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Pontiac G6 Hardtop Convertible

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  • It is quite obvious that this forum is primarily used for complaints........and I can easily see why. However, for those people who think that other brands of cars are trouble-free, try looking at the forums for those cars. The EOS for example.....uses oil and has water leaks. The Volvo C70 leaks. Each model car comes with its own inherent problems. Before you bought the G6, didn't you have the slightest clue that all those moving parts might tent to screw up every now and then???
    If you traded in your G6 HTC to buy a more "conventional" family sedan, SUV, pick-up, etc, .........then perhaps you should have bought that vehicle in the first place!!!
    A convertible is a convertible .......It is not the same as other vehicles any more than a motorcycle can replace a station wagon.
    I really enjoy my G6 HTC.....with its good points AND its bad points. We don't live in a perfect world.
  • I agree with you everyone on here just complains and complains. My wife and I love our 2007 G6 Convertable this is our 6th convertable and you know what every one of them had little rattles and squeaks. It is a convertable that when you have a roof that is not WELDED to the rest of the car it will flex and do a little moaning and groaning. My aunt has a Merceded 320 convertable and it is worse than my car plus when the top is up it is still very noisy. I for one plan on keeping our car a long time esp. since Pontiac is no more.
  • Hi:

    I just hit the three year mark with my HTC. I have had numerous issues with my car and yes, I have complained about it on this board.

    Through complaining and talking about the problems I have also been able to tell my dealer how to fix my issues (top rattles, airbag sensors, etc).

    My car has been "problem" free for about a year and 4 months now and I still get looks and questions about the car.

    It's ashame the car did not catch on..

    Kevin
  • Is there anywhere I can go to run the serial number on my 07 G6 Converable? I have been told that it was only the 38th unit to come off the line of the actual production cars and would like to verify that somehow.
  • That is an easy question. First off, the G6 HTC came out in 2006, so the 38th car of 2007 might be no big deal. You can always call Pontiac (the phone # is in your owners manual ....OR.....go to Pontiac.com). They have all the build info on each vehicle right in the computer.
  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,721
    Yes, I have to agree too! That we don't live in a perfect world. You sometimes have to take the good with the bad.

    It is probably best anyway that Pontiac dies. The brand was old and stale. Which is all the more reason they should have lower amount of issues. I have an 08 G6 and you would have thought that it was the first car model out. Having silly parts replaced already. However, it does run better, but it still has 1 gear in the transmission that loves to show off a bit. I am not even going to worry about it. I cannot expect perfection at this point. Luckily I lease the car, and can walk away. Pontiac service was nice, but only after some force.

    Getting the car you "want" from the very start is always wise. "within reason" of course. You'll keep it longer and be much happier. Do your research first on any car.

    I never knew my car had a problem, never driven a GM car before, I was used to Hondas and the G6 had a problem at brand new!! Test drive your cars too! before signing.

    When the windows are down and the sunroof open, music playing, I love the car.

    Just be careful. I took a chance and well...I got my answer. I am not the only one...lol. I can live with it now.
  • Thanks I looked at pontiac.com but didn't see where to go to check. I knew the cars came out in 06 but thought they were all titled 07 mine was actually delivered to the dealership in Florida July of 06. Thanks for the info.
  • Hello,
    The 2006 G6's can be recognized by the side body molding. 2006's came in two models......the GT and the GTP. The GT was the cheaper of the two. Since the major portions of the options are basically the Premium Package and the Sport Package, the GTP had them both.
    My 2007 has the both packages, the adjustable pedals, and the side airbags. The only thing that I know for sure that would be missing is the engine block heater.
    Also, I mentioned Pontiac.com so you could find the phone number to contact them. They will even tell you on what date is what built.
  • I bought mine at Ideal in Middletown before they closed.
    Their repair dept was great.
  • jewel6jewel6 Posts: 1
    Hi,

    I purchased my G6 convertible in 06/06 and have to replace my exhaust three times due to the whistling sound. The dealership has also replaced the catalytic converter but the whistling sound has come back. You mentioned that the dealership said that there was a recall do you have any further information or a bulletin on this as both my dealership and GM Pontiac say that they have never heard of such a problem and can't figure out why this will be my fourth stainless steel exhaust?

    Thanks would welcome any information to get this problem resolved.

    Julie
  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,721
    I would probably expect less support on our G6's as time goes by. I have had a catalytic converter replaced, transmission is still acting up in one gear, they re-programmed the computer which controls the engine. Does run better, better mileage. Replaced the fuses to my windows 2 times, I couldn't roll them down.
    My CD player doesn't always want to eject my cd correctly. These may seem quite small issues, except for the transmission or engine, which I believe is almost lemon! Been like this since new, been in the shop several times. GM sent me a survey, and it was honest and truthful. Not too pretty.

    But, this is on a car that should have all kinks out by now, since its been out a long time. Luckily, I lease, I hope to try to get out next spring.

    If I were you, I would get out soon at some point.

    Good Luck!
  • rjentrjent Posts: 19
    I have given up on this board and only come here a few times a month just to see who is complaining about whatever now. I have 20K+ of absolute trouble free miles on our car now. It is an 07 GT premium with the sport package. Lots of power and good handling for what it is (I own two Corvettes). We just took it on a very long 4500 mile road trip from New Mexico to Miami and back at the end of last month. Averaged 27 to 29 mpg. Drove half way across this wonderful country with the top down, only closed it for rain or heat. Had all of our bags in the rear seat ;). What a joy this car has been. I live in a small town in NM and take the top up and down many times more than once a day.

    All I can say is what a cool and functional car. :shades:

    I for one am very satisfied!
  • If you complain about the many problems that you have with one of these cars on this particular forum you get bashed by a few "CONCERNED" owners who dont want the complainers to spoil the "fun" for some one who might be interested in buying one.

    Why all the concern? If you love your car with all its top and door rattles, poor gas mileage, lousy transmission, ridiculous handling, then fine. But why do you have to criticize those who write about their issues?

    Because you know the resale on these loads is sinking far faster than the value of your loans. You want to keep the spin on the internet good for your car so you wont get hurt so bad when you unload it as upside down as you already are.

    Its too late for that. I took my pain a year ago and couldnt be happer. Drove off the dealers lot right by my Blue beauty G6 and never looked back. Although I dont get all the complements in the gas station or the ooosss and ahhas from people seeing the roof in action anymore, that kind of attention getting is for morons.

    As a former GM engineer I can tell you with 100% certinity that the Plant and GM knew about all these problems with these vehicles and shipped them anyway. Too bad that I found out after I purchased mine.

    Maybe someone can read ALL the viewpoints in this forum, decide for themselves and hopfully not make a major mistake!

    This is a great forum BTW, I enjoy all the comments
  • Hello,
    I stopped by my local Pontiac dealer a few weeks ago to question them about my exhaust. I have the 3.9 engine with the dual exhaust tips from the single muffler. It has a very "throaty" sound, and I was wondering if it was normal. They said it was normal and then I mentioned that I see several complaints on Edmunds about exhaust issues. The mechanic said the complaints deal with the whistling sound due to the water vent hole in the muffler. He said that even if they replace the exhaust, the same sound will eventually return. It seems that it is a design problem that is just an annoyance to some owners.
  • Hello "rjent",
    I'm happy to hear that you are very satisfied with your car. I have a fully equipped 2007 that I am very happy with too. I guess we're among the lucky ones.
    As an aircraft mechanic/inspector for the past 46 years, I assure you that I can be very critical about the shortcomings of any mechanical device. Although the G6 may never win any awards as the "greatest thing since sliced bread", it certainly makes my day whenever I get to drive it with the top down. This is my first convertible, and I can truly say that any minor imperfections are easily forgotten during a scenic drive on a beautiful day.
  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,721
    Although, my 08 G6 has its issues. I will say that it is a solid car! It has a very quiet interior. My 06 Accord had quite a bit of rattles. The car seems composed, though it took my awhile to get used to the suspension. The Accord has a more stiff ride, which I still prefer. I am impressed with the the overall build. It has a big bang for the buck!! BUT, not so much any more, since GM car's have dropped substantially in value, this no longer applies. Luckily, I was able to get a killer lease on the car.

    I am going to be completely honest, if it wasn't for my lousy engine, I would might at some point in my life, get another GM car. But, I am more than likely never going to take that kind of risk again. I am so frustrated when it comes to the engine. I plan to really look and investigate the engine in my lease.

    I will definitely slow down when it comes to signing anything.
  • rjentrjent Posts: 19
    Why do you still post. You got rid of yours.... :confuse:

    "If you love your car with all its top and door rattles, poor gas mileage, lousy transmission, ridiculous handling, then fine. But why do you have to criticize those who write about their issues? "

    That is a very untrue statement.
    I have no rattles, poor gas mileage, lousy trans., or ridiculous handling .... and I might add, I never once criticized you. You seem to have some kind of vendetta against either the car, or the company. Everyone of your posts is bashing someone or some aspect of the car :) As far as I am concerned, take your BS somewhere else!
  • I am very much enjoying my 07 G6. I had a few problems with the top in the beginning, but the bugs seem to have been worked out and I now love the car. I also took it on a long road trip (only 2500 for me, though) this summer, and really enjoyed it. Don't have any problem with the engine, the exhaust, or anything else. As far as I'm concerned, it is too bad GM is giving up this line of cars. :)

  • "I have no rattles, poor gas mileage, lousy trans., or ridiculous handling .... and I might add, I never once criticized you. You seem to have some kind of vendetta against either the car, or the company. Everyone of your posts is bashing someone or some aspect of the car As far as I am concerned, take your BS somewhere else! "


    Those are all very untrue statements , I mean . ..You do own a G6 Convertible right? I never said that you criticized me, and BTW I am happy that you are happy with your car. However all owners and former owners can have their say on this forum unless I am missing something in the rules. This is Edmunds....not an enthuasists site. Criticisms of the vehicles which are not personal in nature are very welcome here, No one should try to suppress an owners verbatims of their experiences

    So as far as I am concerned please ignore my posts. perhaps you should follow the advice Karen the moderator gave you when you made a personal attack on me in January" Ohhhkay.... by KarenS HOST Jan 09, 2009 (3:06 pm) Save | Reply
    Let's drop the personal insults and sarcasm. If you don't care for someone's comments, just scroll past them.
    Thanks from me.

    Now back to real information about real cars!


    To perspective buyers of the G6 Convertible just recognize that with all the issues that you can read about here and the poor auto reviews (and really what else can you find on the internet in Drivers reviews of the G6 Convertible but NEGATIVE reviews) you need to recognize that when those 3/36 warrantys end LOOK OUT
    Cha Ching!$$$$$ :lemon:

    Perspective buyers do your homework you will see that this car may not be a good long timer purchase. Anyone who knows convertibles knows that they all have their issues, but one with as many issues that are structural like G6 will head the other way fast.

    Want a great Made in USA Pontiac convertible? - go with the Solstice. (I owned one b4 this G6 thing) Solstice / Sky Holds excellent resale value. The chassis is made for driving (unlike the G6 which is a poor excuse for engineering) Looks, simplicity and most of all it does not spend most of its time in a repair bay.

    Some will say that the G6 fits kids in the back or lil adults that a two seater wont do. A joke. My kids were always annoyed in the rear seat of this car with the excess wind. I was cramped and uncomfortable in the back seat. My 1990 Lebaron convertible was at least a little comfortable for me in the back, and the kids had no problem.

    Just my opinion, I am part of the Edmunds forum family - community of loyal members! :D

    Thanks .
  • rjentrjent Posts: 19
    I am done. You guys enjoy!
  • 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: 872
    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?
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