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Pontiac G6, Coupe, Sedan
#1637 of 2458 New car - 3 week report
Jul 18, 2005 (11:33 am)
Well, I took the plunge 3 weeks ago and bought a new 2006 G6 GT Sedan. I'll start out by saying that I've been very impressed with the my local Pontiac dealership. They've been responsive and have returned all my calls promptly.
So far, I can say I love the car. (I should add that I was driving a venerable old '97 Ford escort prior to this for about 6 years, so I may be easy to impress.) I got the car decked out with leather, panoramic moonroof, extra airbags and remote start. The car drives competently, the interior is as nice as most other cars of this price range, and I have to say that the appearance is superior to most others out there at this range. I park next to my neighbor's new Acura (?TSX, I think), and it looks as good or better. I confined myself to buying an American-made, American-company car, and so I didn't actively compare to Accords, Camrys, etc., but this car is superior at least in appearance.
The performance is good, not great, and the 4 speed, while smooth and competent, would have been better as a 5-speed. People have complained about the electric steering, but it hasn't really bothered me. Haven't noticed it. Problems I've had so far:
-Driver's side visor mirror cover was broken. Dealer is ordering new visor for me.
-Occasionally when parking and using the e-brake, the car won't let me remove the key from the ignition. I think this has to do with the order that I am applying the regular brake, the e-brake or putting the car in park. Haven't determined yet, but it's only happened twice, and is resolved by shifting out of park and back again.
The moonroof is about the coolest part of the car. Was hesitant to get the panoramic, but I opened or closed, it approves the appearance from the outside, and makes for a convertible-like experience from the inside when open.
I've been doing my homework on buying a new car for almost 9 months, and I have to say that I made a good choice. I strongly recommend...
#1638 of 2458 rental Pontiac G6
Jul 18, 2005 (12:13 pm)
I've been driving around in a rented Pontiac G6 since yesterday: 3.5L V6, 45,000km, about 250km of highway, and 50km city driving. In terms of responsiveness, it's very similar to our 2000 V6, Alero -- steering, handling, braking, acceleration. I'm very happy with our Alero in that regard, so that's positive.
I do like the telescoping steering wheel, and the info center in the radio (e.g. fuel economy, miles until empty, etc.) is pretty neat. Outward visibility is far worse than in the Alero though, in particular when you glance over your shoulder out the left rear window prior to a lane change. I've had a few surprises there already. I think this is compounded by the relatively small sideview mirrors, and the narrow (top to bottom) side windows, which also are higher from the front of the vehicle to the rear -- I kinda feel like I'm sitting in a bucket.
Road and engine noise seem to be more muted than in the Alero though, presumably through more sound insulation.
I'll try to remember to keep track of mileage and calculate the fuel economy, then I'll report back later. Would I buy one ? I'm not sure. That visibility issue could be a deal killer, and my wife (who's shorter) would probably have an even harder time of it.
Jul 18, 2005 (9:24 pm)
Have you tried adjusting your seat position?
The G6 is a bit different than the alero in that it follows the modern trend of having more meat (read "metal") on the doors and less window. I think it looks good and gives a feeling of safety, although i can understand the whole sitting in a bucket thing.
It may also be that you are so accustom to your regular car, you find it difficult to adjust. g6owner moved from an escort and seems to be good.
Hey, G6owner, when you were looking, did you spot the G6 coupe? Im anxious to hear what people think, especially of the new 3.9L 240 hp v6 in the GTP versions. The wheels and dual exhaust alone make the GTP a nice pick. Wonder why more owners don't come forward. With all those discounts there have to be people who bought the GTP
Jul 19, 2005 (5:19 am)
I doubt there are too many discounts on GTPs as they are 2006 models and not covered under the "employee pricing".
#1641 of 2458 That could explain why there are few takers
Jul 19, 2005 (9:21 am)
on the coupe version as well. I saw one on Ebay recently... looks better than the GM photos...
The panel gaps are tight, the fit and finish looks well executed...
This steering wheel should have been in the G6 from the start IMO
Finally, a two tone interrior that looks as if it was designed to be so from the start
The only concern would be the lack of Nav and at least HID, and rear seat room and head room. I thought that this car sucked from the early GM shots, but now that its finally out the car looks much better, even with the solara-esque rear lamps. Looks like they detailed the interrior pretty well.
Any takers, people?
#1642 of 2458 New car - 3 week report
Jul 19, 2005 (12:14 pm)
I didn't see the new coupe in the showroom last month. Nor did I see the GTP sedan. I had actually preferred to get an '05 with the employee discount, but I was picky about my options, and so could only order an '06.
The visibility isn't great, certainly not as good as my little old Escort, but it is satisfactory once you get used to it. The seats adjust well, so that helps alleviate visibility issues.
Interesting note: That coupe above has a different steering wheel than my '06 GT Sedan.
#1643 of 2458 Re: That could explain why there are few takers [exalteddragon1]
Jul 19, 2005 (8:31 pm)
Interior looks very nice. Steering wheel is a huge improvement.
I wish the wood trim was a brushed aluminum instead.
#1644 of 2458 Re: That could explain why there are few takers [bigdaddycoats]
Jul 19, 2005 (10:45 pm)
ask and you shall get...errrr something
its just that you have a choice, either brushed aluminum or wood...
I read some place that they will change the "manumatic mode" from the shifter we see here to steering wheel paddles like in the GP's. Is that true? I must say if they do that i may not be interested in this car. Its much more fun to at least pretend your shifting with a manual.
I totally agree the steering wheel is a big turnoff in the sedan IMO. Its the same wheel they use in the vette
This one is much better suited to pontiac's character.
#1645 of 2458 steering wheel
Jul 20, 2005 (9:54 am)
I wonder if the sedans will get the new wheel for 2006????
#1646 of 2458 Re: new Pontiac G6 troubles [lite_speed]
Jul 20, 2005 (11:55 am)
I had the exact same problem this morning. My G6 is one month old. When I got in the car this morning, the service light was on and Power Steering was listed as the problem. I took it to my dealership and it keeps quitting on them while the car is in motion on the road. VERY, VERY DANGEROUS!!!! It is literally impossible to steer these cars when the power steering goes out. Definitely not like a conventional steering system. As of this minute, they have not resolved the problem.