2008 Pontiac G8 Long Term Road Test


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.

A short time later, a gentleman who identified himself as Angel Acosta called and scheduled a test drive. Since he was coming all the way to Long Beach from San Diego I knew he must be serious. He asked about my price and I said I would be willing to "adjust" it since it now had more miles.

I covered the blow-by-blow negotiation in my Savvy Shopper column on Edmunds Daily. But just to recap, I lowered the asking price from $21,700 to $21,000 due to additional miles, the need for a brake job, and a $100 military discount for a serviceman.

Angel returned a few days later with a cashier's check and his wife to drive his other car home (he owns a total of six cars). I was happy to tell him that the oil change indicator took 13,000 miles to recommend a change. Angel smiled patiently but said he would change the oil every 5,000 miles regardless since, "this is a policy which has served me well in the past." He is a mechanic in the Navy so he has a technical background to draw on when making auto-related decisions. He said he was looking forward to working on the car himself (brakes and oil changes).

Cleaning up the G8 before Angel came I thought about what a great car this has been for Edmunds. We drove it over 36,000 miles and had very few problems with it. Besides that it offered outstanding comfort and practicality for a performance car. Big trunk, roomy back seat and a 6-liter V8. You can't beat that.

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