2005 Pontiac GTO User Reviews

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GeorgeMontes writes:
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4

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Nice looking ride. great engine, runs very strong. looks sharp, the engine sounds great and the sound system is perfect, rear view camera, just nice all around.

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Not the newest car with built in GPS but you could get a gps for it.

GeorgeMontes
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Gto Bobcat 455 Slp 2 — i love this car all around, i guess i want a new car a car that i have always wanted the shelby cobra or 1952 corvette. i dont like that its a bit common. But i think i am underestimating it.

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

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SandraGTO writes:
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5

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Very fast

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Not snow friendly

SandraGTO
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Awesome Care — I love my car. Nicknamed "Land Rocket". Impressive, but also a sleeper. Not many know the power behind this vehicle :) I do! The color is awesome too. Doesn't like snow, too much power and weight in rear, just spins and slides. Otherwise, fun, fun, fun!

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

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Ryan writes:
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Nice exhaust note, mean looking styling.

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Mediocre interior, poor acceleration, poor handling.

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Aussie Supercar Fails To Impress Us Buyers. — Here's a car that was dropped from GM's lineup for a reason: it stunk. The interior was nothing fabulous, the styling was kinda badass at most, and the performance was extremely lacklustre. I had a chance to drive one at GM's test track in Las Vegas, and my impression was less than amused. The car's 400hp did not propel it's heft, and thus, this car could easily be left behind by a base Mustang GT. The handling also left a lot to be desired, with quite a lot of body roll. The car looks good in red, but other than that, not anything I'd put money on.

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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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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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reddota writes:
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4

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Can not beat the HP power and fun when wanted, to impress you or a friend.
Style that grows on you like moss.  It gets better over time like a fine wine.  Plus not everbody has one. Only one other in my town of 23000.

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Getting in the back seat i guess, no one ever sits in the back. lol  Keeping the tires to ground can be a challenge sometimes.

reddota
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For The Money, Power, And Style, Plus Not Every Joe Has One, I Give It A 9 Out Of 10. — I would put a sunroof, heated and cool seats, illuminated steering wheel controls, and Aux.port outlet on radio, and somehow put some 40's under the wheel wheels. Power is fine, a little over steer but not bad. And the shifter must go if you plan on keeping the car. To loose and sloppy. just my 2 cents worth. If I sell her, I will get another one....

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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retirednco writes:
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5

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Power and easily upgradable LS2 engine

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Traction and weight

retirednco
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Fast, Powerful, Fun And Demands Respect — I installed a small performance camshaft and valve springs when the engine only had 5500 miles on it. At 6200 miles I broke a valve spring and dropped a valve into the engine which hand grenaded. I put a Scoggin Dicky 416 CID engine with L92 heads. The new engine dyno'd at 515 HP / 501 TQ. But It had so much power that I had a hard time putting the power to the pavement; i.e. good traction in 1st & 2nd gear was only a pipe-dream. Loved the car though and would love to have another one.

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

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magnumforc writes:
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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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Megan writes:
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4

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Miss this goat terribly.

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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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jed1931 writes:
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5

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Fun to drive, great acceleration, smooth engine and transmission, very smooth at speed

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gas mileage, small trunk space

jed1931
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A Real Head Turner, A Blast To Drive — I absolutely love this car. The driver's seat is extremely comfortable for long distance driving. The engine purrs at speed, power is immediately available when you need it. The tranmission makes smooth shifts. I've had no major mechanical issues. Complete brake job done recently. This is a fun car, subtle looks hide great power.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2006 Pontiac GTO Reviews

An Awesome Sleeper. By vw1610

The GTO is a great car for the price. The first mods that need to be done are the radius rod bushings and a single piece aluminum driveshaft. After those must have upgrades I would recommend a set of ... Read More

Exactly What I Wanted By barrettgr

You have to know what you are in for with this car. Fast and fun to drive. Don't plan too many family trips though. Can't wait to get it on the track and have some real fun. Only a few modes but that ... Read More

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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

Built Like A Tank, Runs Like A Race Car, Handles Like A Sports Car By Tennesseemacman

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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