2005 Pontiac GTO User Reviews

2005 Pontiac GTO Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 58 reviews

  • Performance:4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5
  • Appearance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Overall: 4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5

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"power" 27 reviews
"ride" 18 reviews
"speed" 18 reviews
"interior" 10 reviews
"fuel economy" 9 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 13 reviews
"interior" 5 reviews
"heavy car" 3 reviews
"expensive car" 3 reviews
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magnumforc writes:
2005 Pontiac GTO Coupe Review
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Fast, affordable, outstanding build quality, a sleeper, fun to drive

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Fuel economy, no longer produced

magnumforc
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Fast, Excellent Build Quality, Eats Gas Like You Own The Refinery! — I purchased this GTO as my last high performance coupe. I always have that thought, one more high performance car, but it seems it's never really the last I own. Honestly, I was intrigued with the Australian beauty with the American badging, the Holden under the GTO marque. Perhaps the first thing you notice about the GTO is that it blends in with the crowd. Were it not for the hood scoops (a feature that can be deleted in ordering) it doesn't look much different than most other mundane coupes on the road. The rear also doesn't give much away, if you overlook the big exhaust pipes looming from under the redesigned rear valance for 2005. The big dual piston calipers painted and marked GTO don't really call much attention and frankly, a side view doesn't elicit a lot of excitement. It's not until you turn the key and that 400 HP LS2 comes to life that anyone really pays attention to what this car is really all about. Then the "Thunder from Down Under" has the streets under control and you're really in the drivers' seat for a great ride. Speaking of which, the interior is one that sets the standard for which all GM cars need to strive for. The leather buckets front and rear (Yes, it's really a 2+2 configuration) re comfortable and supportive. The workmanship is impeccible and the seats are extremely comfortable and adjustable. One con is the electric movement to allow entry into the rear seat and the seat movement is slow. That speed was improved on the 2006 model, but would still be better if it were free sliding to allow back seat entry and re-engaged after the seat was upright. But the seat does have a memory after it's upright and will return to your original setting with the push of a button. The controls are well laid out and the dash is colorful and easy to see, Colors are in line with the color and trim of the car. If you order a black car, as I did, the gauge cluster is red, not black. If you order a blue car, the cluster is blue, a yellow vehicle, the cluster is yellow, silver, it's silver, etc. There are some variations, but generally that's the norm. The stereo CD player is a Blaupunkt and is top line with a 6 CD changer and 10 speakers. Lots of bells and whistles with remore entry, trip minder, all sorts of message center and reminder gimmicks, and one to tell you how much fuel it's sucking from your wallet. Hey, the car is fun personified, so if you're going to sweat a few bucks in fuel, you'll not want this, but an econobox instead, right? Transmissions are choice of a 6 speed manual or a 4 speed automatic, (with overdrive)and the fuel economy, of course goes to the manual. The auto has a rating of 12 and 16 I believe and gets a gas guzzler tax added to the sales price. The auto is standard, but the gas guzzler tax will more than offset the additional cost of the six speed manual, so if you are a driving afficionado, go for the gusto and get the manual. Either transmission will allow you to smoke the tires at will and for as long as you wish. That is if you can afford replacing those beefy treads on a regular basis, as that torque can eat that rubber really fast! This car is freaky fast. Not just fast but truly fast. The engine winds effortlessly. remember, this is the Corvette engine and does what it's supposed to do and that's propel this vehicle to wherever you wish it to go and do it quickly. Reported speed limiter settings are in the neighborhood of 152 but I can't verify that. I've seen radar readings in excess of 160 but I can't verify them with troopers either. Suffice it to say this car will run with the big dogs in most any circle. Plus, I've seen several with aftermarket superchargers that not only run with the big dogs, but bite the big dogs in the tail on the way by. Sadly, the production of this car ended with the 2006 model year. From what I understand the dies were just worn out. Remember, this was a Holden Monaro from Australia and was rebadged and massaged for us here in the US as the GTO. Maybe we'll be seeing some more Thunder soon...

Owner for 2 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:6

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carrjones writes:
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5

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Great ride quality. Excellent build quality, love the interior. smooth tourq through the range. Good stereo.

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Needs Mp3 capability and an ipod jack. Only one power outlet. Leather on back seats is too tight, the seems on the top ripped, had them recovered under warranty kept out of sun and they ripped again in a few weeks. Fuel mileage could be better I average 17 driving to school, and about 21 for long 100 mile plus trips. I have the 4 speed Auto, i feel that this should have been a six like the manual. The fuel take lid wears out quickly and wont latch shut, still works but cant be locked shut now.

carrjones
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Ture Sleeper At The First Glacne With A Great Interior And Lots Of Power. — Great ride quality. Excellent build quality, love the interior. smooth tourq through the range. Good stereo. Needs Mp3 capability and an ipod jack. Only one power outlet. Fuel mileage could be better I average 17 driving to school, and about 21 for long 100 mile plus trips. I have the 4 speed Auto, i feel that this should have been a six like the manual. The fuel take lid wears out quickly and wont latch shut, still works but cant be locked shut now.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Megan writes:
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Miss this goat terribly.

Cons

Parts are not cheap for this car when you are trying to mod it. But repairs here and there are not bad at all.

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Australia Did Awesome. I Don't Care What They Say. — I absolutely loved this car but one thing I just could not believe was the size of the cab and how comfy the seats were. It was awesome! The only thing I did not like about this vehicle was the previous owner had done burnouts and wore out the rearend and I couldn't find a replacement differential without having to completely rebuild the differential center section with new gears which would cost me a romping $700-$1,000. Nooo, thank you. It was a fun little beast but in the process of selling it, it had been stolen and it is still under investigation. I would recommend this car to any gear head who can handle the power these LS2 throw at you. Be prepared for the car to break the tires loose a time or two! Lol THIS IS NOT A KIDS CAR! IT IS NOT MEANT TO BE DRIVEN BY A IDIOT EITHER... This car is not meant to be driven hard all the time. Open throttle when some dumb butt thinks it's cute to rev up in his homemade honda accord but driven like a cadillac for every day use.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Nick writes:
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4

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Fun, forget about your problems while listening to 6 liters of American muscle

Cons

Being a scared little girl

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Love It — Throaty exhaust note, endless torque. Great fun to drive. Can watch the fuel gauge drop when standing on the trottle and tends to run through back tires fairly quickly. Just a few mods away from being a scary fast track car.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Rich writes:
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4

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Speed, torque, raw power

Cons

Questionable suspension

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Fast And Affordable Modern American Muscle Car — The engine is incredible and makes this car very quick (400hp stock). Suspension needs work. The look makes it a sleeper but also a bit on the plain side. They forgot to allow for wider rear wheels. Gas mileage is surprisingly high considering a 6.0L V8. Car is VERY fun to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Grip writes:
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Performance.

Cons

Bland looks and hard to find parts.

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Reliable M3 Killer. — Love the performance, handling, and fuel economy. Looks are "ok". Very reliable but hard to find parts. Car responds very well to exhaust and intake mods like a cold air intake, catback exhaust, and headers. I also relocated the IAT out of the MAF with a breakout kit.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Chris writes:
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quick & fun to drive!

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gas mileage

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2005 Gto 6.0 — great power band, torque at any RPM. tires dont like to stick to the ground to well lol! gas mileage in not the best but with this big of a motor that is to be expected. car is very heavy but you would never guess after driving it.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Mark writes:
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horsepower to cost ratio

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you can't control a real car.

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Freakin Awesome — I love this car.... its powerful comfortable well built nice looking, rather rare, and cheap.... oh yeah its fast too. it accelerates hard, handles like a heavy rear wheel drive car, doesn't squeak at all. Gas mileage is about 18mpg but if you drive nice it can make 25 mpg... i have seen that with long trips on the highway.

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Justin writes:
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Everything

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Gas Mileage

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Best Purchase Ever — I love the power. It is a monster. I love that it's a very rare car and I don't see one every day. The only downside so far for me is the gas. You have to put 93 octane in it. It is a 6.0L and it'll guzzle the gas if you have a lead foot. Bolt-ons are a little pricey but I don't plan on doing any for a little bit since I still have a warranty ;). If you can find one in decent shape with decent mileage, get it. It's a very solid car and best bang for your buck. Name another stock 400HP car you can get for 15-20k used. I used to have a 98 trans am and that car was falling apart in just a few years. The Aussies have really made this a solid car and it'll be hard to find a sports car in the 20-30K range with a great interior like this one.

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Daniel writes:
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Power
Comfortable
Looks Great
Great MPG for a V8 sports car

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Expensive to own
Gas prices :(

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Awesome — I love this car. Great handling, performance, and its comfortable! 6 speed manual 400+ hp Mods: Custom exhuast CAI

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2006 Pontiac GTO Reviews

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2004 Pontiac GTO Reviews

Big Fun On A Budget! Fast, Competent, And Comfortable. Who Cares That It Looks Like A Big Toyota? By skygazer

I got this car new off the dealer's lot where it had been sitting for a year. I didn't go looking for a yellow car, but for 25% off the sticker, I'm glad I got one. Aside from the color, the car is ... Read More

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Probably will be the best GTO ever after a few more years have passed. Novices need to exercise care in driving this car. The power to weight ratio is incredible. The handling on mountain roads is out... Read More

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1974 Pontiac GTO Reviews

1974 Gto By Shaun

My car is a well built ot mid seventies muscle car. It have a 350 a four speed 3.08 rearend gears. It is not a fast car at moment but workin on that. either lower rearend gears or put other tranny b... Read More

Best An Coolest Car Ever By Anders

The car is a super hot car with every possible feature in the right place! Driving it is beautifull and when you put the pedal to the metal it gives a frightening roar before it shoots of with a fanta... Read More

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1973 Pontiac GTO Reviews

Rare Head-turner By 73lemansguy

The 1973 Lemans and GTO had controversial and rather unique styling; you either loved it or hated it. Heavy sculpting, retro 1940's fender lines, and massive bumpers complicated styling. Muscle car ... Read More

A Must Have By Cecil

even tho my car is as old as it is it still runs like a dream. still has all the power it came wit off the showroom floor. right now it dont look the best but im workin on that Read More

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1972 Pontiac GTO Reviews

The Pontiac Gto The Car Of My Youth! By ThePaz

This vehicle, the 1972 Pontiac GTO, takes me back to my youth. It was a fantastic car and I will never forget the great-times, of my youth, in the metal-flake blue beauty! It was synonymous with the w... Read More

Fantastic Representation Of A True Muscle Car By Kirk

1972 GTO, 462 cu in pontiac V8. Approx 600 HP.Will pass everything except the gas pump. True muscle car all the way!!! Best 1/8 mile time with limited traction 8 seconds at 90mph. Gets looks and comme... Read More

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