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Crossfire Fuel Injected 6.0 Liter V 8...Six Speed select shift Auto.

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Fuel Economy (Hey, it's a Corvette V 8)

2002Harley_
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Handles Like It's On Rails. — Traded in my Grand Prix GT /2. I miss the heads up display feature. No negatives on the 6 Liter V 8 Pontiac G8 GT. Getting used to the rear wheel drive, after having front wheel drive. No wheel - torque pull on rapid acceleration.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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- Looks great—aggressive yet not too wild
- Power to spare—no worries about getting up to speed
- Sharp handling—turns are fun!
- Extremely comfortable as a family sedan—acres of room on the inside (lots of room in the back seat too!) and quiet.

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Low-volume car, so parts are more expensive

OverlordSpock
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Perfect Cross Between Performance And Practicality — The Pontiac G8 is a GREAT car for those that need something for the family, but don't want to give up their fun car. This car has tons of space on the inside, is extremely comfortable for both short and long trips and is relatively quiet for what it is. At the same time, the L76 (in GT trim) and LS3 (in GXP trim) are rip-roaring power plants that can get the car going in a very short time (my GT will do 0-60 in less than 5 seconds). And, it's not just straight-line performance. The car handles great in the turns, especially considering how big this car is. As with any car, there are a few issues that have come up with the G8 over time, but nothing major or hugely expensive. The G8 has proven itself to be a really reliable car. My own G8 (a 2009 Sport Red Metallic GT) currently has 24,000 miles and the only work that has needed to be done was all done under warranty. The only drawbacks of this car are few: - These cars were made right as the entire industry really started moving toward infotainment systems and more upscale interiors, so the interior has become prematurely dated. It's not BAD, it's just not modern. But, it's still a great interior for what it is. - Not many of these were made, so there isn't a huge number of parts available for these cars. The engines are fine as they are LS-based engines so lots of parts there. But body panels and interior and exterior trim are hard to come by and command premium prices. There is good aftermarket support for these cars, but that tends to be geared for performance improvements, not replacement parts. I am beyond happy with my G8 and intend on keeping this car for a LONG, LONG time. It's my daily driver during the non-winter months, but has also been down the drag-strip a time or two. Best of both worlds! UPDATE (10/30/2015) - Car now has 32,500 miles and still puts a grin on my face every time I drive it. I've had no major problems over the last 8,000 miles since I wrote this review. The only thing that has truly gone wrong with the car in that time is that the out trim pieces of both front seats have broken where they attach to the frame of the seat. This causes the panels to sag. Apparently, this is a design flaw in the trim pieces and I have heard rumor that there is an updated panel that tries to resolve the issue available from GM dealers. However, I just used zip-ties to reattach them and you can't tell any difference from the way they originally were before they broke. Much cheaper than getting new parts I'm betting. Otherwise, this is still my favorite vehicle I've ever owned and I'm loving every moment in it!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Awesome car you can use as a daily driver yet provides sports car acceleration and power.  Very fun to drive and still stylish even 5 years after production.

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Not an excellent winter machine due to rear wheel drive and torque but with properly equipped winter wheels and tires it is drivable even in Minnesota winters.

bmcmullen
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Best Value For A 4 Door Muscle Car On The Market. — Liked it so much, I bought another with lower miles instead of buying a new car 5 years after buying my first one. Constantly getting questions about what kind of car it is and passengers comment on the speed and agility.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Great power for the money, a new car with this much power would easily cost $35-$40k,  very reliable so far, exterior styling is aggressive but not overdone, get nice car comments all the time

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only average about 17-18 mpg but not too bad for a 355 hp car, it does have the g8 slight steering wheel shake at high speeds even after having an alignment and all the tires re-balanced, interior is just average, if you're going to drive it in the winter in a region where its snows make sure you have good winter tires

dmblystone14
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So This Is What A Reliable Gm Sports Sedan Looks Like — Wanted one of these when they were new but got a used Grand Prix GXP instead. Big mistake. The Grand Prix had every problem imagineable. Was a little hesitant to get another GM product, but glad I did now. These cars aren't easy to find and it took some time to find the one I wanted, but that is one of the things I like the most, they're pretty rare. For the price you really can't beat the power. Has been very reliable but does have the G8 steering wheel shake at high speeds and with very hard braking. I wasn't aware that this was a common problem so I had the car aligned, the tires re-balanced, and the rotors machined and new brake pads. Seemed to get a little better but still shakes slightly. I've read many G8 forums and there doesn't seem to be a definitive answer as to the cause. Other than that though absolutely no problems with this car after almost a year of ownership. Would definitely recommend a G8 GT to anyone looking for an inexpensive sports sedan.

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awesome power, will hang with anything on the streets.  Great looks, ride.  The gas mileage isn't bad for the power either

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not available in stick unless you get the GXP. had bad factory speakers, but since i changed them out it sounds perfect.  Has the gas cap that will turn your check engine light if not tight enough

Pbg8
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Great Car — pretty much a near perfect car. Great styling, not many on the road, tremendous power, practical, decient gas mileage. 360hp from the factory! Some minor quirks like stero buttons being in odd places and no available GPS on the screen. Great bang for your buck!!!

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2009 Pontiac G8 Base Review
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Reliability, Looks, Roomy, Economical, and VERY Fun to Drive

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The way the front seats recline...weird I know

BigJM7
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A Fun, Practical, And Sporty Car — This car has been a blast to drive. It looks mean and sporty yet provides all the practicality of a daily work commuter vehicle. It handles well and rides very smooth. It has been a great car to drive over the past 4 years that I have had it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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very powerful

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they dont make them anymore

jemerson35
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Its A Sweet Machine Cant Believe Only Mad It For 2 Years — who ever owns one of these will tottally understand how wicked this car is esp for being a 4 door when u pull up to a light next to a camareo or mustang and you leave them behind ya thats right they got beat by a 4 door seadan not ur average car!!!!!!!!

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

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ist blue and has lots of power.

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not the best on gas, and not so great in any kind of snow just put it up.

mpandy22
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Blue Beast — This is a great car for the spring summer and fall. It has lots of power and is a great ride. Lots of fun to drive. over all this is a great car, and anyone who gets in one will fall in love.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Everything

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Nothing

ak01q
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Best Car I've Owned — I've had a Javelin, AMX and a Vette but my G8 is the best car I've ever had. It has everything I want. Size, looks, handling, power, comfort, maintainability. I plan on keeping my G8 to the end so mostly she is a garage queen.

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Unique, Fast, can get bolt on parts from GM

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Handling is not up to par

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The Dingo Makes It To America — Rare breed on this side of the world. Thankfully some of them made it in before Pontiac went bye bye. Simply a rebadged Holden HSV8, this thing HAULS!! It looks sporty and aggressive and with a few tweaks became very fun to drive. Handling isnt its best dance but then again, its a full sized car.

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

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