helped a friend pick this car out after his driving style indicated he needed something that could take more of a beating. Model was a burnt orange 3.6 with a fair amount of features for the year and I have to say I was pretty impressed. RWD is definitely the way to go if you're a driving enthusiast you just have to be careful when things get slippery. The car rides very well and is extremely planted on the road. You can feel EVERYTHING you drive over due to the suspension setup and wide sporty tires they use on this but this was made with that in mind so be warned. Road noise is slightly excessive but bearable as you can hear the engine (which does sound pretty decent) and on the highway wind noise is also tolerable. Fit and finish of the car are really well and alot of surfaces are soft touch which I do commend the automaker for but they do make the vehicle extremely heavy so the engine does have to work pretty hard from a stop to get moving quickly but again thats something you can easily fix with the GT model of this car. Steering is slightly numb but better than the typical GM fashion that normally goes into vehicles. For a "sporty" sedan though it does lack slightly. Overall the car is a great value and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a sportier ride yet needing to keep in mind space in the back and some sensibility.
I owned this car from 21k miles other than oil changes and regular maintenance the car is great couldn't have asked for a better car now with 91k miles... I have drove it from san diego to rhode island with no issues at all its made the trip 3 times now which is some good miles can't beat the speed of the car it sounds great handles like a BMW with out decals most wouldnt know it's a damn pontiac lol can't go wrong with this beast has speed 0_60 in about 5.1 and all for under 18k now day...so if you are looking for a reliable car that has the looks and speed to match!
Smooth ride handles like a BMW good rumble...speed looks great it's a win win over 90k miles now and still no issues still a monster under the hood and on the streets
Can't complain really some will say better gas but with a motor like this beast pushing over 300 hp can't say much I would say the interface with the cd player I don't like that knob on it should have been touch screen
The car had been in the shop several time handles poorly in the snow. Tires are very expensive to replace. The brake light was on when driving - did not know it until a state trooper followed me. I would say that 36,000 miles was the life before every thing began to break down and then lets not mention the warranty was up after that and obama motors did not have a stimulus for the replacing the warranty of the car, how about that for a change!
Nothing can touch the Pontiac G8 GT in the same price range for overall performance and comfort. The G8 is Pontiac's 7-series sized, 5-series handling, 1-series priced, 3-series BMW. With time it would have gone from a very good car to a great car. GM dropped the ball, big time, when they canceled the Pontiac brand. I only hope that they will bring the Australian Beast back. Regardless what brand it would fall under, or what they called it, I would purchase another one. Out of the 20 vehicles I've owned, the G8 one is by far my favorite. It doesn't matter if I'm looking at her in my garage, detailing her, or drifting her around some corners, she always brings a big smile to my face.