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Pontiac Bonneville, Sedan
#3894 of 4400 The '05 GP with a 5.3L?
Mar 23, 2004 (2:10 am)
It's only talk right now - I've not seen any official announcement on it. Originally called the "Grand Prix Autocross", some are dubbing it the "Grand Prix GXP" and are talking about it coming to market for March '05.
This fits with the strategy to make '05 as the final MY for the Bonneville by presenting the Grand Prix as a good alternative for Bonnie buyers (which aren't exactly legion). The thinking is that SE buyers might opt for the redesigned Buicks (the all-new LaCrosse or the refreshed-for-2005 LeSabre) and Bonneville SSEi/GXP buyers will opt for the Grand Prix GXP with SLE buyers shaking out somewhere between the two - and being the most likely to jump to the competition (e.g. Acura TL).
I suspect that GM would want to be coy on this announcement: it would seriously harm sales of current GP Comp Gs and Bonneville GXPs if buyers thought that a 350 hp GP was just a year away.
Here's all I could find on the GP Autocross: GM Media: Pontiac Grand Prix Autocross - SEMA 2003.
#3896 of 4400 Recall on the 1998 Bonneville
Mar 23, 2004 (9:41 am)
The main reason that you could have got the answer that your can is not recalled, is that GM hasn't recalled them yet. Therefore no vin listing is available to customer service or dealers. Once GM issues the recall, the vins will be available. Once a manufacturer makes a decission to recall a car, they have to notify the NHTSA, which lists the info. It still can be months before the actual dealer/customer notification takes place.
Mar 23, 2004 (10:26 am)
If GM issued a recall # -03054B does that mean they already know what vehicles to recall?
I'll just keep aware of it over the next few months.
Mar 23, 2004 (1:06 pm)
When GM issues the recall it will be numbered 03054B. As of now they know the cars that will be recalled, they just haven't made it known. If I recall reading that associated documentation at the NHTSA site, it showed a draft copy of the GM to dealer bulletin but didn't include the vin ranges.
Mar 23, 2004 (4:25 pm)
Mar 24, 2004 (7:27 am)
Another thought has come to me. I have read that people who register with GM at http://www.mygmlink.com , get notified as soon as GM puts the recall info in their systems, and well before the letters go out.
Mar 24, 2004 (11:53 am)
I,m already registered at MYGMLINK.com with my cars VIN etc. -no recalls according to GM, so i'll just wait and see what happens.
Thanks again for all of your info.
#3902 of 4400 we're Back
Mar 26, 2004 (11:18 am)
Hello all! The trip to Fla was fantastic and the weather ideal in the low 80s. Back to the daily grind now!
On the way to work this morning I passed a car carryer loaded up with new 300s. Very impressive looking at first sight and definitely better in person than in the photos I've seen to date. However the toothy grille is certainly an attention grabber - and it's so odd now to see such a throw-back to the big chrome grills of a few decades ago.
I do prefer the classy front styling of the GXP to the 300. GXP is just so elegant from every angle.
#3903 of 4400 GXP Sighting
Mar 27, 2004 (3:56 pm)
The doctor's black GXP that I mentioned earlier (without the sunroof) arrived at the dealership yesterday. They called me so I could go take a look. It had just rolled off the truck and it was an overcast day with rain forecast so it was very grey out. The car was filthy from the trip, and had the white protective plastic all over it, so all in all it was hard to gauge its beauty as a black car. The seats and carpeting were all pretty much covered in plastic, but the dash was uncovered. The black chiclets and the carbon fibre touches looked pretty good against the silver-faced instrument cluster and the dark pewter interior, as did the brushed aluminum touches on the shifter, pedals and elsewhere. I think it will really look sharp all cleaned up with the black exterior. I couldn't drive it, of course, but the keys were in it and they started it for me. The Northstar V8 sound through the performance exhaust system was clearly V8-sounding, but rather unique I thought. Not as throaty as the GTO (they have a couple GTO's in stock which I have heard running), but nice at idle, and aggressive-sounding when goosed a little. Ought to sound great at WOT. Just right for a performance sport sedan. They have 5 more GXP's coming--all on speculation--no firm sales/orders--another black one, a white one, a greystone one, and two others.