I bought the bright red Pontiac G5 GT coupe with automatic transmission new.
I purchased it with every available option, (IE:
leather, sun roof, Pioneer XM stereo, heated seats, remote start, 17 inch tires).
I drive a lot of highway miles to work and I wanted a car that got good highway gas mileage and looked sporty.
I now have 135,000 miles.
Original tires lasted to 98,000.
Replaced rear brakes at 120,000.
I haven't had to replace the front brakes yet. I change oil every 4,000 miles and have most routine maintenance performed.
This car has met all my expectations.
Sporty looks (many compliments), great gas mileage, peppy engine, good handling, low maintenance, very dependable, heated seats. Leather seats are holding up well.
I've gotten as low as 22 mpg driving city in sub-zero winter months, and as high as 38 mpg driving all highway on an early summer morning.
I average 32-36 MPG. Gas mileage decreases about 2 MPG for every 5 MPH you exceed 60 MPH. The G5 is a light weight car designed for high gas mileage which it accomplishes.
You should not expect an ultraquiet, smooth, luxury ride.
Getting into the rear seat can be difficult due to the placement of the front seatbelt shoulder strap.
It could have been placed higher.
Sun roof can "creak" at times (plastic on plastic sound) when going over bumps.
Front passenger strut is not beefy enough.
I've had it fail 2X's while making right turns into parkiing lots over small curbs.
Visibility out of the rear window is not the best (along with other makes this vintage).
Rear trunk while big, has a small access opening.
I wish the headlights were brighter. If you can accept these quirks, it is a great little car.
Wow, whoever wrote a bad review is totally wrong and has no idea. It made me realize that a lot of people out there will never be pleased no matter what. The Pontiac G5 is the best car I've ever owned, and my previous car was a six cylinder Lexus ES300. The G5 is small for sure, but it packs a serious punch that I never expected out of a car with a 4 cylinder engine. It's faster than my Lexus was and is way more fun to drive. In my opinion it's the best economy car on the market. Seriously, the dudes (or dudettes) who wrote bad reviews need to get their heads checked because the G5 is amazing. Just wish they were still being made. I would get a new one without any type of reservation.
Manual, need I say more? Love having a port for my iPod, too. The dash has everything from tire pressure to current and constant gas mileage, as well as tire pressure.
Nada, but get some all weather tires if you have to deal with snow. That is very necessary, as this car does not handle well in snow without the right tires.
Not only for teens, being a 60+ guy who wanted to try a stick shift again.
Bought new, there is now over 18,000 miles on my G5 - all of it put on by me.
It's a blast to drive.
I'd forgotten how much punch a manual transmission provides compared to the non-premium automatics.
The freeway on-ramps are fun again and driving in traffic is even much more interesting than driving an automatic.
I've had absolutely no problems with the car.
Mileage is over 28 mpg in town and over 35 on the highway - with regular gas and a fairly "heavy" foot.
The ride is fairly quiet and comfortable.
Finally, my wife loves to go out with me in our "sports car!"
Nice looking, fun to drive and manual transmission provides surprising power from the economical four cylinder engine.
My dad purchased me this car because I was transferring to a university and I needed a reliable car and I absolutely love it! I have had no problems (other than the steering defect recall which GM is replacing). This car is very fun to drive, handles well, and gets great gas mileage. It doesn't have the greatest horsepower, but will get and go. When it was purchased it had about 23,000 miles and it now has around 26,700. Nothing has been replaced. I plan to keep this car until it won't go anymore. I would recommend this car for a teenager/college student or just anyone who loves a small reliable car! I wish Pontiac didn't go under!
Audio input feature, stereo, handling, gas mileage, reliability