Car has been very reliable. Car was originally a repo, got it for a steal. Have had this car for 2 years and still haven't/won't get bored with it. The roaring supercharger and exhaust make it all worth while. It's well worth using Premium Fuel. Red coupe, black leather, heated seat, Heads Up Display, fully loaded for a 2000. Even came with the original factory sticker. Bulletproof L67! Love the sound system! Plastic interior can be dull at times, but the red instrument panel lighting is awesome! If I could do it all over, I would. Sad to see Pontiac was discontinued.
The 3.8 SC motor is under-rated at 240hp, unlike the Japanese who over-state their motor output.
My stock motor on a Dyno put out 304 hp.
If you dream of Audi S4 performance, but need reliability, look no further than the Pontiac GTP.
These engines are bullet proof, except for the occasional intake gasket which although time consuming is not a terrible job. $500 tops at any shop.
A Wards top ten engine mated to a reworked GM trans able to take the extra output.
The GTP engine. It differs internally from the normal 3.8. The HUD display is pretty neat and the
stock audio system isn't bad!
CRAPPY interior. low rent economy interior the door panels will break, knobs, buttons all break, but thank goodness for ebay and a zillion do it yourself video's on you tube.
I would invest in the
upgrading the front brakes to the same vintage Impala calipers and hanger.
So this is the first, and thus far, only car I've owned for my 3 years of driving.
I'm the 6th owner, and it was passed down from my dad at 130k miles.
It's now at 210k miles, and I can say with pride that this car has never failed me.
Aside from when the battery was dead (the battery was 12 years old at the time and an easy jump got me goin'), it starts every morning as I begin my commute.
Whether it's the usual 30, the frequent 100, or the occasional 1000 miles, it's always ready to go.
Most of my maintenance has been regular, with a few big replacements such as the axles and brakes.
The transmission and the engine still feel fantastic, despite the dust and age.
I love smoking riced-out little Hondas in my dinged-up, dirty sedan.
Insanely reliable, as I mentioned.
As long as it has gasoline and oil, it goes and goes.
I've taken this car all around the country, and despite the little caution voice in the back of my head, my car continues to please me.
My recent visit to a new mechanic left him astonished at the condition of the drivetrain, considering how worn out the car appeared.
The seats aren't intended for luxury, but they eventually conform to your butt and prove extremely comfortable during long drives, or even naps. :)
Love the oil indicator and the range indicator (when it worked).
Roomy trunk and interior.
The fuel gauge no longer works.
Expensive repair, but a minor inconvenience if you monitor your tripometer.
Common problems with the car are easily rigged, such as the keys being stuck in the ignition.
Remove the gear shift panel thingy, find the collection of broken wires, and solder.
It does like to blow through window motors, but those are relatively cheap and easy to replace.
Otherwise, duct tape. :)
My weatherstrip has flown off and disappeared somewhere on i97.
The stock headlights leak and it's almost impossible to see at night, although those could be easily replaced.
Solid drivetrain, but some minor things are iffy.
These cars sell cheap, so if you can deal with them, go4it
The 3.8 has a great transmission and engine, decent mpg, great performance, incredibly smooth, fun to drive but comfortable on the highway.
Always started for me.
I owned it
from 90k to 140k.
The problem is the electronics around it.
Power steering rack leaks, gas gauge bounces around, traction control stops randomly, power windows love to break.
Brake cylinders seize, the led on the radio like to dance sometimes.
And nothing is $250 or less, everything is at least close to $400 or more to fix.
It still works if you can live with the flaws as it is extremely dependable.
Home mechanics go for it, but after 120k avoid it like the plague if you can't fix it yourself.
Engine and transmission are the best.
Fast, fun to drive and still comfortable enough for the highway.
The MPG is 17 city and 27 highway in the summer driven like it was meant to be.
It can handle snow to a point.
Lots of toys, and more things to break too.
The most reliable car for starting everytime I have ever owned.
The heads up display is wonderful if you get a chance at it.
Part around it degrade quickly after 125k.
Don't buy one past that unless you can fix it yourself.
And expect nearly $400 dollars or more when something does break.
Buy a code reader and keep it in the car so you know if the error code is garbage or not.
This is not for people that faint at the sight of a check engine light.
Don't buy it if you demand something that just works without thought or lifting the hood.
I have heard complaints from those on the short side of 5'6" that the dash is tougher to see over.