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Pontiac GTO, Subaru Impreza WRX STi, Coupe
#371 of 471 GTO Loses Another Comparo!
Oct 03, 2005 (1:52 pm)
Continuing the trend of mismatched comparisons, Consumer Reports October issue features a square off between the 2005 GTO and a food processor:
"The Waring MixMaster 2500 Blender/Food processor proved superior in
handling most types of foods. Its convenient quart-sized hopper could
easily accomodate large pieces of brocolli and cauliflower without jamming.
The Pontiac GTO had no hopper assembly at all, and while a considerable
amount of produce could be loaded into the vehicle through an open driver's
side window, the GTO proved unable to process the food regardless of how
fast the engine was running."
This seems especially harsh:
"The GTO's much-vaunted independent rear suspension was no match for the
MixMaster's ability to jullienne potatoes that were paper thin and
perfectly cut. In our "cole slaw" torture test, the MixMaster's variable
speeds and interchangeable blades made quick work of ten pounds of cabbage,
while the 400 hp GTO just sat there rumbling loudly and using up gas."
And this really strikes close to home:
"Despite an MSRP nearly three thousand times higher than the Waring
MixMaster, Pontiac's GTO proved to be a disappointing food processor in
virtually every metric, a fact that many GTO owners will no doubt find
Next Week: Ebonite VX Blastmaster Bowling Ball vs 2005 Pontiac GTO
#372 of 471 Sounds interesting
Oct 03, 2005 (6:04 pm)
I can actually imagine a little tire spin and some drifting to get all those pins knocked down.
Oct 04, 2005 (6:43 am)
Is that what they mean by English in English Town NJ?
#374 of 471 I cross shopped the two.
Oct 11, 2005 (10:18 am)
Believe it or not, I've cross shopped both these cars this past summer. A lot of people making these claims have no room to say anything because I'll bet most of you probably never walked up to one of these cars, let alone sit in it or drive it to form a good opinion.
I'll tell you one thing, don't knock the GTO 'till you try it. I honestly hated them, because I was another one of the mass public sheep who didn't like it because of its look. People hear GTO and expect larger than life. If it was called a G8 or Monaro, you wouldn't hear half the complaints. Well, anyway, I drove it and it instantly won itself as a strong contender. Mind you I was in the market for a Mustang GT, G35 coupe, Rx8 or STi with a GTO not even on the radar screen.
Each car has its pro's and cons, but in the end, I got similar performance of the STi, with more comfort, more luxury, much cheaper insurance, better gas mileage, all at a significant lower price tag then every other car I wanted. And looks wise, at 23, most my close friends ranging from 19-26 put the GTO ahead of the STi, but both cars at the bottom of the list, lol. Bland can be interpreted as sharp and clean. The girls chose the GTO hands down but I dunno if thats a compliment, lol.
And those of you claiming the interior is good in the STi... cmon... the rug is blue turf that matches the crap in my boat! lol. Go sit in a GTO then re-evaluate your opinion.
Costs not a factor, then:
Fun, fast, racer like driving. STi > GTO
Smooth cruising, low to top end instant power, cross country. GTO > STi
#375 of 471 Re: I cross shopped the two. [jusflyinby]
Oct 11, 2005 (1:04 pm)
Sounds about right. I think age plays a factor. I'd have been all over the STi when I was young and cool, but once 40 rolls around you feel pretty stupid in anything with a rear wing. So what did you end up with?
Oct 12, 2005 (3:08 pm)
I ended up buying the GTO. It offered everything the STi had, except for cornering, which it made up for with amenities, torque, exhaust note, and comfort . Not to mention it was all around cheaper, insurance, cost, and fuel economy (sorta on the fuel economy ).
I hear ya on the age thing, but a good number of the people in the goat club around here are around my age. And suprisingly just about all my friends said go for the GTO over the STi too. (I spent a good week mulling it over and asking for 100's of opinions, )
#377 of 471 Re: The GTO [jusflyinby]
Oct 12, 2005 (6:17 pm)
I think the GTO is a great buy for any age. Somehow the car slips under the radar for most folks, which is unfortunate. Just picked up the new Car & Driver, and Pontiac swung for a two page spread on the GTO. My guess is that interest will really heat up in 06 as the last of the cars become available, and we'll be glad we got our 04's and 05's when we did.
Meanwhile, I figured out how to make the gas costs a little more palatable. I got a GM Mastercard that I use as a gas card. I'm getting 5% of the cost of every fill-up back as money towards my next GTO, if there ever is one.
#378 of 471 Re: GTO Loses Another Comparo! [kbobe67]
Oct 13, 2005 (8:10 am)
Great reporting. Keep us posted.
#379 of 471 Re: The GTO [jusflyinby]
Oct 13, 2005 (8:12 am)
Right on dude! You made the right choice.
Oct 20, 2005 (12:40 am)
hmmm i dunooo..cause im also ur age group....b/w drive a wrx 02....hmm well in ma friends circle (18-25) id say sti is the favorite and evo close behind...we also loved the r32 and eager to see a mazdaspeed6 (the new civic si and the tc(with the upcoming intercooler) also looks promising)..but never had any repect for the goat...just our opinion....doesnot stack up to the goat's name (looks wise tht is).. neways congrads to u for ur new ride enjoy it man!!!!!