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  • The orbital buffers are really safe. My car is black and I've buffed the hell out if it with an orbital buffer with absolutely never a swirl or scratch. In fact, with Meguires No. 7 and some good pressure with the orbital and the terry cotton bonn…
  • Sorry if someone has already mentioned this as I have not read over all the posts. Looks like Corsa now offers a cat-back system for the CTS. Very cool. I have the Corsa system on my Aurora (STS system) and can't say enough good things about it. …
  • Yes, I am aware of that. The "bad gas" excuse. I did hear they printed that lame-o excuse. If you think about it, it is laughable at best. So the reader is to believe that they run this comparison test (it was at least 6 cars) and they had NO CL…
  • I think you may put a little too much stock in those "first drive" magazine tests. But if you really like the magazine tests, C&D did one of their comparison tests a couple months back with the CTS and 5 other similar cars (many that you listed…
  • Just a suggestion. With a black car - never go to an automatic car wash. Do it yourself only. "Soft cloth" means nothing. It filled with everyone else's grit and grime. I hand wash and am careful to dunk the rag a lot. I've got a black Aurora.…
  • "As far as optional Nav systems and the like are concerned, they should be available to those who want them, but the hardcore performance enthusiast should be able to opt out of them if he/she so chooses." I don't consider myself a hardcore perform…
  • Oh - and this car will be a true performer - quick acceleration times from any situation because it has lots of torque everywhere on the power curve - not just nice peak numbers. None of this great 0 to 60 if launched just right from 0 and then …
    in Pontiac GTO Comment by garnes June 2003
  • Way cool. More than that, they are making this thing a torque monster - which is more important. Peak torque is up to 365 now, but it sounds like the torque curve is way fatter than originally planned. It also sounds like this car might not nee…
    in Pontiac GTO Comment by garnes June 2003
  • theiceman - you're right. It'll be dyno'd quick. On "Two Guy's Garage" (Speed Channel - actually it was "Crank and Chrome" at the time) they dyno'd a stock 2000 Corvette. Stock it was 265 HP at the wheels (almost 76% of 350 HP). With the K&N…
    in Pontiac GTO Comment by garnes June 2003
  • No, I don't expect it to change either. I wish there was some way to stop that insanity though. Most people looking to buy a Corvette in the past would not likely be persuaded to get the Firebird or Camaro if the power rating was much closer to th…
    in Pontiac GTO Comment by garnes June 2003
  • iceman - I still doubt there is a 5 HP/TQ difference. I'd bet that the exhaust plumbing on the G bodies is the same diameter, and the resonator and mufflers are the same too. A less severe bend or two may help a tad - but exactly 5 HP AND torque??…
    in Pontiac GTO Comment by garnes June 2003
  • Add to your consideration that the GTO supposedly is VERY comfortable. You read this everywhere. I doubt you can say that about any Mustang. 1 to 2+ hours in a car and that is quite important in the REAL world. Same can be said for the back seat…
  • obiwan - my opinion on the HP is that it's the same flipping output as the LS1 corvette. I highly doubt there is some difference in the intake or exhaust that keeps the peak torque in place but peak HP is down 10. It's just GM doing their goofy li…
    in Pontiac GTO Comment by garnes May 2003
  • Mr. Shiftright and Obiwan are right. What did that Subaru do in the street start (5 to 60)? Give us those numbers. I remember the first WRX C&D got accelerated to 60 in 5.5 seconds. One they got later needed 5.9 seconds. Gee, I wonder why. …
  • What are the details of the order? Price? Options? Or is it a general get in line/ you'll get a car thing?
    in Pontiac GTO Comment by garnes May 2003
  • Those dealership experiences are sad and I've had them too. I highly suggest you call the manager/owner - whoever and share your underwhelming experience with them. They should be unemployed - period. I had a very negative experience at a Cadilla…
  • Thanks for the site link. It's fun, but there are some goofy numbers in there and the "street start" is going to be a slower. So I wonder just what is the basis. An "actual DTS" getting to 60 in 6.1? No way. Same for some other cars there. "…
  • A keyboard contest has a Cadillac DTS getting to 60 in 6.1 and an STS needing 7.0. Hmmmm.
  • yeah - keyboard racing. As for any correlation tot he real world??????? BTW - the street start "5 to 60" for the GTO is not quicker than the 0 to 60 times. It is slower. Although for some automatics is can be almost the same as the "0 to 60 " nu…
  • What I also think would be cool is if GM just flat out worked directly with Corsa for an exhaust option that you could get right from the dealer/factory. I know they spent a lot of time tuning the sound of the GTO exhaust, but I doubt it's straight…
  • You mean the exhaust tips on either side - right? It already has a true dual exhaust, so the change would just be cosmetic. I hope changes include the sunroof, and maybe some safety related upgrades. Navigation system? Couldn't care less. Otherw…
  • you mean all that TORQUE - not HP. Low end torque shreds tires, not HP. HP (peak) is good for continued power through the top end and it generally impresses the automotive press and most of the buying public, but can be misleading as to how much p…
  • I got the impression from reading it that a tire upgrade would be difficult because wheel well rubbing would be a problem. What are your thoughts? Hopefully some kind of tire upgrade is doable. With some cars, intake and exhaust modifications are…
  • I wonder how many people here have actually seen the car for real.
  • Good post, although I don't think it's all that bland or poorly styled. The way some people are puking here you'd think it looks like a Crown Vic. Come on. I haven't seen one yet, but I suspect the deeply curved fenders look pretty cool and pictu…
  • "sorry but the cts interior is not even as good as a jetta". - I've been in both too and quite honestly that's just a silly assertion. If you didn't like the CTS - fine, but for the sake of some credibility, you may want to go easy in the hyperbole…
  • rjs - thank you. I just have to add this - especially for the pocket rocket devotees. Why is it that cars like the WRX constantly quote 0 to 60 times as measured by the likes of C&D? Of course that's always in the bottom of the add too. Why …
  • Come on guys - so the stupid article said within 20k. It's a stupid statement even if true. 20k is huge money. Who really cares if something for 17,500 more(number out of the air < 20k - please no issue with it) "beats" it to whatever in some …
  • I always thought it would be great for the auto reviewer(s) to disclose just what the heck they have in THEIR garage. From there it's not hard to put 2 and 2 together. Automobile purchases are extremely personal - especially for someone in the bus…
  • I like your posts. Great stuff. Thanks for sharing that. I think this board is starved for the actual car or at least some magazine test of the car. Admittedly, I'm not holding my breath for an objective review - but just about anything would be…
  • I have to agree with you guys, this a great time for car performance. I just hope nothing happens to ruin it like the early 70's. I started driving in the early 80's and for a long time all you could do was look back at the 60's for power. Final…
  • Thanks guys. I guess it can come from anywhere. The bottom line is that the magazine numbers are often a poor place to look for real world performance. But so many people invest so much of their ego in those numbers. It's sad. Actually, with so…
  • I don't think everybody does that. I recall an issue of C&D not too long ago where they tested the G35, CTS, 330i, W8 and some others in a comparison test. The CTS performed pretty much up to other reported numbers while the G35 and most of th…
  • - if launched just right, from 0 only..... And that's the one "sent" to the magazine. Real world? Real or not, I would not want one either. I never understood the mentality of the "pocket rocket" crowd interrupting the discussions of various boa…
  • Here are the graphs of the LS6 2002 vs 2001. Again - very interesting. I hope to see this offered someday in the GTO. http://www.corvettemuseum.com/specs/2002/2002-LS6vs2001LS6.pdf I like how GM got the latest LS6 to produce more power from abou…
  • These power curves of the LS1 and LS6 are pretty interesting. And the GTO will have a power curve that substantially beats the 2000 and 2001 LS1 curves shown here. Very cool. Looking at power curves also underscores the importance of the total am…
  • nas43 - I've got the same car ideas as you describe. Although my short list would never have ended up like yours. B4z - thank you. Yes, the GTO will be powerful from any situation - not just a trick launch. The pocket rockets are still quick fro…
  • b4z - you are probably right. The much heavier and more powerful and quicker GTO may get better mileage than a G35. Those engines achieve incredible economy as well as performance. The G35 economy is a joke. It's too Altima looking for me anyway…
  • I doubt many of us have seen the new GTO other than pictures. A past post mentioned dated styling - lack of bulging fenders. Well, if you look at the various photos available on the internet, you might notice that the light/reflection breaks quite…
    in Pontiac GTO Comment by garnes March 2003
  • I'll second valhs post. Although I still suspect the GTO engine is a bit stronger than the standard Corvette engine (not just the tad more torque peak either). At 3700 lbs it's on the heavy side though.
    in Pontiac GTO Comment by garnes July 2003