I have had every kind of vehicle over the years, and I could certainly afford a more expensive car, but, I am really surprised at the head snaps, and challenges from teenagers, friendliness from stran...
I have had every kind of vehicle over the years, and I could certainly afford a more expensive car, but, I am really surprised at the head snaps, and challenges from teenagers, friendliness from strangers, etc. that this car gets. This a stealth GREAT AMERICAN ROADSTER! Mine is aggressive red, the name of the paint job, and I would never have a red car before, but people seem to love it and it has grown on me as well, as has XM and OnStar which I would not have got had they not come with the car, now I wonder how we lived without them.
I only have 1,670 miles on it in the first few weeks so I can't comment on reliability yet, but so far it is perfect. Comfort is not so great and road noise is high, but if I wanted a sleeper sofa I would have gone to LazyBoy and not Pontiac, and I can always drive to a quiet place, and have a ball on the way.
In the first blushing week of fun I accidentally went by a CHP at 95 on a mountain road and he gave me a thumbs up because he knew I was 3 miles from the Oregon state line and he was never going to catch me this time (he was just handing a ticket to someone else anyway).
It does not have the fit and finish of a Mercedes of course, but it also does not have the price tag or the weight of a Merc. And it is FAST! I had a 2000 Z28 convertible and it was fast, but this would take it. But fast is like other things I can think of, more than a mouthful is wasted, and no matter what car you own there will always be a faster one out there. So just plain FAST is good enough.
I am not as comfortable in it as most would be, I am 6 feet and sit low, I am mostly legs. And it is true that visibility is poor, when the top is up, but not worse than most convertibles, and of course with the top down visibility is unlimited as is headroom. But like the title says you do not buy a car like this for a ride like a Towncar, or a trunk like a Cadillac, or for quite like a Bentley. It is what it is, a head turning roadster that should be far better advertised than it is, because I assure you if you can't make friends driving this car you must have facial herpes, and even then people will ask you about it even if it is from a few feet away.
I can rate this car as highly as they come, it is flat out fun and cool.