2008 Pontiac G8 Long Term Road Test


2008 Pontiac G8 GT: How Long is Your Commute?

January 19, 2009

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I've never come across a car with a "Rest Reminder" before. Our 2008 Pontiac G8 GT apparently has one. It comes on after 2 hours of continuous driving.

How do I know this? Driving across the desert to Vegas this weekend would be a good guess. A good guess, but wrong.

No, the way I discovered this little gem was far more demoralizing: It came on during my Friday evening commute, an especially bad one this holiday weekend. That's right, it took me over 2 hours to get home.

Thanks a helluva lot for rubbing it in, G8.

According to the manual, the 2 hour trigger threshhold is not changeable. But you can press the DIC access button (GM's cheerful acronym for Driver Information Center) to override the above display when it appears. If you do that, however, the warning will come back again in 20 further minutes, with a chime this time. And every 20 minutes after that. It won't stop until you switch off the car. You know, rest.

At least I got home before the 2:20 chime.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 17,174 miles

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