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#3912 of 4457 GP GT2 vs. Chevy Malibu, Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry?
Sep 04, 2004 (5:17 pm)
I am currently looking to purchase a new car. I'm looking at 2004's and hoping to get a good deal on one. I have done a lot of research and have narrowed it down to 4. I want a car that is comfortable, safe, gets good gas mileage, powerful, quiet, looks nice, and drives well. I was hoping you all could give some much appreciated advice/feedback and if you have/had one of the cars listed below, how much you paid for it and likes/dislikes/problems! I have it narrowed down to:
2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GT2
2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS
2004 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE
2004 Toyota Camry LE V6
I have only driven the GT2. I plan on test driving the others very soon.
#3913 of 4457 Re: GP GT2 vs. Chevy Malibu, Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry? [kris10]
Sep 05, 2004 (7:49 am)
Keep an eye on torque steering when driving the Altima. It's said to be horrible.
Look critically at the fit and finish in the GP and in the Malibu.
The Camry is a good all-around car, but many might disagree why it made in your list with its looks.
If you can wait, try to drive the Pontiac G6 late in the fall.
Good luck and, please, keep us abreast of your driving impressions.
Sep 05, 2004 (4:03 pm)
I realize that I am new to this forum and this question has probably already been asked, but....
1. Will the 05 GP get a V8 and RWD?
2. Will the 05 get any body changes?
Thanx alot guys!
Sep 05, 2004 (9:11 pm)
V8, yes (optional), RWD, no, not until '08 or '09.
Body changes: don't think so.
#3916 of 4457 Faulty Odometer
Sep 06, 2004 (6:08 am)
From day one I had this feeling that the odometer is showing more miles than I've actually driven. Yesterday I had the opportunity to test the miles driven against mileage markers on the Parkway. My odometer was consistently showing 1/10 more per every 2 miles driven (mileage marker at 2 miles; odometer at 2.1 miles).
Does anyone else have this problem?
Does anyone know how I can correct it? I assume I need to contact a federal government agency, but not sure which one. Remember its a federal offense to do anything with the odometer.
#3917 of 4457 Re: Faulty Odometer [rkw2]
Sep 06, 2004 (9:58 am)
There are no federal regulations on odometer accuracy, so there is no need to contact any agency. Any odometer replacement requires the new odometer to be set to match the old one, but you don't need a replacement. Highway signage is not considered accurate enough today to check. The preferred method is a hand held GPS unit. And you don't mention what year Grand Prix you have, but the 2004 (one I see the most) dosen't use "tenths" on the odometer. The trip odometer shouldn't be used to compare. But with the figures you give you are right on the industry standard of +/-4%. +4% of 2 miles would be 2.08 miles or 2.1 miles on a trip odometer.
#3918 of 4457 How safe...
Sep 08, 2004 (4:27 pm)
is the GP? I know it comes with dual airbags and side head-curtain are optional. Is this car safe even without the side head-curtain? I researched the crast test rating of the car and it got 3 out of 5 stars for safety. I can't seem to find this car on a lot with the additional airbags. That's one of the reasons I like the malibu, but I like the look of the GP better. This is a tough decision!
#3919 of 4457 Re: 05 changes [hammen2]
Sep 09, 2004 (3:21 am)
"V8, yes (optional)"
Wondering what V8 - and why I have not heard about it elsewhere . . .
Sep 09, 2004 (8:18 am)
I believe there is a GXP version coming, with a version of the 5.3L V8. Not sure if it will be an '05 or an '06. Google "grand prix gxp" 5.3L V8 and you can even see a website with spy shots...
#3921 of 4457 Re: 5.3L V8 [hammen2]
Sep 09, 2004 (8:59 am)
Ah - that rumor.
We'll see . . .
Hoping for a different trans., at least, or this GXP exercise is likely doomed . . .