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Pontiac G6 Coupe

nuievenuieve Posts: 9
It certainly looks good, somewhat similar to Scion tC. It also has juicy interior. Did anyone see/drive it? Post your impressions and thoughts here.
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  • I have yet to see one in person but I plan on changing that this weekend. From what Ive seen from Pontiacs website, it looks really cool. My only concern is its quality. My brother is a service technician for a local Pontiac/Buick/GMC dealership. He is always telling me about all of the problems they have seen with the already existing G6 sedan. Yesterday when I asked him if they have gotten any of the new coupes in, he said yes they have at least one. And the reason he knows this is because he saw it in the service area being worked on already and it hasnt even made it out to the lot to be sold yet. Im sure my interest in this car will not go any further than just looking at it. :(
  • GM was the highest automaker in terms of long term quality and is consistantly earning more and more points in initial quality as the gap bet. american and Japanese cars in that area is for all practical porposes G-O-N-E.

    The Malibu i think also scored good in quality, the new 2004 one i mean. The g6 is architeturally based on that car, so it should be screwed together just as well.

    Also, since this is its second year, i imagine that many of the bugs are bieng worked out. Every car has first year bugs, but the g6's only realy problems i hear abot are with the steering, something about a left turn going bad. I don't see any reason GM would not fix this issue.

    The coupe should be awesome, and it puts its sights squarly on the accord which imo is its only real competitor since the solara is too big, tiburon too cheap and mustang too powerful and rear-drive.

    someone back in the sedan thread did buy one. WE NEED HIM TO COME HERE! :)
  • ocmike3ocmike3 Posts: 232
    I was in the dealer for service on the Canyon and they had a black G6 coupe w/3.9l V6 in the showroom. Every bit as good looking as the Solara, or better - ought to be a good seller. It is the first coupe in many years that shares a family with the sedan; that GM has designed the coupe to be unique in its own right. With the 3.9l it ought to be a lot of fun. I was impressed.
  • Where can I find out about the new G6 convertible?
  • is going to be delayed...

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  • I actually have a 2006 Pontiac G6 coupe on order (in electric blue). They are going to have the exact one I want within 2 weeks, which is good turn around time. I have never driven a Pontiac, but my dad swears by their sturdy feeling and strong track record for being reliable and great cars.

    I test drove the coupe last week and was extremely impressed by the ride and handling. I drive a Jeep Cherokee right now, and it feels like a kids toy compared to the new coupe. Many options come standard on both models (fog lights, monsoon stereo, day time lights) so it is a good buy. Very affordable and most definitely a nicer car than the Accord coupe. :)
  • I really don't care about all of GM, but this is less than stellar:

    http://www.edmunds.com/new/2006/pontiac/g6/100533506/ratings_jdpower.html?tid=edmunds.n.ra- tings.ratingsbody..5.Pontiac*

    So far the G6 is selling about half of what the Grand Am it replaced did. They better hope that coupe sells really well. I read that the convertible is delayed.
  • While it is less than stellar it is also better than most.

    Also, remember that The G6 did not have the 4cyl when it came out, and was overpriced. Now they both have the 4 cyl and they have lowered the price, atleast the 4 cyl model is very affordable, then add in any incentives and you have a very nice car at a very good price.

    The only thing is, i wish they would add some more metallic trin around the dash, like they have in the torrent. It brightens up the cabin. The chrome everyware is very nice, however.

    I think if GM kept the price as is, but offerred there 3.6L 255hp V6 here, the car sales would not need incentives. Its just a more refined engine and more noticable to the driver. I have not driven the GTP, and although it is nice and I understand why they stick with what they got, many people just want DOHC.

    The GTP should be really awesome though. I think GM has a hit on its hands. Give the car somemore time, you will see this year they should sell quite a few G6's.
  • Hasn't that been GM's story for about the last 25 years...coulda, woulda, shoulda?

    "Give the car somemore time, you will see this year they should sell quite a few G6's." Unless you mean 2006, this year is 75% over and the prime selling season (Summer) is definitely over.
  • We will see how they go at the end of year blowouts. The G6 is a good car and the market is responding. How can they not when GM really has it all here. Yes sure the engine could be better, but the fact is the GTP makes 240hp without supercharging.

    Lets see what happens.
  • I drove a 3.9l/auto GTP coupe a few weeks ago and was left fairly impressed. The engine felt really strong just about anywhere in the rev range. I could chirp the tires from a standstill without the traction or stability control nannies sapping all the power. The downside is it is easy to spin a tire in turns. The car could use an LSD for spirited driving. The transmission is a tap-shift and was very eager to perform when in tapshift mode. In regular automatic, shifts were sluggish. That might be because the computer has adaptive logic and simply could not adapt to my driving style in a short testdrive The OHV engine was very smooth and quiet too. For all the talk of how rough and course GM OHV engines are (part of the argument for DOHC) I think it was just as smooth and pleasant as the 3.5L Honda SOHC engine in our Saturn Vue.

    The car rode very smooth and absorbed bumps very well for having the sporty suspension, and summer only 18 inch low profile tires. Body roll was fairly minimal for a car of this size in this class. In turns, you could tell there was some heft to the car, but it tracked predictably and felt confident in turns. I couldn’t really toss it around on the test drive, so these are not at-the-limit impressions.

    My number one complaint with theG6 is those darned high door sills, that make it nearly impossible to rest your arm on them. That complaint goes for half the cars on the road today, the G6 is no better. Rear visibility is not the best either. The rear of the car is fairly high, and the rear seat headrests really eat into rearward visibility.

    I do have a couple quality/feature issues with the car. First, GM needs to get some body colored mirrors onto these. At least the “high end” GTP’s (both coupe and sedan). The flat black, rough plastic mirrors just look cheap on a car priced in the high $20’s. Especially when higher trim level Cobalt’s have the same mirror, but are painted body color. Second complaint is the paint. Is it just me, or do the G6’s have some of the worst orange peel on any production car today?

    Overall I liked it. I really like the styling of it both in and out, initial build quality seemed very good, and the driving experience was entertaining. I think anyone looking for a mid size coupe in this class should give one a look anyway.
  • with the two tone black/beige interrior? I think this is one of the best two tone schemes in the industry for a coupe. They should mimick this on the sedan which they do not do completely.

    One thing that turns off people is the milege. The problem is the OHV engines respond differently to the same tests as do DOHC engines. Many people compain about the milege in the nissan 3.5L V6 that it is below the window stickers. At least with this car you know you will get what the sticker tells you.

    It still does not change the fact that many people will see the sticker and have it influence them into the wrong descision. Wrong because they would omit this car for a reason that is in reality not true.
  • Nope, I drove the solid grey interior car. I haven't seen a two-tone on a lot, only pictuers. I agree that it does look sharp in two tone.

    I am sure the 3.9L engine will take a lot of flack for it's 18 MPG epa city rating. That is a little low for 240 HP IMO when you just take it on the face of the rating. However, I have a feeling it is a byproduct of fairly aggressive gearing. The car does take off at the slightest stab of the throttle. It is certainly geared agressively for acceleration, and that will definately use more gas. I also agree that the EPA test can be very misleading, more so in some cars than others. Unfortunately, it is still the comparative standard, so those are the figures people will use.

    It'll be interesting to see how that pays off in acceleration times. I know Pontiac is claiming a 0-60 in 6.6 seconds. I have yet to see any independent test times, either by the press or anecdotal from an owner.
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    The G6 coupes are nice!!

    Saw 3 of them, one a GTP. One of the nicest coupes on the market IMO. If only I didn't have kids.

    ;)
  • FINALLY!!! A frameless window coupe from GM that is front wheel drive and affordable. THANK YOU!!! I suppose it is asking too much for a true hard top with no center post.
  • myobmyob Posts: 35
    I was interested but ultimately bored by the initial relase of the G6. Decent car, a step in the right direction, but missing some things I wanted. Styling was decent but not quite there, too.

    We wound up getting an '06 BMW 325i.

    Now our '03 Saab 9-3, which is built on the same Epsilon platform as the G6, is getting near 60K miles and we may need a replacement (have to have super reliability in our special circumstances) since the Saab's overly complex electronics are starting to act up some. The car is solid, it just has electrical issues. I was hoping a G6, not having many of the fancy gadgets of the Saab, would be more reliable.

    When I saw the G6 coupe it got my attention. When I saw the added features of the GTP version (mainly stability control and some serious power) I started investigating. I'm impressed with what you get in a G6 GTP coupe for the money. I've driven camrys, accords, Mazda 6, and it blows those away in most areas. The Mazda 6 is a decent ride, but the styling inside and out and lack of structural quality had me worried. The real world price of the G6 is less, so you can put the difference into a 100K warranty if you want.

    As for the fuel economy on the 3.9 engine. I assume it uses regular fuel? If so, that puts it up there with the near-lux cars that require premium. Our 325i is considered an efficient car. I get 21 city and just over 30 highway. The GTP is close to those numbers adjusted for fuel prices.

    The GTP needs a 5 gear transmission, but it uses brute power to make up for it.
    The BMW uses a 6 speed auto to get the most out of its modest hp/torque. It hits 60mph in 7.2 seconds with an auto, though Car and Driver claims 6.1 with a manual. It feels fast because it is always in the meat of the powerband and the engine really revs up there smoothly. Looking forward to trying the 3.9L engine and see if it's smoother than most GM engines of the past.

    I don't put a lot of stock in JD power. I have filled out one of their surveys. They are insanely long and complex, and I doubt your typical owner will bother with it. So you get a skewed sampling. Only certain types of personalities would take the time.

    I prefer the two tone interior colors to the black. GM's black leather is a little grayish and the interior a little drab. The Saab has a similar look with the beige seats.

    For a driveout price of maybe $25,500 if you're easy on the options, this car is hard to beat. No, it's not perfect. But for $10,000 less, it will handle decently and outpace or at least hang with our other car. It's not as durable or long lasting maybe, but when it breaks it costs half as much to fix. I has the safety features and scores I want, and I like the looks. Consider me a fan of the GTP coupe.
  • v8jimv8jim Posts: 11
    There is no doubt that G6 is better than its competition. It is tight as a drum with a very firm frame. The styling is beautiful. I was going to buy a GTP but I couldn't find any with the discount so I bought the Grand Prix GXP. The GXP is super fast and fun, but it's not as good a car as the G6. I then found out that there might be a G6 GXP next year. This is great news for me b/c I use high mileage on my business and will probably trade in the next 14 months. G6 GXP with 280 hp will be awesome! The foreign cars are nice, but the G6 and Dodge Charger prove that if people pick foreign over American, their just being brainwashed by advertising and media.
  • Dogde is not American.

    Crysler was stolen by Dymler in a big purchase that was labelled a merger of equals. Crysler and its brands are now a German company.

    I totally agree with you, though. The real differnce between our cars and foreign cars like crysler and toyota (never thought you could use those names like that :( ) is academic. GM is better than crysler for sure, and chevy i think is higher than toyota.

    The G6 is a really nice car, just took a while to get used to. Still, I think GM could have done better. They did make up for it with the coupe. That new V6 should be nice. I love all the chrome inside. They need nav and HID's now, meybe even Xenon?

    Hopefully GM will put that new 6 speed transmission here, it would improve the milage and the performance.
  • Finally saw a G6 coupe on the road. It's very sharp in black and definitely a head turner. Nice car!!
  • Hey I just bought the black GT Coupe.......AWESOME!
    I was the first one to buy one at my nearest dealer in the Hollywood area of California. I get stopped by people who want to know if it is really an American car. Some people think the back end resembles the Z or G35 because of the slant. The car handles amazing to me. I have driven my dad's Mercedes and I love this car so much better....of course he just has a mid level mercedes...not sure what the exact number is... think it starts with E. Anyhow...I am still under 30 and this is the best car I have ever owned. FAST...SLEEK...AWESOME AWESOME! I was getiing a hand wax in Hollywood on Sunset blvd this past Sunday and even some guy who was getting his 90k BMW sedan waxed wanted to know what my car was. Anyone thinking about getting this car has to go test drive it at a dealer...WOW!
  • logic1logic1 Posts: 2,433
    Good to hear you are happy with your purchase.

    Three questions:

    What options did you go with?

    Was the dealer dealing or taking a hard line on price?

    Were there any GTPs on the lot? (I've seen a few GTs, no GTPs yet).

    Nice to hear the G6 Coupe is mixing things in the segment up a bit.
  • My G6 does not have two tone so I purchased a black carbon fiber dash kit from
    www.woodtrim.com and it looks great
  • We have had many come through our lot in Davison, Michigan. They are awesome cars. With the plant only about 30 miles away, we get a lot of workers coming in here that have information on the convertibles. They keep the rebates on the cheaper 4 and 6 cyl's. The lease rates are still somewhat high, but the car looks and drives awesome, especially with the slap shift. The adjustable foot pedals is also a great touch.

    Thats my input, if you are interested, you must drive one for sure.
  • logic1logic1 Posts: 2,433
    Thank you.

    I am and I plan to.

    Day after Thanksgiving when everyone else is flocking to the mall, I will be at the local Pontiac dealer.

    (Who, as it happens, has a Saab dealership under the same roof. I hope to check out the Combi at the same time)
  • Ohh yeah...very happy!!!!!!!!

    I went with the basic options to keep my payment under 600. My payment is high because I am a first time buyer with a not so good interest rate. But.....I really feel like the car is nice enough that it is still way cool without leather and the 6-CD changer. I hook my IPOD into it anyway so the 6-CD changer was easy to go without. However I do regret not having the sunroof since I live in the nicest part of California just outside Beverly Hills off of the sunset strip. Great weather for sunroofs. Oh..well. It has a V6 engine...AC...17" Wheels...elect windows....elect seat height adjust...traction control is awesome (tested it out on wet roads recently)...the interior looks nice with chrome touches even on the basic model...cruise control on my steering wheel buttons....can't think of anything else right now. Things I do miss out on are the upgraded stereo controls on the right side of the steering wheel. But I am sooooo happy!

    Yes there were GTP models on the lot....WOW! they are awesome with on star and satellit radio. However in my opinion, the wheels on the GTP are too fancy looking for the hot sporty look of the car (they don't match). The brushed aluminum on the GT's looks way better...more racer and infiniti like.... and less luxury car like.

    I received a great deal with no hassle. I was the first guy to buy one at the local dealer. It's been a month now. I talk to my dealer still and he says they may have only sold one since then. The commercials just started airing so maybe that will change and they won't bve so negotiable. Until now I think most people only thought about the Solstice. But the G6 Coupe just kinda snuck out from behind all the solstice hype.
  • logic1logic1 Posts: 2,433
    Oh man. Those first time new car buyers' credit ratings. I bought my first car 14 years ago (Saturn SL2, my niece is still driving it). They really nailed me on the rate.

    This is your big chance though. You played it right keeping the price workable. Make the payments, maybe even pay it off early, and you are on your way to a higher rating and lower interest rates in the future.

    I like the engine and six speed in the GTP. I agree with you on the wheels and the base stereo. Now that I have an I-Pod, I would just as soon leave my CDs at home.

    My last car was a convertible, so I would probably want a sun roof. I could live without one.

    A good friend of mine from college, his wife (and two kids now!), live near Willoughby and Fairfax in West Hollywood. I've been out there to visit a few times. I know exactly what you mean when you say it is the nicest part of California. West LA is a great place to live.
  • Yeah Fairfax right near me...im off Sunset near Beverly Hills...just down the street......I would definitely get sunroof if I could. Also, yeah I am going to continue always making payments on time and even pay off early, Next time I want to get leather. My workout partner loved my car so much when I bought it...now he's buying one too.
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    I saw a new G6 Coupe yesterday and I thought it looked a lot better than the Grand-Am coupes of recent years. Much better fit and finish.
  • Yeah, personally i never liked the GA or GP coups. I liked then that they were there, but they looked too much like a sedan with its errr you know what chopped off and doors lengthenned. (I think the same for mercedes coupes.)

    This one looks like a real coupe!
  • "I hook my IPOD into it anyway so the 6-CD changer was easy to go without.

    Congrats on your G6...Just curious how you hook up your iPod. I've got a Malibu Maxx with basically the same radio, and it doesn't have an aux input. Are you using one of those gadgets that transmits on some FM channel? If so, are you happy with the sound, or is there significant degradation? Finally, is the gadget iPod specific, or can you hook up any "head phone out" or "line out" to it? Thanks...
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