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Pontiac Grand Prix, Pontiac G8, Future Vehicle, Sedan
#340 of 1278 Re: Heated seats Re: No Nav Option [qbrozen]
Nov 02, 2007 (10:26 am)
I don’t mean to be flip or offensive. Just wanted to make sure people reading here understand that heated seats are available – though not as a ‘stand-alone’ option. Yet.
And I agree that one could argue the G8 is coming to market without several items one might reasonably expect.
I am hoping that the lack of interior color choice and the lack of a HUD will be addressed.
My sense is that the G8, though it became a “world car” for GM, did not have the time or the attention of US representatives early enough in the product development cycle to insure that every item of ( standard & optional ) equipment was available initially.
Yet when we look at the number of 350+ HP, V8, RWD sedans available for less than $30K in the US, my sense is that Pontiac will sell every one they can build in Australia and ship here. Somewhat like the new 2008 CTS, there are missing pieces ( true BlueTooth integration is the one I hear most often regarding the CTS ) but the emphasis was apparently on bringing the G8 to market as soon as possible, with all of the basic features on the checklist such as drivetrain, seating, suspension, etc in place and thoroughly developed. My guess is that the G8 GT \ V8 will be a terrific car to drive, even if missing a few items many expect.
And my hope is that initial market reception will justify additional features & options – and models ( GXP ) in short order.
I have only 15,500 or so miles on my current ride, so I do not NEED a new car anytime soon. So ( fortunately ) I can wait to see what happens.
Waiting, oh so very patiently . .
#341 of 1278 Re: Heated seats Re: No Nav Option [rayainsw]
Nov 02, 2007 (11:02 am)
Its true. I mean, there is no doubt that, on paper at least, it looks like it should be a good buy. I mean, if I compare a $30k G8 GT to a $30k Accord (to keep with my previous comparison), the GT may lack some ammenities, but absolutely destroys it in performance and fun.
the only bit that worries me at this point is the seats. 6-ways might not work for me. It really depends. The only 6-way I ever tried that I felt completely comfortable in was an '02 WRX. All others have failed to give me the leg support my 6'5" frame needs.
Oh, one other thing I noticed that it does have, though, is a tilt AND telescoping steering wheel. This is also very important for my personal driving comfort.
#342 of 1278 Adding Nav / XM / NavTraffic / Sirrius Is Easy
Nov 02, 2007 (5:46 pm)
The aftermarket navigation systems provide superior functionality, and cost no more than typical factory systems, so the lack of factory navigation in the G8 should not be a problem. I have a Pioneer AVIC-Z1 system in my 2006 Explorer, and it is equipped with the XM, XM NavTraffic, Bluetooth, and rear camera options. It has a hard disc to store the map data and to store music "ripped" from CDs or DVDs. With four excellent speakers, the who system came to about $2,500.
#343 of 1278 Re: Adding Nav / XM / NavTraffic / Sirrius Is Easy [fsmmcsi]
Nov 04, 2007 (10:10 pm)
Come on people! What about On-Star? It's free for 1 year. I just bought a 2008 LaX Super and got lost driving around South Bend, IN (when it was pitch dark). All I did was call O/S and they told me exactly where I was and then gave me directions (turn-by-turn) on how to get to the tollway.
#344 of 1278 Re: Adding Nav / XM / NavTraffic / Sirrius Is Easy [jpstax1]
Nov 05, 2007 (4:33 am)
buty after that first year..I beleive its $24.95 a month for turn by turn option......On-Star is the true reason I beleive GM is hesitant about BT integration IMHO...since they have the verizon calling......but too many people want BT as an option these days
#345 of 1278 Re: Adding Nav / XM / NavTraffic / Sirrius Is Easy [jpstax1]
Nov 05, 2007 (7:17 am)
I love having On-Star. The last NAV I had proved to be a distraction and got little use. I currently pay for turn-by turn as I need it since it is not contractual so the $24.95/month never bothers me. I would like confirmation on the availability of XM because I am not interested in additional equipment in the car to make this possible (the dash is too pretty for cluter). For those determined to get NAV, I haven't seen the option listed anywhere but it would seem possilbe with the 6.5" color LCD in the dash.
Nov 05, 2007 (7:44 am)
See my post #329 above.
#347 of 1278 Re: Adding Nav / XM / NavTraffic / Sirrius Is Easy [jbar2]
Nov 05, 2007 (7:58 am)
guess Im confused by what you mean as OnStar is not contractual..since it requires a monthly subscription...and I was wrong about the pricing...its 28.90 a month..and for the first year of safe and sound given to you for buying GM equipped Onstar vehicle...its a $100 upgrade....per the Onstar website....
#348 of 1278 Adding Nav / etc.
Nov 05, 2007 (8:36 am)
I'm not a fan of audio-only turn-by-turn navigation. I'm a visual person. I HAVE to see a map.
#349 of 1278 Re: Adding Nav / etc. [actualsize]
Nov 11, 2007 (10:51 am)
Plus, XM-Navtraffic, a feature available on many aftermarket systems, helps avoid traffic messes. Just last week it helped us avoid a wreck on I-5 south, allowing us to know about it and exit onto PCH to go around the backup. Our Pioneer AVIC-Z1 will also plan the route using NavTraffic data, and offer to change the route based on changing traffic data.
None of the navigation systems have a way to account for being in the HOV lane, so you to factor that into your decisions on routing.