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2009 Pontiac G8 Consumer Reviews

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It's a keeper

by from Youngstown, Ohio on July 4, 2012

When the spouce and I we're in the market for a new car we went to a combo GM dealer to buy a new Caddy CTS. But when she saw the G8 in black the looking was over. Overall I was extremely impressed wi...
When the spouce and I we're in the market for a new car we went to a combo GM dealer to buy a new Caddy CTS. But when she saw the G8 in black the looking was over. Overall I was extremely impressed with it. The styling is what is most impressive. Comfortable, handles well, rides better than expected, plus many more positive adjectives to describe it. It does have a few quirks that I don't like. First off, no auto diming rear view mirror, not available. Second, the placement of the power seat controls, very tight fit between the seat and the door panel, third, the side mirrors could be larger. You do have to careful when approaching driveways or pulling up to a curb as the front is actually lower than my Corvette, and I have had some mishaps. That is not a fault of the car, just the driver. I've had this car 3 years now and plan on keeping it . Overall, it's the best.
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Pontiac G8 GT

by from Fairfax on February 25, 2010

This car is an amazing bang for the buck. A great Vette V8 nestled into a 4 door sedan means fun for the whole family. The auto transmission is well suited for this car and allows for throttle matchin...
This car is an amazing bang for the buck. A great Vette V8 nestled into a 4 door sedan means fun for the whole family. The auto transmission is well suited for this car and allows for throttle matching when in manual mode. Only a slight hint of under-steer during aggressive cornering, however remains very predictable. Controls are in good locations and an over all exterior look of a BMW, which is nice. HUGE amount of room in the back seat, I am 6'4 and I sit very comfortable in any seat in this car. Enough trunk space to feed a small country and enough horse power and torque to jump start Idaho. Fun and safe all wrapped up in a car that has a badge which will fetch a collectors fee as Pontiac drifts into memory.
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It ROCKS!

by from Montgomery, AL on June 16, 2011

I've owned my G-8 GT for a little over a year. Purchased it used with 15,000 miles on the clock. It was a GM corporate vehicle. GM has a long history of getting a car right and then killing it. The G...
I've owned my G-8 GT for a little over a year. Purchased it used with 15,000 miles on the clock. It was a GM corporate vehicle. GM has a long history of getting a car right and then killing it. The G-8 is SO RIGHT they had to kill off Pontiac just to be internally consistant. Good looks, blistering performance and comfortable. The only annoying thing so far is a rattle in the rear deck partially due to the subwoofer I think. It is fun to just L-E-A-V-E everyone but maybe a Vette or a Porsche sitting at a light. The GT is crazy fast. The GXP version with another @60 hp may well be the ultimate modern sleeper. I've got an old crome bumper Vette and the G-8 feels a lot faster. I average 19-20 mpg in mixed driving and have gotten about 23-24 on the highway at 70-75 mph. GM will be even more stupid than usual if they do not bring this car back as a Chevy/Buick. The front of the car should be changed as little as possible. The back could use a bit more personality.
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My GXP

by from Central Illinois on May 3, 2013

I purchased this car new. The design caught my eye, and the performance sealed the deal. What a car. For the money, one cannot find such a car on the current market today making this an unsurpassed va...
I purchased this car new. The design caught my eye, and the performance sealed the deal. What a car. For the money, one cannot find such a car on the current market today making this an unsurpassed value. If your taste is for a car that functions extremely well as a workhorse, and performs like a sports car, without draining your bank account...get this one. This car is the reason Pontiacs should still be produced today. If the Chinese would have endorsed these instead of the flash-chrome-Buick, these WOULD still be built under the Pontiac nameplate. This car feels like a 4 door Vette, is as roomy as a Caddy, and has trunk space galore for actually traveling by car. They are also sleepers. The unsuspecting Beemer pilot gets very embarrassed, and the cop gets fooled. Your friends and neighbors say oooh, and your banker says aaah. Love it.
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4 door Firebird

by from York, PA on May 24, 2012

This car is amazing! It can fit any size person in the front or back while still scaring little children and the elderly as you race on by. For a 6.0L V8 it gets suprisingly decent gas mileage with th...
This car is amazing! It can fit any size person in the front or back while still scaring little children and the elderly as you race on by. For a 6.0L V8 it gets suprisingly decent gas mileage with the variable valve timing (4cylinder/8cylinder mode). This car is a blast to drive. Pontiac pricing with BMW 5 series performance and style. This car is basically a 4 door Firebird (or Camaro is you prefer since it is still around). This car does not ride like a car that can handle almost 1 full lateral G around a corner, it rides similar to a Cadilac. GM really shot themselves in the foot discontinuing Pontiac and shot themselves in the foot again by not rebadging the G8 and bringing it back in Chevrolet or Buick's clothing. If you want an instant classic that will have your passenger squirming in the seat next to you when you hammer that right pedal while still maintaining decent, normal driving, gas mileage and a comfortable ride then this car is for you.
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Tell the wife its an economy car!

by from NC on March 21, 2009

As a traveling rep, I spend a lot of windshield time behind the wheel. I've owned both foreign and domestic vehicles, and put well over 200K on most of them. I decided that for once, I would get a car...
As a traveling rep, I spend a lot of windshield time behind the wheel. I've owned both foreign and domestic vehicles, and put well over 200K on most of them. I decided that for once, I would get a car I desired. No disappointment in my decision, as with only 3400 miles it performs as expected and more. The car is very fast, comfortable, and with the 6 speed auto and tall gearing relaxed at cruising speed. It is only turning 1500 rpm @65mph, and 2000 rpm@80. At a steady 65 I can get 31.8 mpg. The problem is that everyone want to seem to race you. When you punch it, you are doing over 90 mph before you know it. The interior is spacious, the seats comfortable, and the handling is excellent. The ride is just a little hard, but considering the handling, it is the best compromise, and the vehicle is rock solid under all conditions. Just a few problems are the seat angle adjustment is by a knob, and the window switches are in the console. This is a drivers car that outperforms anything in its price range. If you need a 4 door Camaro or Corvette, this is your only choice. It will scare the wife when you put your foot into it, and make Camry's, Accord's, Acura's, Lexus's, Audi's, Mercedes, & most BMW's disappear in your rear view mirror in a matter of seconds, all on regular 87 fuel. At less than $28K out the door, why would one settle for anything less?
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Pontiac - went out with a bang! RIP

by from Edgewater, NJ on April 21, 2010

It's always a shame when you see something you're fond of fade into memory. That is really how I feel about Pontiac. From the days of grey plastic interiors and body cladded exteriors to solid, reliab...
It's always a shame when you see something you're fond of fade into memory. That is really how I feel about Pontiac. From the days of grey plastic interiors and body cladded exteriors to solid, reliable, performance cars, Pontiac had come a long way. I've owned the two cars that Pontiac imported from Holden in Australia and they are, without a doubt, two of the finest cars I've been in for the money. I always believed there was a market for Holden cars and with a little more design intrigue, maybe they would have caught on. Maybe the good ol' days of muscle, muscle, and more muscle have passed and we really are living in a world of efficient, 4 and 6 cylinders with direct injection and forced inductioin. If so, then I am proud to own one of the last true muscle cars...a G8 GXP with attitude to burn and nicely wrapped around one of GM's best interiors. The G8 has a tight, European ride, but never lets you forget that it's American...maybe not by birth, but in it's heart and soul. Good-bye Pontiac. You will be missed by a select few that understand what you really stood for. RIP
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ABSOLUTELY THE BEST CAR I HAVE EVER DRIVEN

by from Mustang, OK on December 5, 2011

The Pontiac G8 is by far the best automobile I have ever driven. Keep in mind that this car was designed and built in Australia by GM's international affiliate Holden. I hate 4 door sedans, but I was ...
The Pontiac G8 is by far the best automobile I have ever driven. Keep in mind that this car was designed and built in Australia by GM's international affiliate Holden. I hate 4 door sedans, but I was looking for something that I could transport my family around in with ease and comfort, yet not make me nausiated by having to drive a sedan (or minivan). I was impressed by the looks of the G8, and I was even more impressed when I drove it. The 355HP engine moves this car with ease. It is much faster than either my Pontiac Trans Am, IROC Z, or my old 4-4-2 Oldsmobile. The ride and the handling are phenominal. At regular highway speeds, there is almost no road noise, vibrations, etc. At extreme highway speeds, the same is also true. There is no difference in the car whether you are driving 70 MPH or if you are drving 140 MPH. This car has the capability of easily going faster than that, especially with the 6 speed transmission, not that I would recommend driving that fast for long periods of time. The interior is superb. You can tell that this is not a normal American car, because it does not look cheap, with buttons and controls in inconvenient places. The leather is of high quality, as is the 10 speaker Blaupunkt audio system. The only thing that I do not like about the interior are the floor mats. They are not of high quality, but to this day, you can still purchase better floormats specifically for the G8. It is a shame that the Pontiac line was dropped by GM. It is also a shame that GM did not continue to import this car under the Buick or Chevrolet banners. The same can be said about 2005-2006 GTO, which was also a Holden product. If you want a really great car for a semi-reasonable price, you can not go wrong with a G8 (or a GTO). I can hardly wait to do a few improvements to my G8. They are not necessary because the car is wonderful right now, but I like a little more power and a slightly louder exhaust sound.
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My GT

by from Conn on March 19, 2010

I bought the G8 GT 1 year ago. It is a fun car to drive with globs of power. There is no annoying FWD torque steer and front heavy understeer. The V8 is powerful, but unfortunately, is detuned with AF...
I bought the G8 GT 1 year ago. It is a fun car to drive with globs of power. There is no annoying FWD torque steer and front heavy understeer. The V8 is powerful, but unfortunately, is detuned with AFM to improve fuel consumption. Overall, it is a fun car to drive and I bought mine at a good price. Too bad that GM has discontinued the G8.
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One of the great pontiacs of all time

by from New jersey on June 6, 2011

Great car great power good looks. Also lots of room for large adults. handles as good or better than cars costing twice as much. Would recommend to anyone looking for a sport sedan Very cool car!!!!
Great car great power good looks. Also lots of room for large adults. handles as good or better than cars costing twice as much. Would recommend to anyone looking for a sport sedan Very cool car!!!!
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