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Pontiac G8 GT: A Reader's Long-Term Car

March 10, 2010

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These pictures were sent in by reader Andy Lee. His long-term car is a 2009 Pontiac G8 GT. Just like ours but a model year newer.

Here's what he had to say:

"I was driving in my 2009 Pontiac G8 GT (that I bought because of Edmunds reviews BTW) when I passed this small town in North Dakota. I couldn't resist the pictures as I thought of you guys."

Thanks for thinking of us, Andy. Nice car. We love getting pictures from our readers.

I miss our Pontiac G8. What about you, guys?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2008 Pontiac G8 GT: Nationwide Inventory is 111 -- and Dropping

January 07, 2010

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If you've been wanting a Pontiac G8 with a V8, either a GT like ours or a more desirable GXP, the pickings are getting slim.

A quick search on AutoTrader reveals only 111 V8-equipped G8s still exist in dealership new-car inventory nationwide. By the time, this blog entry publishes, it likely will have shrunk further. Will this near-term scarcity translate to long-term collectibility?

Oh, and if you're content to drive around in a ho-hum V6-equipped G8, well, there are apparently still 145 of those for the taking.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor

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2008 Pontiac G8 GT: Smooth Sale to a Worthy New Owner

January 05, 2010

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The new owner of our 2008 Pontiac G8 GT, Angel Acosta, will service the car himself.

We weren't in a hurry to sell the 2008 Pontiac G8 GT so we listed it for our True Market Value price and just relaxed. At first we got no calls at all but then we got a few nibbles. One caller was a scrap metal dealer who often traveled to Australia and knew the G8 as the Holden Commadore. But he couldn't buy until the end of the year when his current lease expired.

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2008 G8 GT: Little Things Make a Big Difference

December 18, 2009

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How can we even dream about selling our 2008 Pontiac G8 GT when there is a huge scratch under the driver's door handle? It's the first thing a buyer would see on a test drive.

Some folks from Turtle Wax came by and showed me this product so I thought I'd give it a try. Michael Deddo, Turtle's senior research chemist, said the scratch was probably just in the clear coat. He was right as you will see in the before and after pictures on the next page.

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2008 Pontiac G8 GT or 2009 Hyundai Genesis: Decisions Decisions

December 10, 2009

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(Photos by Kurt Niebuhr. Sweet illustration by me!)


This comparison was thrown at me while I was back East for Thanksgiving. I was thrown for a bit of a loop as I thought, for the first five minutes of the conversation, we were talking Genesis Coupe.

Here's some background:

Let's say your'e a young guy, whose current car is on the way out. You just graduated college and are currently in a Master's program at a school 20-30 miles from your house.

Let's also say you live in the Northeast and have, for some reason, been brainwashed by your dad that the ONLY acceptable car has four-doors , rear-wheel-drive and a tankeresque curb weight.

It's also not a Mercedes-Benz. BMW or Lexus.

Ideally, it's a Chevy Caprice or its evil twin, the Impala SS. Acceptable, too, are the wagon variants of the B-body.

So you'd think the G8 would be ideal, right? I mean, it doesn't get more perfect than that, right?

Uhm, not quite; There are some sticking points:

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2008 G8 GT: Strong Money for a Muscular Car

December 01, 2009

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It hurts to sell a great car like our 2008 Pontiac G8 GT at this time of year. You can almost sense that the shoppers have their minds on other things. We even had one guy email us several times saying he wanted to buy it when it came up for sale. I contacted him but, alas, his employment situation had changed. That was probably code for "layoff."

Still, I'm sure a buyer is out there for this car which has been a big hit with our staff (in fact, we had so much fun with it we ran up 35,000 miles). The only question is what price the G8 will go for. Right now, we are at almost the full TMV price of $21,900. Check out our ad for our Pontiac G8 GT on Autotrader.com. And make an offer.

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2008 Pontiac G8 GT: Tinker Bell's Shuttle

November 11, 2009

Halloween09 005 1600.jpgThis entry is a little tardy, but the G8 GT served as a shuttle for Tinker Bell on Halloween. Attaching the child seat was, as it is with most LATCH-equipped vehicles, a snap. Getting Tweaker Bell to bed after candy? Well, no so easy.

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2008 Pontiac G8 GT: Eeeew, Window Grime

November 05, 2009

Every time I roll any of the G8's windows down, I see this strip of grimy film across the top. I bugs me. Why? Because even after a good cleaning, the top inch or so of the windows is always obscured by the thick window frame. You need to roll the windows down a bit to clean the top edge, the roll them up to clean the bottom edge.

This, from a guy who carries his own mini bottle of window cleaner and a rag in his briefcase. Why? because when the photographers (who hate to see freshly wiped arcs across an otherwise clean windshield) want me to drive into the setting sun and the Editor-in-Chief reprimands me for flipped down sun visors in photos, I need a very clean windshield. Just sayin'

Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor @ 34,150 miles

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2008 Pontiac G8 GT: My Favorite Wipers

October 12, 2009

Living in Southern California where it rarely rains, our windshields get pretty dusty.

I live at the beach and I notice a lot of salty buildup on the glass. So, I use the windshield fluid often.

My favorite system is the one in the Pontiac G8. The washer fluid comes out of the wiper arms and really coats the whole area of the window, instead of shooting up two jets and making the blades disperse it.

Here is a video because I wasn't able to capture this with my still camera.

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2008 Pontiac G8 GT: The Anti-Camaro SS

September 30, 2009

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With more than 30,000 miles on the odometer, our Pontiac G8 has led a hard life. The transmission lurches from gear to gear when it's cold and there's an annoying flutter from the back of the car (subframe, body panel?) that registers over stutter bumps. It's as if the car has spent a little time flat-out on the dirt roads of the Australian outback. Or maybe our Josh Jacquot has driven it more than a little.

And yet the G8 still drives great, a real American-style car in the dramatic way it does things and European in its ability to deliver the requisite finesse when the circumstances calls for it. In fact the Pontiac G8 is everything that the Chevrolet Camaro SS is not.

Maybe it's the more deliberate action of the steering and throttle. Maybe it's the ability of the chassis to glide over the rough patches in the road without losing its grip in the corners. Maybe it's the good visibility from the driver seat.

The Camaro SS has much the same hardware as the Pontiac G8, but it feels as it's been screwed down a little too tightly, like the GM engineers have set it up to achieve great test numbers but not necessarily great driving. The Pontiac Solstice sports car always drove the same way, like it had been calibrated as GM engineer John Heinricy's ride in the SCCA run-offs.

Every time I walk away from the 2008 Pontiac G8, I think about what a great drive it is. Whenever I walk away from the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS, I never look back.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor @ 32,650 miles

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