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#1 of 54 Pontiac GTO 2005/2006 How reliable have they been?
Aug 09, 2006 (8:10 am)
So I'm closing in on buying a 2005 or 2006 Pontiac GTO, and I already know that it's a blast to drive. But then I happened to stumble onto a small forum on carsurvey.com where there seemed to be more negative than positive reviews on its reliability. Some folks were even invoking the lemon law. Some of these negative comments were against just the 2004, but not all of them.
I would appreciate comments/feedback, both good and bad, on your GTO ownership experience. What's your overall impression?
#2 of 54 Re: Pontiac GTO 2005/2006 How reliable have they been? [jtaco]
Aug 09, 2006 (11:08 am)
I have a 2005 Goat with over 18K miles, so far no problems at all.
#3 of 54 Releability 2006 GTO
Aug 09, 2006 (1:16 pm)
I have a 2006 GTO with 8000 miles and only one minor problem with the power seat control which was easily repaired. Other than that the car has been flawless. Fun to drive,comforable,reasonable gas mileage(18-19 mpg-mixed driving).
#4 of 54 Re: Releability 2006 GTO [beachguy]
Aug 13, 2006 (5:28 pm)
The manual really does quite a bit better on the MPG for those interested.
The overdrive is 0.57:1 on a 3.46 rear. With the manual the fuel actually shuts off when coasting. Frugal shifting will add to the mpg. 16/21 auto vs 17/25 manual. Worth the stick no matter how you feel about it.
#5 of 54 Releability 2005 GTO
Aug 28, 2006 (11:59 am)
Have an '05. No problems, super car!
#6 of 54 2004 GTO water leak
Sep 03, 2006 (7:15 am)
water fills on weather stripping at bottom of drivers door and runs over plastic panel onto carpeting. This has been going on for over a year. Brought car back to dealer many times. Passenger side completely dry. This is a big problem since car is parked outside and not garaged. Weather stripping has been replaced, then glued and plastic water shield in door panel was replaced. It appears to me the front door drains directly onto the weather stripping instead of just off to the side. They said there is no way to adjust alignment of the door. Anybody have the same problem. Saw pictures of this problem on another website but the guy has not posted that it was fixed.
#7 of 54 Re: Pontiac GTO 2005/2006 How reliable have they been? [jtaco]
Sep 07, 2006 (6:30 pm)
I have a 2005 automatic and I've had two substantial issues. First - the ABS constantly issues an alarm and disables the traction control. I've had it to the dealer who claims they can't find anything wrong.
Secondly, one day after a 30 mile trip, I shut off the engine and came back 20 minutes later to find a pool of coolant on the ground. Had it towed to the dealer. Again - no problem found.
I love the car, and would still buy it if I had it to do over, but these issues are bothersome, to say the least.
#8 of 54 Re: Pontiac GTO 2005/2006 How reliable have they been? [jtaco]
Sep 13, 2006 (5:04 pm)
You need to research the 06 GTO defective strut problems. I bought an 06 GTO on July 5. The Struts failed shortly after delivery. Car was stuck at the dealer for 31 days before they finally repaired it. The sordid tale of my experience with the dealer is too long to relate here. I am convinced GM knew the car was defective when I bought it. Noone with GM, or the dealer, has even tried to allay my concerns regarding the reliability of the vehicle, or assure me that GM will coninue to support the vehicle. My expectations, to be dealt with honestly and fairly, were apparently too high. I conducted my own research on the defective strut issue - I could not trust anything the dealer or GM told me. I researched the Alabama Lemon Law statutes and filed the documents necessary to protect my rights. I am currently making GM repurchase the vehicle - the GM internal paperwork for repurchase takes ~3 weeks. The car is currently collecting dust in my garage. The frustrating thing is, I still like the GTO, but forcing repurchase appears to be the only viable recourse to protect my interests. I too was intrigued by the GTO performance, room and comfort, but GM simply does not deliver adequate quality and support to realize the potential of the car. What happens when something else fails, say in several years after warrantee and lemon law protections expire? Will GM maintain any replacement parts inventory? Will any replacement parts have to come on a slow boat from Austrailia? I love vehicles. I am constantly evaluating and ranking vehicles to determine what I may buy next. The GTO was a bad selection. This experience has completely soured me on GM. I have removed all GM products from my vehicle database. I will never consider purchasing another GM vehicle. I will relay my experience to all friends and colleagues. I understand now why GM is failing. 0% financing and 100,000 mile warrantees mean nothing if the vehicles are defective and the service and support lacks basic integrity and competancy.
#10 of 54 Re: Pontiac GTO 2005/2006 How reliable have they been? [nomoregmjunk]
Sep 15, 2006 (3:31 pm)
My 04 has had perfect reliability. The 06 failing front strut issue has been readily known about for months and is a simple(albeit inconvient)issue to repair. It sounds more like you've had a difficult dealer to deal with then a true GM/GTO issue. Federal law mandates an auto maker MUST provide all parts for a given vehicle for at least 10 yrs.
The GTO is a FANTASTIC automobile. Too bad your unfortunate incident has soured your chances of ever enjoying it. GOOD LUCK!!