the cruise control on my 6-spd GTO is awesome. After 4 years of ownership, I remain hugely impressed with my 05 holden/pontiac - but annoyed that the nearest pedders-authorized-suspension-shop is hundreds of mile from here, now that my radius-rod/bushings/something-near-there is surely trashed.
    in nearby G8 news, a pal of mine just traded is 04 GTO for a white 6-spd G8-GXP, the day after GM announced the demise of Pontiac...
    "I like this ship, it's exciting!"
  • vinnynyvinnyny Posts: 772
    The GM Card $5k plan only lets you apply "Up to $5,000" which is different than the top off in that you must actually have $5K in you account to use it. I had over $12k piled up, so I got to use $5k. I'm hoping that I get another offer in the mail so that I can go back and buy another car. I bought my daughter a loaded Astra yesterday for less than $10k out the door. If I get to use the offer again, that will probably go to a G8 or Corvette.
  • saulstersaulster Posts: 10
    QP,

    Do NOT worry about homelink or auto dimmng mirror. I had the same problem with my 09 Jetta TDI, just not offered with the vehicle and VW parts quite silly expensive ( auto dimming, no homelink, parts alone $330! ).

    Google "Mito" for the OEM supplier of the day / night and homelink mirrors. I didn't need homelink, got the auto dimming mirror for about $90. I recall the homelink auto dimming was about $260 or thereabouts. They even have OnStar mirrors with auto dimming and homelink for vehicles factory equipped with OnStar to start with ( which I don't believe the G8 has ).

    A competent stereo installer should be able to handle the auto dimming homelink mirror as well. The only "hard" part is running power to it. If you are doing this, I suggest considering a bluetooth hands free install at the same time. If you go with something like Blue Connect, which builds in to your headliner about the driver ( I like this and have it in both of my cars, the voice recognition and command is worthwhile IMHO ), the installer can run power once and service both devices.

    Good luck with your G8. If I get one, I am holding out later for a GXP 6 speed manual, if if if.
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    Nothing "wrong" with the cruise, just the way the controls are configured. I prefer them on the steering wheel and I REALLY love that mine has a cancel that allows me to cancel cruise without tapping the brake or turning off the cruise altogether. I don't believe that's an option on the G8. It's nit-picky, as I stated, but one of those nice little features that endeared me to GM back in '02 when I bought my first one. If I'm wrong, please let me know. I'm almost certain that I'll be buying one and all the little tips to get me better acquainted to the Aussie way will be greatly appreciated. :)
  • eliaselias Posts: 1,941
    thanks for the gmcard info Vinny, & Go Red Sox! :shades:

    quietpro, I hear you about the steering wheel cruise control - that can be nice too.
    fwiw, on my GTO, when cruise is enabled, one tap on end of stalk will make it inactive/remembering-set-speed. two taps turns it off.
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    elias,
    Thanks for the tip. I'll try it out and see if the same command works on the G8. That will be good to know. :)
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    Bingo! That works on the G8 as well. Thanks again for the tip. I'll go through the owners manual (when I finally get it) and see what else is tucked away inside the G8. :)
  • camydogcamydog Posts: 64
    I read the cruise control section in the owner's manual and it doesn't get into enough detail regarding the coast feature/memory. It does work the way elias said. Nice feature.

    Love the car. I'm just over 500 miles, still in break-in period. The torque curve from the 6 ltr. is great. The car is also fun to put through the twisties here in W.V.

    Anyone notice that the OEM Good Year's are made in China?
  • shayes99shayes99 Posts: 1
    Just picked up a black GT with Sport and Premium packages (no sunroof) on Saturday.

    $34,155 MSRP
    $32,500 Negotiated price
    -$4500 Incentives ($2500 loyalty, $1500 cash allowance, $500 dealer cash)
    -$5000 GM Dollars (You need to have earned them)

    $23,000 +tax, title, & reg.
  • vinnynyvinnyny Posts: 772
    Sweet deal! I used my $5k GM Card cash to buy a Saturn Astra for my daughter, but if they send me another $5k offer, that's going for a G8...
  • eliaselias Posts: 1,941
    Cool, and you are most welcome, quiet professional! I'm glad that the cruise control works as suavely on the G8 as it does on GTO...

    And nice buy, S "agent 99" Hayes !
    You & our favorite NY-Barbarino with the >$3500 GM cards are both heroic.
    Personally I'm hoping to find a way to use my $2K GM card rebate to buy the used geo-metro from the free-credit-report-dot-com guy, along with the wear-a-pirate-hat-roundup if I'm really lucky.

    ps - For some enginerdly and Holden-o-rific ways to sidetrack yourself from watching the road, maybe check out the diagnostic mode of the dashboard
    by starting the car while holding down the "mode" & "set" buttons.
    Then you can cycle through the diag info by hitting "set" repeatedly.
    One of the cool diag modes on GTO shows the true speed: note how the
    big-digits digital-readout reads ~2% faster than actual speed, as does the analog speedo pointer.
  • My Goodyears are made in Oklahoma (huh?), per the code letters.

    After 4 months and 5500 miles still lovin' my G8, although probably a little less if gas prices go way up again.
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    Possibly a different version of the owner's manual? I read mine last night, coincidentally, and it mentions the "tap" off feature that will allow resume.

    Another coincidence...I was driving my "Sport Red" G8 GT through the WV twisties yesterday. I used my Verizon phone VNav to show me the way to a casino in Charleston and, as has happened before, it led me to the middle of nowhere. No worries (other than for the REALLY strange folks I passed on the street) because I used the OnStar nav to rescue me. It was all good because I wanted to take the road less traveled and this car LOVES it.

    Happy ending...I came out a winner at the casino. It was my birthday, after all. :)
  • camydogcamydog Posts: 64
    Quietpro,
    Glad you were in Charleston and not an hour southwest of there. We may never have seen you again!

    Happy Birthday.
  • Silver G8 GT w/Premium and Sport Packages....$27,000 cash price...less the $1350 I had in GM points...so the check I wrote was actually for $25,650...Had 8 miles on it when I picked it up. St. Louis Metro Area.
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  • renter2renter2 Posts: 1
    purchased 9-2008 Santa Barbara,Ca. msrp $34200 premium & sport pkg, no sun roof.Less dealer discounts & $3500 in GM card points was $28500 including tax & lic. Plus I purchased a original equipment 19 in rim & tire for about $550. Fits perfectly into spare tire well.
  • Hey-

    Sorry to re-awaken a dead forum, but I was considering leasing a G8. I know what the selling price will be (based on discussions with dealer), they just haven't given me the lease price yet, and I figured I should go in prepared. Does anyone know the MF, residual % (2009 G8 sedan - 6 cyl, 15K per year), etc. that I could use to calculate a price.

    Looking at a sales price of 23,500 (31ish MSRP). The reason I might be leaning towards leasing this car is that I don't know what the market will be like in 3 yrs, and depending on the price, I would rather lock in the loss I am willing to pay vs. be surprised by it later.

    Thanks,

    RJ
  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,721
    Apparently, my dealer has stated that GM is still leasing, however there is a catch.
    The interest on the leasing program is very high. They actually stated it could be as much or more than just getting a loan out on the car. That would be a bad idea for a car that you do not own. Sure, you can turn it back in, but you will be paying more on the car and have nothing to show for it. At least with a loan, you'll be paying towards the principal. A lot of wasted money to go right to interest alone.

    Now this was back in May, I am not sure what has changed since then, probably not much.
  • The only leases that make sense are the "factory-subvented" ones, and there are none of those on Pontiacs right now. Don't hold your breath waiting.
  • Alright, returned from dealer and they said the same thing bvdj84 said: 16-18% lease rates currently. So that option was out. Selling price was still $23,251, but financially it still isn't a smart buy. A value three to five years into the future wasn't looking so great before pontiac's planned shut-down, but with the shut down, I'm estimating it will only be lower. I really liked the car, I just cannot justify the financials on it.

    If you're willing to buy and take it on the back end on this vehicle, they have some amazing deals right now. I just cannot justify the extra few thousand this would end up costing over some of my other options.
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  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,721
    Perhaps you could find another car with just as much fun! Look into a VW with a quick engine, or a new mazda. Their values would hold stronger too.

    If you can pull the trigger on a G8 with a very good sale price, then do it. If not, walk away and look for another car.
  • jacka1jacka1 Posts: 4
    What is a "GM special event vehicle." Is there any reason I should avoid buying one?

    A dealer has a G8 GT that's a GM special event vehicle for sale.

    Thanks.
  • vinnynyvinnyny Posts: 772
    "GM special event vehicle" usually means that the vehicle was used by a VIP at a golf tournament, race, or some other event. The cars usually have a few hundred miles and have never been titled.
  • jacka1jacka1 Posts: 4
    Thanks for the reply. I bought it w/380 miles on it and am very satisfied.
  • vinnynyvinnyny Posts: 772
    They're generally very good deals for people lucky enough to find them. I hope you did well.
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