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#717 of 869 Are Pontiac G6 HTC Bloggers Stuck in a Rut?
Oct 24, 2009 (8:17 am)
Haven’t posted here for quite some time, but I continue to be underwhelmed by the continuing negativity of this blog.
Did someone forget that the G6 was designed to replace the Grand Am, which was highly regarded by many of us prior owners? Seems like the “old GM” did quite a good job doing what it intended to do. And it even added a high-tech, low-cost, high-value convertible to the mix. It was never designed to compete with a Mercedes convertible, even though Karmann engineered and manufactured both folding hardtops.
My 2008 G6 HTC continues to bring a smile to my face, and when our grown children return home, their grins are even wider. They remember the lesser convertibles of their childhoods.
Yeah, I had one set of cold-weather roof rattles, which was fixed in a half-hour by my nearby, reliable dealer. Now, it’s been rattle-free going on a year. Passenger seat cushion’s leather cover developed a tiny tear, which was replaced under warranty; apparently, the perforated leather, my first experience with this product, was a bit thin in that area, or the original hide had a defect. (Perforated leather is certainly much more comfortable in both summer and winter than my previous vehicles, which had smooth, solid leather, and only time will tell if it wears as well.)
Anybody see the reviews of the new Infiniti and Lexus convertibles? Gee, the same basic “fatal flaws” as the G6, and at only twice the price! Rattles, no trunk space, less rear seat room than the G6, and more. (The Infiniti has the identical 2-piece roof design as the G6, which is naturally made by Karmann.)
Due to the crappy weather in upstate NY during the past two summers, my car has not seen as much open-air driving time as I would have liked, and so it may be headed towards low-mileage classic status sooner than expected if the direction of the Jet Stream doesn’t change soon. Rest assured, however, that I will be purchasing a long-term GMAC extended warranty once the basic 3/36 warranty expires to insure myself against potentially disastrous costs if the top malfunctions as the complicated mechanism ages.
Hey, naysayer’s, this is the type of car that in fifteen, twenty or thirty years, you’ll be mumbling to yourself, “I had one of those. What was I thinking about when I decided to dump it?”
Frankly, I hope that Chevy or Buick incorporates the Pontiac’s HTC concepts into one of their midsize vehicles, so that others may enjoy their rides as much as I enjoy mine.
#718 of 869 Re: Owners trying desperately to keep resale on G6 Convertible [ownerof4chevys]
Oct 25, 2009 (8:09 am)
I certainly have to agree with you about the topic of dissatisfaction. All it takes is one bad experience to make an unhappy customer. I had nothing but trouble with the only Chrysler product I ever owned, and it surely won't happen again. I can readily sympathize with the complaining G6 owners.
Ironically speaking, I'm at the age (63) where I can still relate to the knowledge of relatives that fought in World War 2. The thought of owning a "foreign car" (produced by a former enemy) was considered taboo in my family, and to this day, I have never owned one.
I have been mainly loyal to GM, but over the years, they sure have dropped the ball. They can produce bad vehicles for just so long before the word spreads....and then they're on their own. At this point in time, GM is no longer "king of the mountain" and I strongly doubt they ever will be again.
Unfortunately, cars are very expensive these days, and it's no picnic to get stuck with a bad one. So to everyone out there......best of luck with whatever you're driving!
Nov 01, 2009 (1:13 am)
Although this is a very minor problem, I was wondering if anyone else has had this happen.
The nuts that retain the spoiler to the trunk lid keep backing off. The nuts get lost in the area between the inner and outer skins of the trunk lid, so I have to replace one or two each time. I have even used lock washers to no avail. This time, after I replaced them, I coated the protruding threads with a heavy-duty caulking. ( I didn't want to use "Loctite" in case the spoiler ever needed to be removed)
I imagine that if the spoiler is loose on the trunk lid, water can get into the trunk during rain or a carwash......or even get that black trunk lid liner moldy.
#720 of 869 Re: Loose spoiler [ownerof4chevys]
Nov 01, 2009 (6:37 am)
Blue Locktite is for removable fasteners, red is not, use the blue, and no problem to remove.
Nov 18, 2009 (5:39 am)
Hmmmm ...... Nobody is commenting lately. Does that mean that there's nothing new to discuss? Or possibly that people have vented their frustrations and have moved on with their lives?
Whatever the reason, here in N.J. the weather is getting colder and with few exceptions, the convertible days have ended for now. I, for one, am sure going to miss the weekend drives that my wife and I took this summer and fall.
Best wishes to all of you for the upcoming holiday season.
#722 of 869 Convertible still in the testing phase
Dec 17, 2009 (6:45 am)
I bought a brand new 09 off the show room floor on the 12 of November. I have put almost 3K on it with 500 of it in the first 2 days. I do amitt that the side mirrors do rattle when the bass is up but it doesn't bother me too much. The only complaints that i found so far was the little 2 inch piece of weather striping above the drivers window kept falling down. i took it to the dealer and they cut it off. they said that they have several people come in about it and they called GM and they said that it is extra weather stripping that over laps. they cut it to line up and never had a problem since. Trunk space is limited with the top down but who cares. when you are crusing with the top down what do you need to carry that can't fit in the back seat. The gas mileage is better than my truck. i have gotten 22.8 so far with me still breaking it in. I wish that it had blue tooth and memory seat buttons and a compass but i have GPS that has a compass, my husband is rarely allowed to drive my car and i have a blue tooth ear device so all my wants are covered. I was looking at the Lexus Convertible but I am a die hard USA only girl so this was the closest i could get. I love it and get many looks as i drive down the road. I have the triple paint white diamond pearl color that is rare to find on the convertible. All my friends can't wait for their turns to ride. I have fit two 180-210 6ft, grown adults in the back seat with the top up and they were very comfortable. The other concern i have is the wind behind my head when the top is down. i am looking to buy the wind deflector......any comments on it?
Dec 20, 2009 (9:12 am)
I found that the wind swirling around from the back, in between the front seats, caused a draft on the driver and passenger's necks. I built my own deflector from aluminum tubing and ordinary window screening. (I'm an aircraft & sheetmetal mechanic by profession). It resembles a "rollbar". The results were absolutely amazing! No more drafts and the car is extremely quiet. I highly recommend a wind deflector.
Pontiac charges $420, but perhaps you can locate one on Ebay for less.
#724 of 869 Re: Wind deflector [ownerof4chevys]
Dec 21, 2009 (5:48 am)
#725 of 869 Re: Owners trying desperately to keep resale on G6 Convertible [billdaman]
Jan 28, 2010 (2:58 pm)
I have a G6 pontiac convertible 06 the top is not go the cable is bad do you know is this a recall ?? my name is Max 775-200-6751
#726 of 869 Re: Owners trying desperately to keep resale on G6 Convertible [maxcarter]
Jan 28, 2010 (6:32 pm)
I do not know of any recalls regarding the convertible top. Which cable are you speaking about? There is only 2 cables regarding the top, they drive what is called the flipper door. This closes out the hole the top leaves when it goes into the trunk. The topstack is hydraulically driven, and typically if the top is not moving, it is an electrical (switches, cable lead not plugged in) not a mechanical issue.
Please describe the issue your having... Does the latch by the windshield actuate? If so, it is typically a switch issue in the receiver (2 switches on the driver side, pop the header trim and check the connectors and the switches) or what is called a hall sensor attached to the hydraulic cylinder that drives the latch at the windshield. This can be checked by popping off the headliner (be careful not to damage it as you remove)
If the latch at the windshield actuates, is the pump trying to actuate the top (is the pump motor whining)?
These are the type of questions that if you can answer we can probably get to the bottom of your issue.