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Pontiac G6 Hardtop Convertible

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  • As a present owner of a G6 HTC, I can truly say that I looked at other convertibles before buying this car. Since all cars seem to depreciate in value (except when you happen to buy one from most dealers), new and used prices were certainly an issue. The G6, being an HTC, is different from a convertible. There are pros and cons to everything, so keeping an unbiased open mind is of the utmost importance.
    Since you praised the Solstice, I'm rather confused as to why you don't still have it. There are tons of two-seater convertibles out there, and I don't think Solstice ranks among the "pick of the litter". I spoke with several sales people about the Solstice, and they were all anxiously waiting its arrival into showrooms. They soon realized the convertible top was designed by some engineer apparently on a bad LSD trip! And what excuse is there for not having a useful trunk? For a loaded Solstice, the price tag is about 30K........not much car for that amount of money!!!!
    So basically, the way you're bashing the G6, that's what I think about your choice of vehicles.
    Bottom line.......EACH TO HIS OWN ! ! ! ! ! !
  • I agree with your comments about depreciation. except when I was refering to the Solstice I bought in late 2006 it actually appreciated in value. When I traded iti n on my G6 I got $2,000 more than I paid for it, and that was with rebates and my GM employee discount on the G6.

    When I traded in the Solstice I was looking for a great AMERICAN HT convertible. I worked on the SSR at GM and always lusted after a HTC. I wont recap my disappointments with the car, you have heard it, and so many others on this forum have had the same experiences, its not just me. My G6 was in the dealer the day after I took delivery on it for "Roof Rattles" Never could fix it to the day I disposed of it, (Known defect that GM continued to ship for several months)

    IMO the Solstice is worlds above the G6 in design. It was designed as a convertible not a cobbling of a coupe with a HT. The modals on this vehicle are awful, quite frankly it performed so poorly I really didnt even enjoy driving it in the country. Not so with the Solstice.

    My mistake trading it, but at least I didnt lose on it like I did when I traded in the G6
  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,721
    I am waiting for Spring to trade in my 08 G6. By then, it will be 2yrs into my lease. Hopefully, I will have some better numbers to look at then. This time, I am definitely taking my time on the car I want. It will NOT be another GM. Never again. The G6 was my first and will be the last. Family never owned GM anyway. GM had a chance and it failed. Sorry :( Too each their own.

    Love the G6 for what it is, A for effort, F for falling short. Best of luck GM.
  • Hello bvdj84,
    I certainly have to agree with you about the topic of dissatisfaction. All it takes is one bad experience to make an unhappy customer. I had nothing but trouble with the only Chrysler product I ever owned, and it surely won't happen again. I can readily sympathize with the complaining G6 owners.
    Ironically speaking, I'm at the age (63) where I can still relate to the knowledge of relatives that fought in World War 2. The thought of owning a "foreign car" (produced by a former enemy) was considered taboo in my family, and to this day, I have never owned one.
    I have been mainly loyal to GM, but over the years, they sure have dropped the ball. They can produce bad vehicles for just so long before the word spreads....and then they're on their own. At this point in time, GM is no longer "king of the mountain" and I strongly doubt they ever will be again.
    Unfortunately, cars are very expensive these days, and it's no picnic to get stuck with a bad one. So to everyone out there......best of luck with whatever you're driving!
  • twosmgstwosmgs Posts: 11
    Haven’t posted here for quite some time, but I continue to be underwhelmed by the continuing negativity of this blog.

    Did someone forget that the G6 was designed to replace the Grand Am, which was highly regarded by many of us prior owners? Seems like the “old GM” did quite a good job doing what it intended to do. And it even added a high-tech, low-cost, high-value convertible to the mix. It was never designed to compete with a Mercedes convertible, even though Karmann engineered and manufactured both folding hardtops.

    My 2008 G6 HTC continues to bring a smile to my face, and when our grown children return home, their grins are even wider. They remember the lesser convertibles of their childhoods.

    Yeah, I had one set of cold-weather roof rattles, which was fixed in a half-hour by my nearby, reliable dealer. Now, it’s been rattle-free going on a year. Passenger seat cushion’s leather cover developed a tiny tear, which was replaced under warranty; apparently, the perforated leather, my first experience with this product, was a bit thin in that area, or the original hide had a defect. (Perforated leather is certainly much more comfortable in both summer and winter than my previous vehicles, which had smooth, solid leather, and only time will tell if it wears as well.)

    Anybody see the reviews of the new Infiniti and Lexus convertibles? Gee, the same basic “fatal flaws” as the G6, and at only twice the price! Rattles, no trunk space, less rear seat room than the G6, and more. (The Infiniti has the identical 2-piece roof design as the G6, which is naturally made by Karmann.)

    Due to the crappy weather in upstate NY during the past two summers, my car has not seen as much open-air driving time as I would have liked, and so it may be headed towards low-mileage classic status sooner than expected if the direction of the Jet Stream doesn’t change soon. Rest assured, however, that I will be purchasing a long-term GMAC extended warranty once the basic 3/36 warranty expires to insure myself against potentially disastrous costs if the top malfunctions as the complicated mechanism ages.

    Hey, naysayer’s, this is the type of car that in fifteen, twenty or thirty years, you’ll be mumbling to yourself, “I had one of those. What was I thinking about when I decided to dump it?”

    Frankly, I hope that Chevy or Buick incorporates the Pontiac’s HTC concepts into one of their midsize vehicles, so that others may enjoy their rides as much as I enjoy mine.
  • Hello bvdj84,
    I certainly have to agree with you about the topic of dissatisfaction. All it takes is one bad experience to make an unhappy customer. I had nothing but trouble with the only Chrysler product I ever owned, and it surely won't happen again. I can readily sympathize with the complaining G6 owners.
    Ironically speaking, I'm at the age (63) where I can still relate to the knowledge of relatives that fought in World War 2. The thought of owning a "foreign car" (produced by a former enemy) was considered taboo in my family, and to this day, I have never owned one.
    I have been mainly loyal to GM, but over the years, they sure have dropped the ball. They can produce bad vehicles for just so long before the word spreads....and then they're on their own. At this point in time, GM is no longer "king of the mountain" and I strongly doubt they ever will be again.
    Unfortunately, cars are very expensive these days, and it's no picnic to get stuck with a bad one. So to everyone out there......best of luck with whatever you're driving!
  • Although this is a very minor problem, I was wondering if anyone else has had this happen.
    The nuts that retain the spoiler to the trunk lid keep backing off. The nuts get lost in the area between the inner and outer skins of the trunk lid, so I have to replace one or two each time. I have even used lock washers to no avail. This time, after I replaced them, I coated the protruding threads with a heavy-duty caulking. ( I didn't want to use "Loctite" in case the spoiler ever needed to be removed)
    I imagine that if the spoiler is loose on the trunk lid, water can get into the trunk during rain or a carwash......or even get that black trunk lid liner moldy.
  • gonogogonogo Posts: 871
    Blue Locktite is for removable fasteners, red is not, use the blue, and no problem to remove.
  • Hmmmm ...... Nobody is commenting lately. Does that mean that there's nothing new to discuss? Or possibly that people have vented their frustrations and have moved on with their lives?
    Whatever the reason, here in N.J. the weather is getting colder and with few exceptions, the convertible days have ended for now. I, for one, am sure going to miss the weekend drives that my wife and I took this summer and fall.
    Best wishes to all of you for the upcoming holiday season.
  • I bought a brand new 09 off the show room floor on the 12 of November. I have put almost 3K on it with 500 of it in the first 2 days. I do amitt that the side mirrors do rattle when the bass is up but it doesn't bother me too much. The only complaints that i found so far was the little 2 inch piece of weather striping above the drivers window kept falling down. i took it to the dealer and they cut it off. they said that they have several people come in about it and they called GM and they said that it is extra weather stripping that over laps. they cut it to line up and never had a problem since. Trunk space is limited with the top down but who cares. when you are crusing with the top down what do you need to carry that can't fit in the back seat. The gas mileage is better than my truck. i have gotten 22.8 so far with me still breaking it in. I wish that it had blue tooth and memory seat buttons and a compass but i have GPS that has a compass, my husband is rarely allowed to drive my car and i have a blue tooth ear device so all my wants are covered. I was looking at the Lexus Convertible but I am a die hard USA only girl so this was the closest i could get. I love it and get many looks as i drive down the road. I have the triple paint white diamond pearl color that is rare to find on the convertible. All my friends can't wait for their turns to ride. I have fit two 180-210 6ft, grown adults in the back seat with the top up and they were very comfortable. The other concern i have is the wind behind my head when the top is down. i am looking to buy the wind deflector......any comments on it?
  • Hello "thlhbrit",
    I found that the wind swirling around from the back, in between the front seats, caused a draft on the driver and passenger's necks. I built my own deflector from aluminum tubing and ordinary window screening. (I'm an aircraft & sheetmetal mechanic by profession). It resembles a "rollbar". The results were absolutely amazing! No more drafts and the car is extremely quiet. I highly recommend a wind deflector.
    Pontiac charges $420, but perhaps you can locate one on Ebay for less.

    Happy Holidays,
    Steve
  • I have a G6 pontiac convertible 06 the top is not go the cable is bad do you know is this a recall ?? my name is Max 775-200-6751
  • Max,

    I do not know of any recalls regarding the convertible top. Which cable are you speaking about? There is only 2 cables regarding the top, they drive what is called the flipper door. This closes out the hole the top leaves when it goes into the trunk. The topstack is hydraulically driven, and typically if the top is not moving, it is an electrical (switches, cable lead not plugged in) not a mechanical issue.

    Please describe the issue your having... Does the latch by the windshield actuate? If so, it is typically a switch issue in the receiver (2 switches on the driver side, pop the header trim and check the connectors and the switches) or what is called a hall sensor attached to the hydraulic cylinder that drives the latch at the windshield. This can be checked by popping off the headliner (be careful not to damage it as you remove)

    If the latch at the windshield actuates, is the pump trying to actuate the top (is the pump motor whining)?

    These are the type of questions that if you can answer we can probably get to the bottom of your issue.
  • I've been reading here for a while and decided to join up to tell you about my G6 convertible experience so far. Aside from the minor rattles that I was able to fix myself with some adjustments, my G6 had been a great car. My only minor gripes were the lack of a locking glovebox and center console and the absence of an AUX port for my iPod. The top has been flawless so far and I also get a lot of looks in this car. Mine is a white 2007 GT with black cloth interior and I stripped the badging of the back end the same day I purchased it for a very clean look. People constantly stare as they roll by to get a look at the front because the drop tops are pretty rare and you dont see a lot of them in Chicago.

    I also modded the headlights with a row of bright white LED's across the bottom like the new Audi's have and I get other G6 owners offering to buy them from me. I can honestly say this is the must fun car I have ever owned and I dont understand the complaints about the Monsoon system, I used to design and install custom car audio systems and I have never heard a better sounding stock stereo on any other car. Be sure to keep the treble and bass at center level and raise the mid level to about halfway, it sounds great with almost any music.

    I solved the iPod problem with a factory direct interface that lets you control it from the radio and also puts up song info on the DIC, and it also lets you navigate the menus right from the 6 buttons used for disc selection and FM presets. It works with or without the optional XM tuner from the dealer.

    I only had one concern about a week ago on a bitter cold day, the passenger window would not roll back up under the seal after closing for a couple hours and then the problem fixed itself later that night. I cant say enough about how much I enjoy this car and it's minor issues are well worth the purchase, at least for me. I have kept the body and interior flawless and it still looks like it just rolled out of the dealership.

    I realize the top is very complicated and some of you have horror stories about the hard top but I came to find out my car was built and assembled on a Wednesday, they say the ones finished on Friday have the most problems on any vehicle assembly line, I wonder if this is actually true?

    Anyways, I just wanted to spread some good word about this car as I think it it one of the most unique that GM has produced in a long time and I absolutely look for any excuse to go driving in it.....
  • rjentrjent Posts: 19
    Hey bro, glad you joined. I too am very happy with ours. In fact, after taking it on a round trip from New Mexico to South Florida (Keys) and back, we are really thinking about a new Mustang Convertible and not driving this one as much to "save" it. We have about 30K on it now and it is a 2007 as well.

    Anyway, glad you are happy with it! :)
  • I was reading some of the back seat comments above, I dont know why that guy is griping even after has has supposedly sold his G6. My kids have no problem with the room back there and when the top is down and the windows are up, it is very calm compared to other drop tops I have driven.

    And speaking of Solstice..... the top is manual......and they all get that strange bunching of material in the same place where the cloth top has those severe creases they designed in near the rear window. That alone turned me off to both the Sky and the Soltice. Brand new and the tops get all wavy in that same area, every one I have ever seen....

    I'm sure they are fun to drive but having a top that looks worn & stretched before driving it off the lot is very poor workmanship in my opinion.

    Sorry, but I love my G6........ I was reading more about the hard tops last night, GM rejected the first ones because they failed to go past 10,000 up and down cycles without a problem, so they re-worked some of the parts and finally surpassed the 12,000 mark, so GM signed off on them and let them bring the modules to Lake Orion, MI for assembly to be mated with a bunch of first run G6's for real world testing. It seems like the people who had problems were right out of the gate, I saw a few people who had thier G6 for only a couple days and the tops failed. I think once you get past 20-30 cycles with no issues, you seem to be OK, unless you get a hydraulic hose leak or something physical that causes the top to fail.
  • Hello Hollywood,
    It's nice to see another owner who enjoys his G6. As an aircraft mechanic for more years than I wish to admit to, I have been called a "negative person" because I always point out the flaws in an aircraft's design to owners and potential buyers. The reasons should be obvious......safety, reliability, & cost to operate or maintain.
    Many of the people posting on this site have legitimate complaints about their cars. However, all of us are talking about the G6 convertible. So my basic question is.....What did you really expect???
    You can include me in the list of people who would have made many changes in the design of the G6, but none of us were asked to. Therefore, all of us bought our cars the way Pontiac built them.
    I consider myself fortunate enough not to need my G6 as a daily driver. So during the harsh winter we're having in N.J., I only drive the car about twice a month to keep the battery charged. Yes.... it rattles, and rides like a truck, but I'm sure other convertibles have their downsides too. The car was made for "top down" enjoyment, and as far as I'm concerned, the car is a pleasure to own. I truly look forward to the first opportunity to go "topless" again.
    As always, happy motoring to all of you!
  • We have been using our G6 convertible plenty in the snowy weather. With a healthy curb weight, front wheel drive, traction control and stability control it's great in the snow. On the roads this morning there were a few patches of chunky ice and slush and it rattled a bit but considering all the extra parts it's still really solid with the top up. And the heated seats are nice, too.
  • Hello everyone,
    After a long, cold, snowy winter here in New Jersey.......it managed to reach temperatures just above 60 degrees yesterday. Perhaps a little cooler than ideal convertible weather, but who cares!!!!! I drove my 12 mile trip smiling all the way, and even saw a few other daring souls doing the same.
    So G6 owners, it looks like the beginning of another season to enjoy open air driving. Have fun!!!
    Steve
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