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Pontiac GTO, Coupe
#4124 of 4353 Re: which strut bushing?? [jjsams21]
Aug 24, 2006 (7:15 pm)
The strut problem is a known issue on mid-January through early May '06 built GTO's. This was due to a supplier change (Monroe Australia changed the strut oil from Shell to something else, and this caused the struts to fail/leak/damage the bushings, undercoating, brakes, et. al.). There is a discussion thread here:
wswone, "2006 Pontiac GTO: Strut Problems" #, 3 Jul 2006 8:15 am
and more significant discussions on LS1GTO.
GM has a boatload of struts (literally) on the way over... probably won't have enough here until the end of September. Time to call Pontiac Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-762-2737 and demand to speak with a supervisor. Tell them that you either want them to pay for aftermarket replacements (PeddersUSA has some struts that work on the GTO - some dealers are doing the replacements) or to make payments for you until the car is repaired, or else you will be lemon law'ing the vehicle once it hits 30 days out of service. That should get you some attention...
I presume GM will do a recall when they have replacement parts in stock. GM has really dropped the ball here.
Oh, file a complaint at http://www.nhtsa.gov if you wouldn't mind...
#4125 of 4353 Does Anyone Care?
Aug 25, 2006 (6:46 am)
I love my GTO ('05), but GM really, really botched this car's re-entry into the market something terrible. I wouldn't go near their new Camaro promised in the future as they don't have the brains to do it right no matter what they say or promise. All they care about is bottom line and market share - not what driving enthusiasts tell them or want. The buyers really are second to their multi-million dollar salaries and retirement perks.
#4126 of 4353 Re: Does Anyone Care? [dickc]
Aug 25, 2006 (9:43 am)
Jeeze man you just realizing that? That's the name of the game now isn't it? GM is no different that the others... look at the new Ford Shelby GT 500 or any of the SRT 8's!!! Hello!!
#4127 of 4353 Re: Does Anyone Care? [dickc]
Aug 25, 2006 (1:40 pm)
Ummm... as much as I agree with you that GM/Pontiac completely dropped the ball on marketing/producing the GTO for the U.S. (Holden builds a great car, it's Pontiac and the dealer network that dropped the ball big-time), I disagree with you with respect to the Camaro. Don't believe me? Go read posts over in the 5th Generation forum at CamaroZ28 and see. Scott Settlemire, who used to be one of the brand managers for the Camaro, posts there. They are VERY MUCH listening to the enthusiast. The Camaro is getting a shortened derivative of the Holden VE Commodore platform (engineered for NA assembly, unlike VE), just for the purposes of weight savings. They listened to the enthusiast who wants handling, and the Camaro will have an independent, rather than solid, rear (unlike the current Mustang). They took heritage styling cues from the '69 but overall the car doesn't look like a retro ripoff (unlike the Challenger, which is a veritable knockoff). GM is also planning a 450-500hp Camaro which will probably shame the top-line Challengers and Mustangs when it comes out.
I wouldn't call any of that not listening to the enthusiast. They are very much building that vehicle for the enthusiast (though they'll sell 60+k V6 models to the non-enthusiast)...
Just my 2 cents,
#4128 of 4353 Re: Does Anyone Care? [hammen2]
Aug 25, 2006 (3:36 pm)
As usual Robert verbalized my thoughts elegantly. Compare the '04 thru '06 GTO to anything else in it's range / class, it outclasses them all in every category as far as I'm concerned (60k on my '04, no problems). Holden / Monaro should not be trashed for the actions / nonactions of Pontiac's people. I'll be due for another car when the Camaro comes out, I'm still trying to like it but not quite sure. One thing is for sure though, THESE ARE THE DAYS if you're an enthusiast.....Mark.
#4129 of 4353 Re: Speedometer TSB [1badgto]
Aug 27, 2006 (5:17 pm)
2 mph is not bad for any car today. my nissan murano and my toyota highlander are both more. the tsb was about a shaky needle. you can check out tsb as nhtsa web site. rr70
#4130 of 4353 Re: which strut bushing?? [hammen2]
Aug 27, 2006 (5:19 pm)
robert, thanks for the reply. so far no leakage either with the struts or the bushings. i think the clunk is the spring touching the bottom spring housing. i have to remove the wheel to verify. but no leakage right now. thanks. rr70
#4131 of 4353 Re: Does Anyone Care? [coreseller]
Aug 28, 2006 (4:51 am)
My comments were never directed at Holden as they truly built us a wonderful car down under. As I said, I too love my trouble-free '05 GTO daily driver (which I've Magna Charged and, with a few other additions and modifications, is curently putting down 480 hp to the rear wheels - close to 600 at the fly.)
#4132 of 4353 Re: 'Thunk in the Trunk' [gb7]
Aug 30, 2006 (7:13 pm)
Sorry for not responding sooner. I haven't been here in awhile. I've been over in the political forums trying to save the world.
To answer your question, although they replaced some things I still have the thunk. It only happens when I turn right into a driveway that rises, never on a straightaway. So maybe it helps a little. I'd take it back but getting the dealer to do anything is like drawing blood. I guess it is something you have to live with or keep taking it back in. It's still a great car so I think I will hang on to it until the lease runs out then hand them back the keys. Hopefully there will be an '08 GTO in the lot when I do.
#4133 of 4353 06 GTO vs. 06 Roush Conv.
Aug 31, 2006 (7:06 pm)
Well i just raced a 06 Roush 5spd Conv. Against my 06 GTO 6spd. Both stock with less than 5000miles on them, and factory wheels and tires. The resultall three times was an Embarrassment. In the 1/8 mile it was 3.5 car lengths. In the 1/4 it was 7 cars. The GTO WINS. No worry for us GTO guys!!